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1.    Montana ABLE ShopTalk:  November 20 @ 11 a.m.


2.    Montana GED Closeout Information Correction on GED Fact Sheet 2012


The sunset date for the 2002 GED test will be December 21, 2013.


·         Click here  for Fact Sheet 2012.


3.  Research Snippet:  Improving Adult Literacy Instruction – Options for Practice and Research, National Academy of Sciences, 2012


Throughout this year, MTLINCS will be reviewing the research provided in the Adult College Completion Toolkit and Improving Adult Literacy Instruction:  Options for Practice and Research


Last week you saw a snippet from the Adult College Completion Toolkit about the number of adults who do not persist in postsecondary education.  This week MTLINCS will introduce Improving Adult Literacy Instruction – Options for Practice and Research, a report whose purpose is the following:


Purpose of the Report


The Committee on Learning Sciences: Foundations and Applications to Adolescent and Adult Literacy was established to review evidence on learning and literacy to develop a roadmap for research and practice to strengthen adult literacy education in the United States.

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This report responds to a request from the U.S. Department of Education to the National Research Council (NRC) to (1) synthesize research on literacy and learning, (2) draw implications for the instructional practices used to teach reading in adult literacy programs, and (3) recommend a more systemic approach to research, practice, and policy.

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Hang on, Folks, for some interesting snippets that may confirm what many of you in the field are seeing.  Let’s just start this time with some basic information about the literacy report.


Background Statistics


… a recent survey estimates that more than 90 million U.S. adults lack adequate literacy.1 Furthermore, only 38 percent of U.S. twelfth graders are at or above proficient in reading.2

1 Estimate from Kutner et al. (2007).

2 According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (2010).

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Adults in adult education programs (an estimated 2.6 million in federally funded programs in 2005) show variable progress in their literacy skills, and for many, their gains are insufficient to achieve functional literacy.3

3 Information from Tamassia et al. (2007).

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Definition of Literacy


… the committee defined literacy as the ability to read, write, and communicate using a symbol system (in this case, English) and using appropriate tools and technologies to meet the goals and

demands of individuals, their families, and U.S. society. Thus, literacy skill includes but encompasses a broader range of proficiency than basic skills.

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National Information

4.  Career Pathways and Adaptations:  Universal Design in the Workplace

Taken from LINCS Community:  Career Pathways

Universal Design in the Workplace: How to better serve all employees, including persons with Disabilities

Click here to access the video:  Universal Design in the Workplace.

Under the DOL-funded Disability Employment Initiative's (DEI) VA project, the Arlington/Alexandria Workforce Investment Board has produced a 5-minute video on "Universal Design in the Workplace." This video highlights a variety of assistive technology in the workplace for persons with various disabilities. It also discusses the Return on Investment (ROI) and the value to the business sector. To view the video, please go to

Universal design is the “design” of products and environments to be usable by anyone, not just individuals with disabilities, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. For the workplace, universal design is an approach that accommodates jobseekers and employees with disabilities through workplace design, while also reducing risks for employees who may develop disabilities during their career.

Universal Design is an innovative business strategy that enhances workplace efficiencies and provides the best accommodation for all employees. Universal Design stations are accessible for people who have mobility, visual, auditory, speech, learning or language needs. For more information, please go to

5.  Common Core Standards:  Why Standards

Taken from LINCS Community:  College and Career Standards


Click here for All Eyes On Kentucky.


You might hear some answers to this question when you listen to the Kentucky Commissioner of Education, Terry Holliday, share his thoughts about the Common Core Standards. Terry Holliday, in All Eyes On Kentucky, is referring to K-12, but I think that his talking points are quite applicable for adult educators.


Meryl Becker-Prezocki, Subject Matter Expert (SME)

6.  ESL:   Free Online Course – Formative Assessment to Inform Quality Adult ESL Instruction

Taken from LINCS Community:  Adult English Language Learners

FYI!  Montana ABLE will be visiting with ELL-U representatives to glean more information about the services provided.  Stay tuned!  In the meantime, take a look at the free course offered below.


ELL-U has a new, no-cost online course on formative assessment, authored by the Center for Applied Linguistics’ Sarah Young. Formative Assessment to Inform Quality Adult ESL Instruction (OC03) is designed to help instructors of adult English language learners:

·        define formative assessment and explain its integral role in systematically planning and delivering adult ESL instruction;

·        select and design a variety of formative assessment activities that engage learners in setting their own goals and monitoring their own progress in English language development; and

·        use appropriate oral and written feedback techniques that inform learners of their progress toward meeting their goals in meaningful and comprehensible ways.

To register for online courses, you must be a member of the ELL-U network. Registration is free. Simply visit to get started. Once you are a registered ELL-U user, go to and click the Register Now button under the online course description.

ELL-U is an innovative and interactive free professional development network for ESOL practitioners. Through a combination of face-to-face events, online learning activities, and collaborative social networking, ELL-U offers registered users 24-hour access to professional learning opportunities and resources. ELL-U is supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education.

If you have any questions feel free to email the ELL-U Team at

7.  Math:  Math Resources for Students with Vision Impairments

Taken from LINCS Community:  Math and Numeracy

In a response to a request about materials for students with visual impairments, Rochelle Kenyon wrote:


Without knowing what level of vision impairment your students might have, I will include some useful things in general.

·        I have found that the American Printing House for the Blind ( ) has wonderful materials for all levels. You can get basic math skill materials up to the more advance geometry, etc. Examples include the Numbers to 100” Chart, the Cranmer Abacus, Geometro sets, and Stackups.

·        Lindenwoodinc ( ) makes an assortment of blocks including Braille math blocks and Digi-Blocks ( ) sells base 10 sets.

·        Leapfrog ( ) makes an interesting Twist & Shout Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, & Division program.

·        Independent Living Aids/ILA ( also sells excellent products for this population including Tactual Dice Independent Living Aids.

·        Math Window is an easy tool that uses magnetic tiles on a work surface. It is useful for Algebra - ( ). It can be used as large print and in braille.

·        Some other good tools include Math Drill Cards, the Slide, Twist 'N Solve: Tactile Brain Teaser, large print measuring tools such as rulers, protractors, and calculators, models or 2D/3D geometric shapes, etc.

·        The use of math manipulatives and the direct teaching method in combination can help your vision impaired students.

Rochelle Kenyon, SME

8.  Math OER Resources

Taken from LINCS Community

·        I’m fond of the Annenberg Learner courses (

·        My favorite is: Mathematics Illuminated (

·        There are numerous math titles and learned levels to choose from in their catalog (

·        You and your students can view video on demand (Vod) by selecting a program from the list ( and clicking on the VoD icon to view a particular program.

Kate Herzog, ITT Technical Institute

9.  The following discussions will be rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy.


·       Correctional Education:  Take Charge of Your Future Guide Discussion

·       ESL and Standards:  Building on the Common Core State Standards to Improve Learning for English Language Learners Webinar

·       Math and Numeracy:  Math Webinar



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