Montana LINCS Update


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Montana Information

1.    Montana Educational Quality (EQ) 2013 Update:  Technology Checklist

Technology Checklist:  Please complete prior to the conference!


Click here to access the Technology Checklist.


Are you ready for EQ 2013?  The event is just around the corner.  To help you be prepared, Tim Ponder, our technology presenter, has provided a Technology Checklist of items you need to have checked or downloaded prior to EQ 2013.  This way you will be able to be actively engaged during the presentation, not trying to make sure your technology is working.  


2.    Montana Educational Quality (EQ) 2013 General Information

Montana 2013 Educational Quality Conference

September 11-12, 2013

Red Lion Colonial Hotel

2301 Colonial Drive



General EQ Information




Click here for a printable draft of the agenda with location of presentations!


Conference Highlights 


·       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.


Conference Preparation


·       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.




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.




·       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.

3.    HiSET Blast:  Keep Current!

Have you received the recent communication from HiSET?  If not, click here to register for updates.


Here are some important items to note:


Comprehensive in Scope


Candidates will be tested in five core areas:

·        Language Arts–Reading

·        Language Arts–Writing

·        Mathematics

·        Science

·        Social Studies

Test content will be aligned with current practice in all states, and test takers can use existing prep courses and materials to prepare for the HiSET exam. Candidates will be given scores in all core areas, as well as a total score.


Important Dates


November 1, 2013


·       Online HiSET store opens for ordering materials


·       Test-taker registration opens


January 2, 2014


·       HiSET testing begins


National Information

4.    Autism Research 

Taken from LINCS Community: Disabilities in Adult Education

Rochelle Kenyon, the SME for LINCS Disablities in Adult Education, shared the following research snippet.  For more information, click here:

MANHASSET, N.Y., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- One-in-10 U.S. mothers of children with autism have antibodies in their bloodstream that react with proteins in the brain of their babies, researchers say.

Study leader Dr. Betty Diamond, head of the Center for Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Disorders at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in New York, said the very large sample size of 2,700 mothers "gives a clearer impression of the prevalence of these antibodies."

In healthy people, when a foreign invader, such as a virus or bacteria, enters the body, the immune system produces antibodies to attack those foreign substances. But, in people with autoimmunity, the immune system mistakenly recognizes the body's own healthy tissues and organs as foreign invaders and produces antibodies to attack them.

Some 50 million Americans live and cope with autoimmune disease, but 75 percent are women. Autoimmune disease is one of the Top 10 leading causes of death of women under the age of 65 and encompasses more than 100 diseases, including psoriasis, Graves' disease, Sjogren's syndrome, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease and lupus.

The study, published in the journal Molecular Psychology, indicated while the blood-brain barrier in the adult women prevents them from being harmed by the antibodies, that same filter in the fetuses is not well-developed enough and so may allow the "anti-brain" antibodies to pass through to the babies' brains, possibly causing autism.

The blood-brain barrier is the separation of circulating blood from the brain extracellular fluid in the central nervous system.

5.  ESL:  Job Specific Vocabulary and Speech

Taken from LINCS Community: Adult English Language Learners

Click here to access some resources for job specific vocabulary. 

Here is one snippet from the discussion:

I use the following sites for nursing assistant vocabulary/lessons:, and 

6.  Math and Science Educators Opportunity

Taken from LINCS Community:  Notice

The OER STEM project, funded by OVAE, is offering a professional development opportunity to adult educators who teach math and science to basic or below postsecondary adult learners. Selected teachers will participate in a 6-month User Group beginning in October 2013 and ending in March 2014.  User Group members will participate in a series of webinars, identify and use math or science-specific open educational resources (OERs), evaluate a minimum of four OERs, and share those high-quality OERs, evaluations and feedback through two online portals (LINCS and OER Commons). 

Learn more about this opportunity at: and then complete the application. The deadline for submitting applications is September 13, 2013.

Following are quotes from several of the current user group members, whose participation began in March and will end this month:

•             … this project has really opened up an exciting door to instructional resources.  My classroom…is a more fresh and relevant place to learn with these new OER gems!

•             It was a great experience; especially because I could use [OERs] with a class I teach where we do not have much access to technology.  Using my laptop and cell phone as a hot spot with a projector, students were able to view the videos and explore the interactive activities.

•             I have to admit that I was very skeptical about taking on this project because of my computer skills, but once I learned what to do I really enjoyed searching for OERs. I had no idea that so much information was available to enhance my lessons ... This forced me to search and locate a wealth of information which is so beneficial to my students and [me].

•             I have truly enjoyed this project. It has helped me, my program, and our students!

If you would like more information about participation in this professional development opportunity, please contact us at

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

Taken from LINCS Community:  Technology and Learning

Click here to read the technology discussion.   

And yet another snippet! 

Digital Literacy

We're not talking about just a few discreet skills for a test or a job or success in college courses. We're cultivating better partners in the educational process, empowering their self-directed learning, supporting their independent exploration, and hopefully/eventually facilitating their self-sufficiency.  Not to mention that improving retention and expanding the reach of adult education programs are important programmatic by-products. 


Although the learners' outcomes are great long and short-term goals, making technology fluency part of every learner's agenda strengthens learners’ ability to carry their own weight as they cross the finish line, whatever it may be. And, of course, the end is just the beginning of their lifelong learning.


Jason Guard


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