Marshall Adult Education


December 9, 2005
1.  Payroll time sheets are due in the office by noon on Monday, December 12th.
2.  Looking ahead to Christmas Break, the office will be closed on Friday, December 23rd and Monday, December 26th.  There will be No classes on December 23rd or 26th.  Teachers may use their discretion whether or not to hold classes during the rest of the week.  Please advise the office if you will or will not be having class.
3.  Starting the 2nd week of January, we will  offer a Civics ESL Class.  This class is for higher level ESL students and will be funded through the Civics Grant.  We will be scheduling the class from 6:30/7:00 to 9:00 p.m. for 4 days per week.  The class will run for 22 weeks.  If anyone is interested in teaching this class, please contact Pat.
4.  Tentative Date for the next consortium staff meeting:  January 14, 2006.  Since many of you requested that Marn Frank return so you could participate in the Reading Session you were not able to attend at the last meeting, we ask Marn if she would return and she graciously said yes.  Now, in order to make her trip worth while, we again need to know which session you are interested in attending.  Time is running out!  Let Barb know by December 16th which session you will attend.  You can signup for the meeting on-line.  Click on the link below to signup. 
You can read more about the meeting including what Marn has sent as descriptions of the session at this link.
5.  We are looking for suggestions for computer training at the next consortium meeting.  If you have an idea or suggestions for the training session, please email me.  (If I don't hear from anyone, we may be talking about effective debugging techniques for algorithmic thinking, data structures, and data transformation).
6.  I am sharing with you the message Barry Shaffer sent to all ABE managers following the federal site visit to Minnesota (click on the link below).   You can note that there are Commendations listed and Recommendations list from the feds.  I would ask that you take special note of the Recommendations and Suggestions in number 2 and 3.  These two items clearly bring a  greater sense of urgency to assure all level changes are captured by our students.  Currently we have 136 participants in our program of which onely 29 have received both a pretest and post test.  Our overall educational gains for all participants is 15%....while 72% of participants have shown an educational gain where both a pretest and post test has been given. The state has set an overall average at 30%.   In response to this we will be reviewing data from your students at the time we do performance reviews (See next announcement - Staff Reviews).  If you would want to ask for a specific time to meet, please let me know.  
Thanks!  Pat
7.  Staff Reviews:  I will begin setting up visits with each staff in the Marshall Region in December to do a Performance Self Review.  At this time we will also review the Student Level Change data for students you have served since May 1st.   Again I would encourage you to consider your student's  progress and post test them if you feel they can demonstrate a level change.  You can find the Performance Self Review with the link below.  You can fill the form out on-line or email it.  ~Pat
8.  The December 2005 issue of the Minnesota Literacy Council Literacy Landscape Online has been post on the MLC website.  Topics covered in this issue are:
  • MLC Welcomes A New Trainer
  • Prepare for 2006 Legislative Session
  • Volunteer Management Conference a Success
  • 2005 ProLiteracy Worldwide Annual Conference Review
  • Upcoming Trainings
To subscribe to the newsletter, send an e-mail to  Please include your e-mail address, full name, telephone number and literacy organization.

9.  The Minnesota Literacy Council is seeking entries for the 2006 edition of To Open Your Mind, our annual publication of writing by adult learners.  Learners, volunteers and teachers consistently note the power of this publication to motivate and recognize learners. The material in To Open Your Mind is great for ABE teachers to use in class because it is interesting to adult learners and relevant to their lives. ABE teachers use the publication to help students work on their writing, reading comprehension, fluency and vocabulary. A Teacher’s Guide to using To Open Your Mind will be printed in the back of the publication (it is also printed in the back of your 2005 edition).

Last year's publication was our biggest ever, with 676 submissions from 88 adult literacy programs across the state, and we are looking forward to another great year.


10.  The deadline for submissions of original stories, essays, poems and drawings is Friday, February 3, 2006. We strongly encourage electronic submissions and typed rather than handwritten submissions.  Please see the guidelines and entry form for more details.


If you have questions or need help, please contact Guy Haglund at or 651-645-2277 ext. 201 or 800-225-7323. Thank you for contributing to the success of To Open Your Mind in 2006!


11.  From Paulette Hanson:   I attended a MN OSHA Safety and Health Workshop this week.  Here are some websites and materials that you may use as resources for your learners if they approach you with an on-the-job health or safety issue: 

12.  Parental Leave Law Brochures, Minimum Wage Law Brochures, and Know Your Rights (for employees) in Somali, Spanish, and English will be in the Marshall ABE Office starting next week. The English versions are also available in Acrobat Reader format (.pdf) on our website - click on the link below.


13.  A Uniques Partnership:  The Minnesota Workforce Center System and Adult Basic Education page has some new links on it.  Check them out here:


14.  For news from the Regional Cultural Diversity Coalition (RCDC), click on the link below - some new postings have been added.

15.  The non-confidential job postings that Job Service shares with us are posted on the ABE Website each week.  Check them out here.

16.  From the Trivia Department:   Got a party coming up? Use Evite to send out your invitations, keep track of your RSVPs, and help you plan your event.  It's FREE and it's easy to do.  Just register and send out you invitations.  (Hmm...let's see...who was I going to invite to my SuperBowl party?).
A little clean-up from last week.  I realized I neglected to put in the link for the Kevin Haney Tracy MN Weather Site.  Here it is:
BONUS:  Here's an article about Kevin.



17.  Thought for the week:   If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere. - anonymous


18.  TECH TIP: 

Here is a fun project you can do with your class.  You can make small or large posters to decorate a wall.  The poster will print on multiple sheets of paper that you will tape or glue together.  


You need to use Microsoft Publisher for this project.  Here are the steps.


  • Open Publisher to a blank page.
  • Design your poster using the entire page (8˝  by 11).
  • When you are finished, click on Page Setup (File Menu).
  • In the Publication Type box (in the Layout window), select Poster.
  • You can choose the size of the poster from the default sizes, or you can type in your own custom size
  • If you choose the 18 x 24 size, your poster will be around 2˝ sheets wide by 2˝ sheets long.  That means, roughly, 20” by 26”  
  • Or try a bigger poster – 24 x 36 – you poster will be 4 sheets wide by 4 sheets long.
  • You can type in your own custom size – just type in the size that you want in the width and height boxes - like 36 x48.  Wow – that makes a 3 foot by 4 foot poster.
  • Click OK when you have the size you want.
  • Now click on the Page Preview button (or select Page Preview from the File Menu)
  • You will see exactly how big the poster will print.  If you want to make adjustments, click on Close and make them.
  • Print the page when you are ready and have your students assemble your poster with scotch tape or glue.


Here’s a neat idea – take a digital picture of your class.  Use the highest resolution your camera is capable of.  Make a large poster to hang in your classroom.  Neat!



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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