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1.  Montana ABLE Learning to Achieve:  The Conversation Continues – Snippet #7 Workforce Preparation Strategies


Your Montana L2A trainers have continued to prepare snippets from  Learning to Achieve modules.  You will be able to find the snippets on the L2A Resource page at


·       Snippet 7 begins the Workforce Preparation Strategies section which focuses on practical strategies adult basic educators can use to help their students with LD develop effective skills for finding and retaining employment.


Snippet #7


Click here  to access Snippet #7 on Workforce Preparation Strategies(You may also access a pdf at  to print and place in your L2A participant binder.)


2.  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.


3.  Montana ABLE Standards in Action Wiki


Click here  to access the Standards in Action wiki for Montana ABLE professionals.


4.  Montana ABLE TABE Training


TABE Training Slides 2012

Click here  to access a pdf of the TABE Training slides.


TABE in the Classroom

Click here  to access a pdf of the TABE in the Classroom slides.


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.  ESL:  Mobile Site!!!


 Taken from recommendation by Linda Eckert, former NWLINCS Director


Click here  to access a site that students may use on their smart phone. 


About "Use of Mobile Learning to Prepare ESL Adults for the Workplace"


Athabasca University is an e-learning pioneer, and it is now in the forefront in the development of mobile learning (mLearning). This is an exciting new technology that allows students to connect to their courses and course content from anywhere and at anytime. Mobile devices such as cell phones, PDAs smart phones and portable digital media players are becoming increasingly popular and more technologically advanced. They are now ideal tools for students with little time because they can access increasingly sophisticated content no matter where they are, or when they have time to study. Athabasca University is leading the development of mLearning through its development of the mLibrary ( and Use of Mobile Learning to Prepare ESL Adults for the Workplace …


7.  GED Discussion on April 23-24:  Summary on MTLINCS


 Taken from LINCS Assessment Discussion List


Click here to access a document on MTLINCS that shares the postings and responses by the GED team led by CT Turner, Director, Public Affairs & Government Relations GED® Testing Service.  A summary of the GED discussion will soon be posted by the list moderator. 


8.  Health Literacy Discussion


 Taken from LINCS Health Literacy Discussion List


Sharing our Health Literacy Action Plan Stories: Year 2


April 30 - May 7, 2012


·        Second annual discussion on this topic!

·        Prelude to live virtual event at IHA’s Health Literacy conference on May 9th!

The National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy was released in May of 2010 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It is an important and practical document for everyone with an interest in health literacy because it gives a framework for us to combine our isolated projects into a common purpose for the nation, and gives us specific strategies for reaching our goals. (We affectionately refer to this plan as the NAP to save syllables!)

Last year we had a discussion on this list dedicated to sharing our stories of what we were doing in each of our varied settings and organizations to work on the National Action Plan (NAP). You can see the discussion at this link:

We used this discussion to encourage participation in a broader national sharing venue: a live social media event, which was a Pre-conference session at the Institute for Healthcare Advancement’s (IHA) annual Health Literacy Conference. This event featured a live audience, streaming video, twitter feed and facebook discussion. You can see a recap of this event here:

In this, our second annual discussion, we will again act as a feeder to this year’s social media event at the Institute for Healthcare Advancement’s conference.

There is much more work going on now, and also some new tools to help use the NAP to guide our work. We would like to hear from all of you who are doing this work and using these tools! We would also love to hear from those of you who wrote in last year to update your story, and tell us how it has evolved in the past year.

Sharing our stories may seem like a small thing, but it is an important step, which will continue to bring the national community of health literacy together as a field, enabling us to learn from each other and inspire each other.

Preparation Reading


The National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy

Last Year’s Discussion on this list (Apr. 2011)

Initial National Action Plan Discussion on this list (Sept. 2010)

Recap from last year’s Virtual Story-sharing Event


Areas of Focus


Instead of the usual Discussion Questions, here are some Areas of Focus that we would like to address in our call for stories:

1.    How have you who are health organizations engaged with the adult literacy community in your health literacy work, and vice-versa?

2.    In what ways have you been able to (or would you like to) create regional collaborations with nearby states in order to enhance your work?

3.    We would like to hear from those from outside the U.S.! What other countries are working on health literacy as a national focus and how are they doing it? How does the U.S. NAP fit into your efforts?

4.    Tools and Resources: which ones have helped the most? There is a workbook* which is designed to be used along with the NAP. How helpful has it been, and what others can you recommend?

* Making Health Literacy Real: The Beginnings of My Organization’s Plan for Action can be found at:


Julie McKinney
Health Literacy List Moderator
World Education


9.  Professional Development:  Discussion on Teacher Effectiveness in Adult Education


 Taken from various LINCS Discussion List


Dear Workforce Competitiveness List Colleagues:


I am pleased to announce that the Professional Development List is hosting a two-part discussion of Teacher Effectiveness in Adult Education, May 9-18, 2012. Mariann Fedele-McLeod, Principal Researcher with the American Institutes for Research, will be joining us as a guest. You will have the opportunity to shape national teacher competencies by providing your input in this discussion.


Subscribe to the Adult Literacy Professional Development Discussion List:


Based on the belief that every student deserves high quality, effective teaching, what do we mean by teacher effectiveness in adult education? How do we define “effective” teaching of adults? What knowledge and skills do instructors need in order to improve student learning? Join the Professional Development List to explore what we mean by TE in adult education and inform the creation of national teacher competencies in our field.



Part I: What makes effective teaching in adult education?

May 9-11, 2012

Facilitator: Jackie Taylor, Professional Development List Moderator, LINCS


Part II: Introduction to the Promoting Teacher Effectiveness in Adult Education Project and Field Input on Draft Adult Education Instructor Model Competencies

May 14-18, 2012

Guest Facilitator: Mariann-Fedele-McLeod, Principal Researcher, American Institutes for Research


To Prepare, Review:

·        Promoting Teacher Effectiveness in Adult Education Fact Sheet

·        Draft Adult Education Instructor Model Competencies

Jackie Taylor, Moderator


10.  Workforce:  A Summary of Functional Context Education and Workplace Literacy in Historical Perspective


 Taken from LINCS Workforce Discussion List


Colleagues … You can now access the four parts of the workshop that I gave in Long Island at That page will provide access to:


·        Dr. Tom Sticht's Functional Context Education (January 24, 2012)Part 1


·        Dr. Tom Sticht's Functional Context Education (January 24, 2012)Part 2


·        Dr. Tom Sticht's Functional Context Education (January 24, 2012)Part 3


·        Dr. Tom Sticht's Functional Context Education (January 24, 2012)Part 4


Tom Sticht


11.  Workforce Resource


 Taken from LINCS Workforce Discussion List


Today I have a treasure trove of resources for you all in one place and not put together by me, but I do highly recommend them to you.  The Joyce Foundation’s Shifting Gears Initiative at has the best collection of resources pertaining to transitioning and training for the workplace that I have seen and the resources are organized in an inviting, easy to locate, easy to access format.  On the home page, which the URL above takes you to, you will find links to information about the Shifting Gears Initiative itself, but don’t stop there!  Check out the various categories of resources in the left navigation bar under the “Resource Center” heading.  The categories included are: “Basic Skills for Success in College and Careers”, “Using Data for Policy Change”, “Connecting Education and Work”, “Financial Aid and Student Support”, “Making the Case for Change”, “Connecting to Employers”, and “Using Federal Resources”.  On each of those linked pages you will find abstracts of the recommended resources and links to those resources. You will find sector strategies, career paths, state initiatives, post-secondary credentials, assessment strategies, and much more having to do with all the current “buzz” words in our field.    


Donna Brian, List Moderator



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Norene Peterson
Adult Education Center
415 N. 30th
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