Montana LINCS Update


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Montana Information

1.    HiSET Blast

Quick Overview of HiSET:


Montana Press Release:


Materials for Test Preparation

·       HiSET Prep Crosswalk 

·       McGraw-Hill Contemporary:  HiSET Exercise Books and Learn Smart Achieve HiSET books coming in April

·       HiSET Practice Tests:




Montana HiSET Requirements:


HiSET website:


2.  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

3.  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.


4.  Digital Badges Discussion


Taken from LINCS Notice


On December 3–9, 2013, LINCS will provide an online public discussion through the Technology and Learning Community of the newly released report: The Potential and Value of Using Digital Badges for Adult Learners. This report examines the nature, value, and potential impact of digital badges, an emerging electronic system designed to certify an individual’s knowledge and skills. Badges can represent different levels of work and engagement, including more granular skills or achievements, marking in some cases small and/or very specific abilities. For this reason badges hold particular promise for adult learners in basic education programs, many of whom have few, if any, formal credentials (such as diplomas), but who are obtaining functional skills that would be valued in hiring situations if a mechanism for certifying those skills and knowledge was available.

Please join us for an exciting discussion about digital badges facilitated by Steve Reder ( and David Wiley (, two researchers who bring combined knowledge of adult education, technology, and digital badges to our forum. The Potential and Value of Using Digital Badges for Adult Learners was co-authored by Jonathan Finkelstein at Credly, Erin Knight at Mozilla Foundation, and Susan Manning at the University of Wisconsin, under contract to the American Institutes of Research and with funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE).

5.  ESL:  Immigrant Integration


Taken from LINCS Notice


New OVAE Initiative Produces Theoretical Framework for Immigrant Integration


Adult educators interested in the services that need to be provided to low- and high-skilled immigrants in order to help them attain integration can benefit from a new theoretical framework produced by the Networks for Integrating New Americans initiative (NINA).

NINA is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) in order to strengthen adult education programs’ ability to 1) improve immigrants’ access to effective and innovative English language programs; 2) support immigrants on the path to citizenship; and 3) support immigrants’ career development through training and education. NINA will add to existing immigrant integration efforts at the national, state, and local levels by identifying innovative integration models, as well as designing and delivering technical assistance to help states and local communities plan and implement these models. 


The document presents an evidence-based, theoretical framework that will guide the technical assistance for supporting immigrant integration efforts in five networks. It includes an extensive literature review; numerous examples of successful initiatives; a detailed discussion of civic, linguistic, and economic issues; specific strategies; and examples as to how traditional adult education services might be appropriately altered to better meet the linguistic, civic, and economic integration needs of the immigrant and refugee community.


Through NINA, OVAE builds on the New Americans Citizenship and Integration Initiative, a White House initiative that brought together a core group of federal agencies to coordinate federal immigrant integration efforts, including the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, and Labor.


This publication was prepared with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, under contract No. ED-VAE-13-C-0009. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of the U.S. Department of Education.

6.  Program Management:  “Boosting Adult Educational skills Can Grow the Middle Class” 

Taken from LINCS Program Management


A new article, “Boosting Adult Educational Skills Can Grow the Middle Class”, is available via the Center for American Progress. Read more here:

 7.  Teaching Strategy:  Posing Questions

Taken from LINCS Assessment


This concept also relates to text complexity as presented to Montana ABLE educators by Susan Pimentel.


One of the most important aspects of teaching is posing questions. As teachers, we often ask questions to determine what students have learned as well as what they think.  There is a difference between asking open-ended and closed-ended questions, and most of us use both types of questions during our instruction.


At the following Ohio State University webpage, you can check out a great list of ideas related to questioning strategies. There are also two short videos at the bottom of the page on learning to ask better questions.


Susan Finnmiller, SME Assessment


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