Marshall Adult Education


November 3rd, 2007


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1.      Mark Your Calendars -
Pat would like you to attend the following meeting.  This is to be a mandatory meeting.  If you feel you cannot attend, please talk to Pat.
What:  Staff Meeting
When:  Friday, December 7th; 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Facilitator:  Toby Spanier
Discussion:  Collectively generate ideas on how to creatively market SW ABE - Marshall services.
More information along with a survey will be forthcoming.
2.         November Holidays
    * Monday, November 12th - The Lyon County Courthouse will be closed in honor of Veterans Day. 
    Classes at the Courthouse will be cancelled.  Other classes will take place as scheduled.
    * Thursday/Friday, November 22/23rd - Thanksgiving Break - NO CLASSES
3.      Student Exits - I will be sending out information soon - hopefully by November 9th.

4.       Pat is requesting that all Marshall ABE staff complete and return the Performance Self-Evaluation by November 16th.  This is being requested to assure that we are in compliance with several of the grants we are receiving, and  more importantly to assure the success of our services.  This evaluation gives Pat an opportunity to become aware of ways we can support our staff in the most effective manner possible.  Thank you for your cooperation in completing this form.
    The form may be completed in several ways ---
    1)  The form was sent as an attachment in a earlier email.
        a) You can print it off and complete it -- paper and pencil - and send it in.
        b) Save it to your computer - complete it online - and email it as an attachment
    2)  You can access this link  complete the form and hit the submit button
Once you have the form submitted to Pat, please call or email her to schedule an appointment to review your evaluation.





6.    "I believe that the information below is something you should know about.  There is a coalition at the national level (Literacy President campaign) that is seeking promises and advocacy from presidential candidates to make adult literacy a key campaign issue.  The information below describes these efforts and instructs readers how they can add their voices to the push for establishing adult literacy as a presidential campaign platform."  Barry

From: Ellison, Art []
Sent: Friday, November 02, 2007 8:53 AM
Subject: Literacy President Website and Process for Contacting Presidential Candidates with Adult Education Issues

To the Field,
  Many of you are aware of the Literacy President campaign that has been in action for the past year. The campaign has been raising the issue of adult education with all of the candidates for President in both parties. The primary goal of the campaign is to make adult education and literacy one of the top three education priorities for the next President. Listed below are the links to two great resources that have been developed by the Literacy President folks.

  The link to the Literacy President Website will connect you with lots of information about each campaign. The link to the candidate’s web page will allow you and your students to connect to the Web Pages for any and all of the candidates. You can use this link to communicate with a particular candidate’s campaign with questions related to the candidate’s position on adult education. You will notice that the Edwards and Obama campaigns have issued detailed positions papers on their support for adult education.

 I hope that this material will be useful to you and to the adult education teachers and students in your state.  Please let me know if you have any questions.
 Art Ellison, Co-chair, Policy Committee,
 National Council of State Directors of Adult Education   

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Here is the link to the home page:


7.    NEWS TO USE - Updates, information, and resources for members and partners of Minnesota Campus Compact, October, 2007


8.   Kathy Beatty reminded me that it is time once again to share the rules regarding holding ABE classes on election days or on caucus nights.  That information is attached.   Barry


Attached as a pdf is the latest issue of
NetNews, an online newsletter devoted to adult literacy. The topic is working memory: what it is and what you can do for students with working memory difficulties.  Please forward to your coworkers or make print copies for distribution.
If you cannot open the file, please email me for a text version.
Margaret (Marn) Frank
Learning Disability Specialist
LDA of Minnesota
5354 Parkdale Drive, Suite 200
St. Louis Park, Minnesota  55416
Phone: 952-922-8374


Attached please find the October E-Letter for the St. Paul Community  Literacy Consortium (SPCLC) (in pdf format), the largest Adult Basic Education  consortium in the state. This brief newsletter profiles a successful  effort pairing intensive work-related English instruction for refugees  with one-on-one job development and placement. SPCLC provides Adult Basic Education services through St. Paul Public  Schools Adult Learning and 13 community-based non-profit agencies.

Tom Cytron-Hysom
phone: 651.695.1734
fax: 651.695.1773


11.    Somali book review:     The first two Somali books and the Minnesota Humanities Center’s Somali Bilingual Book Project received glowing reviews in the most recent version of the MinneWITESOL Journal, 2007 Volume 24. This is the professional journal for teachers of English as a Second Language in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Congratulations all! 

Kathleen Moriarty
Director - Bilingual and Heritage Language Programs

Humanities Center

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Saint Paul
, MN 55106
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Toll free number: 866-268-7293  ext. 246
fax: 651-774-0205

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Barb Glaeser
SW ABE - Marshall
607 West Main
Marshall, MN 56258