Montana LINCS Update


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Montana Information

1.    HiSET Blast

Update from HiSET


Greetings, HiSET States!


ETS and the HiSET Program are still bringing 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.


HiSET Program News


-        Beginning Monday, February 3 the HiSET Program is launching its 2014 Twitter campaign which will include general information about the program, news and press releases, retweets, education policy links, event announcements, and more. Spread the word and follow us @HiSET_ETS and #HiSET.


-        The HiSET Program has delivered more than 1500 HiSET exams since Jan. 2.


-        Approximately 700 test takers have already scheduled to take the HiSET exam in February and March.


-        The first 2014 HiSET State Director Collaboration call is scheduled for Friday, February 7.


HiSET Action Items


-        ETS previously identified a statistical error in the scoring of the HiSET Exam which required that scores be reviewed and reissued for a small number of test takers. These score reports have been approved and released. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. 

Amy Riker, National Executive Director, ETS High School Equivalency Test (HiSET™)




Have you found any great resources for the HiSET test?  If so, email MTLINCS and share them with your Montana colleagues.


Education Portal


Scott Hanson from the Billings Adult Academic Center has shared the Education Portal with his fellow teachers.  Click here to find some great videos for your students.


Persuasive Essay


Writing a Persuasive Essay:  Components & Quiz


The Writing Process:  Development and Planning


Montana Requirements


Questions about Montana requirements for the HiSET?  Click here for more information.


Stay up to date with Montana HiSET Communication!


Click here on the HiSET Resources to access the most current information.


2.  Montana Technology Community of Practice (COP)                    


The Montana Technology COP participants are still exploring .  Check it out. 


This site is a great way to contextualize a student’s vocabulary.  The student can create a word list based upon reading assignments.  What a great way to implement Montana Reading Standards!  Haven’t seen the standards?  Click here and check out Reading 3 Vocabulary.


Click here and click on the weekly posts.


3.  Montana ABLE Math Institute


Math institute participants met last week in Helena for their first training.  Stay tuned to hear what great things they are learning.


Needing to review Montana’s Math Standards?  Click here to access the standards.


4.  MPAEA Conference:  Transforming Adult Education – Exceeding the Limits


Click here to access information about the MPAEA Conference in Santa Fe on April 28 – 30.


5.  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:  Approaches to Second Language Literacy Instruction! 


National Information

6.  Career Pathways:  Webinar – Sustaining Career Pathways

Taken from LINCS Career Pathways 


The fourth the Youth and Adult Pathways (YAP) series, Sustaining Career Pathways: Funding, Policy, & Professional Development prerecorded webinar will focus on sustaining your career pathways programs through funding, policy and professional development.  Event themes include: 

·        Overview of Funding-public, private, and profit

·        Career Pathway Funding Team

·        Constructing a Plan for Career Pathway Success and Sustainability

·        Policy Implications

·        Professional Development in a Career Pathways System

The webinar will be available after February 4 and all materials and webinar records will be available for download at:


The YAP Event Series is designed to bring together professionals with a shared interest in connecting youth and adult learners with career pathways.  Presenters are experts in their fields, and events are designed to enhance your knowledge and give you usable information in each area.  While the live webinar is the central event, each topic is presented as a month-long “microgroup” within the Career Pathways community on the LINCS site and will include ongoing engagement and discussion before and after the live events.  For more information sign up for the LINCS mailing list at:  or request more information by emailing:

7.  ESL:  Research – Food for Thought

Taken from LINCS Adult English Language Learners


A recent resource on the LINCS website, Adult Education and Immigrant Integration: Networks for Integrating New Americans (NINA) THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK, 30 September, 2013, says the following on page 21:

“For beginning level ELLs (not exclusively non-print literates), research points to some effective instructional strategies as key to successful English language acquisition. For example, the What Works study on ESOL literacy learners in 38 ESOL classes identified three effective instructional strategies that yielded measurable learning gains for adults with limited formal education: connecting teaching to students’ everyday life; using students’ native language for clarification in instruction; and using a variety of modalities and high levels of student interaction. Consistent with the findings of the What Works study, another study also found that the use of authentic materials from adults’ daily lives in literacy instruction increased the learners’ use of literacy skills and knowledge in their lives outside of the classroom. Therefore, a network of organizations that also touch the daily lives of immigrants needs to be mobilized to accelerate language acquisition using their content and context for language learning and practice (e.g., parent engagement, voting, workplace safety, community issues). (”

8.  Math:  Problem of the Month

Taken from LINCS Math and Numeracy 

In honor of the upcoming Super Bowl, here is a problem for us to discuss and then for you to take back into your classroom:

A player must kick the ball 46 yds. to win the game. A 6-ft. defensive back with an 18-in. vertical reach is 9 yds. from the kicker; he hopes to jump and knock the ball down. If the kick is made at a 45-degree angle to get the maximum height, can the defensive back knock it down?

Brooke Istas

9.  PIACC Webinar:  February 13

Taken from Notices


Join the U.S. Department of Education, American Institutes for Research, and adult education advocates for a webinar on February 13, from 1:00pm-3:00pm ET. With the recent release of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)’s Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies, (PIAAC) demonstrating the direct relationship between skills and economic security, health, and educational advancement, there is even more urgency to address the needs of low-skilled learners and equip the teaching workforce to help such students achieve their academic and economic goals.


The Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) launched a national engagement effort on November 20 (see archived announcement) to explore ways to increase our national capacity to improve the foundation skills of adults in the United States. OVAE is particularly interested in engaging with adult educators to solicit their input into a forthcoming national action plan.


This webinar will be an opportunity to receive a briefing on the PIAAC data, the OECD’s special report on America’s low-skilled population, Time for the U.S. to Reskill?, and engage in a focused discussion about the issues facing adult education.


To prepare for the webinar, see the Consultation Paper, which provides background on the skills issue and the framework for the national action plan. The discussion will continue online in various groups within the LINCS Community of Practice. Bookmark the registration link for February 13, 1:00pm ET and stay tuned to LINCS for updates.

10.  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



11.  Teaching Strategies Discussion:  Easing the Pathway for All Adult Learners to Develop Competence in the Classroom and Beyond


Taken from LINCS Disabilities in Adult Education


February 13 - 21: Teaching Strategies: Easing the Pathway for All Adult Learners to Develop Competence in the Classroom and Beyond 

Join the LINCS Community Disabilities in Adult Education Group at

This event will be moderated during February 13-21, 2014 by Rochelle Kenyon, Ed.D. and subject matter expert (SME) of the Disabilities group, and guest SME Laura DiGalbo, M.Ed, CRC, LPC.

With the goal of sharing strategies and best practices to use when teaching adults with disabilities, this event will be particularly relevant to adult basic educators, correctional educators, and literacy providers in the Disabilities, Correctional Education, and Reading and Writing discussion groups.

This event will be divided into two separate discussions, introduced on February 13 and February 14, each covering different topics. The discussions will be facilitated by Laura DiGalbo on these days and will continue to be facilitated through February 21 and beyond by Rochelle Kenyon. Topics will include:

·        Effective Utilization of Assessment to Craft Instruction

·        Reading a Collaboration of Your Eyes, Ears and Brain

·        Slow Processing…Delayed Learning: How We Can Help

·        Feedback Strategies, Instructor and Student Behavior as Mediators for Learning

·        Positive Behavior Support in the Classroom

·        Creating Social and Emotional Comfort to Expedite Learning

·        Universal Design in Adult Ed, Substance or Hype

12.  Technology:  Digital Learning Day


Taken from LINCS Technology and Learning


Celebrate Digital Learning Day on February 5, 2014 by pledging to acquire new knowledge about current technology tools used to advance education!

In January, LINCS announced the launch of the free, self-paced online course: Integrating Technology in the Adult Education Classroom, available now on the LINCS Learning Portal. As a follow-up to this professional development opportunity, LINCS is partnering with the Literacy Assistance Center in New York City (LACNYC) to bring you a series of 30-minute webinars on how to use technology tools in education. These webinars will be held every Thursday in February, starting on February 13, from 3:00-3:30 PM ET.

Space for these webinars is very limited. Register via the links below for one or more webinars today! If you are unable to attend or if the webinar(s) closes before you are able to sign up, you will be able to access the archived webinars at a later date on the LACNYC website.

A month-long discussion connected to the Digital Learning Day: Four-Part Technology Tools Webinar Series will also occur in the Technology and Learning Group.

For more information about Digital Learning Day, visit:


All webinars will be archived!


Title: Social Media Webinar Series: Twitter

Facilitator: Nell Eckersley

Audience: ESOL, ABE & HSE instructors; program managers

This 30-minute webinar explores the basics of Twitter and why it is a valuable education tool. You will learn what hashtags and mentions are, as well as how to shorten links to fit inside the 140-character limit of a tweet. We will talk about how to find people to follow and how to help people find you on Twitter.

Date: February 13, 2014

Time: 3 – 3:30 PM ET



Title: Social Media Webinar Series: QR Codes

Facilitator: Nell Eckersley

Audience: ESOL, ABE & HSE instructors; program managers

This 30-minute webinar explains QR codes: what they are and how to create them. We will explore lesson ideas including how to use QR codes to make reading a multimodal experience and using QR codes to access content via mobile devices both inside and outside the classroom.

Date: February 20, 2014

Time: 3 – 3:30 PM ET



Title: Social Media Webinar Series: Pinterest

Facilitator: Nell Eckersley

Audience: ESOL, ABE & HSE instructors; program managers

A 30-minute webinar on Pinterest, the fast-growing social network site that focuses on images. Learn how to use this tool as a visual bookmarking system that you can use for your own professional development as well as a collaborative learning space with students and colleagues.

Date: February 27, 2014

Time: 3 – 3:30 PM ET



Title: Social Media Webinar Series: Advanced Twitter

Facilitator: Nell Eckersley

Audience: ESOL, ABE & HSE instructors; program managers

This 30-minute webinar takes us to the next level of Twitter use. We will look at how to participate in Twitter chats and attend conferences virtually by following hashtags using TweetChat, how to turn your Tweets into an online magazine using PaperLi, and how to manage your various social media accounts using a single platform.

Date: March 6, 2014

Time: 3 – 3:30 PM ET



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. 


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