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February
NRS Implementation Guidelines

April
ABE Staff and Directors' Resources

September
ABE Basic Education Fall Conference 2015

January
Josh Davies:  Bring Your A Game
July
Montana Assessment Standards and Guidelines 2015-2016
MABLE Business Language
Update
MABLE Business Language
Fall Conference 2016
WIOA Summer Conference


August
WIOA Kickoff Update



April

ABE Staff and Directors' Resources

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February

NRS Implementation Guidelines Revised February 2016

I received the link to the revised NRS Guidelines this week, and I do want to share that there are really no revisions except Appendix D and E. Appendix E is the new descriptors for the Educational Functioning Levels  (EFLs) for ABE. Appendix D is the comments received from across the nation on the new EFL descriptors and the responses from OCTAE.  The EFL descriptors reflect increased academic rigor and are much better aligned to the College and Career Readiness (CCR)  Standards for Adults. These descriptors will not be implemented until we have a test that aligns, so for the short-term you will continue to use TABE 9 & 10 for your assessment to measure academic gain. However, it is definitely time to make the transition to teaching to the CCR standards; as you know TABE 11 & 12 are in the field testing stage, so an approved, aligned test may be coming soon.   Our June Teacher Institute will be the opportunity for teachers to begin bridging classroom instruction from current EFL to the new  descriptors aligned to the CCR.

I encourage you to forward this to your classroom teachers, I think they would find the new EFLs,  comments, and responses very interesting.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Margaret

Dear Colleagues,

The National Reporting System (NRS) Implementation Guidelines have been revised and are posted on the NRS web site.  You may download the document at this link http://www.nrsweb.org/foundations/implementation_guidelines.aspx.  This edition includes two new appendices:

The new ABE educational functioning level descriptors will not be implemented until the Secretary has determined that there is at least one assessment that is both aligned with the revised descriptors and that is suitable for use in the NRS.  Until that time, programs will continue to use the existing ABE descriptors.  We also made revisions to remove references to specific secondary school credentials and high school equivalency tests.  Please note that this version of the NRS Implementation Guidelines does not include changes required under WIOA.

Thank you for the good work you do every day on behalf of our students.

Jay LeMaster

U.S. Department of Education

Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education

National Reporting System

Washington, DC

 




January

Josh Davies:  Bring Your A Game -  February 16 & 17
Lodging Information:

While you can stay anywhere in Great Falls when you come for Josh Davis’ workshop, I have secured a block of sleeping rooms at State Rate at the Hampton Inn Great Falls, 2301 14th Street, SW, Great Falls, MT 59404.  Please call them at 406-453-2675 and guarantee a room with your credit card.  Reservations must be made by February 9, 2016.  There is a free hot breakfast that is included with the room charge.  State rate for Great Falls is $89.00 plus 7% tax.


September

Adult Basic Education Fall Conference 2015
Agenda

See agenda above for conference coming up on September 29-30, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Downtown Ballroom.  Holiday Inn downtown is located at  22 North Last Chance Gulch on the Walking Mall.

Please note the following:

·         Given grant restrictions, we are no longer able to provide food for our conferences.   I did check with Holiday Inn Downtown and each of you INDIVIDUALLY may bring a morning and afternoon snack into the hotel with you for the Conference.  You cannot bring a snack for your entire group coming to the conference.  We are providing coffee and hot water for tea in the morning and iced tea and lemonade in the afternoon.  There will also be pitchers of water on the tables.

·         Lunch will be on your own both days.

·         We will have a meeting for the Pilot Project Directors and Teachers on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and we can provide a “working dinner” for this small group.  We will be meeting in the OPI 1300 11th Avenue Conference Room Tuesday evening.

After looking at the agenda, please let me know if there are any other staff from your program that you may want to bring to the conference with you.  Please give me their names no later than this Friday, September 18th so that I can have a name tag for them and include them in the round table discussion groups on September 30.

Carol Flynn

August

WIOA Kickoff Update
Message from Margaret Bowles:

The core partners have been meeting every week since early May to make sure the WIOA Kickoff is a great success.  (Below) is the latest and greatest agenda.

I am most excited about this opportunity for you to hear from folks at the federal level, state, and regional levels. I do hope you will plan to stay for the social on Tuesday right after the regional breakouts. This will be a time to chat informally with folks from your region to discuss all the information presented during the day.

See you soon!

Margaret

WIOA Kickoff Agenda


July

Montana Assessment Standards and Guidelines 2015-2016
Click here to access new Assessment Standards and Guidelines.

I have also attached our new assessment policy that was very recently approved by OCTAE. We now have alignment between MABLE and policy, and the new data collection that will support our work with core partners in WIOA.

Margaret Bowles


MABLE Business Language Update
Click here to access new MABLE Business Language.

Update information for you:

Separation Dates

As with any new data collection, we have made an important discovery. MABLE was not capturing student separation history. Please do not remove separation dates, as we want the data to truly reflect student activity. This will be increasingly important as we move to working with our partners.  If you do separate a student, simply re-enroll the student.  Students should not be separated after a few days, or weeks, without trying to make contact (and documenting your efforts to contact).  Under the new MABLE 90 days is the official amount of time for separation, and separation prior to that should have some formal type of procedure in place.  Please keep a spreadsheet, or other documentation of your choice, that verifies your outreach efforts to confirm the student will no longer be enrolled in your program. We are also adding a separation history to MABLE for monitoring purposes.

Student Services

Under the  old law, we did everything possible to support students stop-outs and reengagement. The new law is asking that we work with core partners to transition clients to employment/training. With strong wrap-around services students should leave ABE without a need to return.  Our job is now to exit students fully prepared with the skills they need to succeed. This will be an ongoing discussion in the coming months.

Targets and Outcomes

This year will be a year for baseline data as we move to WIOA; and the fact that we are really under a new law will be hard to remember as so many things feel and look the same in this transition year.  We have no idea what performance measures will be in place under the new unified plan, so the more accurately you capture student activity this year the better position we will be in when OCTAE analyzing state data to set new performance targets. The new MABLE is designed to streamline data entry, so you can focus on one student EFL gain and student transition. Remember, 12 hours is no longer your target for student enrollment; target is one EFL gain and student remains in the program until ready to transition to employment/postsecondary/training is the target under WIOA. Certainly, there will be a required number of hours for reporting next year, but this is definitely subject to change as we move to common measures and integrated data reporting.


MABLE Business Language
Click here to access new MABLE Business Language.

Fall Conference 2016

Save the Date!  ABLE FALL CONFERENCE IS SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 29-30, 2015!!

Please mark your calendars for our ABLE Fall Conference on September 29 and 30, 2015.   I’ve secured a conference room at Holiday Inn Downtown which is located  at 22 North Last Chance Gulch here in Helena.

An agenda and more information will be sent out later this summer.


WIOA Summer Conference

Attached is the AGENDA for our WIOA Kickoff in August. The core partners are spending considerable time putting together a conference that will truly help everyone begin WIOA work this year. The highlights will be:

·        The breakouts will provide all participants the opportunity to reflect and discuss presentation information in their region.

·        Federal leadership will present relevant information and facilitate the breakouts. (This is expertise that we need!)

·        You will leave with ideas on what to implement in your program immediately to begin the transition to WIOA.

·        Not on the agenda, but we are planning a social for the first night. You will have time to visit with partners in a relaxed setting, which often leads to great ideas and strengthened partnerships.

Per the email below, I do want to emphasize the intent of this conference is to provide an opportunity for teachers and directors to meet with regional partners to begin strategic planning for necessary modifications to current program delivery service. If you would like to add additional staff from your program, there are still seats available. Pathway team teachers would be a great asset to your conference team!

Please contact me, or Carol, by Monday, June 29th with any additional names. At this point in time, we have approximately 300 attendees, but there is definitely room for more.

Contact me if you have any questions.

See you in August,

Margaret




2014-2015

April
Message following Directors' Meeting
Directors' Meeting Resources 4-27 to 4-28


February
Standards Update
Shoptalk
College Career and Readiness Standards for Adult Education
EdReady Presentation

March
ESL
Shoptalk

October

Moving Pathways Forward Resources

January

Shoptalk, Posttesting Webinar, New EFL Descriptors
August
September

Moving Pathways Forward

April

Directors' Meeting Message
Greetings,
 
It was great to see everyone this week, and it was an opportunity to have time to discuss the WIOA adventure and share all the good work you are doing. Below is a list of follow-up items:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Please contact me if you have any question.

Margaret

Directors' Meeting Resources 4-27 to 4-28

Resources:  Click here

March
ESL

BEST Plus changes will be in MABLE by July 1, 2015.

We will discuss the changes, and the addition of Best Literacy at our next  at our ESOL meeting in May.

Thanks,

Margaret

From: BEST-PLUS [mailto:best-plus@cal.org]
Sent: Monday, March 16, 2015 11:52 AM
To: Bowles, Margaret
Subject: Update on BEST Plus 2.0

Spring is just around the corner and the July 1st launch date of BEST Plus 2.0 is coming fast. We wanted to take a moment to update you about BEST Plus 2.0 and share some information about our enhanced assessment.

As mentioned in our previous emails, CAL submitted information about BEST Plus 2.0 to OCTAE on January 7, 2015. We are excited about the enhancements for BEST Plus and are confident that we will receive a positive response from OCTAE soon. 

BEST Plus 2.0 will be available July 1, 2015. CAL is committed to making the transition to BEST Plus 2.0 as easy as possible. Here is a quick overview:

§  Approximately 40% of the test items have been replaced. The scoring and administration procedures remain the same.

§  Computer-adaptive and print-based versions of the test will continue to be available.

§  The Test Administrator Guide (TAG) will be revised to included updated information, including the new NRS score table.

§  CAL will provide a new TAG and new BEST Plus 2.0 software for each program.

§  Programs will also be able to purchase new TAGs and the additional copies of the BEST Plus 2.0 software at a reduced cost through September 30, 2015.

§  CAL will be creating new pages on the CAL Store for pre-orders of BEST Plus 2.0. We will email you when they are available.

§  Current BEST Plus test administrators will not need to be retrained. New test administrators will still need to be trained by a certified BEST Plus trainer.

Learn more about BEST Plus 2.0

§  Connect with CAL at our TESOL 2015 Exhibitor Session

BEST Plus 2.0 Update from CAL

March 27, 2015 1:00 pm ET

Metro Toronto Convention Centre Room 201B

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

§  Sign up for our BEST Plus 2.0 Webinars

To register, click on the links below.

Monday, April 13, 2015

10:00 – 11:00 am ET

Monday, April 13, 2015

4:00 – 5:00 pm ET

§  Visit the BEST Plus 2.0 Web Page

We will continue to provide updates on the BEST Plus 2.0 web page.  Learn more.

We will be sending a general announcement to programs across the country on March 18. Please feel free to pass along this information in the meantime to those using BEST Plus in your state.

Thank you for your continued support of CAL and our assessments and for the work you do with adult English language learners. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Daniel Lieberson
Director, Product and Service Operations
Center for Applied Linguistics

Note: CAL respects your privacy. If you do not wish to receive electronic messages in the future, please let us know at aea@cal.org.
Center for Applied Linguistics, 4646 40th Street NW, Washington, DC 20016 www.cal.org



Shoptalk Iinformation

February

Standards Update

It is a busy day, and I do have one more significant update. The OCTAE coaches, providing technical assistance to our MT math team, sent a second round of recommended revisions to our math standards early this week. So the team has decided that adopting the math CCR Standards for Adult Education will be in the best interest of the state at this time. You only need to download the CCR Standards for Adult Education-ELA and math in the same book.

You can look forward to updates from Kathy Jackson and Liz Wynegar when they return from D.C. with a plan for CCR professional development.

Margaret

ShopTalk Information

Attached are the Shop Talk notes.  I encourage you to reread the 2015 transtion language, and send me comments, question, or specific things you would like to suggest be included in the transition plan for OCTAE. Once we begin the Unified Planning, I sincerely hope that all core partners will be able to have representation from the field. I know each of you could bring a lot to the planning process. I do hope that will be the case, and you will all be invited.

Jamie Middleton did a marvelous job of sharing EdReady highlights, and the availability of technical assistance is incredible. The Power Point she sent me is a large document, so watch for it on LINCS next week. It might be very helpful to preview the PowerPoint before you contact Jamie.

I have also attached the standards documents, they are  all on LINCS. However, it might be easier to forward this email to your staff. As we move forward with the tight alignment to these national standards, your teachers will likely want copies of these close at hand.

Margaret 

Shoptalk 2/15
College Career and Readiness Standards for Adult Education
EdReady Presentation

January

Shoptalk, Posttesting Webinar, New EFL Descriptors

Attached are the notes from today’s Shop Talk, the post testing Power Point, and the notice on the new EFL descriptors. I do encourage you to do a side-by-side with the current descriptors and send in comments if need be.

Also, a change for the Eastern Pathways Regional meeting:  I do need to travel to Billings on this day, so for Miles City, Hardin, Glendive, and Forsyth, please let me if you prefer to attend face-to-face or call-in. You will have your choice for this meeting; Billings will need to have an appropriate room available, so please let me if you will drive to Billings or call-in by January 29th.

Margaret  

October

Moving Pathways Forward Resources

September

Moving Pathways Forward

August

Conference 2014 Update
 

Good afternoon,
 
Please read the email below with regard to our upcoming  Fall Conference.  Please note the  September 8 and September 12th deadlines in the email below.
 
I have also attached a spreadsheet (click here) showing the list of names each program sent me with regard to who will be attending from each program.  Are there any individuals you want to add to your list?  We want as many teachers as possible to attend and we always have room for more.  Let me know if I have missed anyone in addition to other teachers you may decide to add to the list.
 
Please get back to me early next week and let me know if there are more teachers I need to add to the spreadsheet from your program.
 
Have a good Labor Day Weekend everyone!!  See you in September!
 
Carol

Conference Call Summary for August 5

WIOA Update Site

Fall Conference


2013-2014

May

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July August

May

Spring 2014 Meetings

April

Directors' Meeting Resources

February

May Meetings

Good Afternoon,

Below is the schedule of our meetings for April and May 2014.  I need to line up meeting places, lodging and food in the next week and it will be helpful for me to have a number of who will be attending each meeting when securing a place to meet.  Please let me know who from your program will be attending each of the meetings below by Wednesday, February 26, 2014 – Fill out the attached spreadsheet with the names and send it back to me.

ABLE Program Directors Meeting

April  7 and 8, 2014

9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day

Margaret will invite HiSET Supervisors to join us for lunch on the first day and ask them to stay for the afternoon.

Best Plus Training – for any new ESL staff or those who want a refresher should attend.

May 19, 2014

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

ESOL Conference – for all ESL Teachers

May 19, 2014

4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and continue May 20, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

TABE Training – one representative from each ABLE program is required.

May 21, 2014

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Math Institute 3 – All ANI Teachers and Program Directors

May 22-23, 2014

9:00 am to 4:00 pm both days

Thank you in advance for your quick response.

Carol

 

January

MABLE Enrollment Form

Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/data/data_resources.htm#MT%20ABLE%20Data%20Resources to access an enrollment form created by Betty Botnen, registrar at Billings Academic Center.  Betty created the enrollment form in order to provide a one page enrollment form that mirrored the information presented in MABLE.  The forms have been posted as Word docs in case you want to modify them for your program usage.

MCIS Update

The cost to provides IDEAS for everyone in MCIS has risen to $31,800. We have opted to drop support for IDEAS after the end of the fiscal year and encourage everyone to use the Interest Profiler instead. It is basically the same thing but has 180 questions to rate vs. 128 in IDEAS and the report is organized first by Holland Interest Areas and then into clusters, whereas IDEAS is organized only by cluster. The demand for our print publications is huge and I’d like to use the money that way instead of for an assessment that is easily replaced with another free assessment. Just wanted you to know that. Sites can opt to continue getting IDEAS after July 1 if they want to pay the $100 license/year.

Annette Miller

Math Institute Update

Click here for supply list.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON ALL THREE MATH INSTITUTES
 
WHEN:  Institute 1 – January 30-31, 2014 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
                Institute 2 – April 24-25, 2014        9:00 am to 4:00 pm
        Institute 2 – May 22-23, 2014        9:00 am to 4:00 pm
 
WHERE:  OPI 1300 11th Avenue Conference Room, Helena, MT
          Miles Community College, Room 313, Miles City, MT
 
LODGING FOR HELENA:  Helena Colonial – Red Lion, 2301 Colonial Drive, Helena; 406-443-2100
                          Rooms blocked under OPI Adult Education
                          Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday January 30Rooms need to be guaranteed no later than January 22, 2014
                                                  Wednesday, April 23 and Thursday, April 24 – Rooms need to be guaranteed no later than March 24, 2014
                          Wednesday, May 21 and Thursday, May 22 – Rooms need to be guaranteed no later than April 21, 2014
 
Since we are not starting until 9:00, most of you may not need two nights lodging if you are closer to Helena.  No lodging needed for Miles City METNET.
 
REIMBURSEMENTS:  You will be reimbursed for lodging if you choose to stay overnight.  Lunch will be provided both days.  You will be reimbursed for other meals not provided while in travel status.  There is no reimbursement on mileage.
 
Please open up the attached word document to find out what teachers need to bring with them to build your own Math Tool Kits.  Teachers can share Math Tool Kits with their director.  However, if you are a director and the only individual participating from your program, you will need a to build yourself a  Tool KitYour tool kit will be used for all three Math Institutes.  We have ordered 1” Plastic Square Tiles, Color Counters and Pattern Blocks to add to your tool kits.  Lynda will also be brining trainer supplies and materials to add to your tool kits.
 
Look forward to seeing you soon.
 
Carol

December

Montana Community of Practice

Click here for Montana Community of Practice (COP) information.

Math Institute

Math Institute

·        Webinar: For Directors-January 9th 12:00 PM

·        Deer Lodge, Anaconda, Billings, Bozeman, Butte, MSP, Forsyth, Dawson, Havre, Helena, FVCC, Livingston, MCC are the participating programs

o   Call-in information will be sent

§  Please test the day before

o   Understanding of the research and what is expected of the teachers

·        Miles City and FVCC will have MET NET room connection

o   Host sites will be sent a list of manipulatives

§  Send receipt to state for reimbursement 

·        Dates: Jan. 30-31, April 24-25, May 22-23

o   8:00 to 4:00

·        Work will be tied to common core and HiSET Test

Tapping the Potential:  Profile of Adult Education Target Population

October

ELA Resources

September

Montana EQ 2013 Resources

August

Montana 2013 Educational Quality Conference Description and Agenda

July

EQ Conference

Good Morning! 

I hope you are all enjoying your summer.   It is passing by quicker than I would like (except for the heat of course).

Our Educational Quality Conference is fast approaching and I  want to touch base with you with logistical information.  The conference will be held at:

 

Educational Quality Conference

September 11-12, 2013

Red Lion Colonial Hotel

2301 Colonial Drive

Helena, MT 59601

406-443-2100 for sleeping room reservations (release date is August 11, 2013)

(Sleeping rooms reserved for the nights of September 10 and 11, 2013)

 

Who should attend? 

·        ABLE Program Directors

·        Reading and Math teachers; Science and Social Studies teachers, too

·        ESL teachers

·        Data Entry Individuals

·        Corrections staff/teachers

·        Counselors

There is something for everyone, and we are looking forward to a terrific year ahead.  Please email me who from your program will be attending by  Friday, August 2, 2013. 

An agenda will be sent to you when it is complete.  Refer to Margaret’s email on Monday July 22 to see the conference highlights! 

See you in September!

Carol

Distance Learning

Good Morning,

As was discussed in Shop Talks this spring, the Montana Distance Learning Policy for 2013-14 was approved in April 2013. Section IV of the new policy requires that ABLE programs interested in offering distance learning develop a yearly distance learning continuous improvement plan to include: assessment of student’s successes and intended goals to increase the number of distance learners served. For those of you who may have not applied to be a distance learning provider in the past, this is a wonderful opportunity to reconsider. Distance learning does provide  the opportunity to serve students who are separated by miles or unable to attend your program during regularly scheduled hours; through distance learning you can reach beyond your county borders to teach those who may not have an ABLE program nearby.

If there is interest the state will continue to pay for the Missouri online curriculum, which will continue to provide a minimum number of Skills Tutor in the upcoming program year. There are going to be some significant changes to Missouri GED Online. Missouri has joined Montana in becoming a HiSET state, so they are very busy updating and revamping their online program. Below are some of the highlights of the changes that will be implemented this fall:

·        Missouri GED Online will become Missouri Learn.

·        Levels will be updated.

·        Curriculum is being aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

·        The MT URL will be updated.

·        Missouri Learn will create a technology environment very similar to the HiSET CBT.

Next year the distance learning plan will be included in the E-Grants application. However, this year you will need to submit your distance plan via e-mail to me by Friday, August 30th. 

For your convenience I have attached the new Distance Learning Policy 

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Thanks,

Margaret