Marshall Adult Education


December 22, 2006



Merry Christmas One and All!  Be sure to check out the Trivia Site (below) - I got a new gig as one of Santa's Elves!


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.




1.  Office Notes

  • 12-25 to 29 - 2006:  Christmas Break - No Classes - The office will be closed only on the 25th. 
  • 1-1-2007 - New Year's Day - The office will be closed & no classes.  ALL Classes will resume on January 2nd; If you are planning to be on vacation, you will need to find a sub for your class.
  • 1-15-2007 - Martin Luther King Day - The courthouse will be closed, so there will be no classes at the Courthouse site.  The office will be open.  Other sites may have classes at their discretion.

2.  Effective January 1, 2007, there will be a change in the fees associated with GED testing administered by the Marshall GED Test Center.  Fees will be as follows:


·         Total fee for testing all 5 subtests is $ 90.00

·         Agency payment is $ 90.00

·         Student payment is $ 70.00 with MN GED paying $ 20.00

·         Retests are $ 15.00

·         Partial tests are $ 15.00 per subtest for transfer students


3.  Time Sheets - The time sheets for December 16th - 31st,are due January 2nd.  Remember, time sheets may also be emailed or faxed.


4.  December Attendance/Intakes/CASAS - are due to Barb by January 2nd.  You may even get them in earlier since there will be no classes next week.





5.  From Barry Shaffer:  Please review this request for information from the Affirmative Options Coalition.  This statewide group has been very active in supporting the need for increased access to and resources for ABE programming in Minnesota.  See highlighted portion of the posting.

Rep. Paul Thissen, chair of the Health Care & Human Services policy committee in the MN House of Representatives, would like to hold an informational hearing about the Minnesota Family Investment Program in mid-January.  It will be important to have parents on MFIP who call tell stories that show the hope and possibility of good policies and appropriate services.  Click on the link below to read more

NOTE FROM PAT:  I would appreciate it if you would consider asking students if they would share stories as Barry Shaffer has suggested.   Some of you sent me stories recently but I know it only touched the surface of folks who have done well due to the efforts you have made.


6.  Consider sharing your expertise and resources with fellow colleagues from around the state at the annual English as a Second Language, Bilingual, and Migrant

Education Conference on May 3-4, 2007, at the RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Submit a presentation proposal by January 26 at: 
For additional information, contact:  Leigh Schleicher, Minnesota Department of Education. ELL Education Specialist, phone 651-582-8326  fax 651-582-8727, web:


7.  Barry Shaffer has sent us information Verizon Literacy Foundation website.  There are some very neat resources at this website.  Check out Barry's suggestions and read what is available at the website here.
8.  From Jenny Schlukebier, Technology Services Manager, Minnesota Literacy Council
Dear Minnesota ABE Educators,
     We need your help to better understand educator use of educational technology as well as feedback from students about their access to and desire to learn through educational technology. We will use the information we gather to develop appropriate professional development efforts in the areas of educational technology.
     We are asking you and your students to complete a short survey (either online or on paper).  Surveys take less than 5 minutes to complete online and can be easily accessed through this website  Initial participants in this survey report that it is a great classroom exercise with your students!
     Surveys can also be distributed in print form to teachers or presented to students in the classroom and then faxed or mailed to us at the Minnesota Literacy Council (see contact info below). Forms can be printed out from the above website or we can mail you printed forms with return envelopes upon request.
     Once you have taken the survey, you can view survey results online. This can help you in determining how you’d like to integrate educational technology into your ABE curriculum and how to develop additional teacher training for your programs.
     Thank you for contributing to the development of curriculum and training for ABE programs in Minnesota.

NOTE:  This survey is still available online.  This survey is available for students or staff.  To date, 3 educators from Marshall that have taken the survey and 6 students from Marshall have taken the survey.  How do I know that?  You can also see which ABEs are participating in the survey and read the results of the surveys - the student survey and the educator survey - they are very interesting.  This would be a great project for your students to complete.  And a great way for educators to give some input into technology.  And it is an anonymous survey.  Go for it!  CC

9.  From Barry Shaffer:

Dear Discussion Group Participants:
     Please hold the date of Friday, January 19th for our American Indian ABE Discussion Group meeting. The meeting will be in St. Cloud – probably at the Holiday Inn on Division St., but we haven't confirmed that yet.  When we do I will send a notice with directions.
     The meeting will begin at 10:00 am and end by 3:30 pm.  Lunch will be provided as well as mileage costs connected to the meeting. 

     As an fyi, I have 26 individuals on my discussion list – an excellent representation from those ABE consortia that serve American Indian ABE students.
     If you know now that you won't be able to attend, please let me know – so, regrets only.  Otherwise I will include you in the meal count.


10.  Be sure you check out the research briefs sent to us from Bella Hanson.  We receive a new one each week.  This week it is on Building Reading Proficiency at the Secondary Level.




11.  The Nonprofit Connection, the quarterly newsletter from Bremer, has been posted on the website.  Click on the link below.


12.  The December issue of WorkForce Wisdom has been posted.  Click on the link below. 


13.  The latest issue of Driven By Demand, WorkForce One's newsletter.  Lots of info and great links.


14.  If you've missed an announcement from a previous week, you can always find it on the Announcements page.  All announcements are archived at:


15.  From the Trivia Department:   Yep - I finally did it!  I got a new job working for Santa! - Check it out here!  (Actually - you may want to do this to!  It's fun and educational.  Hmm.  Well at least it's fun!))

My new gig

16.  Thought for the week:  Who you are today is a product of what you did yesterday.  Who you are tomorrow is a product of what you did today...Make every second count!  ~Christie Jean-Baptiste


17.  Tech Tip:  


The Tech Tip is on hiatus this week - we will return next week.


That's it for this week!  Have a Very Merry Christmas!


Marshall ABE Links


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


Marshall ABE Bookmarks - tons of cool bookmarks - educational and non-educational


Tech Tips - Read new and old Tech Tips here.


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


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



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