Montana LINCS Update


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Montana Information

1.     HiSET Blast

ResourcesNew Resources Posted!

1.           Montana Library Information:  Postings on Homework M

(Also posted at .  Click on Practice Tests.)

Click here

2.          Persuasive Writing Resources

Click here and click on Writing.

Check out the newly shared resources on the HiSET Resource page at 

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 or found any resources that you are willing to share?  Please email them to MTLINCS.

2.  Montana ABLE Meetings

Montana ABLE will be hosting a variety of meetings within the next two months.  Click here on the calendar to view dates

3.  Montana Technology Community of Practice (COP)                   

MT COP is now wrapping up.  Both Tim Ponder and participants shared a variety of websites with one another.

        34 Montana members subscribed

        22 out of 34 posted at least once = 65%

        75 total posts

Click here and click on the websites to access a list of websites presented.

4.  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 

5.  ESL:  Beginning Literacy Resource

Taken from LINCS Adult English Language Learners

Discussion is taking place at regarding some beginning language resources.  Here are some listed.

"Learning for Life: An ESL Literacy Handbook"  available at

Vinogradov, P., & Bigelow, M. (2010). Using oral language skills to build on the emerging literacy of adult English learners. Washington, DC: Center for Applied Linguistics. Available:

Wrigley, H.S. (2003). What works for adult ESL students. Focus on Basics, 6(C), 14-17. Available:  This is an international organization called Low-Educated Second Language and Literacy Acquisition dedicated to the learners you referenced  This website was developed by Bow Valley College in Calgary, Alberta, and has a large collection of resources for teachers of this level.  click on "For Teachers of Low-literate Adult ESL."


Linda Mrowicki's Starting to Read, available from Amazon at

6.  LINCS Webinar:  A Road Map to LINCS – Plotting Your Route to Optimal Professional Development

Taken from LINCS Notice

Register now for the latest LINCS webinar: A Road Map to LINCS: Plotting Your Route to Optimal Professional Development. This event will take place on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 2 p.m. ET. Space is limited!

You may have heard that the LINCS Community has several brand-new features. But did you know that the community is just one facet of LINCS? Join the LINCS Community team and Technology and Learning group moderator, Nell Eckersley, to learn how you can plot your route to optimal professional development through all of the resources and opportunities LINCS has to offer. Whether you are a seasoned LINCS user or are just getting started with us, this webinar will offer something for everyone. We will demonstrate the new community features and explore how you can take your professional development to the next level by aligning your participation in the community with other aspects of LINCS, including the Resource Collection, Learning Portal, LINCS social media, and trainings offered by the Regional Professional Development Centers. Several presenters will be on hand, from community members to LINCS leadership, ensuring that we will all learn something new about how to best utilize LINCS’ multimedia resources. Register today!

7.  PIACC:  A Time to Reskill Webinar Now Posted

Taken from LINCS Notice

The webinar has now been posted at .

8.  Reading:  Teaching Adults to Read – Study Circle for Comprehension Instruction

Taken from LINCS Notice

This Study Circle series focuses on moving from knowledge about research to the applying evidence-based practices in instruction. In this component, we will explore strategies for teaching Comprehension in reading instruction, share lesson plans, and debrief experiences in using them with different student groups. All participants are also encouraged to join LINCS TAR Community of Practices (COP) for on-going implementation support.

This program emphasizes a comprehensive and ultimately integrated approach to teaching reading. Completion of all 4-component modules is strongly encouraged. Certificates of completion are available when instructors have completed the introduction module, all 4-component modules, and submitted finished professional portfolios. It is a great resource for other full- and part-time instructors and especially to prepare instructors who will become reading resource people for colleagues!

The Study Circle consists of 1 Introduction webinar (or new Study Circle participants) and 4 webinar sessions with implementation tasks to be completed between sessions. The series will begin with the Introduction Session on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.   The four Comprehension Sessions will be on Wednesdays: April 9, 16, 23, 30. All sessions are at the same time, starting at 15 minutes past the hour. That is (by time zone) 2:15-4:00 PM Eastern, 1:15-3:00 PM Central, 12:15-2:00 PM Mountain, and 11:15 AM-1:00 PM Pacific. Registration deadline: 5 pm on Monday, March 31.

The Introduction webinar outlines the goals, research premises, framework, activities, resources and participant expectations of the program for each module. This single session introduction module is a pre-requisite for subsequent component modules – i.e. participants may enroll in any component module, as long as they have at least once been through the introduction module. If you have not taken this session, or have and wish to do so again, please note that when registering.

The study circle is led by Subject Matter Expert, Shash Woods, of Highline Community College and Seattle University who has 17 years of teaching Adult Education, and over 14 years of leading teacher training. Your facilitator will be Kristin Ockert, LINCS staff with 12 years of experience in teaching Adult Education, and over 14 years in creating and supporting professional development programs for ABE instructors and staff.

For registration or questions, please contact:

Paul Heavenridge, Director - LINCS Region 4 Regional Professional Development Center

EMAIL:          CELL: 510-206-9994.

9.  Science Discussion

Taken from LINCS Notice

The LINCS Community is pleased to host a special online discussion in the Science group in April: Using Polar Sciences in Adult Basic Education Programs. From April 7 – 17, join guest polar scientists and educators in an online discussion on how science, particularly polar science, can be used as the context for teaching adult basic skills.

Guests will share their work and advances in the polar sciences along with science educational materials, many which have been developed by science educators at the National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Our guests will discuss the current state of research in polar regions and how these resources can be integrated in adult education programs to teach critical reading, writing, and math skills.

Instructors and program administrators interested in incorporating science into their adult basic education classrooms are encouraged to participate in this special online discussion by asking questions and sharing their experiences and lessons learned when integrating science in the classroom.

Please join the Science group to participate in this special online discussion.

If you have any questions about this announcement, please contact us.

10.  Writing:  Using Technology within Writing Instruction

Taken from LINCS Evidence-based Professional Development

One of the inspiring presentations I attended was … the idea is to introduce text-based evidence, too, so learners understand that when they take their high school equivalency writing test they will be able to select the pertinent evidence from the argument they read and use it in their own extended response.

David Rosen

Click here  to access information from the presentation.

Integrating Technology within Writing Instruction

Whether “one room schoolhouse” or computer-based classroom, ELL or ABE, your students need digital literacy skills to accomplish the various forms of writing expected in school, life, and work. Three perspectives on effectively integrating technology into your students’ writing instruction.
Presented by: Heather Indelicato, Andrea Wilson Vasquez, and Pam Ampferer


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