Montana LINCS Update
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Montana Educational Quality (EQ): September 11 and 12.
The HiSET team will be presenting the first morning of the conference. Please email Margaret Bowles at email@example.com by July 31st with any specific details of the new assessment that you want covered.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note some resources below are by Lynda Ginsberg, one of the national presenters at Montana EQ 2013!
The LINCS Region 1 Professional Development Center recently hosted a virtual study circle on adult numeracy for teachers in Region 1. Participants attended three online meetings and used a private LINCS Community group to complete assignments and share ideas and resources with their colleagues. Lynda Ginsburg, Mary Jane Schmitt, and Donna Curry were our subject matter experts and facilitated the study circle …
In session one, we reflected on our own attitudes and experiences in studying and teaching math. We then analyzed how our own instruction aligns with the concepts presented in “Designing Instruction with the Components of Numeracy in Mind” through sharing our own “risk” category and discussing the reflection questions.
If you’re curious, read Ginsburg, L. (2008, May). Designing instruction with the components of numeracy in mind. Focus on Basics (9)A, pp. 14–19. Available at: http://ncsall.net/fileadmin/resources/fob/2008/fob_9a.pdf.
… You can learn more about the components of numeracy by reviewing the occasional paper: Ginsburg, L., Manly, M., & Schmitt, M.J. (2006). The Components of Numeracy. [NCSALL Occasional Paper]. Cambridge, MA: National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy. Available at: www.ncsall.net/resources/research/op_numeracy.pdf
In preparation for sessions 2 and 3, we read Building on Foundations for Success: Guidelines for improving adult mathematics instruction (2011). Berkeley, CA: MPR Associates. Available at: http://lincs.ed.gov/publications/pdf/AdultNumeracyReportFinal2011.pdf.
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