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1.  Montana ABLE Learning to Achieve:  The Conversation FINISHES – Snippet #8 Workforce Preparation Strategies


Thanks to all of the Montana Learning to Achieve trainers for providing L2A snippets!


Your Montana L2A trainers have now completed their snippets from the Learning to Achieve modules.  You will be able to find all of the snippets on the L2A Resource page at


·       Snippet 8 completes 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 #8


Click here  to access Snippet #8 on Workforce Preparation Strategies(You may also access a pdf at   to print and place in your L2A participant binder.)


2.  Montana ABLE Grant Application


Click here  to access information about the Montana ABLE Grant Application.  Due May 18!


3.  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


4.  Adult Literacy Instruction:  Free Webcast on May 30


 Taken from LINCS Diversity Discussion List


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Free WEBCAST of a Public Discussion Meeting Focused on the National Research Council report Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Options for Practice and Research

May 30, 2012

9:00 a.m. to Noon, ET


This public event is an opportunity to discuss the newly released NRC consensus report Improving Adult Literacy: Options for Practice and Research. Members of the committee that wrote the report will present the report’s key findings and messages, and invited experts will examine opportunities for acting on the report recommendations and related challenges. Invited speakers and audience members will include policymakers, business leaders, administrators of adult literacy programs offered in adult education programs and community colleges, public and private funders of research and development for literacy, and developers of curricula and education technologies. The discussion is designed to establish some common understandings about the report and to consider how the report may be used to shape and support activities at federal, state and local levels for improving adult literacy instruction.

Information about signing on to the webcast will be available on the NRC website This webcast will be free and open to the public.



A high level of literacy in both print and digital media is required for negotiating most aspects of 21stcentury life ‐‐ succeeding in a competitive job market, supporting a family, navigating health information, and participating in civic activities. But according to a recent survey, more than 90 million adults in the United States lack the literacy skills needed to have fully productive and secure lives.

Improving Adult Literacy Instruction recommends a program of research and innovation to gain a better understanding of adult literacy learners, improve instruction, and create the supports adults need for learning and achievement. Focusing on individuals ages 16 and older who are not in K12 education, the report identifies factors that affect literacy development in adolescence and adulthood and examines their implications for strengthening literacy instruction for this population. It also discusses technologies that show promise for supporting adult literacy learners.

The report is a valuable resource for curriculum developers, federal agencies, literacy program administrators, educators, and funding agencies.


5.  Learning Disabilities:  Universal Design Webinar


 Taken from LINCS Learning Disabilities Discussion List


There will be a free webinar about Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a research-based approach to teaching and learning that guides educators with innovative methods for whole class instruction while personalizing learning.


It will include the findings of the first comprehensive study of state and district UDL implementation across the nation! 

DATE: Tuesday, May 15, 2012
TIME: 10:00 - 11:15 a.m. (EST)

UDL expert, Dr. David Rose, will offer new insights on the UDL framework, followed by highlights from co-authors Dr. Patti Ralabate and Dr. Tom Hehir on the findings of Universal Design for Learning: Initiatives on the Move, the first comprehensive study of the use of federal funding for UDL initiatives in 14 states and over 150 local districts.

In this session, Dr. Fran Sorin of the Maryland Department of Education will describe successful state UDL initiatives and Dr. George Van Horn will offer perspectives on UDL implementation from the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation in Columbus, Indiana.

Developed by the National Center on Universal Design for Learning (CAST), UDL has emerged as an innovation that shows great promise for transforming curriculum and instruction and using technology in ways that give all learners the opportunity for success.


To register, go to:


Rochelle Kenyon, Moderator


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


 Taken from various LINCS Discussion List


Check out what is being shared about Teacher Effectiveness in Adult Education!


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


7.  Technology:  “TV411 What’s Cooking” – Take the Tour!


 Taken from LINCS Workforce Discussion List


Please join us for a tour of our new website and a discussion of how the materials can be used within the adult educational context. You'll find award-winning TV411 videos and web activities on reading, writing, vocabulary, math, and finance, and select videos and lessons in Spanish.  This free site is designed for ABE/GED-level adult learners and includes our latest series, "TV411 What's Cooking," a show that explores fundamental science and math concepts combined with tasty and nutritious recipes.


You can visit the site at any time, but if you want a guided tour especially for adult education teachers, join us on Wednesday, May 23rd at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  To sign up for the tour, click on the link below:


Hope to see you there,


Noah Goodman


Online Community Manager - Education Development Center, Inc.


8.  Workforce:  Career and Technical Education Collaboration


 Taken from OVAE Connection


This is the third column in a series on the Blueprint for Transforming Career and Technical Education. The second core principle detailed in the blueprint is collaboration, particularly among secondary and postsecondary institutions, employers, and industry partners, designed to improve the quality of CTE programs. These partnerships are essential for creating the high-quality CTE programs necessary to prepare students for in-demand occupations in high-growth industry sectors that will dominate the 21st century global economy.


As the Blueprint notes, “Strong collaborations between secondary and postsecondary education institutions, employers, industry, and other partners are essential to creating high-quality CTE programs, and they result in numerous benefits. Academic, career, and technical content can be made more relevant, rigorous, and better aligned with the skills demanded by the labor market. Students can obtain college credit for course work completed in high school, apprenticeships, or industry-based training. Students also can obtain a clearer understanding of the requirements for entry into college programs, positioning them for seamless transitions into postsecondary education. Strong collaborations also enable resources, such as equipment and facility space, to be purchased and used more efficiently.”


The blueprint encourages collaboration in two important ways: (1) it permits only consortia of local education agencies and postsecondary institutions and their partners to apply to states for Perkins funding, and (2) it requires states to meet a matching requirement using private-sector resources in order to receive Perkins funding.


An eligible consortium could be based on geography, an occupational or industrial sector, or other considerations. At a minimum, an eligible consortium must include local education agencies with at least one of them serving a high concentration of students from low-income families, and postsecondary institutions that offer two-year degrees. Other partners in a consortium could be research universities that play a critical role in economic development as well as Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and other minority-serving institutions.


In current practice, employers, industry, and labor partners—who have the best understanding of immediate, near-term, and future labor market needs—do not have adequate opportunities to participate in designing and implementing CTE programs. The blueprint addresses this issue by establishing a matching requirement that states must meet to receive Perkins funds. That requirement could be met with cash or in-kind resources, such as equipment, training facilities, entrepreneurial start-up capital, or technical assessments, to encourage collaboration between stakeholders within a consortium.


9.  Workforce:  Courses to Employment – Partnering to Create Paths to Education and Careers


 Taken from LINCS Workforce Discussion List


Many of you joined us last December here on the Workforce Competitiveness listserv for a week-long discussion on how community college-nonprofit partnerships can help low-income adults succeed in the classroom and the labor market.  Much of the discussion was based around the research we at the Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative conducted into six partnerships through the Courses to Employment demonstration project.  We’d like to share links to two resources that have resulted from this project.  The first is a report titled, Courses to Employment:  Partnering to Create Paths to Education and Careers, which summarizes our research and findings from the demonstration project.  And the second resource is a toolkit that includes tools community college-nonprofit partnerships have used to support their work on the ground including curricula, job descriptions, memorandums of understanding, data-sharing agreements, budget templates and more. We hope the tools will give program leaders a peek into others' work and perhaps spur insights that are helpful as they think about and plan within their own environment.


Download Courses to Employment:  Partnering to Create Paths to Education and Careers


Download the C2E Toolkit


Or visit us at


Matt Helmer

Research Associate

The Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative


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