Marshall Adult Education


February 10, 2006

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.  New Instructional Material:  We have at the ABE Office the 2006 World Edition of Culture Grams.  The binder contains information on 96 countries.  We do have the rights to copy the material.  The binder is in Barb's office.
2.  The ABE office will be closed on Monday, February 20th for President's Day.  NO Classes in Marshall on that day.
3.  Swearing in Ceremony for New Citizens:   Marshall will be the location for this ceremony on Friday, September 15, 2006.  The Lyon County Court Administrator and staff will be the persons making all final decisions as to how this ceremony will be organized.  We are helping by checking into various organizations etc. that would want to participate.    I would ask that if staff have ideas they would like us to share with the Court Administrator, please send them our way!


4.  Western Community Action and Extension are providing a Financial Empowerment Workshop for consumers at the Wells Fargo Bank in Marshall.  Please share this information with your students.  Click on the link below to download an Acrobat Reader file with more details:


5.  Legislative day at Marshall ABE was Friday, February 10.  Read the story and see the photos.




6.  Here's more information on the President's 2007-08 Budget - level funding!!  The President's 2007 Budget Recommendations (for the 2007-08 program year) are out.  Adult Ed (Line 408) is level funded.  Who ever thought we would celebrate level funding recommendations?  Of course, Congress will need to eventually debate and authorize a final budget, but at least ABE is not battling from a reduction position.  Could it be that all the local advocacy had an impact?  Or was it grandmother Bush?  Anyway, I prefer to believe that our Minnesota local advocacy (and including the Literacy Minnesota Legislative Committee) helped to carry the day.  Congratulations!

The Bad News…   Even Start (Line 58) is zeroed out and Voc Ed (Line 394) is zeroed out.

The URL for the budget is:  


7.  Here is the link to the math for manufacturing curriculum.  This site describes an education program in the Chicago and Detroit areas that prepared adults for careers in technological fields.  The "resources" section includes a workbook for manufacturing math and pre/post tests for manufacturing math.  One of the instructors at Metro North used one of the handouts in her class.  From Bethany Gustafson AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer--Workplace Education Metro North Adult Basic Education

8.  Scholarship funds to provide scholarship awards to adult learners who are preparing to enroll in a degree granting post-secondary education program are available from the MALC Scholarship Fund.  Click on the link below to read more.


9.  Verizon Literacy Campus (VLC) is the nation’s first free online training system for potential and existing literacy volunteers. Now boasting 34 self-paced courses and ten library sections full of resources, the VLC offers a comprehensive training opportunity for volunteers and programs. Across the nation, literacy programs have begun adopting the VLC as a part of their formal training program for volunteers, making the best use of their local program dollars. It’s all free! The site has received more than 335,000 visits since it became an active resource in mid-2003. VLC is jointly developed by the National Center for Family Literacy and ProLiteracy Worldwide and generously funded by Verizon Communications. Visit today!


10.  Bella Hanson has made available 9 research briefs.  Six are related to persistence, one to motivation, one to goal-setting in ESL, and one to cognitive skills of GED graduates.  They are posted on our website.


11.  Here is some contact iinformation for folks interested in becoming translators

From: Larry Bogoslaw []
To: Shaffer, Barry
Dear Barry,

     Thanks so much for informing your ABE centers right away about the availability of the ECHO DVDs. The immediate response has been quite impressive. I am glad to have the lists of respondents, and please let me know if anyone else makes requests; I’ll be happy to fill them.

     Here’s another idea in the works that you might be interested in. I have been involved in translator training and assessment for several years, teaching classes and workshops to adults who are proficient in Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Russian, and other languages. I know that your programs mainly cater to those acquiring basic literacy and ESL, but I saw from your information sheet that you also do workforce preparation. If you or your colleagues at the ABE centers meet any promising students interested in written translation, please let them know that there is a lot of demand for these skills and that I am building a program to develop those skills.  Larry


12.  The latest issue of NetNews from the LDA has been the posted - read it here.


13. is one of a growing number of websites that allows the user to look up information in both English and Spanish.  This could become a useful feature as we attempt to better communication with our non English speaking families.


14.  WCCO-TV will air a half-hour special on spoiled children, "Affluenza," on March 4 at 10:30 a.m.  Read about this excellent program here.


15.  PREVENTION STRATEGIES, Feb. 21, 8:30 - noon;  Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota, with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, is offering a workshop for anyone interested in promoting April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in their communities. The workshop will be held in Saint Paul, but will be simulcast to 13 additional locations throughout Minnesota. Space is limited, so advance registration is required! The workshop is offered at no charge, but for a $5 donation, PCAMN will provide a new Minnesota Campaign to End Child Abuse lawn sign. To register, call (651) 523-0099 or 1-800-621-6322. Details online:


16.  Here's an interesting article by a talented writer, Martha Brockenbrough:  How your IQ Impacts Your Wealth and Health.  Read it here

17.  From the Trivia Department:   Fresh Arrival - they feature one amazingly cool thing every weekday.  Check out this site and also look at the archives.


18.  Thought for the week:  In teaching, the greatest sin is to be boring ~Chinese Proverb



The “New Line Command” in Microsoft Word or Microsoft Publisher is one of the neatest and handiest tricks for adding a new line without starting a new paragraph.  When you press the Enter key, you are actually starting a new paragraph on the next line.  When you hold down the Shift and then press the Enter key, you get a new line but not a new paragraph.  Print this Tech Tip and go through these simple steps to learn more.


First of all, let’s see what it looks like on the screen when you press Shift-Enter.  Do these steps.

  1. Start a new Word document.
  2. Click on the Show/Hide icon in the Standard Toolbar (or just pres the shortcut keys – Ctrl-Shift-*).  This shows the formatting characters.  These are non-printing characters. 
  3. Now press Enter around 5 times.  Do you see the paragraph mark symbol inserted on the left margin?
  4. Now press Shift-Enter.  Now you should see the New Line command symbol – a left pointing arrow.
  5. Cool!

 OK – so you say, “Big deal! What good is that to me?”


Let’s look at some applications of the New Line command.  Do these steps.

  1. Start a new Word document.
  2. Click on the bullets icon in the Formatting Toolbar
  3. Type the name:  John Smith
  4. Press Shift-Enter
  5. Type:  President
  6. Press Shift-Enter
  7. Press Enter
    Type the name:  Tim Jones
  8. Press Shift-Enter
  9. Type:  Vice-President
  10. Press Shift-Enter
  11. Press Enter
  12. Type:  Tony Johnson
  13. Press Shift Enter
  14. Type:  Treasurer
  15. Press Enter Twice.

Get the point?  Every time you press Shift-Enter, you get a new line but not a new bullet.  You only get a new bullet when you press Enter (start a new paragraph).


You can use this with Numbering also.


If you work with web pages, the New Line command becomes your best friend because the web uses only double-line spacing when you press the Enter Key.  If you ever want just one-line spacing, you need to press Shift-Enter.


One last thing – don’t accidentally press Ctrl-Enter instead of Shift-Enter.  If you do, you will get a new page (Page Break) – not a new line.  Hey, that’s a pretty neat trick, too!


That's it - Have a great week!



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