Montana LINCS Update


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Montana Information

1.    MAACE at MEA:  Dr. Susan Pimentel on October 17

Planning to attend MAACE in Belgrade?




Please bring the following resources if you have them.  Otherwise, please bring three resources that you use most.  Dr. Pimentel will use these resources for a session on text complexity and text-dependent questions. 


·       Resource #1:  Steck-Vaughn Reading for Today Intro - 6

·       Resource #2:  Cambridge Adult Education, Threshold 9 Literature and Arts, Science, and Social Studies

·       Resource #3:  Contemporary Pre GED Reading, Science, and Social Studies




There is still time to register!  Preregistration ends 10/8/2013


Click here for registration information. 




·       MAACE’s reimbursement will be up to $150, offsetting registration and mileage costs.

·       OPI’s registration will cover lodging and meals not provided.

·       Paperwork for reimbursement will be available at the conference.

·       Save all receipts for reimbursement.


See you Thursday, October 17, in Belgrade.  The training is 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. 


If you have any questions, please contact Kathie Daviau


Dr. Susan Pimentel is the reading/literacy expert for the Adult Ed Common Core Standards. This interactive session is targeted to examine the major shifts in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and how they could be valuable for preparing adult students for college and careers. Susan will lead you through evidence based activities to help you create a framework in which you participate in a self-guided, standards-setting process.   

2.    Montana Distance Learning:  Applications Due October 1

Just a reminder!  Distance Learning applications are due October 1.

3.    Montana Educational Quality (EQ) 2013 Resources – More Posted

Click here to access Montana Educational Quality 2013 Resources.

Resources updated with additions in Corrections, ESOL, HiSET, Reading, and Transitions!


Faces of Montana ABLE EQ 2013

Click here to see some familiar faces at EQ 2013!



               Attention Directors!  Please contact Annette Miller to set up admin accounts for MCIS.


Reading Follow-up

Here is an opportunity to participate in a study circle on Teaching Adults Reading (TAR) fluency.  Look at Posting #11 below. 


Technology Follow-up

Stay tuned for more information regarding the technology follow-up with Tim Ponder. 


Have you checked out the new issue 37 of The Change Agent:  Technology.  This could be a great technology follow-up in the classroom.  If you subscribe, your students can have access to audio-based, reading-level designed articles.  Look at #12 below.

4.    Montana Career Resources Newsletter

Click here to access the newsletter which provides information about training opportunities for MCIS.

5.    HiSET Blast:  Keep Current!

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


Click here to access HiSET Resources.


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

 6.    Montana Alternative Education Summit:  November 7 and 8

Montana Alternative Education Summit

Designing the Future of Learning

November 7 & 8, 2013

Paris Gibson Alternative School

Great Falls, Montana


Preliminary topics for the Summit include: technology: tapping the explosive use of technology for greater student learning; policy: incorporating greater flexibility with sample variance to standards requests through Chapter 55; and student-centered learning: supporting strategies for student success in the 21st Century.


For more information, please contact Deborah Halliday at (406) 444-3559 or


National Information

7.    Corrections:  New Resource on Reentry and Employment

Taken from National Transitional Jobs Network

Click here to access Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies.

The Council of State Governments Justice Center has just released a new resource to help corrections, workforce, and reentry systems collaborate in ways that reduce reincarceration and improve employment outcomes for people released from prison or jail.

Here’s our overview of what you will find in this new resource:

·        What Works to Reduce Recidivism

·        Proven and Promising Practices for Improving Outcomes for Hard-To Employ Individuals

·        The Resource Allocation and Service-Matching Tool

8.  ESL Strategy:  Dictation

Taken from LINCS Adult English Language Learners

Almost all of my adult ESL students appreciate and even enjoy dictations.  Generally, I begin by typing numbered sentences.  These could be taken from a one-paragraph reading or they may be unrelated sentences that utilize a recently-learned verb tense and/or vocabulary.  Students must listen and fill in the blanks with the words they hear.  With a multi-level class, I use the same dictation, but lower level students' sheets have fewer blanks to fill in.  Higher level students will have more blanks, or they may choose to write the complete dictation on their own. 


First I read the sentence at a slightly slower than normal speed.  Then I repeat the sentence much more slowly stopping frequently to allow students to write and check their work.  After the dictation, I write the sentences on the board or--when I can get my hands on a projector--project the sentences on the wall.  Students then correct their own work. 


After the first one, the majority of students beg for more!  I feel that this helps students in several ways.  First, it forces students to listen carefully.  They must hear and think about each word-- which verb, tense, ending, etc.  Even the lower level students who have few words to write must READ and follow along.  It helps higher level students practice already-learned verb tenses, vocabulary, and sentence constructions, and often exposes lower level learners to these for the first time. 

Students also seem to benefit from correcting their own work.  It also gives them immediate satisfaction to see how they did, and answers questions such as "What was that word that I missed?" 

Abbie Tom

9.  LINCS Community User Training:  October 16

Taken from LINCS Notice

In honor of the upcoming Connected Educator Month, Kratos Learning will host a live LINCS Community User Training on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 2-3 PM ET. This webinar will be a great opportunity to talk directly to the LINCS Community team and ask any questions you may have about the community’s purpose and features!

Members of the leadership team will present the purpose of the LINCS Community, and highlight the benefits of engaging in the community through a live walk-through of the features as well as a discussion with guest presenter Jackie Taylor (Subject Matter Expert for the Professional Development group). The webinar will culminate in a Q&A session and an overview of next steps that attendees can take in the community’s discussion groups. Attendees also will be able to post their questions for the presenters in a pre-webinar discussion thread.


Register for free at: Upon registering, you will receive instructions on how to access the webinar. If you cannot attend this event, you do not need to register, but you will be able to view an archived version online soon after the event. Stay tuned for an announcement about accessing the archived webinar.

10.  Literacy Quizzes from World Education

Taken from LINCS Community:  Technology and Learning

In honor of National Adult Education and Family Literacy week, Word Education created some informational quizzes to increase awareness of the various facets of the Adult Education system and services.

Click here  to access the quizzes.

11.  Reading:  Study Circle on Teaching Adults to Read (TAR) Fluency

Taken from LINCS Community:  Reading and Writing

For those who missed the first one, LINCS RPDC4 is scheduling another Introduction session webinar for Teaching Adults to Read (TAR) Fluency for Wednesday October 2.


As part of LINCS Region 4 activities, we are conducting a Study Circle (Webinar style using Blackboard Collaborate) on the Teaching Adults to Read (TAR) Fluency online workshop. It will focus in-depth on implementation of the Fluency section of the reading components into personal instructional practice. We will have 8-10 teachers who are currently teaching form a cohort community wherein they will explore implementation strategies and share lesson plans and experiences in using them with different student groups.


At the completion of the Study Circle, each participant will receive a OVAE LINCS Certificate of Completion. We are also creating a Community of Practice on the OVAE LINCS website to continue the discussion and support teachers with resources and materials. The time commitment is minimal (four 90-120 minute interactive webinars).


The Webinar is scheduled for October 1 (Introduction session), October 9, 16, and 23 (Fluency sessions) from 2:00-4:00 PM EST 1:00-3:00 PM CST, 12:00-2:00 PM MST, and 11:00 AM-1:00 PM PST.


Please contact me though email or call me on cell (see below) for more information.


Paul Heavenridge, Executive Director Literacyworks
LINCS Region 4 Regional Professional Development Center

 12.  Technology:  The Change Agent

Click here to access information about The Change Agent.


Have you looked at The Change Agent?  This resource is published twice a year in March and September. The Change Agent provides cutting edge resources for teaching social issues, powerful student writing that inspires discussion, and many ready-to-use lesson plans – all oriented toward a multi-level audience.  The Change Agent is available online or in print. Subscribers who elect to include the online option will receive full access to all back issues as well as issue extras and growing collection of audio articles.


Just had to give you a snapshot!  Here is what Issue 37 has to offer.





You Are the Product!


7 Technology



Where Would I Be Without My Smart Phone?



I ♥ iPad


6 Mania



Telephone Technology



“You Made It; You Deal with It”



How “Green” Is the Internet?


6 by Internet



Real Feelings in Real Time?



Notes from an Internet Addict



Technology is My Lifeline


5 Connects & Disconnects


4 Technology Changing Your Brain?



Driving With High-Tech Tools


7 to Death



Finding Felix



It Hurt. I Was Furious.



Social Media



Digital Footprints



The Computer is My Family’s Tool



Using Technology for Education



The Flipped Classroom



Savvy Consumers: Beware of Free



Films that Start Conversations



Education on the Go at



Using Technology to Solve Problems



Dragon Naturally Speaking



How Times Have Changed



Technology in the Care of Others


11 and Technology



How Can You Use QR Codes?



Closing the Digital Divide



Using Technology to Make Music and Share a Message



Should We Regulate the Internet?



Tweeting for a Cause



Internet for All. Really?


10 World of Conflict in Your Phone



Digital Disconnect



Latest Technology



13.  Technology:  Who’s Not Online and Why

Click here  to view the report.

As of May 2013, 15% of American adults ages 18 and older do not use the internet or email.

Asked why they do not use the internet:

·        34% of non-internet users think the internet is just not relevant to them, saying they are not interested, do not want to use it, or have no need for it.

·        32% of non-internet users cite reasons tied to their sense that the internet is not very easy to use. These non-users say it is difficult or frustrating to go online, they are physically unable, or they are worried about other issues such as spam, spyware, and hackers. This figure is considerably higher than in earlier surveys.

·        19% of non-internet users cite the expense of owning a computer or paying for an internet connection.

·        7% of non-users cited a physical lack of availability or access to the internet.


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