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ANNOUNCEMENTS 
October 20, 2006

 

Hello Everyone,

 

These announcements are posted on the internet.  If you do not receive them or cannot open the links, go to the website and read the announcements on-line.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/announcements.htm

 

MARSHALL ABE

Thanks for the cards and good wishes.  I am doing well - slow but steady progress - that's how they said it would be!.  ~Charles 

MARSHALL CONSORTIUM
 
1.  Consortium Staff Meeting - The Fall consortium staff meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14th.  The meal will begin at 4:30 p.m. with the meeting agenda to begin at 5:00 p.m.  We expect that all of the business will be completed by 8:00 p.m.  The agenda is being finalized and will be sent prior to the meeting.  Please RSVP to Barb no later than Friday, November 10th.  Thank you.
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2.  CASAS & Exits - Once October attendance is entered into the data system, you will be receiving instructions on exiting students for the first quarter.  Please be sure to stay on top of your CASAS testing so when this time comes you will be able to give level change information/and entry level information.
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3.  Intakes - Be sure that you are having students answer the question about when they arrived in the US.  This is especially important if the student is here under Refugee status.
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4.  Consortium staff meeting - We are still trying to get a meeting in this fall.  Does anyone have a suggestion for a time and date?  Let us know if you prefer

     - all day Saturday

     - 3 hours on a week night - Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday?

     - if you prefer the week night, what would be a good start time?

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SOUTHWEST ABE
 

5.  From Barry Shaffer, IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ABE ASSESSMENT

Update for ABE Program Managers and staff on the adult appropriate standardized assessments; CASAS, TABE and BEST Plus.  Information in this update will include a training update summary and plan, test administration requirements and guidelines, how to request trainings in the near future, available modalities within the test systems, and any new assessments on the horizon. You may view the attachment at:

http://mnabe.themlc.org/materials.html

Click on the Assessment Update - Fall 2006 link

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6.  From Barry Shaffer, Literacy Hotline Database

We want to thank the ABE managers that each year take to the time to update your consortium information on the MLC Literacy Hotline.  The Hotline is a valuable tool for several reasons.  The most frequent use of the hotline via telephone and/or via the Internet is for students and volunteers to locate programs in their area.  Referring agencies such as the MFIP provider or employment counselor services also use and greatly appreciate the Hotline service.  For these reasons, we have made the annual updating of the Hotline one of the Assurances that ABE program managers certify when they submit their annual application for consortium approval.

 

By the way, a state MFIP official informed me this week that a memo has gone out to all state MFIP providers that if they are referring any of their clients to ESL services they can only refer to state-approved ESL programs – that is, our ABE system.  In the discussion that I had with the state MFIP officials, I assured them that the Hotline could be used to look up our ESL programming sites.  Therefore, it is important that all ABE consortia annually register and update their site information on the Hotline.

 

When we checked with the Hotline administrator at MLC, we learned that some ABE consortia had not yet updated their information for FY 2007.  Since this is a compliance issue, I have asked Anne Marie Leland to send notices to those consortia that have not updated their data. If you are one of those consortia, you will get a separate notice shortly from Anne Marie.  Please respond promptly to that notice so we have our whole system represented on the database.  Thanks.

 

If you are curious about how the Internet-based Hotline works, visit:  http://www.themlc.org/hotline.html

The Hotline toll free number is:  1-800-222-1990

NOTE FROM PAT THOMAS - We are updated!

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7.  From Barry Shaffer - It’s a great day in the MDE ABE office.  Today is Astrid Liden’s first day as the Minnesota Department of Education Adult Basic Education Professional Development Coordinator.  For your future reference, her contact information is: (651) 582-8424, astrid.liden@state.mn.us

NOTE:  You can read more about Astrid Liden in last week's announcements - click on the link below.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/announcements/10_13_06.htm#astrid

 

GENERAL
 

8.  Read about the Naturalization Ceremony held in Marshall on Friday, September 29.  See the photos of the ceremony.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/06_citizenship_program.htm

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9.  Read the editorial in the Marshall Independent on the Citizenship Ceremony held in Marshall on Friday.  The ceremony will be re-broadcast on local access cable - see you local listing for the day and time.  (I have a 6;30 PM time but no date).
http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/citzenship_editorial.htm

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10.  Coats for Kids in Marshall:  To participate in the Coats for Kids program a person must call Western Community Action at 537-1416..............ask to register for the Coats for Kids program and they will take down name, size, and contact information.   No paper registration as done in the past will be accepted.

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11.  If you've missed an announcement from a previous week, you can always find it on the Announcements page.  All announcements are archived at:
http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/announcements.htm
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Marshall ABE Links

 

Southwest ABE - home page for Granite Falls, Jackson, Marshall, and Worthington consortiums.

http://southwestabe.org/

 

Marshall ABE Bookmarks - tons of cool bookmarks - educational and non-educational
http://ikeepbookmarks.com/marshallabe

 

Tech Tips - Read new and old Tech Tips here.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/techtips.htm

 

Reading Skills for Today's Adults - new stories posted regularly 

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/reading_skills_home.htm

 

Announcements - Weekly announcements are posted here each week on Friday.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/announcements.htm

 

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