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October has five Mondays!!!  That means more information coming your way.  Scary!!!

Please note HBO documentary for Monday, 10/29 and ESL and Math webinars on Tuesday, 10/30.


1.  Montana ABLE Regional Math TATT Trainings


Western Regional Math TATT 2012


·       When:          November 2, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

·       Where:         Lifelong Learning Center, Missoula


Click here for more information. 


National Information

2.  Consumer Education:  Tools to Keep American Consumers Safe from Fraud, Deception, and Unfair Business Practices

Taken from LINCS Community:  Adult English Language Learners

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is a small agency with a big mission: to keep American consumers safe from fraud, deception, and unfair business practices. We conduct investigations, enforce the law, and educate consumers about their rights – and businesses about their responsibilities. The FTC worked with the Center for Applied Linguistics to develop new materials that were designed to be useful to audiences we don’t always reach. These resources deal with credit, debt, identity theft, and avoiding scams, as well as budgeting, opening a bank account, shopping for prepaid cards, and managing money in general. The information is written in a plain and simple style for people with various levels of literacy, English language learners, and frankly, anyone who can benefit from concise and practical consumer information. It’s FREE, and available in English and Spanish.

We want to share these tools with you. We hope you’ll take a look, use them, share them, recommend them – and check out the free resources at and You can order as many copies of this information as you can use at Once again, the materials are free. We’d appreciate your comments or questions, too: Please contact us at [].

3.  Correctional Education:  Take Charge of Your Future Guide Discussion

Taken from LINCS Community:  Correctional Education


Click here to access the guide, Take Charge of Your Future.

Special Discussion: Take Charge of Your Future: The Correctional Education group will host a special discussion around Take Charge of Your Future: Get the Education and Training You Need, a toolkit recently released by the U.S. 

Department of Education Office of Vocational and Adult Education. The newly released toolkit is designed for people who are incarcerated and on probation and parole.


Join special guests, including toolkit author Michelle Tolbert and practitioners with experience in using the toolkit. Users Luis Garcia and John Gordon will share their experiences with the toolkit and can answer questions from group members. Michelle Tolbert of MPR Associates will moderate the discussion and will be available to answer general questions and guide the discussion. Correctional education professionals can expect to learn more about the guide and how to use it in a diverse array of environments. The conversation will be held October 30 – November 2, 2012.


To join the conversation, go to and click on Groups.  Then join the Correctional Education group.

4.  Disabilities in Education:  Dyslexia Documentary on HBO – Monday, October 29 at 5:00 p.m. MST

Taken from LINCS Community:  Disabilities in Education

Click here to access a trailer of the video.

If you have HBO, check out this HBO special documentary (2012 Sundance Film Festival) titled The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, showing how this disorder can be a gift as well as a challenge premieres on Monday October 29th at 7:00PM EST.

5.  ESL Resource:  USA Learns New Features 

Taken from LINCS Community:  Adult English Language Learners

Click here  to access USALearns.

USALearns is a free website for ESL learners that would be great for an online learning environment for a library.

1. New links for supplementary materials available on the Teacher site.

·        On your Teacher site homepage you can find links for free itunes video podcasts and the video scripts of the 2nd Course.

·        Also find a database of free Websites that supplement the content of each of the units of all 3 Courses under "More Practice" on the teacher site homepage.

·        Towards the bottom of the teacher site homepage, you'll find an Intake Tool. This intends to help independent learners decide which course they should be working in. There are 20 questions, but if the user gets the first 8 wrong, he should be stopped and given the advice to start with 1st Course.

2. Facebook Page

·        USALearns now has an official Facebook page! Please click the link below and share this link with your students so you can "LIKE" the site. There are some questions that students could answer on the site.


 6.  ESL and Standards:  Building on the Common Core State Standards to Improve Learning for English Language Learners Webinar on Tuesday, October 30 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Taken from LINCS Community:  Adult English Language Learners

The transition to Common Core State Standards and Next-Generation Science Standards presents both opportunities and challenges for the growing number of English language learners. A number of initiatives are underway to help English learners access grade-level content while building their language proficiency. This webinar will highlight two such initiatives: 1) Stanford University's "Understanding Language," which looks at the language demands contained in the new standards; and 2) The Council of Chief State School Officers' Framework for English Language Proficiency Development Standards, which helps states understand the sophisticated language competencies English language learners will need to perform in an academic area.

Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education for a webinar on Tuesday, October 30, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (ET), during which Kenji Hakuta and Maria Santos, cochairs of the Understanding Language initiative, and Susan Pimentel and Chris Minnich, developers of the Framework for English Language Proficiency Development Standards, will discuss these efforts and their respective accomplishments to date along with state and district actions needed to support English learners’ language and content learning. Mariana Haynes, senior fellow at the Alliance, will moderate the discussion. Panelists will also address questions submitted by webinar viewers from across the country.

Register and submit questions for the webinar at .

7.  Math and Numeracy:  Math Webinar on Tuesday, October 30 at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. EST

Taken from LINCS Community:  Math and Numeracy

On Tuesday, October 30th, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and Thirteen will jointly present a free webinar at 4 PM ET and 7 PM ET. This webinar will provide instructors with instructional strategies, support for engaging students in problem solving, reasoning and sense making and the best part is that this material aligns to Common Core Standards.

For more information and to get register:

8.  Math, Science, and Technology:  Open Education Resources (OER) Discussion

Taken from LINCS Community

Invitation to Discuss Awareness and Use of Open Education Resources (OERs) for STEM: An Invitation to Discuss How to Raise Awareness and Use of Open Education Resources for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Instruction


Discussion will be held hosted in the Math, Science, and Technology groups this week.  Go to LINCS at and click on Groups to join any of those groups.


OERs are digital teaching and learning materials of all types, including text, videos, games, and assessments that are freely available and adaptable for use in any educational setting for all types of learners.


Delphinia Brown and Dena Fisher with the American Institutes for Research will host an open discussion, October 29 – November 2, 2012 across the Math and Numeracy, Technology and Learning, and Science groups as part of an exciting new project funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education to support the use of open education resources (OERs) to strengthen science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) within adult education settings.


A key component of this work is to learn more about how people in the field are using OERs and helping to better understand what channels are used to engage adult educators in the use of OERs for STEM instruction. We will use this information to develop a communication plan for building interest in STEM among adult educators and sharing information about the training and instructional resources created through this project.


We would like to learn from you:


•What specific channels or media do you use to learn about adult learning, online courses, open education resources (OERs), and STEM?


•What are your needs in receiving information about OERs, adult learning, and STEM for the adult learner?


We invite you to join the discussion and share your ideas for how best to connect adult educators with information about OERs and STEM.


Link to the Discussion will open on Monday, October 29 on LINCS at: STEM Open Education Resources Awareness Discussion



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