Montana LINCS Update


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Montana Information

1.    HiSET Blast:  November Update

HiSET website:


Montana HiSET Requirements:


HiSET Practice Tests:

2.    MAACE at MEA:  Dr. Susan Pimentel Presentation

Needing to review College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education while you are waiting for postings from Susan Pimentel’s presentation at Belgrade?  Snapshots of participants?  Take a look at her presentation at the National Meeting for Adult Education State Directors.  Some of her presentation information is there.


Click here to access the presentation.


Click here to see Montana ABLE participants working hard!

3.    Education Article by Montana Author:   Learning from Adult Education by Dr. Josh Middleton

Click here  to access the article Learning from Adult Education by Dr. Josh Middleton, Executive Director of Billings Adult and Community Education.

Snippet from Education Week article

… Now having lived, worked, and breathed both the K-12 and adult education worlds, I believe there are numerous lessons elementary and secondary educators can learn from their colleagues in adult education …

4.  MTLINCS Research Compilation


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


National Information

5.  College for Adults Resource

Taken from World Education


Click here to access the World Education College for Adults website. 


Need help for your students in planning for college?  Check out this resource!


… This website will help you with career planning, college selection and the application process. We will also suggest ways to find money to pay for college, and direct you to resources to help you prepare for college-level work …

6.  LINCS Community User Training

Taken from LINCS Notices


Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:30 PM ET. 


This webinar will be a great opportunity to talk directly to the LINCS Community team and ask any questions you may have about the community’s purpose and features!


Members of the leadership team will present the purpose of the LINCS Community, and highlight the benefits of engaging in the community through a live walk-through of the features as well as a discussion with guest presenter Jackie Taylor (Subject Matter Expert for the Professional Development group). The webinar will culminate in a Q&A session and an overview of next steps that attendees can take in the community’s discussion groups. Attendees also will be able to post their questions for the presenters in a pre-webinar discussion thread.


Register for free at: Upon registering, you will receive instructions on how to access the webinar.


If you cannot attend this event, you will be able to view an archived version online soon after the event.

7.  Science:  Resource – NASA Earth Observatory

Taken from LINCS Science


NASA Earth Observatory:


This website is an old favorite for use in adult basic education.  Through satellite images, one can learn about Earth science/space science, geography, technology, the uses of mathematics, and current events (meteor fragments over the Urals, for example).  Here is a brief sample of the riches of this resource:


Image of the Day:

You can sign up to receive a daily satellite image, complete with connections to science and its practical applications. 


Earth at Night 2012:


Sample question:  What are the major population centers of the world?

City Lights of the United States 2012:


Sample question:  Can you identify the major cities on this map of the United States, based upon the night-time lighted areas of the country?


Interactive experiments:

It would be very interesting to hear from instructors who have integrated this resource into their teaching.  Have you used writing prompts, math exploration, map-reading exercises, research on science topics, experiments, springboards for discussion?  Please let us know!


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8.  Teaching Strategy:  Turning Mistakes into Learning Opportunities

Taken from LINCS Assessment


Jessie Stadd posted a brief video in another LINCS discussion entitled "My Favorite No" This video illustrates a great formative assessment technique that shows how mistakes are very often the very best opportunities to learn.


Math Strategy

This warm up routine involves students in solving a review math problem which is placed on the board at the beginning of each class. The students solve the problem individually on an index card. The teacher collects the cards and quickly sorts them according to those that are correct and incorrect. She carefully chooses one of the incorrect problems that will give her and the students the chance to emphasize what the student has done right before offering instruction on how to do the problem correctly.

The most important goal here is to demonstrate to learners that mistakes are opportunities for learning. This is a wonderful routine to build into a math class, but can see its potential usefulness in ESL, too.

-Susan Finnmiller


Writing Strategy

Some of you know Andy Nash. Many years ago, Andy taught me a great lesson about how to focus on revising writing for content in the initial round. In the first round, we read a piece of writing as interested readers and focus on the content of the writing. I like using sticky notes to write questions that are raised about the content rather than writing directly on students' papers. Similarly when using technology, the editing feature of Word allows for comments and questions to be added in the margins. Once students are familiar with this kind of feedback, they are ready to engage in peer review, and they can also use sticky notes to write questions about the content of a peer's writing. 

After students revise their writing for content, we are ready for the editing round. This can be done as whole class, similar to the "My Favorite No" video. We can also do this work in pairs or individually.

-Susan Finnmiller

9.  Writing:  Strengthening Writing Instruction through Formative Assessment Webinar

Taken from LINCS Assessment

Event details

Date:  Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST

Location:  Online


Formative assessment, the process of continuously gauging student learning and changing instruction accordingly, requires patience and flexibility from teachers. It also requires a focus on data. So how does this work when it comes to writing? What strategies can teachers use to determine students' writing levels, differentiate instruction, and keep students engaged in learning?

In this webinar, two instructional experts will discuss how to use formative assessment to improve student achievement in writing. They’ll delve into recent research on formative assessment and literacy, and share classroom examples of the ways teachers are using assessment techniques to bolster students' composition skills and engagement in learning.




Kathleen Curran, 4th grade teacher, Margaret A. Neary Elementary School, Southborough, Mass.

Leslie Laud, facilitator, Hill for Literacy Inc., and author of Using Formative Assessment to Differentiate Middle School Literacy Instruction


This webinar will be moderated by Liana Heitin, associate editor, Education Week Teacher

Register now for this free live webinar.

10.  Writing:  What Works in Writing Instruction

Taken from LINCS Reading and Writing

Click here  to access article in Education Week Teacher by Leslie Laud.

Snippet from Education Week Teacher

The importance of developing strong writing skills seems to be gaining more and more attention almost daily. Employers spend billions remediating writing skills … The new generation of assessments associated with the Common Core State Standards will require students to show what they know via writing more so than previous high-stakes tests ever have …

In a study just published in the School Psychology Review , researchers Gary A. Trioa and Natalie G. Olinghouse summarize these essential evidence-based practices for teaching writing, including: daily writing practice, strategy instruction, self-regulation and meta-cognitive reflection (as in the Self-Regulated Strategy Development approach), peer collaboration, and regular feedback through formative assessment …


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