Marshall Adult Education


February 24, 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.  February Student Attendance, Intakes, and CASAS results are due in the office by Friday, March 3rd.  Thanks to everyone who got the exits in -- they are all recorded and we are up to date:)


3.  To Staff:   The link below contains both the commendations and recommendations that the feds made after their visit this fall plus the plans the State ABE office has submitted to address the recommendations.   I would draw your attention to Recommendation 3.   The plan at this time would be going to a performance based funding system for federal monies in the 2007-08 fiscal year.  This future plan is the reason we have stressed meeting level completion target levels.    If you have any questions about this document please give me a call or send me an E-mail at



4.  From Barry Shaffer:  I wanted the ABE field to be aware of the initiative to increase the federal commitment to adult education.  This effort is being led by the State Director's of Adult education group, called NCSDAE (National Council of State Directors of Adult Education, Art Ellison, policy chair) of which I am a part (I am on the executive board).  In that report you will see that our objective is to raise the federal allocation from $585 M in 07-08 to $2 billion by 2011.  The report includes many interesting and compelling facts about adult education in the US and may be used in any manner by local programs and others who are advocates of adult education.  Click on the link below to read the report.


5.  Charles La Rue is an ESL instructor at Metro North and has posted some new health literacy materials on his website.  There are also other ESL materials there also.  We have a description of the new health literacy materials, as well as a description of the website in general posted on our website. There is also a link to the MCES website - check it out.


6.  Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights have a new website: Energy of a Nation:  Immigration Resources.  This website contains information about immigration and the importance of respect for human rights in the context of refugee and immigrant issues.


7.  From the Refugee Council USA.  A new classification of a terrorist has been made by the US government prohibiting any person from coming to the US if they have fought against any government.  This means, for example, that the Hmong would not have been able to come to the US as they fought against the communist government of Laos in the Viet Nam War.  You can read more about this cause at their web site.  The 2 links that deal with this are Principles of Application and Implementation of "Material Support." and Material Support Backgrounder.

8.  From the Trivia Department:   Here's a neat site - My Pill Box is designed to help you properly take medications. On this site, you will be able to create schedules, edit your pill information, and then view a complete daily/weekly/monthly schedule.  Check it out.


9.  Thought for the week:  It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.  ~Harry S. Truman

10.  TECH TIP:  Microsoft Defender (Beta 2)

Microsoft has a new version of the Antispyware program.  They changed the name from Microsoft Antispyware to Microsoft Defender.  It is still in Beta version (Beta version 2) which means it is going through a testing period.  It has been streamlined and improved over the earlier Beta 1.  And the best news is – it is FREE.


The system requirements for downloading and installing Defender is at least a Pentium processor (a Pentium3 is preferred) running a minimum of 233 MHZ or better.  Windows 2000 or higher is also required with at least 64 MB of RAM.


If you previously downloaded Antispyware Beta 1, you should uninstall it and download Microsoft Defender Beta 2.  This is an excellent security tool and you will want to use it along side your other strategies to keep your computer spyware free. 


After you download and install the software, you will be asked if you want to do a “Quick Scan.”  It will take around 20 minutes to complete the scan (depending on the size of your hard drive).  Defender will identify any programs that seem suspicious and give you the chance to delete them, quarantine them, or leave them alone.  After you do your initial “Quick Scan,” you will want to do full scans after that. 


If you choose to quarantine an item, it will be moved to a place on the hard drive that will not allow it to run.  You can then later view all items in the quarantine area and delete them or restore them.  You should not restore software with severe or high alerts.  These items can harm you computer.


You can have Defender prevent spyware or other unwanted software from infecting your computer.  Turn on Windows Defender Real Time Protection.  Click on Tools, then General Settings, then you have to scroll down a little bit and click on the box next to “Turn on real time protection.”  Be sure all the other boxes are checked also.


You can download Windows Defender at:


Download it - install it - eliminate spyware from your computer!

That's it - Have a great week!



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.


Lyon County Government Center  •  607 W. Main St.  •  Marshall, MN 56258  •  (507) 537-7046

E-Mail:Marshall Adult Education