Montana LINCS Update


Greetings from Montana LINCS


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Grab a cup of coffee – a lot of information coming your way in this week’s email!



1.  Montana at MPAEA 2012


Montana Award Recipients

Click here to see who the Montana MPAEA Award Recipients are.  Congratulations to all!


More Faces from MPAEA

Click here to see a few more faces at MPAEA.


More Montana Data Faces from MPAEA

Click here  to see your Montana Data Team 2012.


In case you missed last week’s email, check out the following documents posted from the Montana ABLE Directors’ Meeting at MPAEA.


·        Montana Director’s State of the State

·        Montana Data Trends


 More MPAEA Resources Coming Soon!  Stay tuned!



2.  Montana ABLE Grant Application


Click here  to access information about the Montana ABLE Grant Application.


3.  Montana Distance Learning


Click here   to access current information about Montana Distance Learning.


4.  MTLINCS Guide


Click here  to access the MTLINCS Guide 2012.


Throughout 2011-2012, MTLINCS has posted various snippets to help guide you in your accessing MTLINCS.  Those snippets have now been put together in one document.  Stay tuned for more updates to the MTLINCS Guide.



5.  Montana College Now Conference


Click here  to access information about the College Now Best Practices for Serving Underprepared Students on June 6 and 7 in Billings.


National Information


6.  Adult Literacy Instruction


 Taken from LINCS Diversity Discussion List


Click here  for a summary of National Research Council report on improving adult literacy instruction.



A high level of literacy in both print and digital media is required for negotiating most aspects of 21st-century life, including supporting a family, education, health, civic participation, and competitiveness in the global economy. Yet, more than 90 million U.S. adults lack adequate literacy. Furthermore, only 38 percent of U.S. 12th graders are at or above proficient in reading.

Improving Adult Literacy Instruction synthesizes the research on literacy and learning to improve literacy instruction in the United States and to recommend a more systemic approach to research, practice, and policy. The book focuses on individuals ages 16 and older who are not in K-12 education. It identifies factors that affect literacy development in adolescence and adulthood in general, and examines their implications for strengthening literacy instruction for this population. It also discusses technologies for learning that can assist with multiple aspects of teaching, assessment,and accommodations for learning.

There is inadequate knowledge about effective instructional practices and a need for better assessment and ongoing monitoring of adult students' proficiencies, weaknesses, instructional environments, and progress, which might guide instructional planning. Improving Adult Literacy Instruction recommends a program of research and innovation to validate, identify the boundaries of, and extend current knowledge to improve instruction for adults and adolescents outside school. The book is a valuable resource for curriculum developers, federal agencies such as the Department of Education, administrators, educators, and funding agencies.


7.  Career Pathways


 Taken from LINCS Workforce Discussion List


Please go to the following website for a notice from the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration on technical assistance resources for States, local areas, and tribal entities developing Career Pathway systems:


8.  GED Discussion on April 23-24


 Taken from LINCS Assessment Discussion Lists


The LINCS Assessment Discussion List is pleased to hold the following guest discussion on April 23 and 24, 2012:


The Assessment Guide for Educators:  A conversation about the resource with GED Testing Service®


Martin Kehe, Nicole Chestang, and CT Turner from the GED Testing Service® will join us to discuss Chapters 1, 2, and 3 of the Assessment Guide for Educators: A guide to the 2014 assessment content from GED Testing Service, as well as answer other questions about the new GED® assessment to be released in January, 2014.  


To download the Chapters, read the guest bios, and access further information about the new GED test, please read the full announcement at:


Emails containing instructions for getting the most out of this online discussion will be forthcoming. 


Please contact me with any questions.  I look forward to the discussion!


Marie Cora

Assessment Discussion List Moderator


9.  Technology:  Apps and iPad


 Taken from LINCS Tech/DL Discussion List


Click here to access the Galway Adult Basic Education iPad Project.


… So far our most popular apps have been:

·        Book Creator

·        Keynote

·        Bill Atkinson Postcard

·        Guardian Eyewitness

·        Plus various spelling and numeracy apps as well as all the apps for literacy as a social practice (recipes, news, advertising, IMDb etc)


One of the groups has taken to writing a blog on the iPad and this has generated a fresh bank of stories/ materials for us to use. We are also finding the iBooks app very useful, particularly for uploading PDF documents of hand-outs/ worksheets that tutors have tailor made for their groups …




I just discovered this free app -- CloudOn -- that lets you integrate your DropBox files with the iPad. Very useful and helpful for document sharing! 


Vicki Trottier

Community Literacy of Ontario


 10.  Writing:  Research on Writing and Retention


 Taken from LINCS Reading/Writing Discussion List


Click here to access "Digitizing literacy: Reflections on the Haptics of Writing".


The basic conclusion is that writing by hand engages more areas of the brain and enhances retention of learning more than typing on a keyboard. I'm not going to try to extrapolate this to reading, but it does affect the same age group.


"Digitizing literacy: reflections on the haptics of writing"

Anne Mangen (The National Centre for Reading Education and Research, University of Stavanger, Norway) and Jean-Luc Velay (Mediterranean Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience, CNRS, Université de la Méditerranée, Marseille, France). Article published in Advances in Haptics, April 2010.



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Norene Peterson
Adult Education Center
415 N. 30th
Billings, MT 59101