Marshall Adult Education


February 15th, 2008


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Remember - all correspondence needs to be addressed to:



1.    Exiting Students/CASAS
            * Information on Exiting Students has been sent to everyone that needs the information.  Exits are due back to Barb by February 25th.
          *  You have also been sent information on Level Changes for you classes.  Be sure you are keeping current with your CASAS testing.  Try to post test all students at least once during the year. (You have also received information on the CASAS testing for your students) 

2.    February/March Dates/ Holidays
            *  Monday, February 18th - Presidents Day Holiday - No classes!
            *  Friday, March 21 - Good Friday - No classes!  
            *   Monday, March 24 - Easter Monday - Classes at teacher's discretion.  Please advise the office as to what you will be doing.


3.   Timesheets
for February 1-15 are due in the office by noon on Monday, February 18th.


4.   Inventory - You were given information on Inventory at the January meeting.  A reminder that these should be turned in by April 15th.  


5.   "Save Your License Workshop" - Friday, March 14, 2008 - The Southeast and Southwest Regional ABE Professional Development Coordinators of the Minnesota Department of Education along with the ATLAS program at Hamline University offer this workshop opportunity to meet teacher re-licensure requirements.  CEUís indicating attendance will be provided.  Registration information for this workshop can be found at  Click on the Calendar of Events link.
If you wish to attend, you should do your own registration (but let Barb know).  We will pay mileage if it is car-pooled; hotel - more than one to a room; one out of the area evening meal; and registration.  You will also be paid wages according to the number of CEU's earned. 


6.  Computer position -
Emma Volz will be taking a new job with Lincoln County as the GIS Specialist.  Emma's last day with us will be Thursday, February 21st.  We wish Emma well as she begins her new career opportunity.

We are in the process of trying to find a replacement for Emma.  If you know of anyone that might be interested, please encourage them to call the office or submit an application.


Wanted: Stories of Prospective Citizens Stuck in the Backlog

8.   To Staff:
This year I have the ability to participate as the ABE trainer in the National Head Start Family Literacy trainings being done in California, Chicago, and Washington DC.   The agent doing this training is the University of Sonoma out of California.  You may remember that these folks used our Reading Skills for Todays Adults in their grant proposal.  Sally Belgum-Blad participated as a trainer last year on the curriculum at these 3 locations.  The training this year will center around Health Literacy for Family Literacy programs. 
The first round of trainings will be the first week of March out in California.   While I am gone please contact Barb with an questions you might have.   I would expect she will have the answer....and if not she will know how to contact me
Pat Thomas


9.    The deadline for submissions to Journeys  is almost here! Please submit original student writing, poetry, and art work for this yearís publication by 4:30 p.m. this Friday, February 15 (late submissions will not be accepted).  Journeys: Stories and Poems to Open Your Mind  is a collection of writing and art work by learners in Minnesota adult literacy programs. This publication serves a variety of purposes including: 

  • recognizing learners for their accomplishments in writing;
  • motivating learners to continue to improve their literacy skills and achieve their academic goals;
  • providing a teaching resource to volunteers and teachers to use in Adult Basic Education (ABE) instruction; and
  • increasing awareness of adult literacy needs in Minnesota.

We welcome submissions from learners of all levels.  

Please note the following important submission requirements: 

1. All submissions must be in electronic form (art work excepted) and submitted via email using the official Student Entry Form, which is attached to this email and available on the internet at the MLC web site. Go to and click on the link in the sidebar to open and save a copy to your computer.
Our editors may want to contact teachers or coordinators to request further biographical information about some of the students, so please fill in the Teacher/Coordinator contact information.

3. Please carefully follow the instructions on the Student Entry Form. Submissions that do not comply with all requirements will not be accepted.
If you have any questions, please contact Guy Haglund, email:, phone: 651.645.2277 ext. 201 or 1.800.225.READ (7323).

Thank you for your interest in Journeys. We appreciate your programís participation in making this yearís publication a success!

Cathy Grady
Adult Program Director


10.    Attached is a research brief on the readiness of Latino high school students for college-level academic work based on their reading comprehension and verbal reasoning skills (Word document here). Although most of the research in the article is with high school and college level Latino students, similarities can be found with other minority students and with ABE students. The brief is not brief -- it is long, but is filled with rich information.       Bella

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 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.

Barb Glaeser
SW ABE - Marshall
607 West Main
Marshall, MN 56258