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Schedule Updates


Year 2


Due Date

Part I of Culminating Project

September 15, 2009

Workshop #4

October 29, 2009

Interim Activity C

December 18, 2009


January 8, 2010 *(alternate dates:  Jan. 6 & 7)

Adult Education Leadership - six-hour online course

Any time between January 1 - March 1, 2010

Interim Activity D

March 25, 210


April 7, 2010

Workshop #5 April 15, 2010

Part II of Culminating Project

April 20, 2010


May 13, 2010 *(alternate dates:  May 11 & 12)




Student Persistence Resource from LEA


Message from Lennox

Greetings All,

I hope you have had a relaxing summer.  Mine has seen fits and starts with some down times followed by frantic rushes.  Such is life I suppose.  I know some of you have had challenges this summer and I appreciate the email updates.  "What does not kill us makes us stronger."

Three things:

1.  I have established this dedicated LEA email address ( for you so I can be more responsive to you.  Too often last year your emails got entangled with the rash of others and I was late in following up with you.  With this dedicated email address, I can try to be more responsive.  If we have any dangling issues I may have missed, please let me know.

2.  IMPORTANT:  Part I of your Culminating Project is to be uploaded by September 15.  I am sure you have that wrapped up already but I wanted to remind you of the due date.

3.  Our next face-to-face (or face-to-satellite) on October 29 is on Adult Learner Persistence.  In that workshop we will explore a variety of strategies related to helping students persist in class.  From those strategies you might find ones that you can pilot test in Part II of your Culminating Project. 
Please add this new email address to your contacts and let me know when I can help in any way.

I look forward to reading your Part I reports and I look forward to seeing you in October. 

Take care.  Let me know when I can help.

Dr. Lennox L. McLendon


Schedule Updates


Year 1


Due Date

Online Orientation to LEA

Prior to first workshop

Online Intro to Program Improvement

Prior to first workshop

Module #1:  Using Self-Assessments


October 15, 2008

Interim Activity #1

December 8, 2008

Webcast #1

December 17, 2008

Module #2:  Integrating Research

January 29, 2009

Survey Deadline

March 6, 2009

Survey Results Posted on LEA

March 11, 2009

Interim Activity #2

March 31, 2009

Webcast #2

April 8, 2009

Online Intro to Using Data

Prior to April 22, 2009

Module #3:  Using Data

April 22, 2009

Webcast #3

May 20, 2009

Part I of Culminating Project Begins

  • Interim Activity C

May 21, 2009

  • Due Sept. 15



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Conference Call Set

12 Noon to 1:00 pm
Please call 1-888-224-5889 and give the password ----.
As the date gets closer, we'll get an agenda put together!!  For now, just mark your calendars.

LA Meeting

Good afternoon!!
Our next Leadership Academy meeting will be April 21 - 22, 2009.  Per the last meeting, folks expressed an interest in meeting for a few hours the evening before the Teleconference.  I have reserved the OPI 1300 Conference Room on April 21 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  It is reserved for the day on April 22 as well.
I tried to get a block of sleeping rooms at Red Lion but DPHHS has their entire complex taken for April 22.  I managed to get a block of rooms at the Fairfield Inn,  2150 11th Avenue (just down the street from Red Lion).  Please call them ASAP at 449-9944 to reserve and guarantee a room in the block.  The block is under my name and the confirmation numbers run from 88843 to 88852.  When you call, they'll give you one of the confirmation numbers and replace my name with yours.
If you would like to participate in an interim conference call on March 1 at 12 Noon, please email me.  I need to know how many lines I need and will call and get what we need.  I'll email you the numbers and passwords.
Thank you!


Orientation Information from Missoula


Integrating Research Agenda

Click here for the January 29 Agenda.

How to Access Interim Activities

Look on the orange card stock “Points of Contact” handout that we got at the Leadership Academy.   Directly under the chart of contacts, there is something called “Technology Tips” (with a photo of a computer screen besides it).  It has the address for the library:

1.       Open 

2.       Click on the link that is circled in red on the picture of the front page.

3.       Access LEA Participant Library

4.       Scroll down to 08-09 Training Materials Year 1

5.       Choose Self Assessment Interim Activity

6.       The form can then be saved as a Word document, filled out and saved on your computer.

7.       Finally, go back to LEA software, chose your team and upload!

Good luck.  Call me if these directions aren’t clear (823-6356)



Leadership Academy Meeting Announced

The Leadership Academy group will meet on January 29 in the OPI 1300 Conference Room Since a number of you are both a director and a Leadership Academy member, you should also reserve a sleeping room for the night of January 28.  I have rooms for you for both days and rooms for the Leadership members that are not program directors.  Meet at the OPI 1300 Conference Room at  8:00 am.
Release dates on these sleeping rooms is December 31, 2008.

Carol Flynn


Leadership Academy Response


I have always dreaded welcoming people to orientation and saying I am sorry but one of the things we are going to do as a part of orientation is test you.  Listening to Lennox share what West Virginia found when they did Student forums and the adjustments they made to their orientation as a result inspired me to talk with our staff about making changes as well.  The Missoula ABLE staff was excited about making a significant change to our orientation process.  We are in the midst of making the changes now and hope to implement them in time for winter quarter.  Testing won’t be a part of the first contact students have.  Instead they are going to get to learn about their learning styles and preferences and how to use those in the classroom. 

Renee Bentham, Missoula

Montana was fortunate to have Lennox McLendon onsite to host the first Montana/Idaho LA meeting.  The self-assessment piece should be a very interesting one for the Billings staff to complete since the staff has several new members.  Looking at what we do well and want to improve upon will be good for all of us.

Norene Peterson, Billings Adult Education Center

The first meeting of the Leadership Academy demonstrated the commitment and willingness of the participants to share their time and expertise to improve the delivery of adult education across the state.

Margaret Bowles, OPI


First Meeting

Good Afternoon:
... Our METNET Conference with Idaho will be held in the OPI 1300 Conference Room on October 15. We are located at 1300 11th Avenue. The Conference room is located right at the top of the stairs on second floor. We'll have a light continental breakfast at 8:30 am and the conference will start at 9:00 am sharp on October 15.  Lunch will be provided.  We'll reimburse your lodging, mileage and meals not provided while you are in travel status.
If you have any questions, give me a call!!  See you in a few weeks.

Carol Flynn