Montana LINCS Update

7/15/13

Greetings from Montana LINCS

  

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Montana Information

1.    Montana EQ:  Any Requests for HiSET?

Montana Educational Quality (EQ)September 11 and 12. 

 

The September EQ Conference is shaping up to be the best ever (national presenters, the HiSET team, and much more).

 

The HiSET team will be presenting the first morning of the conference.  Please email Margaret Bowles at mbowles@mt.gov by July 31st with any specific details of the new assessment that you want covered.

 

 

National Information

2.  Career Pathways:  Women-Focused Resources from OVAE’s ACP Newletter

Taken from LINCS Community:  Diversity and Literacy

Increasing Opportunities for Low-Income Women and Student Parents in STEM at Community Colleges
2012, Institute for Women's Policy Research, Student Parent Success Initiative

This report analyzes trends in women's representation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields of study at community colleges, as well as promising institutional and broader policy initiatives for improving recruitment, retention, and completion rates for women students in general and student parents in particular.  It profiles seven programs that have successfully worked to recruit and/or retain female students in community college STEM programs. The report argues that investments in STEM education at community colleges make good economic sense because students receive academic preparation and credentials to enter high-wage STEM careers and the nation benefits from an expanded STEM workforce to meet the needs of the U.S. industry.
Full report at:

http://www.iwpr.org/initiatives/student-parent-success-initiative/increasing-opportunities-for-low-income-women-and-student-parents-in-science-technology-engineering-and-math-at-community-colleges-1/view

3.  Learning with LINCS

Taken from LINCS Community Notice

As part of our ongoing efforts to connect adult education practitioners to free, high-quality professional development opportunities, LINCS has launched the LINCS Learning Portal: https://courses.lincs.ed.gov/. The LINCS Learning Portal is a web-based platform that connects adult educators to self-paced online courses from OVAE initiatives, including LINCS, TEAL, and more. As members of the LINCS Community, you all are the first to hear about the Learning Portal! We invite you to register for the portal, sign up for the first course, and spread the word to your colleagues and friends in the field.

The first course developed by LINCS —Engaging Adult Learners in Science— is available now, as well as Learning to Achieve courses. Additional courses in ESL instruction, adult career pathways, science, and other topics will soon follow. You will receive a certificate of completion for each course that you complete.

Science Course Outline

·        Session 1: Understanding the Importance of Scientific Literacy for Adult Learners

o   Science and scientific literacy

o   Relevance of science to adult learners in basic education

·        Session 2: Exploring the Scientific Practices

o   Eight scientific practices

o   Compare and contrast the scientific practices and the scientific method

o   The scientific practices in everyday life

·        Session 3: Observing the Scientific Practices in the Classroom

o   Classroom activities that use the scientific practices

Important note about accounts: The LINCS Community and LINCS Learning Portal currently are two separate systems. This means that you will need to create a new account to join the LINCS Learning Portal. You do not need to pick a new username; as your username for the Learning Portal will be your email address. However, you will need to choose a new 8-character password. The LINCS team is investigating the technical steps it would take to merge these two systems under one account structure (i.e., Single Sign On).

To join the LINCS Learning Portal, follow the following steps:

1. Go to the log in page at: https://courses.lincs.ed.gov/.

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.

To enroll in Engaging Adult Learners in Science

1. Click the course title: Engaging Adult Learners in Science in the LINCS Science section.

2. Click Enroll me on the next screen, then on the new screen click Launch to start the course.

We are excited to provide you with this valuable resource and expand it by adding additional courses throughout the coming months! If you have any questions about accessing or using the LINCS Learning Portal, please contact us at: support@lincs.ed.gov.

LINCS Community Team

4.  PIACC Update

Taken from National Family Literacy

We are just a few short months from the official data release for the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) on October 8th, 2013. PIAAC is a study that assesses key cognitive and workplace skills in twenty-four participating countries and regions, including the United States. PIAAC provides a new and rich international comparison of the adult workforce that will enable the United States to better understand its global competitiveness and benchmark how well education and training systems are meeting emerging skill demand.

We believe that this data – and other PIAAC tools – will be of great interest to practitioners and researchers like you. To learn more about PIAAC and what it can offer, please visit the NCES website.

If you would like to receive regular updates about PIAAC, click here to subscribe to our monthly newsletter. If you sign up for our newsletter, we will not share your contact information with anyone else and you can always opt-out of the mailing list.

Karly Ford, American Institutes for Research

5.  Technology:  The Value of Networked Technologies

Taken from LINCS Community:  Technology and Distance Learning

Click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l72aIoRYApI to view Enriching Teaching and Learning with Networked Technologies.

 

Marco speaks about how can we enrich face to face teaching with networked technologies and the opportunities to use social media to connect to colleagues to engage in deep learning conversations.

 

In the video Marco, the teacher, provides some interesting observations. Among others, he says that his students describe teachers as "takers", not "givers", and that he has found that students contribute more on the Internet than most teachers. Marco urges teachers to post unfinished work (I suppose he means lessons, projects, curricula) for collegial comment.

David Rosen

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

norenehp@bresnan.net