Montana LINCS Update


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1.    MT ABLE Program Directors’ Only Meeting


WHEN:         April 9 – 10

WHERE:       Holiday Inn Downtown in Helena




Don’t forget the following:

·       A copy of the TABE Norms Book Complete Battery and Survey All Levels for Form 9 and 10

·       Laptop

·       MABLE flash drive with the following downloaded

o   Cohort report (be prepared to discuss how many potential students in each cohort)

o   The classroom report

o   Table 4 (very recent)

·       A copy of your last extension application 2011

2.  MPAEA Conference 2013:  Winds of Change

LINCS Strand

Looking for some interesting breakouts at the MPAEA 2013 Conference?  How lucky for those of you attending MPAEA!  Click here to access the LINCS strand at MPAEA.

Click here for more information about the MPAEA Conference 2013. 

April 10 – 12

Cheyenne, WY

3.  MTLINCS Research 2012 - 2013


Compilation of Research

Click here  to access a compilation of all of the MTLINCS research for 2012 – 2013.   


Click below to access specific areas.                              

·       Adult College Completion Toolkit, U.S. Department of Education OVAE  

·       Improving Adult Literacy Instruction – Options for Practice and Research, National Academy of Sciences, 2012


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


Final Posting on Adult College Completion Toolkit                          


If you have not already noticed via all of the MTLINCS emails, the Adult College Completion Toolkit is a great resource for you and your Post-Secondary Cohort Group.  The document provides numerous resources for adult learners who are considering college.  Five basic steps are given for all groups:  adult learners, individuals in corrections, veterans, and high-skill immigrants.


Five Steps to Prepare for College


Step 1: Get help from groups in your community.

Step 2: Create a plan for going to college and starting a career.

Step 3: Earn your high school diploma.

Step 4: Choose and enroll in a college program.

Step 5: Apply for financial aid.


Adult College Completion Toolkit, p.47 at


The resources are too numerous to list in this email.  Go to the Adult College Completion Toolkit at and peruse the pages for the following categories:

Adult Learners:  p. 47-50

Individuals in Corrections:  p. 51-55

Veterans:  p. 57-63

High-skill Immigrants:  p. 65-69

National Information

5.  Adult Literacy Deserves Focus

Taken from LINCS Community:  Reading and Writing

Click here to access the article in the San Diego Tribune.

Snippet from the article:

Today, it is as important to teach adults how to read as it is to teach our children. Adults, two-thirds of whom are parents of school-age children, should be provided with the same opportunity to learn how to read as our children. We hear from schools all the time that they can’t do it alone. Parents that can’t read can’t teach their children how to read.

6.  Corrections Webinar:  Contributions of Community Colleges to Successful Reentry

Taken from LINCS Community:  Corrections

Webinar:  April 10 from 1:30 to 3:00 ET

The Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) of the U.S. Department of Education, in collaboration with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), is hosting a series of community college webinars in 2013 to highlight the important work of these institutions and the many contributions they make to the communities they serve. Each webinar will bring together experts from the field and local practitioners to discuss some of the key challenges these institutions face and highlight promising institutional practices and policy changes from around the country that aim to increase postsecondary student success.

The second event in this series, which will be held on Wednesday, April 10 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. ET, will focus on promising community college correctional and reentry education models. Fred Patrick from the Vera Institute of Justice will discuss the Vera-led Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education Project that aims to expand access to higher education for incarcerated and recently released individuals. Brian Walsh from Peninsula Community College will present on the efforts of his institution to provide technology-enabled integrated basic education and skills training to inmates at Clallam Bay Corrections Center in Washington State. The webinar will also highlight the partnership between Hostos Community College and the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) to provide accelerated basic education and occupational training opportunities to ex-offenders in New York City.

Registration information for this webinar will be posted in the coming weeks.

The webinar series will continue this spring. More information is forthcoming. We look forward to your engagement on these important issues affecting the adult education, career and technical education, and community college communities.

If you have any questions regarding the webinar series, please contact Matthew Valerius in the Office of Vocational and Adult Education:

7.  Learning Disabilities:  Executive Functioning

Taken from LINCS Community:  Disabilities in Adult Education

How many of you have experience with "Executive Functioning?" It is an important function involved with student learning. Below is an article written by Dr. Sheldon Horowitz that will give you more specific details.

Rochelle Kenyon, SME

Snippets from the article:  Go to to read the complete article.

A Working Definition of "Executive Functioning"

"Executive functioning" is a term used to describe the many different cognitive processes that individuals use to control their behavior and to get ready to respond to different situations. Whether the task at hand is to read a newspaper article, write an email to a friend, have a telephone conversation with a relative or join in a soccer game at the park, executive functioning is at work behind the scenes, helping to accomplish the desired goal. In other words, executive functioning:

·        Is conscious, purposeful and thoughtful

·        Involves activating, orchestrating, monitoring, evaluating and adapting different strategies to accomplish different tasks

·        Includes an understanding of how people tap their knowledge and skills and how they stay motivated to accomplish their goals

·        Requires the ability to analyze situations, plan and take action, focus and maintain attention and adjust actions as needed to get the job done …

… For individuals with LD, problems with executive functioning are often complicated by performance anxiety. Feeling anxious about what to do and how well you're doing (especially when, as is the case with LD, you are "winging it" without a strategy or plan of attack) can easily lead to feeling overloaded and overwhelmed. This in turn leads to exhaustion, inattentiveness, and a cycle of insecurity and feeling out of control. Not a great scenario for learning!


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