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Montana Information

1. Montana ABLE and Partner Meetings/Trainings:

Montana ABLE Meetings

Montana ABLE Teacher Institute Update

Time for the summer Teacher Institute is rapidly approaching, so I would like to provide guidance on who should attend. The training will have two strands; so at a minimum for programs that have more than one teacher send two teachers with content expertise-one in mathematics and one in literacy. To get the most from the institute consider sending a larger team. The Institute is a train-the-trainer model; participating teachers will be expected to return to the local program and share how to incorporate the fundamental advances in adult education instruction. WIOA is bringing a culture change to the ABE classroom, and this Institute will provide a framework for change.

The Institute will not be the end of the teacher training, as we have already determined that an August Webinar will be provided as a refresher for the participants. We anticipate keeping the participating teachers connected throughout the school year to provide support and to keep the momentum going in your program. Working with our WIOA core partners is going to require a much more systemic approach in delivery of services, and I am certain this workshop will to set the stage for ABE success.

Please submit to Carol Flynn the names of the math and literacy teachers you will be sending by Friday, March 25th. Again, larger teams are encouraged, as it is going to take a critical mass to move the culture change forward.  Once we have the list of participants, we will be sending out an Expectation Survey, so that we can meet the needs of the participants.

I am very excited to make this training available to all programs. James Buscher, Lacey Dobyns, and Michele Curlee are planning to share ideas and strategies that will inspire, challenge, and keep the participants actively engaged!

Margaret Bowles, Montana Adult Basic Education Director

Montana ABLE Directors’ Meeting

       April 6th - ABE Staff

o   TABE Training

o   Transition Support – Preparing for the Next Program Year

       April 7th - Pathway Coordinators/OP Pathway Specialists/ABE Staff

o   John Bowers, Dean of Developmental and Transitional Studies from South Seattle University will present on contextualizing curriculum. John is a leading expert on creating relevant learning experiences. His workshop will last from 8:00-12:00. There will be a working lunch, and the group will then transition to DACUM training to assist participants in the development of a pathway. The DACUM training will last from approximately 1:00-4:30.

o   DACUM training, ABE will be limited to two representatives per program. This will definitely be a train-the-trainer meeting.

Montana BEST+ Training and ESOL Conference

Best Plus Training and BEST Plus 2.0 and Best Literacy Discussion

       Tuesday, May 3, 2016

       OPI 1300 11th Avenue Conference Room

o       Training

§  9:00 am to 2:30 pm

o       Open Meeting

§  2:30 – 3:30 PM Major Modifications for 2.0 (all trained instructors need to attend)

§  3:30 – 4:30 PM Best Literacy Administration

ESOL Spring Conference (continues)

       Wednesday, May 4, 2016

       8:00 am to 3:00 pm

       OPI 1300 11th Avenue Conference Room

Montana Partner Meetings

Montana Disability Employability Conference

·        Montana Disability Employability Conference

·        May 11 - 13 in Great Falls

·  (At this time the registration feature is not active. Please keep checking back to the site for registration.  You will need to register on your own.)

2. Montana Career Pathways:  Work-Based Learning in Rural Communities Webinar

You're invited to the webinar...

Work-Based Learning in Rural Communities

Register now!

Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost:  Free
Registration URL:

Session Description:

Matching students with work experiences in rural communities may be a rewarding experience for not only the student, but the community, too. In this webinar, learn techniques for employment matching and community engagement in our rural Montana communities. Materials and worksheets will be provided.

Click here for more information.

3. Montana Moving Pathways Forward Resources

Click here to access all MPF Resources.  Logic Model and Contextualized Templates now posted -- No new resources since December 2015.

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 (NRS Implementation Guidelines) posted on 2/20/16.

5. 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.

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

WIOA National Update:

2/20/16:  NRS Implementation Guidelines

NRS Implementation Guidelines

HiSET Information

NEW!  HiSET Road Map for Instructors:  3/21/16

HiSET® February 2016 Newsletter

Welcome, Pennsylvania!

ETS proudly welcomes Pennsylvania to our family of states and jurisdictions that offer the HiSET® exam to out-of-school youth and adults who are pursuing their high school equivalency credential.

Weather-Related Closings

Please be sure to contact your Test Administrative Services (TAS) representative if your center will be closed due to weather-related incidents. It is important that TAS knows and has as much time as possible to notify test takers and assist with rescheduling appointments.

HiSET Success Story – Glendive, Montana

After not attending traditional high school for nearly three months, Summer Bird decided it would be best to drop out and seek an alternative route. Determined to obtain her high school equivalency credential, Bird enrolled in prep classes for the HiSET exam at Dawson Community College and studied every day for six months. With the support of family, friends and her teacher, Jane, Bird achieved what she set out to do — she passed the HiSET exam and earned her high school equivalency credential. Read more about Bird's story (PDF).

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: February 2016

Update:  3/20/16

HiSET Road Map for Instructors

Update:  2/20/16

HiSET Approved Materials provided by Marianne Shomaker, Montana OPI High School Equivalency Specialist

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


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