Montana LINCS Update


Greetings from Montana LINCS


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Happy 2014!

A Year for New Adventures



Montana Information

1.    HiSET Blast

Essay Information


*** Please Note:  HiSET Essay – persuasive only! 


*** Also did you know that test takers may use pencil on the essay portion?


New Resources:  Time to Share


As Montana begins its new venture with HiSET, ABLE programs are reviewing and searching for possible resources for the HiSET.  If you have any resources you would like to share, please send them to MTLINCS.  The resources will then be posted on the HiSET Resource page at


·       Writing Rubric:

·       Calculator for HiSET:

·       How HiSET Scores Relate to GED Scores:

·       Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK) and the HiSET:

·       Montana Voucher:


HiSET Resources:


2.  Montana Technology Community of Practice (COP)


COP begins January 13!  If you had expressed interest in joining, you would have received an introductory email.  Please create an account on LINCS by January 6. 

Click here to review information about Montana COP.

On January 13, we are excited to bring you Montana’s very own COP:  Montana Technology in the Classroom. During this six week session, you will be exposed to a variety of technology tools as they relate to Montana ABLE Reading Standards.  Participants will have the opportunity to share implementation ideas with colleagues.

Montana COP will be facilitated by Tim Ponder, Assistant Director of Ohio Literacy Resource Center.  If you are still interested in participating in COP, please contact Margaret Bowles.


3.  Montana ABLE Math Institute


Click here for more information about the Montana ABLE Math Institute.  Contact Carol Flynn if you have any questions. 


4.  Montana Career Information System (MCIS) Survey


Dear Montana Educator:


The Office of Public Instruction and the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education Career and Technical Education Divisions are inviting you and your staff members to participate in a very important online survey to provide valuable information and feedback on the Montana Career Information System.


Your survey responses will help shape state policy and guide practice in serving Montana’s secondary students transitioning to postsecondary education and training. The survey results will aid in the continued development of the Montana Career Information System as it seeks to formalize career guidance for all Montana students.


During the week of December 16, 2013, you and your staff members will receive an email message from me containing a link to this online questionnaire.  It will take about 15 minutes to complete the questionnaire online.  Names of those who respond will be kept confidential and will not be associated with their survey responses in published reports.


Please encourage your staff members to complete this online survey, as the value of the resulting information will increase with every response received!


Thank you for your time, expertise, and commitment to serving Montana’s students.

Survey Link:




T. J. Eyer, OPI, Division Administrator,

Career, Technology, and Adult Education


5.  MTLINCS Statistics


Click here to view a summary of MTLINCS stats for the past four years.


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.  

National Information

7.  Career Pathways Webinar:  Best Practices for Career Pathways and Credentials

Taken from LINCS Career Pathways


Best Practices for Career Pathways and Credentials


January 10, 2014

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

States and local areas across Region 5 are developing Career Pathways models to better align education and training programs with employer needs. This webinar will highlight two of those models to provide specific “how-to” information for others interested in developing Career Pathways initiatives. Presentations will cover:

·        The “Six Key Elements” critical to successful Career Pathways models

·        The ideal state/local governmental structure to support Career Pathways models

·        Key partnerships needed to fully implement Career Pathways

·        Strategies for effectively engaging employers to inform training design & delivery

·        How Career Pathways can integrate with and positively impact local workforce development systems

This webinar will include an interactive question and answer period. Attendees who are new to Career Pathways or those seeking more in-depth information are encouraged to review the Career Pathways Toolkit prior to the webinar:


Registration for this Webinar is limited and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register today!


Instructions for registering

1.     Click here.

2.     Click the "Login Now" button and type in your email and password.  Then click the “Reserve Seat Now” button.  If you haven't updated your password within the past 90 days, you will be prompted to do so.  If you do not have a Workforce3 One account yet, you must create and activate an account before you can register for the webinar.  Click here to create your free account. Once you’ve created and subsequently activated your Workforce3 One account, please refer back to this email so that you may register for the free webinar.

3.     Once you have registered for the webinar event, you will receive an email with detailed instructions for accessing the webinar.  We ask that you listen to the audio portion of the live webinar via Internet Telephony (through your computer speakers). You will also be supplied with a teleconference number and access code if you must join using a telephone. If possible, we encourage you to use Internet Telephony, as we are limited in the number of teleconference lines and the more people that use Internet Telephony, the more capacity we have for those that must join using a telephone.  If anything changes and you no longer wish to attend, please go to your dashboard on and remove your registration.

PLEASE NOTE: If multiple participants from the same location are joining the live event, we encourage you to join at one location. This will allow for a larger number of participants to attend. 

8.  Corrections:  Offline Alternatives to Online Science Curriculum

Taken from LINCS Correctional Education


…  There are several good off-line resources available for use in the corrections classroom.  The WiderNet Project ( has an off-line collection of over 40 million resources, called the eGranary or Corrections Off-Line Education Platform (COEP).  The collection was originally gathered (and is still being added to) for use in developing countries with large areas of no internet connectivity.  The collection is being used in the U.S. in correctional facilities as a digital library of academic resources.  The collection includes Khan Academy videos, MIT open courseware, GED prep materials and Purdue OWLS site resources in additional to many others.  There is also an organization that has configured the Khan Academy site to be used off-line.  The organization is called KA Lite and is not affiliated with Khan Academy, but has permission to run their videos through a caching system …


There are also several tablets coming into the correctional education market that are off-line or asynchronous … These tablets run the gambit of size, capacity and available resources.  You'll want to check with the companies and your DOC to see if your facility/state is already obligated to a commissary provider, or has other restrictions in obtaining such a device.  It's a pretty new, but very promising, phenomenon for educators restricted by lack of on-line access …

--Heather Erwin

9.  ESL:  What’s In and What’s Out

Taken from LINCS Adult English Language Learners


Click here to check out What’s In and What’s Out for adult ESL in 2014.



What’s Out:  Guessing words from context

What’s In:  Getting meaning from word analysis strategies, building background, pre-teaching vocabulary, and context 

10.  Reading:  Online Dictionary

Taken from LINCS Reading and Writing


Click here  to check out a leveled online dictionary.  This website offers definitions from a Beginner’s, Intermediate, and Advanced Dictionary.


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