Marshall Adult Education


March 10, 2006


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.  Our local Workforce center will be hosting a workshop on April 3rd from 10-12 at St Stephen's.  The workshop will be done be Legal Aide to go through immigration/refugee  papers that are required and field questions folks may have regarding this.  I would like all who work with the ESL population attend this workshop if at all possible.   An invitation and registration form is available at the link below (it is an Acrobat Reader file)  ~Pat




2.  Research Results from the Minnesota Practioner Research have been posted on the Literacy Training Network website.  These reports include one from Marshall ABE teacher Vicki Radloff.  Check them out here.
3.  From Pat:  I contacted today to ask about . 
Here is an update from Brad Lundell (our lobbyist) on the status of the ABE bill requesting a 3% increase in revenue

We will be using HF 1167--the ABE bill from last session--authored by Abeler. We will just strike the language that was enacted last session (all technical language) and go forward with the 3% increase on the basic formula and the language on the immigrant grants.
The Senate is putting together a large "immigration" package and the same language (3% formula increase and immigration grants) will be part of that. I don't know what the number of that bill is yet, but there is a press conference tomorrow to highlight the bill. But I think if you tell your Senators "support the Senate immigration package" or "support the ABE provisions in the Senate immigration package," they will get the drift.

Tarryl Clark, the newly-elected Senator from St. Cloud, will be carrying the ABE provisions in the Senate



4.  Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) has shared their newsletter and other resource links and documents that are of particular interest to issues related to released offenders – employment options, background check information, overcoming offender stereotypes, etc.  Visit this link

5.  The 2006 ABE Statewide Summer Institute:  A Conference Sponsored by Literacy Minnesota and the Minnesota Community Education Association (MCEA).  Some information has been posted.  Check it out here and check back later for updates.


6.  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 to read the report.


7.  From Pat:  The following is information addressing the issue of Adult Student Persistence in ABE classes. This will be one topic presented at the Spring ABE regional Workshop. ~This is an Acrobat Reader file (.pdf)
8.  Bella Hanson has forward 12 new research briefs related to teaching reading.  You can download these briefs as well as some earlier ones from this link.

9.  The March-April Bremer Update for Nonprofits is on-line.  This E-Newsletter has items of interest to nonprofit and community organizations, their board members, volunteers and Bremer Bank staff involved in the Bremer communities of Willmar, Marshall, Redwood Falls and surrounding areas. Read it here.

10.  Following is an article from the Senate DFL press conference.  Meda Esperanza Paradise, an ABE student from the Hubbs
Center, spoke very eloquently about the value of ABE to her and many others.  Meda Esperanza Paradise, who was born in Ecuador, became the first member of her family to graduate from high school.
The rest of the article is at:


11.  Here is an article on how a religious leader in the Muslim faith faces challenges here in the USA
12.  From the Trivia Department:   The Inflation Calculator adjusts any given amount of money for inflation, according to the Consumer Price Index, from 1800 to 2005.


13.  Thought for the week:  To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.  ~Elbert Hubbard


14.  TECH TIP:  Using Publisher to Send HTML Email

If you have decided to use HTML email and send HTML email, then you can use the new feature of Publisher 2003 to create your HTML email, customize it and send it through your Outlook or Outlook Express program.  Here’s how.


Open up Publisher 2003.  If you see the Task Pane showing on the left side, click on the Web Sites and Email link.  If you don’t see the Task Pane showing on the left side, you need to click on the View menu and then click on Task Pane.  Then click on the Web Sites and Email link.


Now click on E-mail.  You will see six categories of e-mail templates.  Click on Newsletter and on the right side, click on any of the newsletter templates you would like to use.


Now you are ready to customize the newsletter template by putting in your own content, graphics, and links.  You can close the Task Pane.  Click on the X next to Publication Designs


Here’s a neat trick.  Press the F9 key to increase the View size to 100%.  This allows you to see what you are editing more clearly.


If you have some experience using Publisher, you will know that all text is placed in text boxes.  If there is too much text for a text box, you can overflow the text to another text box on the page or you can just enlarge the text box.  Any text boxes in the template you do not want to use, you can just delete them.  You need to first select the text in the text box and press Backspace.  Then press the Delete key and the text box disappears. 


You can change the pictures in the templates by right-clicking on the picture you want to replace and choosing Change Picture


You can add links to your HTML email by selecting some text and then clicking in the Insert Hyperlink icon in the Standard Toolbar.  A window will open.  Type in the address you want to link to.  Start the link with http://.


You can add a link to an email address also.  Select the text you want to link to an email address and click on the Insert Hyperlink icon in the Standard Toolbar.  A window will open.  Click on Email Address on the left side.  Then type the email address that you want to link to.


When you have the newsletter just the way you want it, it is time to send the email.  Click on the File Menu, then click on Send Email, then click on Send This Page as Message.  Put in the address you want to send it to and put in a subject.  Click on the Send button.


That’s it – you’ve just created and sent your HTML email.


If you have an earlier version of Publisher, like Publisher 2000 or Publisher 2002, you can still send HTML emails.  You just won’t have the neat templates to choose from that you find in Publisher 2003. 


You can also send emails from any version of Microsoft Word using the same basic process.  Word is a little harder to work with as far as the layout process because it is essentially a word processor and not a desktop publishing (layout) program


Do some experimenting by sending the emails to yourself.  With a little practice, you will become an HTML pro!


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.



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