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Montana Information

National Information:  *WIOA Items

HiSET Information

Montana Information

1. Montana ABLE Teacher Summer Institute

Save the date!

·       Teacher Summer Institute

·       June 1 and June 2

·       Helena, MT

More information will be coming!

2. Montana BEST+ Training and ESOL Conference

Best Plus 2.0 and Best Literacy Discussion

       Tuesday, May 3, 2016

       9:00 am to 3:00 pm

       OPI 1300 11th Avenue Conference Room

Each individual attending will need to bring his/her own laptop.

ESOL Spring Conference

       Tuesday, May 3, 2016

       5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

       OPI 1300 11th Avenue Conference Room

And continues

       Wednesday, May 4, 2016

       8:00 am to 3:00 pm

       OPI 1300 11th Avenue Conference Room

3. Montana Moving Pathways Forward Resources

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

4. 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.

5. Montana PEPTalk Enhancment

In an effort to make resume saving easier for users, the following changes have been made on the page for creating a resume:


·        The text on the button for saving options has been changed from “Save” to "Save Options”.


·        A text field has been added for naming the resume file.


·        The text of the download button has been changed from “Create Resume” to “Download Resume”. It works the same except that if there is a file name entered, it uses that (or uses the old default name if not).


·       A “Save Resume” button has been added. If the entered file name is valid, it copies the file to the file area and then takes the user to the uploaded resume. If the file name is blank, has invalid characters, or is the same as an existing uploaded file, there is an error message.

6. WIOA Update

WIOA Montana Updates:


Montana WIOA Discussion Group Update

Have you been reading items posted on the Montana WIOA Discussion List?  Monthly program reports have been posted.


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


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

National LINCS Website now mobile friendly!

We are proud to announce a new mobile-friendly design for LINCS!

The LINCS Community website is now optimized for phones, tablets, and other mobile devices, making it easier for you to access the LINCS Community away from your computer. Participate in Community discussions and collaborate with other adult education professionals, both at home, in the classroom, and on-the-go with your mobile device!

The new LINCS website features a clean design and a wider visual display for easier reading and participation on phones, tablets, and other mobile devices. Log in to post, comment, and like the same way you would on your computer.

See the image below for an example of the new streamlined mobile LINCS site.

As always, send us a note via the Contact Us page if you have questions or comments. Happy surfing!

*7. Adult Education Teacher Induction Toolkit:  Webinar on February 23 for Using the Adult Education Teacher Induction Toolkit to Mentor New Teachers

Taken from LINCS Notice

LINCS is pleased to announce a new professional development opportunity, “Using the Adult Education Teacher Induction Toolkit to Mentor New Teachers.” Local programs can use the Toolkit to customize a mentoring program to support new or less-experienced teachers.  This webinar is offered by Regional Professional Development Center 1.

Join Jane Meyer and Heidi Daniels—both staff from programs that have piloted the Teacher Induction Toolkit—for a webinar on February 23rd, from 2:00 – 3:15 PM ET, where they will share their experiences with teacher induction and using the resources in the Toolkit. Webinar participants will learn about how teacher induction plans can be customized, how the Toolkit can be used to support teacher induction efforts, and lessons learned from the field.  

There are two pre-webinar activities intended to bring participants up to speed on teacher induction and new teacher mentoring. Prior to the webinar, please read the Conditions for Success in Teacher Induction Information Brief, and review the Canton City School District Adult Basic and Literacy Education New Teacher Mentoring Program Overview and Schedule.

Register for this upcoming webinar. We look forward to seeing you February 23rd at 2 PM EST!

*8. Career Pathways:  Connecting Credentials: Lessons from the National Summit on Credentialing and Next Steps in the National Dialogue

Taken from LINCS Career Pathways


On October 5, 2015, 200 individuals representing nearly 170 organizations gathered in Washington, D.C., for a one-day summit on a critical issue: the need for change in our nation’s fragmented system of credentialing. The National Summit on Credentialing was convened by three organizations – the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW), the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), and Lumina Foundation – on behalf of the Connecting Credentials partnership. The summit represented a first step in articulating a shared vision of a reformed credentialing system.  This document is the result of the findings from this convening.  

*9.  Career Pathways:  Soft Skills - The Chronicle of Higher Education:  To Solve the Skills Gap in Hiring, Create Expectations in the Classroom

Taken from LINCS Career Pathways

The Chronicle of Higher Education's To Solve the Skills Gap in Hiring, Create Expectations in the Classroom, highlights The Business Roundtable's 2009 survey of employers, who identified concerns about ‘soft skills’ gaps, such as work ethic, accountability and self-motivation.  

Much of that data supporting this claim is provided by research taken from Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs, by Peter Cappelli.  The author argues that the much discussed skills gap is largely a result of hiring practices. According to the Chronicle's commentary, "Many people have the competencies to learn new techniques if provided with work-related training. The Business Roundtable agrees, arguing that employers would find greater success by focusing on hiring competencies. Are the applicants organized? Self-motivated? Punctual? Do they present a strong work ethic"? 

This survey did not identify any skills deficit associated with specialized IT, management, administrative, or mechanical work. "People know how to do jobs; they just don’t act like it", according to the commentaries' author, Charlotte Kent.   

Mike Cruse

*10.  College:  Supporting Postsecondary Student Success - Tactical Guide

Taken from LINCS Postsecondary Completion

The Institute for Higher Education Policy refers to the Supporting Postsecondary Student Success (Coffey & Ajinkya, 2016) as a tactical guidebook for postsecondary institutions (and others) focused on how community sectors can work together to ensure that all students succeed at college and go on to high-quality employment.  The guidebook (a website) is divided into four chapters that cover specific support areas:

·        Academic

·        Career

·        Personal

·        Financial

Each chapter includes:   (1) an interview describing a specific partnership (student success goal, partners needed, implementation, and impact), (2) a downloadable version of the chapter, (3) tools, and (4) additional resources.  While some examples focus on the K-12 to college connection, the guidebook includes a wide array of examples and tools that apply to adult education, creating a resource while exploring with your postsecondary and community partners.

Cynthia Zafft

11. LINCS Learning Portal

Taken from LINCS

Are you in need of some professional development?  Have you checked out what LINCS has to offer?  If you are a member of LINCS, you can also access the LINCS Learning Portal.  The Learning Portal is an open-access, web-based learning platform that enables learners, instructors, and organizations to access online learning opportunities.

Click here and log in to the Learning Portal to check out the following courses.

Career Pathways

·        ACP: Building Strategic Partnerships

·        ACP: Developing Effective Bridge Programs

·        ACP: Designing Contextualized Instruction

·        ACP: Integrating Career Counseling and Planning

·        ACP: Engaging Employers in Adult Career Pathways

Differentiated Instruction

·        Differentiated Instruction and Lesson Planning

English Language Learners

·        ELL-U: Second Language Acquisition

·        ELL-U: Teaching Emergent Readers

·        ELL-U: Formative Assessment

·        ELL-U: The Role of Culture

·        ELL-U: Principles of Second Language Teaching


·        LINCS ESL Pro Module 1: Meeting the Language Needs of Today’s Adult English Language Learner

·        LINCS ESL Pro Module 2: Integrating Digital Literacy into Adult English Language Instruction

·        LINCS ESL Pro Module 3: Preparing English Learners for Work and Career Pathways

Learning Disabilities

·        L2A: Learning Disabilities and Accommodations

·        L2A: Learning Disabilities and English Language Learners

·        L2A: Learning Disabilities and Neuroscience

·        L2A: Professional's Guide to Educating Adults


·        Build a Lesson with OER

·        Open your Classroom with OER

LINCS Science

·        Engaging Adult Learners in Science

·        Scientific Practices in Context

·        Project-Based Science Instruction for Career Preparation

·        Teaching Energy Literacy to Adult Learners

LINCS Technology and Learning

·        Integrating Technology in the Adult Education Classroom


·        RCIS Reviewer Orientation

Teacher Effectiveness

·        Introduction to Teacher Effectiveness and Induction

·        Principles of Learning for Instructional Design

·        Motivating Adult Learners to Persist

Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL)

12. Math:  Uncovering Coherence Using Area Models Webcast Now Available

Taken from LINCS Reading and Writing

Date(s): Webcast: Now Available

Webinar: March 1st from 3 PM – 4 PM EST - Register now!

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

The area models webcast is now live! This 30-minute online video—part one of LINCS’ three-part series “Uncovering Coherence Using Area Models”—gives a general overview of how area models can be used to teach math and numeracy concepts to students of all levels. The webcast is available to view here

Part two of the series rolls out with continuing the conversation will continue in the LINCS Community of Practice. This discussion allows participants to delve deeper into the subject matter, ask questions, and share experiences of working with area models in their classrooms. The discussion will be accessible in the LINCS Math and Numeracy, College and Career Standards, and Evidence-Based Professional Development groups.

The, part three of the activity will be held on next Tuesday, March 1st, from 3 PM – 4 PM EST, with the presentation of the “Uncovering Coherence Using Area Models” webinar, where LINCS Math and Numeracy trainers Connie Rivera and Amy Vickers will give step-by-step instructions on how to use area models.

13. Technology:  Instructional Design Service MOOC

Taken from LINCS Groups

Enroll Now: Join Our Free Instructional Design Service Course

·        Title: Instructional Design Service Course: Gain Experience for Good (MOOC: Massive Open Online Course)

·        Dates: Feb 22 - May 15, 2016 - 12 days left to enroll in this free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) – Expect to spend 40 hours total, or 3-4 hours a week, in developing your project.

·        FAQ Page:

·        Enroll Now:


In this project-based course, you’ll gain instructional design experience while developing open educational resources (OER) for instructors and learners in adult basic education programs. This service course is facilitated by Designers for Learning, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the United States that coordinates service-learning opportunities for those who seek to gain experience creating instruction to support important social causes. Upon successful completion of this 12-week course, you’ll receive an instructional design service badge, a Certificate of Recognition, and an invitation to include your instructional materials in the Adult Learning Zone group on OER Commons.

Leecy Wise

14. Youth:  Disconnected Young Adults with Disabilities

Taken from LINCS

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) offers a wealth of information on this population, which may be of interest to program managers looking to attract these learners into their adult education programs.  In addition to national level research and best practices for working with this population, the NCSET website has state level contact information for anyone interested in learning more about what is happening in your state with this population of potential learners.

Mike Cruse

 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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Norene Peterson, Adult Education Center