Montana LINCS Update


Greetings from Montana LINCS


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1.   Montana Data Quality 2012 Resources


Resources coming your way soon!  Stay tuned!


2.   Montana ABLE Regional Math TATT Trainings


Eastern Regional Math TATT 2012

·       When:          October 18, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

·       Where:         MEA Conference, Castle Rock Middle School, Billings


Click here for more information.  Click here for hotel information.


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. 


3.  Save the Date:  MPAEA Conference 2013


Winds of Change

April 10-13 Cheyenne, WY


National Information


4.  LINCS:  LINCS Community


Taken from LINCS Discussion Lists


Remember:  National LINCS discussion lists will end September 30! 


Future conversations will take place on the new online professional learning community.  


For more information about the features available in the LINCS Community, visit the About the LINCS Community page of the re-launched website.  Click here to access the new LINCS website.



Some participants are still hoping that they will receive emails from the Discussion Lists.  Are you one of them?  If so, please note the following information provided by Daphne Greenberg of the Read/Write Discussion List:


The default is that emails will *NOT* come to your email "in box". In other words, the default is that you do need to go to the site to participate (similar to a facebook kind of site). However, if you prefer to get emails directly sent to your inbox, you can do the following. Go to and log in. If you haven't created an account yet, next to the log in, there is a link to create a new account.

How to Set it Up:

1.     Click on MyLINCS at the top on the blue bar.

2.     Then click on > Notification Settings, which is under the picture box in the upper right.

3.     Click on > Edit Your Notification Settings. The tabs at the top of this page are Account, Password, Work Information and Personal Information. Make sure you are in the in the Account tab.

4.     Scroll down to Messaging and Notifications Settings.

5.     Set the Default Send Method to "Send me an email"

6.     Set the Default Send Interval to either "Immediately", "Twice Daily Digest" or "Daily Digest".

7.     You can also Customize your notifications, so you get ones from certain threads immediately and others less often [Note: This site allows you to "Subcscribe" to certain threads of conversation, but not necessarily all of them.

What Will Happen:

·        Now you will get messages in your Mailbox.

·        They will be from <>, and the Subject will have at least a portion of the Subject Line from the post.

·        When you open the email and click on the Read more link, it will take you straight to the conversation.


MTLINCS will continue bringing you snippets of information from the professional learning community!



5.   Adult Education Portal:  Degrees and Credentialing


Click here  to access the Adult Education Degree and Credentialing Programs Portal.

COABE and its partners are pleased to announce a new resource coming to you soon, the new Adult Education Degree and Credentialing Programs Portal Many adult educators seek courses and higher education degrees in adult education. However, little has been known about which higher education institutions offer these courses specific to our field.  With over 400 unique listings, this Portal is an interactive, one-stop online resource connecting you to higher education degree programs in our field that best meet your professional learning needs.

The Portal will allow you to:

·        Easily find program information on higher education degree programs in adult education across the country

·        Weigh important considerations when choosing the best program fit for you

·        Enable you to write and publish reviews of your higher education degree program, like one would review a book on

·        Learn more about featured programs and interact with guest bloggers from these programs

·        Use social media to share program information with your professional learning networks

Degree program coordinators can add and update information about their program offerings and participate as guest bloggers on topics of interest to adult education practitioners.

Join these guest bloggers upon launch of the Portal to discuss this fall’s featured programs:

·        Jim Berger, Ph.D., Acting Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, Associate Professor of Adult Education at Western Kentucky University

·        Bob Hughes, Ed.D., Interim Dean of the College of Education, Associate Professor of Adult Education at Seattle University

Learn more at

This initiative is developed in partnership with TESOL International Association, the American Institutes for Research, the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, the National Adult Educational Professional Development Consortium, and the Coalition of Lifelong Learning Organizations and is generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

6.   ESL:  Work Unit Performance Modules


Taken from LINCS Technology Discussion List

Click here to access Work & Technology Modules.


REEP's new Work & Technology modules are now posted on the ESL Curriculum for Adults website, accessible via > Curricula and > Adult ESL Curriculum at listed under Work and Technology Lesson Plans. The 16 modules address Work Unit performance objectives relevant for job seekers with integrated computer skills development, for all levels of language and technology abilities. (REEP teachers can also access the modules on the wiki.)


The goal of this EL/Civics grant-funded project is to provide clear guidelines and concrete examples for adult ESL teachers on how to integrate REEP Work Unit objectives with the digital literacy skills needed for today's employment seeker. The modules contain lesson plans on conducting basic Internet navigation and searches, completing online job applications, creating simplified resumes and cover letters, and using email. Each module offers multilevel considerations - for both language and technology - in class management tips and variations in the student materials. The modules align with the REEP ESL Curriculum for Adults, the REEP Technology Curriculum, and TESOL Technology Standards.


7.   Professional Development:  Non-cognitive Skills Podcast 


Taken from LINCS Professional Development Discussion List

Click here to access the podcast.


A fascinating one-hour program on the importance of "noncognitive" skills, featuring an interview with Paul Tough about this book, was broadcast on public radio's This American Life this past weekend. For more information, go to J. Rosen


Ira talks with Paul Tough, author of the new book How Children Succeed, about the traditional ways we measure ability and intelligence in American schools. They talk about the focus on cognitive abilities, conventional "book smarts." They discuss the current emphasis on these kinds of skills in American education and the emphasis on standardized testing, and then turn our attention to a growing body of research that suggests we may be on the verge of a new approach to some of the biggest challenges facing American schools today. Paul Tough discusses how “non-cognitive skills” — qualities like tenacity, resilience, impulse control — are being viewed as increasingly vital in education, and Ira speaks with economist James Heckman, who’s been at the center of this research and this shift.


8.   Reading and Writing:  Improving Adult Literacy Instruction


Taken from LINCS Read/Write Discussion List

Click here to access materials.


The National Academies of Science has completed a webpage that compiles all the materials related to the 2012 research synthesis report, Improving Adult Literacy instruction. All are available as free pdf downloads. Read them on your ereader!


*New* are two booklets based on the report that are practitioner-friendly and bring several big ideas together in a clear and usable way.


1.     Developing Reading and Writing – This booklet includes the findings and instructional recommendations from the research, such as effective practices in reading, writing, instruction for adult English language learners, and best practices for those who struggle with literacy.


2.     Supporting Learning and Motivation – This booklet includes the research and principles of instructional design and adult motivation. Some of this research is newly applied to the field of adult literacy development.



P.S.  Remember -- if you are having trouble with the links in this email, go to the Email Archives at the top of the MTLINCS homepage at .  Also if you no longer wish to receive this mailing, please let me know!  Thanks!


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