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1.  Montana GED Closeout Information


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


·       Click here for GED Program Undergoing Major Redesign.

·       Click here for Fact Sheet 2012.

·       Click here for GED PSA for radio.


2.  Research Snippet:  Adult College Completion Toolkit, U.S. Department of Education OVAE


This toolkit provides strategies for state administrators and local practitioners to help implement practical evidence-based solutions that increase the number of graduates who earn high-quality degrees and certificates required to compete for good jobs in the 21st century global economy.


Approximately two-thirds of adults age 25 or older do not persist in postsecondary education long enough to earn a credential, and many others do not even enroll (Camille and Siebens 2012). These adults are less likely to succeed in the labor market than are those with postsecondary credentials. Workers with an associate’s degree, for example, typically earn 20 percent more over their lifetime than those with only a high school education and 40 percent more than high school dropouts (Baum, Ma, and Payea 2010). Moreover, future labor market demand is expected to favor workers with higher levels of education (Sommers and Franklin 2012). 

Adult College Completion Toolkit, p.13 at

National Information

3.  MPAEA Conference 2013 Proposal Deadline:  November 30

Click here  to access the proposal form by clicking on Present at the MPAEA 2013 conference!

4.  Career Pathways:  Building Strategic Partnerships Webcast Now Archived

Taken from LINCS Community:  Career Pathways

Click here to view archived webcast.

The Webcast Series' first installment, Building Strategic Partnerships, is now available online for public viewing. This recorded live webcast, originally aired on October 17, 2012, can now be viewed in its entirety.

5.  Career Pathways:  Developing Effective Bridge Programs Webcast on November 8, 1:30 EDT

Taken from LINCS Community:  Career Pathways

Developing Effective Bridge Programs!

Click here to register.

Join us for the second webcast in the ACP-SC Webcast Series on November 8, 2012 at 1:30PM EDT as we film a live expert panel discussion on Developing Effective Bridge Programs during the National College Transition Network Conference. Watch as host Michelle Carson leads our panel of experts in addressing common challenges in this area.

To view the webcast please first register at the labeled link below; just click on the link below during the noted time and date of the live webcast. Please note that the following link to the webcast will be inactive until the day of the event.

Registration Link -

Webcast Link-

During the webcast, the live audience and those joining online will be able to submit questions to the panel via Facebook and Twitter. To submit your questions, please "Like" us on Facebook, or "Follow" us on Twitter and tweet your questions using the hashtag #createpathways.

6.  Common Core Standards:  Website with Resources

Taken from LINCS Community:  Evidence-based Professional Development and Reading/Writing

Click here to access achievethecore.

The website provides “free, high-quality which provides resources to educators now doing the hard work of implementing these higher standards.”  This has some good resources, especially for ELA Literacy.

Posting from Reading/Writing Discussion:  Analytic Reading Resource

Click here Guide to Creating Questions for Close Analytic Reading to access reading resource.

I found a resource, Guide to Creating Questions for Close Analytic Reading, under “Steal These Tools” and I thought some members might be interested. It’s a process guide for teachers to create good questions to help students improve mostly analytic reading skills; I would say it is not geared toward helping beginners, but perhaps I’m wrong, and there are plenty of suggestions for teaching/learning that could be adapted.

Marie Cora, Moderator

MTLINCS Snippet from Analytic Reading

Text Dependent Questions: What Are They?


The Common Core State Standards for reading strongly focus on students gathering evidence, knowledge, and insight from what they read.  Indeed, eighty to ninety percent of the Reading Standards in each grade require text dependent analysis; accordingly, aligned curriculum materials should have a similar percentage of text dependent questions.


As the name suggests, a text dependent question specifically asks a question that can only be answered by referring explicitly back to the text being read.  It does not rely on any particular background information extraneous to the text nor depend on students having other experiences or knowledge; instead it privileges the text itself and what students can extract from what is before them. 

7.  ESL:   What Adult Educators Need to Know about Serving Skilled Immigrants Webinar on December 11, 3:00 EST

Taken from LINCS Community:  Adult English Language Learners

Click here  to register for the webinar.

Many adult education programs are serving immigrant English-language learners who were doctors, engineers, or teachers in their home countries. In this webinar, learn how your program can serve these individuals more effectively through additional free resources available to you. Find out how to address learners’ questions about transferring their international degrees or credentials to the US, obtaining employment in their professional field, and more.

Experienced staff at the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians will cover topics such as:

·        Credential evaluation: helping your students distinguish the reputable from the not-so-reputable

·        Professional licensing: where to get information on state licensure requirements for specific professions

·        Designing an American resume: tips for foreign-born jobseekers

·        Preparing for a job interview: key differences in white-collar interviews compared to entry-level opportunities

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

Taken from LINCS Community

NEW DATE! STEM Open Education Resources Awareness Discussion: November 5, 2012: The STEM Open Education Resources Awareness Discussion has been rescheduled for next Monday, November 5 - Friday, November 9, 2012. You are invited to join Delphinia Brown and Dena Fisher with the American Institutes for Research in discussing how to raise awareness and the use of open education resources (OERs) for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math instruction.


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 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

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