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Montana Information

1.    Montana Educational Quality (EQ) 2013 Update

Montana 2013 Educational Quality Conference

September 11-12, 2013

Red Lion Colonial Hotel

2301 Colonial Drive



EQ 2013 is a student-focused conference that will give every participant new resources so that Montana ABLE program staff are prepared to enhance every aspect of our student services.  This is going to be an energizing, rewarding professional development experience. PACK YOUR BAGS AND GET READY FOR AN EVENT!!


What’s going to be special?  


·       The Governor is opening our conference! Governor Bullock will deliver the opening address. Please plan on being registered and seated by 7:45 on September 11th.  We do not want to keep Governor Bullock waiting.

·       Superintendent Denise Juneau and Deputy Commissioner for Two-Year and Community College Education John Cech are providing keynote addresses.

·       The HiSET Advantage team is presenting the most current information about HiSET and also hosting a social hour. All of your HiSET questions will be answered in both formal and informal settings.

·       National trainers will provide cutting edge strategies for math and technology integration.

·       The new Montana College and Career Standards for reading and math will be unveiled by the state Standards-in-Action team.  Our standards are now aligned to the new U.S. Department adult education standards.

·       Breakouts will be available for data entry staff, ESOL teachers, all content teachers, teachers in correctional settings, and directors.


What do participants need to do prepare for the conference?


·       Bring a laptop, tablet, or iPad and find a partner for the technology presentation.   

·       Confirm that your device will be operable prior to attending the conference.  A list of specs and sites will be posted soon.  

·       Reading, language, science, and social studies teachers, bring a favorite reading resource or sample.


What will participants take away?


All participants will leave the conference with new information and strategies that can be used in the office or classroom or in counseling students the next day.


How will the BIG conversations keep going?


·       Math - More work with Lynda Ginsberg!

·       English/language arts - October MEA Adult Education Strand featuring Susan Pimentel.

·       Technology - Asynchronous online work to assist participants in moving from the broad overview presented at the conference to specific technology needs at each program.


Margaret Bowles, Montana Adult Basic Education Director/High School Equivalency Administrator


Click here for a printable draft of the agenda!

2.    College!NOW Survey:  Let your voice be heard!

Have you had a chance to complete the College!NOW Survey?  If not, please take time to complete it now.  


As a Montana ABLE staff member, you should have received an important survey on August 6 that will provide the Office of Public Instruction and the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education with information that will help shape state policy and give guidance to support the transition of adult basic education students to postsecondary education and training.


If you did not receive the link for the survey, please email Margaret Bowles, State Adult Basic Education Director/High School Equivalency Administrator, at .


National Information

3.  Financial Literacy:  40 Money Management Tips Every College Student Should Know

Click here   to access 40 Money Management Tips Every College Student Should Know.

A new financial literacy resource, 40 Money Management Tips Every College Student Should Know, has just been added to the LINCS Resource Collection! This booklet is aimed to help young people learn how to take control of their money. The guide covers topics including checking accounts, financial aid, jobs, living in a dorm or apartment, cutting expenses, credit and debt, and saving and investing money.

Here are highlights of what the expert reviewers say:

·        "40 Money Management Tips Every College Student Should Know" offers insider information that most have had to learn the hard way -- from trial and error. Especially valuable for those who are first in their extended families to attend college, this booklet sheds light on the subtleties of the college experience and offers guidance on making wise financial choices that will save them money in both the short and long-term. 

·        Overall, this booklet will serve as an easy-to-digest primer to the financial world of college. Though the financial advice offered is more introductory than in-depth, its insights into college life will definitely help make the transition that much smoother and the outcomes that much more successful.

Jessie Stadd

4.  Supporting Adult Student Motivation

Taken from LINCS Community: Program Management

As Montana ABLE programs begin to kick into high gear, here are some recently posted reminders on how to support adult learners’ persistence.

•    Develop self-efficacy and perceptions of competency.

•    Help learners set appropriate and valuable learning goals.

•    Set expectations about the amount of effort and practice required to develop literacy skills.

•    Help learners develop feelings of control and autonomy.

•    Foster interest and develop beliefs about the value of literacy tasks.

•    Help learners monitor progress and regulate their behavior toward goal attainment.

•    Teach students to make adaptive attributions for successes and failures.

•    Provide learners with opportunities for success while providing optimal challenges to develop proficiencies.

•    Foster social relationships and interactions known to affect learning.

•    Use classroom structures and select texts and materials to help learners identify with learning and literacy tasks that counter past negative   experiences with schooling.

•    Assist with removing barriers to participation and practice to ensure that learners have the motivating experience of making progress.

•    Give learners access to knowledgeable and skilled teachers and appropriately designed materials.

5.  Technology Discussion Snippets:  How Technology Can Transform Adult Education

Taken from LINCS Community:  Technology and Learning

Click here to read the technology discussion. 

Here are a few snippets:

Professional Development and Data

… I also think there is merit in having teachers participate in directing their own professional development. There are many good reasons for this, but the one I like best is engagement; teachers who are facing a teaching/learning problem in their classes that they care about, that they are perhaps frustrated with, also care about finding a solution. This is a good starting place for teacher/classroom/action research, a powerful way in which teachers can grow professionally. Sometimes examining learner outcome data can provide teachers with an awareness of a pattern, for example that some students understood a set of concepts with one teaching approach while others did not, or that some methods are more effective with some kinds of students. Having these kind of data readily available, from a good learning management system, and spending some time looking at and trying to interpret the data, can often itself be a good professional development experience …

David Rosen

One challenge is to find ways to train teachers to use the data that are electronically available to them.  Even when the data are available on the computer, easy to access, and easy to interpret, the use of the data by teachers is very disappointing.  Teachers need training on the use of the data.  That inspired the National Science Foundation DRK12 initiative; this is also relevant to the teachers/tutors of adult learners.  

Art Graesser

Need for National Online Portal

… I think you've identified a reasonable list of expectations for a national online portal/tool for ABE skill building. I am especially drawn to the idea of the virtual homeroom because I think it could provide an opportunity for collaboration amongst learners in discussion boards/chat rooms, especially important if your list describes what is needed of an online distance learning environment …


… I think having an oline portal such as that mentioned above, perhaps sponsored by OVAE, would require ongoing updates by a crew of not onlyl tech-savvy trend-watchers, but a slew of teachers providing input to the evaluation, use, applicability, etc. of those resources. I can imagine a colalborative place like this--much like wikipedia--where some folks spend a lot of time, some just come to visit and learn, etc. 

Dahlia Shaewitz

Online Tool Indexes

There are a couple of sites that can help when looking for new online tools to use.  They don't focus on adult ed and the need for a repository for more specific information on using tech for adult ed is a much needed addition to the field.

But for now three sites I have found useful are: "A community effort to grade educational apps" (for iPads)  Teachers write their own reviews of apps including grade level adn subject areas A web application index with rich tagging process that makes the search process less arduous. Top 100 Tools for Learning as voted on by educators around the world.  Includes descriptions of how people have used the tools.  Twitter has been number 1 for several years.  And you can help the selection for the top 100 tools for 2013


Nell Eckersly

6.  Technology:  Best Free Learning Websites from Arkansas Adult Learning Resource Center

Taken from LINCS Community:  Notice

Looking for some free websites for your students?

Click here to see what Arkansas has found.

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