Montana LINCS Update

3/17/14

Greetings from Montana LINCS

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Montana Information

1.     HiSET Blast

 HiSET Program News

       The Spanish language version of the HiSET informational website is now live. Check it out at http://hiset.ets.org/es/test_takers/ .

       There is a control at the top of the page next to the "Search" box that enables you to switch from Spanish to English on any page. In addition, all of the site content has been translated including the state-specific requirements pages.

       Remember that the HiSET program is active on Twitter and we're posting 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 tested 748 high school equivalency candidates in February.

       There are almost 1300 test takers scheduled to take the HiSET exam.

 HiSET Action Items

       Some test centers have been having issues if they are located outside of normal UPS areas. ETS is now working with UPS to arrange for ETS paid pick-ups for the test centers located outside of UPS pick-up areas.

       A message pertaining to metal detector wands was distributed to all test centers in the ETS system.  This information does not apply to HiSET only testing centers.

Resources

Check out the newly shared resources on the HiSET Resource page at http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/HiSET/hiset_resources.htm.

Remember:  The resources below are teacher-designed resources that may be changed as teachers learn more by experience with HiSET and more vendor HiSET materials become available.

Have you created any resources that you are willing to share?  Please email them to MTLINCS.

Montana Requirements 

Questions about Montana requirements for the HiSET?  Click here http://hiset.ets.org/requirements/mt for more information. 

2.     Montana Technology Community of Practice (COP)                    

COP participants have been introduced to several websites by Tim Ponder that cover the following areas: 

       Reading

       Numeracy

       Computer Skills

Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/COP/montana_cop.htm and click on the weekly posts.

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

Review Research Postings! 

Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/research/able_research_2012-2013literacy.htm to access 2013-2014 research postings from Improving Adult Literacy Instruction.  Click here to email questions or comments.  

Coming next:  Research Conclusions and Recommendations

National Information

LINCS on Social Media

 

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Gail Cope, SME, LINCS Program Management Group

 
4.     Checklists:  The Power of Checklists
 

Taken from College and Career Standards

Click here http://www.edutopia.org/blog/the-power-of-a-checklist-heather-wolpert-gawron to access Common Core in Action:  The Power of a Checklist.

Some years ago, I used checklists to organize my instruction with math standards and found the checklist to be a terrific organizational tool.  When I read the blog by Heather Wolpert-Gawron in Edutopia: Common Core in Action: The Power of a Checklist it really hit home with me.  The rationale expressed in this article definitely addresses college and career readiness in the Common Core.

Meryl Becker-Prezocki,  SME

5.     National Webinar:  A Time to Reskill 

Taken from Program Management

Click here http://static.squarespace.com/static/51bb74b8e4b0139570ddf020/t/53221a55e4b00f6d807433b9/1394743893422/Time%20to%20Reskill-Webinar_Final_031314.pdf  to access the PowerPoint from the webinar.

Here are some interesting snippets from the PowerPoint.

        Low “basic” (Below Level 1 and Level 1) skills are more common in U.S. than on average in participating countries.

o   Nearly 1 in 3 have weak numeracy skills in the U.S. compared to the international average of 1 in 5.

o   About 1 in 6 adults in the U.S. have low literacy skills compared to 1 in 20 in Japan.

        Approximately 36 million U.S. adults have low skills.

        The U.S. has a very large low-skilled population.

        Younger cohorts’ skills are not outpacing older cohorts.

        Adults from low-educated families are 10X more likely to have low skills.

        The U.S. is not integrating immigrants well.

        Learning disabilities play a role for adults with low skills.

Check out the PowerPoint for more information!

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I hope you were able to attend the webinar, The Time to Reskill, yesterday.  This webinar, hosted by the U.S. Department of Education, American Institutes for Research, and adult education advocates, provided an opportunity to receive a briefing and overview on the PIAAC data and results which are discussed in the OECD’s special report on America’s low-skilled population, Time for the U.S. to Reskill?.  Participants were provided with an opportunity to reflect on and discuss issues facing adult education, identify promising practices, and offer innovative ideas on a variety of topics.  One discussion focused increasing equity and the need for developing and implementing interventions to address the diverse needs of various populations served by adult education.  The populations highlighted included displaced workers, incumbent workers, immigrants, and displaced youth.  The following questions were posed to webinar participants and it would be helpful to hear from group members your thoughts and ideas on how we might respond to these issues and questions from a program management perspective.

• How does your program make decisions (i.e. use data) about which target groups it should serve?
• What are some strategies to attract and retain specific subpopulations, such as minority youth or immigrants who are not literate in their native language?
• What are some considerations in designing program interventions for specific sub-groups?

Archived webinar coming soon!

6.     Technology:  Webinars

Taken from LINCS Technology and Learning

Twitter Resource

Click here http://www.slideshare.net/Nelightful/twitter-basic5213 to access the Slideshare information presented during the Twitter webinar. 

Click here  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAonTaTPCZk to access YouTube on using Twitter for Adult Education.

Title: Social Media Webinar Series: QR Codes

Click here  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYPaG_vSOIg to access YouTube on using QR Codes for Adult Education.

Title: Social Media Webinar Series: Pinterest

Click here  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWgGENAZXxk  to access YouTube for a new version of the Pinterest webinar, using Pinterest for Adult Education.

Title: Social Media Webinar Series: Advanced Twitter

Click here http://www.slideshare.net/Nelightful/advanced-twitter-32020255  to access the Slideshare information presented during the Twitter webinar. 

 

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

norenehp@bresnan.net