Marshall Adult Education


January 5, 2007



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.




1.  Office Notes

  • 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.  Please advise the office on your holding class on this day.

2.  Time Sheets - The time sheets for January 1st - 15th, are due January 16th. Since January 15th is a holiday, there will be no mail; remember that time sheets may also be emailed or faxed.


3.  The Volunteer Leadership Training Series will be held in 2 locations:  Worthington and Willmar.  Read more about this training at the link below.  Flyers are available for these sessions at this link.


4.  Here is a unique opportunity for you to join an organization called  Read more about this organization using the link below.

I would encourage you to consider if this might be a good opportunity for you to join.  Bruce Corrie is the individual who has spoken here in Marshall and at our state ABE summer training.  This might also be something others in your field might find worth joining.  Thank you for considering this.  Pat Thomas
5.  Here is an invitation to celebrate the Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday with a special evening of Somali cultural arts & history.  Click on the link below.

From Lois Schmidt:  Just fyi on the Somali dinner event in Willmar on January 15  -- your clients can register at the student rate ($10).  They would need to mention that when registering that they are a student at Southwest ABE.


6.  From Cathy Grady, Adult Program Director, Minnesota Literacy Council.  Please take a moment to answer a few questions about two Minnesota Literacy Council projects: To Open Your Mind, our student writing journal, and our Awards Luncheon, an annual volunteer, student, and community partner recognition event.

 The survey should take no more than five minutes. Please click on the following link to begin:


7.  From Bess Heitner, Assistant to the President/Research Associate, Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy

CAAL Releases Executive Summery from its 2-year ESL Study:  As a service to the field, CAAL is releasing the Executive Summary from its upcoming report titled PASSING THE TORCH: Strategies for Innovation in Community College ESL. It is appended as a PDF file and is also available from the CAAL website (, scroll down the left column to the title). The full report will be published and formally released by February. Its authors are Forrest P. Chisman and JoAnn Crandall. two foremost experts in ESL and/or community college adult education work. 


8.  The MLC is seeking submissions for To Open Your Mind.  Read more here.


9.  Here is an article on services and opportunities available through the SW ABE Adult Basic Education.  This article appeared in the Tracy Headlight Herald.

10.  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:

11.  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

12.  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.



13.  Training dates for tax preparers are:

  • Monday January 15th & 18th from 5:30pm-9pm
  • Monday January 22nd & 25th from 5:30pm-9pm

Preparers will also have several opportunities the to participate in practice labs to ensure that the training was sufficient and to ask any questions before beginning the clinic on February 6th.


Training for benefits screeners will be on January 30th.  That training will be approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours long.  Time is yet to be determined and will be based on availability of those interested.


Please remember that we will be holding just under 35 tax sessions and we are asking those volunteering to commit to at least 7 of those sessions.  Sessions will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturdays from 10-2pm.


If you have any questions at all, please let me know!  Thanks!!!!

Angela Larson, Community and Family Support Director, Western Community Action


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:   Express yourself with the Art Pad.  Be and artist - save your work, hang it in gallery, and send it to a friend.

16.  Tivia Fact for the week:  How did enthusiasts come to be called buffs - as in sports buffs, opera buffs, and computer buffs. 

From the buff-colored coats once worn by New York City volunteer firemen - who became known as fire buffs.



17.  Tech Tip:  Frozen Applications


We’ve all had them!  We’re working in an application and suddenly everything freezes.  Before I give you your choices about what to do, I want to put in a good word for “save first, save often.”  The first thing you should do before even typing a single letter is to save your document.  And then, save it every few minutes after that.  It’s simple – just press CTRL-S. 


If you are working in Microsoft Word, that program has an AutoRecovery feature that saves your document at a predetermined interval.  You can custom set that interval.  The default is 10 minutes.  I would suggest you set it at 5 minutes.  So that every 5 minutes, Word will automatically save your document.  If you crash and freeze, you will have a saved copy of your work that has been save not more than 5 minutes ago.


  • OK – here’s how to set the increment to 5 minutes. 
  • Click on the Tool Menu and then click on Options
  • Click on the Save tab
  • Next to the Save AutoRecovery info every: click on the downward pointing arrow until you get to 5. 

That’s it – you won’t lose all that much data if your computer freezes.


OK – back to what to do.  You basically have 2 choices.  You can wait patiently to see if the computer will “unfreeze” itself.  Sometimes, your computer gets busy doing some other operation and everything stops working until it finishes that operation.  For example, your CD player may get busy and until it completes its operation, your computer is put on hold.  Sometimes this may take a minute or two. 


If after waiting for a few minutes and you are still frozen, then it’s time to take action – namely get your computer unstuck. The first thing to do is simply click on the Close button – the RED X in the upper right hand corner. 


If this doesn’t quit the application, the next thing to try is to right-click on the frozen application’s icon in the Task Bar and select Close.  This may also quit the application.


If that doesn’t work,  it’s time to do the Force Quit using the Task Manager.  The shortcut keys to open the Task Manager are ALT-CTRL-DELETE or SHIFT-CTRL-ESC.  Click on the Applications Tab.  Then click on the application that is frozen and click on End Task.  Your application should quit.


This should do the trick – but it may take some time for your computer to carry out the command. 


If your computer is frozen so badly that nothing seems to work, then you will have to do a “hardshutdown.  Press and hold in the power on button for 7 seconds and the computer will shutdown.  Wait about 10 seconds before pushing the power button again to restart it.


You may lose some of your information, but if you save first and save often, and you set your AutoRecovery to 5 minutes, you won’t lose much!


Have a Great Week!



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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


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