Marshall Adult Education


January 5th, 2008


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1.      January Holiday
          *  January 21- Martin Luther King Jr Day - It is our understanding that the courthouse will be closed on this day.  There will be no classes at the courthouse in Marshall.  Other classes will be held at the instructor's discretion.  If you do decide not to hold class, please let the office know.   
2.    SAVE THE DATE - Consortium Staff meeting/CASAS Training & Refresher
        *  We have set the date for this meeting/training - JANUARY 19TH.  The meeting will start promptly at 9:15 a.m. and should end around 2:00 p.m.  The majority of the day will be spent with Marty Olsen who will be doing CASAS training.  Please RSVP to Barb no later than January 15th.
3.  Student Logs - As I have been cleaning out some exited student files, I am finding some that do not have Student Logs.  Be sure you are using the student logs on a daily basis.  These logs are used to verify hours on attendance sheets should the need ever arise.

4.    Workforce3 One December 2007 Newsletter


5.     "Twilight of the Books: What would life be like if people stop reading?"

"The following interesting article (click on link) reports that Americans are reading fewer books these days."
From the “New Yorker” (via LisNews):     Barry

6.    Hamline University ESL courses     (Word document here)


7.   "This is information (disappointing) about the ABE Federal Funding result for next year.  Although federal money is not the majority of our funding will still be an issue to deal with in the next fiscal year."   Pat

The federal adult education budget for FY 2009 (July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009) will be reduced by 1.7%.  Since the federal money is awarded to states based on a census formula, it remains to be seen how much Minnesota’s share will be of the reduced national appropriation.  I suspect however, that we will realize a 2%-4% decrease over the current year.  I usually get notified of the Minnesota federal award in April or May. For more detail, please see the email below from the chair of our national state director’s policy/legislative committee. 

From: Ellison, Art []
Sent: Monday, December 31, 2007 8:59 AM
Subject: Final Action on FY08 Appropriations for Adult Education and Even Start

 To the field:

   It is with great disappointment that I report the final result of the FY08 appropriations story. Last Wednesday the President signed the final appropriations bill that contains a $9 million cut in adult education funding from last year’s total and a $22 million cut in the Even Start program. The cut to adult education funding came as part of an across the board decrease of 1.747% that was applied to many education programs. As you know we had set a goal of increasing the adult education appropriation by approximately $200 million so the final outcome is very disheartening. However we all need to acknowledge the commitment of time and energy by our people in the field whose efforts kept us from an even larger cut.

   In light of this outcome the Policy Committee and staff of the National Council of State Directors are currently reviewing our advocacy work over the past two years. We will be preparing a new action plan that can be used for the campaign on the FY09 appropriations which begins on the first Monday in February when the President sends that budget to Congress.

  Thank you for your fine work in the past. I look forward to working with you as we move adult education into the forefront of educational priorities for our policy makers.  I will be back top you with elements of our new action plan within two weeks.   

 Art Ellison,  Chair, Policy Committee, National Council of State Directors of Adult Education


8.      "On January 25th we will be holding our Legislative Forum with our elected officials from our region.  Time will be from 10:30am to noon."    Pat
 I would ask that each of you reply back to me on  the following 2 requests:  
    1.  Can you attend?   Can any of your students attend?  How many would your best guess?
     What happens at the meetings is:  there are very short introductions by Workforce and myself....then the majority of the time is spent listening to our customers describe the difference our program (or the Workforce's program)  has made in their life.  Even a former student would be great!
    2.  Can you have students submit stories to Barb by January 16th..... how many stories do you think your class can submit?
These stories again would reflect the difference our services have made in their lives.   Short is good also....not a book!
Thanks ever so much and would very much appreciate hearing from you be January 11th with your best guess on these questions!


9   "Would any staff be interested in participating in this? I would suggest if you are that you would participate via our computers in our office.

"We thought you might be interested in this upcoming webcast on reading from the National Institute for Literacy. Please send the notice on to your network."   Kaye

Reading to Adults Part 2: Specific Instructional Strategies for Fluency and Vocabulary

WHEN: Friday, January 11, 2008

TIME: 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Eastern Time
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM Central Time
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM Mountain Time
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Pacific Time

Please join us for Part 2 of "From Assessment to Practice: Research-Based Approaches to Teaching Reading to Adults" webcast. This follow-up webcast will focus on specific instructional strategies for two other components of reading, fluency and vocabulary. The presenters will show how all four components provide a natural framework for assessing adult students' reading ability, and how assessment results can lead seamlessly to a program of instruction to improve students' reading.

To register and for more information, please go to:
Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email and a reminder email before the event.

This seventy-minute webcast is a part two for the webcast presented on September 28, 2007: From Assessment to Practice-Research-Based Approaches to Teaching Reading to Adults <>. The main purpose of the first webcast was to present a compelling rationale for the use of research-based principles for adult reading instruction. The presenters used two components of reading, word analysis and comprehension, as examples to illustrate research-based practices, focusing on specific instructional strategies derived from the research.

For more information, please contact or call 202-233-2025 or visit us online at:

Jo Maralit

Kaye Beall
World Education
6760 West Street
Linn Grove, IN 46711
Tel: 765-717-3942
Fax: 617-482-0617


10.     ** Call for Presentations  **

2008 ESL, Bilingual and Migrant Education Conference

Share your expertise and resources with fellow colleagues from around the state at the annual ESL, Bilingual, and Migrant Education Conference on May 1-2, 2008.   Click here to submit a proposal or cut and paste the following website into your browser
Call for Presentations deadline: February 29, 2008

Leigh Schleicher
ELL Education Specialist - Consolidated Federal Programs
Minnesota Department of Education
1500 Hwy 36 West   Roseville, MN  55113
phone - 651-582-8326  fax - 851-582-8727


11.     "Research on the BEST Plus showed NRS level gain correlated directly with the number of instructional hours – astounding !  (tongue in cheek).  Also, see other CAL info below."        Barry

From: BEST-PLUS []
Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2008 3:28 PM
To: Barry Shaffer
Subject: New Study on NRS Level Gain Using BEST Plus

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is pleased to announce the availability of our latest digest, “Effects of Instructional Hours and Intensity of Instruction on NRS Level Gain in Listening and Speaking.” The digest reports on a descriptive study examining the relationship between student performance on BEST Plus and NRS level gain and class attendance. BEST Plus pretest and posttest data for nearly 7,000 examinees were analyzed to see how their performance at each National Reporting System (NRS) educational functioning level varied according to number of instructional hours and intensity of instruction. Results showed that across all NRS educational functioning levels, the greater the number of instructional hours, the higher the percentage of students who made an NRS level gain. There was also a general trend toward greater NRS level gain for students with high levels of instructional intensity than for those with low instructional intensity. Intensity of instruction had the greatest impact on students at the Beginning ESL Literacy, Low Intermediate ESL, and Advanced ESL levels. To read the full digest, you may view and download a complimentary copy from

Other Online Resources from CAL

CAL is a private, nonprofit organization working to improve communication through better understanding of language and culture. Our Web site ( provides a wealth of information on and access to many free resources. The following links may be of particular interest:
Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA): -- Resources include briefs on a wide range of topics in adult ESL education and research.
Literacy Education: -- Resources include the report from the National Literacy Panel and a report on adolescents learning English as a second language.
Refugee Integration:  -- Resources include information about refugee populations coming to the United States.
You are receiving this e-mail message because you are either a BEST Plus trainer, a state-level administrator, or a program-level administrator in a state that uses BEST Plus.

Frank L. Finamore, Jr.
Product and Service Lines Director
(202) 355-1586

Center for Applied Linguistics
Improving communication through better understanding of language and culture.



12.    "This is information regarding the Earned Income Tax Credit . Please share with your students.    Thanks and Happy New Year!"       Pat

----- Original Message -----
From: Michele Smentek
To: Ruth Ascher ; Pat Thomas ; Angela Larson ; Barb Berkenpas ; Lori Babcock
Cc: Pat Thomas
Sent: Friday, January 04, 2008 11:46 AM
Subject: Earned Income Tax Credit


As the tax season approaches, it is time to get the word out on the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) which is a special tax benefit for hard working people earning low and moderate incomes. Its purpose is: a) reduce their tax burden; b) supplement wages; and c) provide a work incentive. EITC is a refundable tax credit and families will get the money even if they owe no income tax!

Since you have expressed interest in helping get the word out on the EITC to those that can benefit from this opportunity, we are wondering if you are available to meet after the 8:00 am Marshall Financial Empowerment Collaborative meeting on Tuesday 1/8/08 at the extension office (if available) or at the United Way office. Please let me know if you would be available to meet after the Financial Empowerment meeting and if not, would you be available to meet at 11:00 am on Monday 1/14/08 at the United Way office. Thanks for your interest and I look forward to working with you on this.

Michele Smentek
Community Impact Coordinator
United Way of Southwest Minnesota
109 South Fifth Street
P.O. Box 41
Marshall, MN 56258


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