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Montana Information

National Information:  *WIOA Items

HiSET Information

Montana Information

1. Montana ABLE Meetings

Click here to access information about the following February Montana ABLE Meetings:

·       Bring Your A Game to Work

o   Registration

o   Press Release

o   Poster

2. Montana Moving Pathways Forward Resources

Click here to access all MPF Resources.  Logic Model and Contextualized Templates now posted.

3. Montana and National News Information

Click here  to access a site that will take you to the most current information without your having to search.  New resources posted on 1/1/16.

4. WIOA Update

WIOA Montana Updates:


Adobe Connect Meeting on MT WIOA State Plan:  February 3 from 12 to 2           

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Notice!  MT WIOA Plan:  Public Comments Due by February 19

From: Schreiner, Casey, Director of State Workforce Innovation Board
Sent: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 4:51 PM
Subject: NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT: Montana WIOA State Plan

Dear Workforce Partners,

The Montana State Workforce Innovation Board (SWIB), in partnership with the Montana Department of Labor & Industry, Montana Office of Public Instruction, and Montana Department of Health and Human Services has opened the public comment period for the Montana WIOA State Plan.  This public comment period is open now. Please submit comments by 5:00 PM February 19th, 2016.  All comments can be submitted by email to .

Click here to read the plan.

Click here  to access the following:   Montana WIOA:  Chunking Pertinent Information for Montana.

9/7/15:  WIOA Kickoff Follow-up

Presentations posted on DLI website: under Data and Publications.

WIOA National Update:

12/14/15:  WIOA Graphic

How Performance Data Works

National Information

*5. Adult Education Teacher Induction Toolkit:  Webinar Follow-up

Taken from LINCS Notice

· View the webinar recording

· View a pdf of the slides

Teacher Induction Pathway


1.      To learn about core competencies of effective adult education instructors: Adult Education Teacher Competencies

2.      To explore research on teacher effectiveness and induction: Teacher Effectiveness Annotated Bibliography

3.      To figure out if you have the program conditions to support a successful teacher induction effort: Conditions for Success Brief

4.      To learn the steps of the induction process: Pages 8-11 of Teacher Induction Brief

5.      To learn how to select and match mentors with teachers: Pages 9-14 of the Leadership Guide

6.      To explore peer observation: Pages 68-80 of the Mentoring Guide

*6. Career Pathways:  Connecting Credentials Webinars in 2016

Taken from LINCS Career Pathways

Beginning in January 2016, the Connecting Credentials Initiative is co-hosting several interactive webinars featuring credentialing innovations across the U.S. These webinars will increase viewer's understanding of credentials and promote further discussion to better connect different credential systems. 

You can register for these free webinars, using the links below: 

·        Flexible Credentialing Pathways Leading to Family-Sustaining Jobs

o   February 11, 2016 2:00-3:30 pm EST

·        Developing a Common Language for Connecting Credentials

o   February 19, 2016 1:00-2:30 pm EST

Mike Cruse

*7. Career Pathways:  Looking for ways effective employment strategies to address the needs of low-income adults?

Taken from LINCS Career Pathways

Looking for effective employment strategies to address the needs of low-income adults?  There is a resource for that.  Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Employment Strategies for Low-Income Adults Evidence Review (ESER) website offers literature reviews on the effectiveness of employment and training programs for low-income adults. Specifically, reviews are looking at the evidence presented for the effectiveness of a program, and how likely it was that a study’s anticipated program impacts were caused by the program, and not by external factors. 

The ESER website also allows users to search for results by program studied, target population, and other demographic information.  Users are able to explore top searches of evidence reviews, or design their own. They can see what research says about programs that offer work readiness activities, financial incentives, and support services, or look at evidence supporting ways to improve both short and long-term earnings, as well as long-term employment goals.

Mike Cruse

*8. ESL:  Serving Immigrant Professionals Webinar Follow-up

Taken from LINCS Adult English Language Learners

Click here to access follow-up discussion to the Immigrant Professionals Webinar.

Snippets from the discussion:

How do instructors incorporate acculturation as a "core to all of our curricula? 

… For us developing contextualized ESOL curricula has been a process, one that is ongoing.  In my view, there is no way of getting around the fact that initially it involves added responsibility.  The first step for us was to identify culturally based learning goals relative to life and job skills. For example, our Vocational Literacy curriculum includes, but is not limited to, modules around housing, transportation, communicating with schools and child care facilities, interview skills, and unwritten rules of the workplace.   ESOL learning objectives are incorporated into these content based modules.  The responsibility for developing these modules did not fall exclusively on instructors but was a shared responsibility including case managers, administrators, and employment specialists who all assisted in identifying important content …

Bahiya Cabral-Johnson

Social Capital and Social Network

Having realized the need for the clients to learn "industry specific" language, we developed the mentorship program to connect clients with mentors who have experience in that field of profession.  The mentors and mentees will meet and communicate regularly to discuss the challenges that the mentees encounter at workplace.  Because those mentors work in the similar field and can help answer those questions and provide experience and advice on how to handle a specific situation.  In addition, the mentorship program also creates the network and even job opportunities for the mentees. 

*9. Instruction:  Multimedia Resources for the ABE Classroom Webinar – February 1

Taken from LINCS Notice

Event Title: Highlighting KET: Multimedia Resources in the ABE Classroom

Event Type: Webinar and Follow-Up Discussion

Date(s): Webinar: February 1st from 2 – 3:30 PM EST. Register now!

Discussion: Following Webinar in LINCS Evidence-Based Professional Development , Math and Numeracy, and College and Career Standards groups

On February 1st, from 3 – 4:30 PM EST, Kentucky Educational Television (KET), the nation’s largest statewide public broadcasting network, will host an interactive webinar and discussion on effectively incorporating video resources into adult education classrooms.  Presenters from KET will provide best practices for integrating video and multimedia resources, as well as introduce several free online resources for GED testing, math and numeracy, and workplace interview skills.

Leading the webinar will be Tonya Crum and Amanda Dawahare from KET’s adult education department. Their team produces some of the top resources in the adult education field and offers training sessions on smart use of multimedia in the classroom.

Following the webinar, the discussion will continue in the LINCS Evidence-Based Professional Development , Math and Numeracy, and College and Career Standards groups. This discussion is a key element of KET’s presentation and a great opportunity for webinar participants to connect with other adult education professionals.

Register now!

10. Math:  Uncovering Coherence Using Area Models Webcast – February 8

Taken from LINCS Reading and Writing

Starting February 8th, LINCS will hold a three-part event on area models—visual tools that adult numeracy instructors can use to explain math topics, from whole number computation to higher-level algebra and geometry.

The “Uncovering Coherence Using Area Models” three-part event includes:

1.      Webcast (Available to view February 8th): Participants will view a pre-recorded 30-minute webcast that introduces area models and provides activities to try out in your classroom.  

2.      LINCS Community Discussion (to begin February 8th): After the webinar, the conversation will continue in the LINCS Community of Practice. This is an integral part of the event where participants can delve deeper into the subject matter, ask questions, and share experiences of working with area models in their classrooms.

3.      Webinar (March 1st from 3PM – 4PM EST): Participants who have viewed the webcast will then come together to interact, ask questions, and discuss coherence (a Common Core State Standards priority that links topics and thinking across grades). Register today!

The webcast will be available to view on the LINCS YouTube Channel starting February 8th.

The discussion will be accessible in the LINCS Math and NumeracyCollege and Career Standards, and Evidence-Based Professional Development groups. This is part three of our three-part event, where participants have a chance to further explore the subject matter, ask engaging questions, and share first-hand experiences of working with area models in their classrooms.

Area models are accessible to math students of all levels and are a great way for learners to visualize numeracy concepts. We hope you can join us for this exciting event!

Date: Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 10:00pm

Brooke Istas

*11. Reading:  Setting Students up with a Good Book

Taken from LINCS Health Literacy

It's that time of year, time to find a good book to escape the cold days of winter.  Are you and your students up for a longer read?  Ohio Literacy Resource Center's Eureka! Agora website can help you locate a book, based on your students' interests and reading levels, with suggested teaching strategies and lesson plans, too.

The Trade Books project [its official name] began in 1994 with a group of adult literacy professionals in Ohio who reviewed books published for children and young adults that would be interesting and enjoyable for adult learners to read in the classroom or in tutoring situations. The result is the searchable database, known as Eureka!, of over 1000 books, lesson plans and teaching strategies, thematic collections, and other web resources.  The current committee of 16 educators selects and reviews approximately 75 new books each year.

Here is a link to the Thematic Collection … Interested in fiction or nonfiction with a health theme?  Need a book at NRS instructional levels* 1 or 5 or somewhere in between?  No problem …

Cynthia Zafft

*12. Reading:  Standards Resource for ELA Anchors 9 and 7 –

Taken from LINCS College and Career Standards

Are you looking for a great resource for addressing ELA Anchor 9: Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take--?

No doubt, some members are aware of the website. This is a good resource for locating brief, yet rich, texts that can be compared and contrasted. There are texts available on a wide range of topics that are likely to be of interest to adults. For example, some of the most popular topics include:

·        Gun Control

·        Death Penalty

·        2016 Presidential Election

·        Immigration

·        Euthanasia

·        Medical Marijuana

·        Animal Testing

For each topic, there is a set of brief articles (around 75 to 170 words each) in support of the issue and opposed to the issue. For instance, for the topic of animal testing, there are 14 statements in favor and 13 opposed.

The site also features lengthier articles and 2- to 6-minute videos on the various topics. Related to animal testing, there are two videos on the pro side and two on the con side. Integrating both text and video resources into instruction allows us to also address ELA 7: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

In addition, you can also find a great list of quotes related to critical thinking on the site!

Susan Finn Miller

13. Technology:  Data Privacy

Taken from LINCS Technology and Learning

Did you know that the simple flashlight app is one of the worst privacy offenders out there, giving away your precise location and utilizing your internet connection to deliver targeted advertising? Today is Data Privacy Day, a day to create awareness about the importance of privacy and protecting personal information.  This is an excellent opportunity to have these vital discussions with your students (and consider some of your own practices as well!)  In today's age where we are surrounded by technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) is taking over our lives (think Fitbits, smart baby monitors, remote control appliances) we are valuing convenience over privacy and teaching our children to accept this as common practice.  While technology has afforded (and will continue to afford) us many great, life-improving advances, it is important that we are aware of our own data privacy.  The biggest challenge in the fight against privacy erosion is apathy.  By having conversations with our students and encouraging them to have conversations with their children, we can inspire a change.

So what can you do?  To start here is an excellent documentary created by Silent Circle and The Guardian  that you can share with your students (it's only 28 min): The Power of Privacy.  Additionally, Stay Safe Online has a lot of great resources you could use in the classroom.  For more resources, follow the hashtag #PrivacyAware on your social medial networks to learn more. 

Becky Schiring

HiSET Information

HiSET® January 2016 Newsletter

Happy New Year to the entire HiSET® family. We are excited to begin our third year with a strong start, and we look forward to working with you in 2016 to support adult learners with the most affordable and accessible high school equivalency assessment in the country.

Enterprise Data Manager

The new Enterprise Data Manager launched this fall and provides test centers and state administrators with the accurate and actionable data to track test takers' progress and success. Look out for training webinars in the coming months! These webinars will show you the capabilities of our new Enterprise Data Manager system and help you learn how to manage your reporting requirements.

Test Center Reminders

2015 Test Material Reconciliation is underway! Thank you for returning your materials on time and completely. If you have not yet returned your 2015 test materials, you must do so immediately. Please contact your TAS representative if you have any questions.

  • Include the Test Material Return Notice with your shipment.
  • Please do not over-pack or overstuff your boxes.
  • Label all of the boxes in your shipment with 1 of 3, 2 of 3, etc., as necessary.
  • Do not return USED answer sheets with 2015 testing materials. Doing so can create a significant scoring delay.
  • Hold onto answer sheets and return kits. These can be used through 2016.

HiSET Annual Conference

Thank you to those who were able to attend the HiSET 2015 annual conference and for making it a success! Check out our video with highlights from this dynamic event. We look forward to seeing you at the 2016 conference. Details will be sent out later this year.

HiSET Success Stories

Does your state or jurisdiction have a HiSET success story you want to share with us and others? If so, we want to hear it. Email Sheri Mayo with details and include "HiSET Success Story" in your subject line. For more information about the HiSET program, contact us.

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Montana HSE Update: January 2016

Update:  1/4/16

Important Update Regarding the 'Are you Ready to Take the HiSET Exam?' Chart

During a recent quality control of all online material, we discovered that the Math range tables posted on September 1, 2015 do not reflect the most current information.  As you may recall, the Math tables were updated back in April to accommodate the additional items added to the existing practice tests. Please note that the tables were in fact accurate at that time. On September 1st, the document was then updated to include the newly added practice tests. When that update occurred, the Math range tables inadvertently reverted to the data as it existed prior to April 2015. The error was immediately corrected and an updated chart has been posted online.

To summarize, the Math tables published between September 1, 2015 and December 18, 2015 were incorrect.  Please use be certain to use this updated chart moving forward.

Our sincere apologies for any confusion or inconvenience this oversight may have caused you or your test takers. Please contact me directly with any questions or concerns. My contact information can be found in my signature below.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!


Adriana Wells

Senior Product Manager

Update:  10/19/15

·        HiSET 2016 Montana Presentation by Jonna McDonough, Director, ETS High School Equivalency Test (HiSET®)

Update:  10/5/15

·       2016 Writing Response Scoring Guide:  NEW

·       2016 Scored Sample Writing Responses:  NEW

·       2016 Sample Questions:  NEW

·       2016 Test at a Glance:  NEW

·       2016 HiSET Program Manual:  NEW

Update:  8/31/15

HiSET 2015 Information Brief - Math

As many Math teachers requested, we have enhanced the Math information with a great deal of detail.  Teachers may expect a similar level of detail in our 2016 Informational Brief for all subtests.  This particular update was developed in response to feedback received from Math teachers across all HiSET states and territories.

Click here for the brief.

Estimate how well prepared you are for the HiSET exam:

Are You Ready to Take the HiSET Exam?

HiSET Preparation Materials 2015

Montana HiSET Resources

Check out the shared resources on the HiSET Resource page at

HiSET Success:  Montana

Do you have a HiSET success story you want to share with us and others? If so, we want to hear it. Email Margaret Bowles with details. Include "HiSET Success Story" in your subject line

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