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Montana Information

1.    HiSET Blast

HiSET Program News (Directly from HiSET)


Greetings, HiSET States!


ETS and the HiSET Program are diligently working to bring more test centers online and we remain committed to working with all of our stakeholders through every step of this transition. What follows here is this week’s overview of HiSET news and action items. As always, if you have specific questions about anything in your state, please call me directly. In the meantime, the HiSET team looks forward to speaking with you on your weekly program call. Have a wonderful weekend. 


HiSET Program News


-          We are excited to announce that in order to help candidates better prepare for their high school equivalency exams ETS and Aztec Software Inc. are releasing a computer-based practice exam along with specially designed general test preparation materials for the HiSET Program. The computer-based practice test and the practice materials will be released in the coming weeks.


-          In order to expand student access to affordable college and career advancement opportunities, the University of Phoenix has begun accepting the HiSET exam as proof of secondary school completion.


-          The HiSET Program has tested 341 high school equivalency candidates since Jan. 2.


-          There are almost 1,000 test takers scheduled to take the HiSET exam.


HiSET Action Items


-          ETS has identified a statistical error in the scoring of the HiSET Exam which requires that scores be reviewed and reissued for a small number of test takers. This process is underway and scores will be delivered by the end of January. Individuals who took the HiSET Exam and have not yet received their scores will be able to view them online at the end of January. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. 


Learn Something New?  Have a concern?


We are all learning as we transition to the new HiSET test.  If, by chance, you have contacted HiSET support and feel that you have information or concerns from which everyone in the state can benefit, please share it with Margaret Bowles at  She communicates with the HiSET staff on a weekly basis and can share our concerns. 




HiSET states on its website:  2002 GED® test prep materials and courses can be used to prepare for the HiSET exam because the content areas align with those on the HiSET exam. Get additional information on existing preparation materials that align with the HiSET exam (PDF).


Here is a list of resources that GED 2014 is promoting:  Aztec Software 2014 GED® Learning Series--- GED Academy™ Essential Math Skills Workbook--- Fast Forward: Your Study Guide for the GED® Test--- Kaplan Comprehensive Big Book--- My Foundations Lab for GED® Prep--- Steck-Vaughn Test Preparation for the 2014 GED® Test: Mathematical Reasoning Student Edition--- Steck-Vaughn Test Preparation for the 2014 GED® Test: Mathematical Reasoning Student Workbook--- Plato Course - Preparation for the GED®Test--- i-Pathways--- GED 2014 Test Preparation Software by MathMedia Educational Software, Inc.


2.  Montana Technology Community of Practice (COP)


The Montana Technology COP has begun with a series of introductions.  Eighteen Montana ABLE practitioners have already posted!


Click here to review information about Montana COP.


Montana COP is being facilitated by Tim Ponder, Assistant Director of Ohio Literacy Resource Center.  If you were one of the registrants but are still having trouble with registration, please email Norene Peterson.


Region 4 LINCS has also posted information about a new online course, Integrating Technology in the Adult Education Classroom.  (See #13 below.)  Although this is not directly a part of Montana COP, you may find it interesting.


3.  Montana ABLE Math Institute


Click here for more information about the Montana ABLE Math Institute. 


Click here for the Directors’ Webinar.


Contact Carol Flynn if you have any questions. 


4.  MABLE Enrollment Form Resource


Click here to access an enrollment form created by Betty Botnen, registrar at Billings Academic Center.  Betty created the enrollment form in order to provide a one page enrollment form that mirrored the information presented in MABLE.  The forms have been posted as Word docs in case you want to modify them for your program usage.


5.     MCIS Update


Due to rising costs ... We have opted to drop support for IDEAS after the end of the fiscal year and encourage everyone to use the Interest Profiler instead. It is basically the same thing but has 180 questions to rate vs. 128 in IDEAS and the report is organized first by Holland Interest Areas and then into clusters, whereas IDEAS is organized only by cluster

Annette Miller

Click here for more information.


6.  MTLINCS Research 2013-2014:  Improving Adult Literacy Instruction – Options for Practice and Research


Review Research Postings!


Click here  to access 2013-2014 research postings from Improving Adult Literacy Instruction.  Click here to email questions or comments.


Coming Next:  Language and Literacy Development of English Language Learners!


National Information

7.  ABE Transitions:  Longitudinal Study 

Taken from LINCS Notice

Findings from the Adult Transitions Longitudinal Study (2-Part Webinar)


Click here to register.


Tuesday, February 11th, 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST AND Tuesday, March 4th, 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST

The National College Transition Network at World Education, Inc invites you to a free 2-part webinar to learn about the findings from the ATLAS study, implemented by UMass Amherst and World Education with funding from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. ATLAS followed over 200 ABE-to-College transition course participants for five years to uncover the factors that influenced them in enrolling, persisting, and succeeding in college.


The question driving this research was: What are the educational outcomes for adults participating in a transition- to-college course, and what are the factors individual, program, institutional that influence these outcomes? In this study, 220 adults were interviewed who participated in one of 11 ABE-to-College transition programs in fall 2007 or spring 2008. We followed them for five years, interviewing them each year, asking them about their college status and about their individual, family, and work lives, to uncover the supports and barriers to enrolling, persisting and succeeding in college. Using both quantitative and qualitative data analysis, this session will present the key findings about transition course program features that support successful college trajectories and findings about factors that help or hinder adult students to go to col lege. After learning these findings, participants will work with others to discuss the implications of these findings for their own work in college transitions.


Presenter: Cristine Smith is an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Previously, she served as Deputy Director of the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy at World Education, Inc.

8.  Career Pathways Webinar

Taken from LINCS Career Pathways


Join NNSP and CLASP for a free webinar Thursday, January 23
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific / 2:00 - 3:30 PM Eastern

Register now!


As the U.S. economy continues its slow recovery from the Great Recession, stagnant employment growth has resulted in ongoing high unemployment, leaving millions without jobs. Those with the lowest levels of educational attainment are hardest hit, experiencing the highest levels of unemployment. At the same time, businesses report having difficulty finding employees with the skills they need, and many job-postings go unfilled.


How can education and workforce development systems be best configured so workers can attain the skills they need for good jobs and employers can satisfy their workforce needs?


In this webinar co-sponsored by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the National Network of Sector Partners (NNSP), participants will learn about two successful and complementary approaches that states and communities have adopted to help individuals attain skills and credentials, help meet employers’ workforce needs, and strengthen the economic vitality of communities. Sector initiatives (regional industry-focused workforce partnerships) customize solutions for multiple employers and increase access to good jobs for low-income individuals. Career pathways connect progressive levels of basic skills and postsecondary education, training, and supportive services to optimize the progress and success of individuals.

Webinar participants will learn about the characteristic strengths of each approach and how they can be combined for the benefit of both workers and their potential employers. Participants will also hear from one sector initiative, Instituto del Progreso Latino, about how it has implemented a sector-based career pathways approach to help workers get jobs and advance in healthcare and manufacturing.



·   Vickie Choitz Director, Alliance for Quality Career Pathways CLASP

·   Tom DuBois Director of New Initiatives Instituto del Progreso Latino

·   Jim Torrens Program Manager, National Network of Sector Partners Insight Center for Community Economic Development

9.  Common Core Lesson Plans

Taken from NAEPDC


The National Education Association today will post online 3,000 lessons, representing the work of more than 100 "master teachers" who translated the Common Core math and language arts standards into classroom activities for every grade. The instructors share classroom videos, samples of student work and candid evaluations of resources they've tested. The project, a joint venture with ed-tech startup BetterLessons, is funded by the NEA and the Gates Foundation. Organizers hope to have 16,000 model lessons posted by the fall of 2015. The website:; Politico Morning Education

10.  ESL:  Online Moodle Course on Cultural Diversity

Taken from Adult English Language Learners


Here is the link to the course called "Cultural Diversity in the Classroom."  Yes, the website will ask you to log in, which you can do as a guest if you wish.  On the right side of the page to log in is a link to register with Florida TechNet.  It is free.  If nothing happens when you click on the link, you may need to copy and paste it into the web address box on your internet browser page.


To see all of the course offerings, this link, will take you to the page on Florida TechNet that offers all of the Moodle Courses.  Scroll down to where you find ESOL (the first one) in the list of courses.  Click on the word ESOL and it will open to all of the ESOL courses.


If you have technical difficulties, Debra Hargrove is the director of Florida TechNet.  Her email address is

11.  Reading:  Alphabetics Study Circle

Taken from LINCS Reading and Writing


Our next Study Circle (Webinar style using Blackboard Collaborate) will be from the Teaching Adults to Read (TAR) Alphabetics online workshop. It will focus in-depth on implementation of the Alphabetics section of the reading components into personal instructional practice. We will have 8-10 teachers who are currently teaching form a cohort community wherein they will explore implementation strategies and share lesson plans and experiences in using them with different student groups.


At the completion of the Study Circle, each participant will receive a OVAE LINCS Certificate of Completion. We are also creating a Community of Practice on the OVAE LINCS website to continue the discussion and support teachers with resources and materials.

The Study Circle consists of 1 Introduction webinar (for those who have not taken it previously) and 4 webinar sessions with implementation tasks to be completed between sessions. The sessions will begin with the Introduction session on February 5, 2014.  The Alphabetics sessions will run on the following Wednesdays: February 12, 19, 26 with the final session on March 5. All sessions are at the same time: from 2:00-4:00 PM, EST 1:00-3:00 PM CST, 12:00-2:00 PM MST, and 11:00 AM-1:00 PM PST. Registration deadline: 5 pm on Friday, January 28.


Please contact me though email or call me on my cell (see below) for more information.

Paul Heavenridge, Director
LINCS Region 4 Regional Professional Development Center Executive Director
Cell: 510-206-9994



12.  Science and Reading:  Resources


Taken from LINCS Science


Cosmic Times:

Have you considered using scientific topics and concepts to teach reading and writing skills?  This NASA Goddard Space Flight Center website might aid in that practice.  “Cosmic Times is a series of curriculum support materials that trace the history of our understanding of the universe during the past 100 years, from Einstein's formulation of gravity to the discovery of dark energy. It consists of 6 posters, each resembling the front page of a newspaper from a particular time in this history, with articles describing the discoveries. The language of the articles mimics that of a newspaper from its respective era.”


The site contains  a glossary, a timeline, and a section on teacher resources The Cosmic Times has three “editions” or reading levels, and the teacher resources support each version.


In addition, there are several reading strategies featured in the resources and lessons.  They include Reciprocal Reading, Talking to the Text (TttT), and SQ3R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review).  Are these strategies still in vogue?  Some reading strategies appear in OER Commons:

Susan Cowles


13.  Technology:  Online LINCS Course – Integrating Technology in the Adult Education Classroom


Taken from LINCS Technology and Learning


Greetings, LINCS Community!


We are excited to announce the launch of the latest LINCS online course: Integrating Technology in the Adult Education Classroom. This course is designed for instructors who are at the beginner/intermediate level of technology integration in the classroom. It is available on the LINCS Learning Portal, along with additional online courses from several other OVAE initiatives, in topics including English as a second language, adult career pathways, Learning to Achieve, science, and more.


Integrating Technology in the Adult Education Classroom discusses why technology is important for teaching and learning, how instructors approach integrating technology, and what tools instructors can use to integrate technology. Throughout the course, you will learn about examples of adult education instructors’ personal experiences in integrating technology. In a culminating activity, you will create a Technology Integration Action Plan for a unit or lesson that you select for use with your own adult learners. You also will have the opportunity to interact with the LINCS Community throughout this online course. The course takes an estimated four hours to complete.


To join the LINCS Learning Portal and access its online courses, follow the following steps:

1. Go to the log in page at

2. Click the Create User / Sign up button in the Need to register? box. You will need to create a new account (separate from your LINCS Community account).

3. Complete the requested information to create your account. Check the box to accept the terms and conditions; and click Create an Account.

4. An email will be sent to you to confirm your email address. Click the link in your email to verify your email address and complete your account set up.

5. Within that email, click the Continue to LINCS Learning Online link and log in by entering your username (email address) and password. 


14.  Technology:  Webinar on Leveraging Technology and Open Data to Make College More Accessible


Taken from LINCS Technology and Learning


The Department of Education hosted the second annual Education Datapalooza, highlighting innovators from the private, nonprofit, and academic sectors who have utilized freely available government data to build products, services, and apps that advance postsecondary education in creative and powerful ways.


Video now posted at .


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