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Montana Information

National Information:  *WIOA Items

HiSET Information

Montana Information

1. Alliance of Career Resource Professionals Webinar:  February 11

The Alliance of Career Resource Professionals (MCIS is a member) is putting on an excellent webinar on Feb. 11th that we think will be of great interest to workforce professionals at a small cost. We included a link in our most recent newsletter that you can find on our website at:

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 Math:  ANN Newsletter

Click here to access Adult Numeracy Network (ANN) newsletter.

4. Montana Moving Pathways Forward Resources

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

5. 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.

6. 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

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 Research and Technical Writing

Taken from LINCS Reading and Writing

An interesting discussion has taken place on the Reading/Writing discussion group.  Originally, the discussion was in regard to Developing Employability Skills through Conscientious Writing Practice.  Then the discussion expanded to career research.  Here are some snippets.  Click here to check out the complete discussion.

Snippet #1

… I take two main points from your message.  The first point is that adult learners/job candidates need to develop a narrative to sell themselves to potential employers.  This requires research and writing skills.  The second point is that these writing skills will continue to be required once a person is employed …

Snippet #2

"Technical writing is a type of writing where the author is writing about a particular subject that requires direction, instruction, or explanation. This style of writing has a very different purpose and different characteristics than other writing styles such as creative writing, academic writing or business writing. ( ).

The models or examples at the site below might inspire more practice in this area. In fact, Robert, the practice might provide a good addition to another discussion in Reading and Writing CoP, dealing with alternatives to teaching the five-paragraph essay. Writing about career interests can also lead to learners becoming more self-aware in terms of their occupational interests and pathway choices.

Snippet #3

Online Resources for Career Research

 LINCS Learner Center's Get Job Skills site.  This is an excellent one-stop resource for teaching and researching more about careers and training opportunities.  For example, Career One Stop offers assessments to help learners use their interests and transferrable skills - those acquired from prior work and life experience - to learn about new careers. This site also provides information on technical and soft skills required in different careers, along with average state and national salaries, and contact information for local training providers …

· - job categories, connected text, descriptions, education, certification, and trade groups at 11/12 GL

· - job families, nice text at  level 11 - 16

· - charts with wage info for each state, descriptions at 11/12 GL

· - occupational outlook handbook, job descriptions more prose than bullets and at 11/12 GL

·   - short descriptions at 6-8 GL

· - bulleted lists, complex text

·  - bulleted lists at 4/5 GL

*9.  ESL:  Online Course

Taken from LINCS Adult English Language Learners

EU-Speak is an international project based at the University of Newcastle, England, to provide online courses for ESOL teachers that work with students at the lowest literacy levels.  Building on the success of its February 2015 international pilot online module, Teaching Vocabulary to LESLLA (Low Educated Second Language and Literacy Acquisition) Learners, EU-Speak project partners invite you to join their free international online module “Working with LESLLA Learners”, running for six weeks from 22 February 2016. This is the first of six new modules to be delivered over the next three years.

The modules are aimed at providing support and PD to practitioners working with adult immigrant learners who have limited or no native language schooling and present with specific literacy learning needs.

The first module is aimed at helping teachers to develop essential skills, knowledge, understanding and tools and will support both qualified and trainee teachers in their work with these learners. You may be working either in formal classrooms or as a volunteer within your community.

As part of a growing international community of LESLLA teachers, you will be able to share experiences with fellow participants across countries and continents.  There will be participants from Canada, England, Finland, Germany, Spain and Turkey. All the documents, readings, and discussions will be offered in English, Finnish, German, Spanish, and Turkish. There will be opportunities for international discussions using English. Please read the official announcement below as well as the attachment to see the participating universities. You will have a choice of sharing in your own language group or using our international discussion forum for activities to share your thoughts and ideas.

Our team of international mentors will provide support during delivery of the module.

By the end of the module #1, Working with LESLLA learners, you will be able to:

       Describe characteristics of LESLLA learners.

       Select materials and resources appropriate for the assessed needs of this learner group.

       Gain skills in helping learners develop print awareness and recognize sound/symbol correspondence.

       Analyse techniques and strategies for incorporating literacy skills into a thematic lesson.

       Design and implement activities for LESLLA learners.

For more information about this module please visit our website which will take you to the syllabus and enrollment documents. Please download the enrollment form, complete and return to us at before february 22.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Martha Young-Scholten – Project Lead

*10.  ESL:  Migration Policy Institute's Using Data to Improve WIOA Services for Immigrants and Refugees

Taken from LINCS Adult English Language Learners

The Migration Policy Institute has posted a video and PowerPoint from their December 2015 webinar on immigrant and refugee adult learners and workers. The webinar explores the relationship of key Census data findings to current state and local efforts to devise plans for implementation of WIOA. 

The webinar, Using Data to Improve Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Services for Immigrants and Refugees, suggests that WIOA’s implementation could play a critical role in supporting the upward mobility of these immigrants and refugees in the workforce and their successful integration into civic life.  

11. Health Literacy:  Zika Virus

Taken from LINCS Notice

Are you and your students talking about the Zika virus?  Your students from Brazil, Columbia, El Salvador, and Jamaica may be hearing a lot of concern from their circle of family and friends.  And, of course, we are hearing about its spread in the U.S.  Here is some information.  The first two are a bit easier to read.

       The Times In Plain English:  The Zika Virus, Be Aware (reading level about 7 GLE)

       NY Times interactive article Short Answers to Hard Questions About Zika Virus (Done as a Q & A with initial short, one-sentence answer to questions followed by a paragraph of details.  The maps are very informative).


       MedlinePlus:   Zika Virus

       From HealthDay:  Zika Virus Expected to Spread North Through U.S.

       From the CDC with map:  Zika Virus and Prevention section (in English and Spanish)

       WHO Zika virus fact sheets (also available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish)

Cynthia Zafft

12. Math:  Making Math Concepts Simple:  Free Webinar on February 12

Taken from LINCS Math  and Numeracy

Presented by: Anthony Chun 

February 12 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST (FREE)

Math is a subject that is very challenging to many students. This presentation will show how to teach difficult math concepts while building students' confidence and making them feel comfortable learning each concept.

Math is a subject that is very challenging to many students. This presentation will show how to teach difficult math concepts while building students' confidence and making them feel comfortable learning each concept.

Seats are limited. Register today! 

 13. 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:

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.  

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.

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

14. Technology:  Platforms for Communicating with Adult Students

Taken from LINCS Diversity and Learning

Here are the "shell platforms"  (where teachers build or add their own content) that I have found most frequently used in adult basic skills teaching and learning:

       Blendspace (formerly named Edcanvas)

       Google Classroom free for teachers

       Edmodo free online, secure social learning platform that allows teachers
to create online classes or other groups of students, assign homework, hold real time
or asynchronous discussions, schedule quizzes, host a class blog, and
manage learner progress. Only their students, whom they invite to join, can see
the class Edmodo web page.

       Schoology free online learning management system with which a teacher
can manage daily teaching tasks such as organizing courses, posting assignments,
posting instructional content, hosting interactive discussions, offering online
quizzes and tests with immediate scoring and analysis, recording grades,
maintaining a class events calendar, and communicating by email -- all from one
platform and in a streamlined way. Students can also submit their assignments
in an online drop box, where a teacher can provide comments and track revisions.

There are other ways to create/curate and store online content for adult basic skills students besides using "shell platforms" such as these. To learn about them, take a look a my free online guide, Blended Learning for the Adult Education Classroom .

David J. Rosen

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