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ANNOUNCEMENTS 
March 15th, 2008

 

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SW ABE - MARSHALL REGION

1.    Time Sheets for March 1 to March 15 are due in the office by noon on Monday, March 17th.
 
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2.    March Dates/ Holidays
            *  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.  If your school district has additional days off, you may want to adjust this schedule to fit that.  Please keep us advised of what will be happening.

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

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4.    Spring Regional - Friday April 18 - Jackpot Junction - If you wish to attend, you should do your own registration (but let Barb know). You will be reimbursed once you have attended - again paid according to number of CEUs earned. We will pay mileage - please try to car pool if at all possible.  You can register at http://mnabe.themlc.org/ABEcalendar.html  Look for the link to Southwest Regional Workshop.  Registration deadline is April 15th.

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5.    CASAS - We will begin phasing in the new Life and Works Reading series very shortly.  After May 1st we will use only the Life & Works for reading assessments.  You should receive the testing information sometime this week.

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6.  Jim Colwell, MDE GED Administrator, has worked with the Minnesota Department of Education School Choice Office to clarify the opportunity for GED recipients to be eligible for the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship.  The two attachments provide information about this opportunity which is for GED recipients who attained their GED between January 1, 2007 and March 1, 2008.  please not that the deadline for submission of candidates was extended to March 28, 2008. 

The first attachment (gen info) may sound like GED recipients do not qualify, but the revised information in the second document clearly include GED recipients. If you have questions about this opportunity for scholarships, please contact Jim at:  jim.colwell@state.mn.us
     Barry
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7.   Deadline to apply for FREE American history workshop is March 17!

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8. 
The Hamline ESL workshop flyer is attached.  May 20-21, 2008    Barry

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9.  "This information is regarding online courses that the State ABE office has asked us to share."  Pat

**  Research-based Strategies and Models for Adult Transitions to Postsecondary Education

Course Dates: April 11–June 5, 2008; teleconference on April 17, 1 pm or 7 pm EDT

Course Description
Participants will read and discuss the research on the changing workforce and examine the reasons why adult learners need to go beyond the GED and English language study to advance their earning potential. Participants will also learn about the challenges facing adult students in postsecondary education and investigate strategies and program models that support adult transitions to postsecondary education. Throughout the course, participants will gather local and regional data on the labor market, educational needs, and academic programs and support services offered by area colleges to guide future program development and planning.  

Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

          Identify the economic factors that point to the need for education and training beyond the GED and English language study.

          Describe key challenges adult learners face, particularly under-prepared students, in accessing and persisting in postsecondary education.

          Describe a variety of strategies that contribute to persistence in postsecondary education.

          Describe the key strengths and limitations of five models of adult transition.

          Describe the economic and educational landscape in their local area.

          Articulate the need for college transition programming to support the successful transition of adult learners to postsecondary education, based on national and local data.

Course Format and Schedule: facilitated, online

During this eight-week course, you will engage in self-paced activities and readings, as well as asynchronous discussions with the facilitator and course participants. An opening teleconference is scheduled for April 17, 2008, 1 pm or 7 pm EDT

Syllabus: Download a detailed Course Overview at http://professionalstudiesae.worlded.org/pdf/ct_overview.pdf

Course Facilitator: Sandy Goodman

Estimated Completion Time: 24 hours

Fee: $149.00

Registration: Complete and return the registration form, which you can download at http://professionalstudiesae.worlded.org/pdf/ct_registration.pdf.  Payment must be received prior to enrollment.  Registration is limited to 20 participants.

Cancellation policy: World Education reserves the right to cancel the course if the minimum number of registrants is not met by April 4, 2008


 

**  Study Circle: Research-based Adult Reading Instruction

Course Dates: April 11–June 12, 2008

Course Description
The Research-based Adult Reading Instruction Study Circle is designed to engage practitioners of adult basic education (ABE), adult secondary education (ASE), and English-for-speakers-of‐other-languages (ESOL) in discussing theories and concepts related to reading instruction. Questions about what research says about teaching adults how to read are particularly relevant as programs and teachers struggle with choosing the most effective ways to develop adults’ reading skills.

Course Format and Schedule: facilitated, online

During this eight-week course, you will work on team projects, engage in self-paced activities and readings, as well as asynchronous discussions with the facilitator and course participants. Chats are scheduled for April 24, May 15, and June 5 at 12:30–1:30 pm or 1:30–2:30 pm EDT

Syllabus: Download detailed Course Overview at http://professionalstudiesae.worlded.org/pdf/reading_sc_overview.pdf

Course Facilitator: Kaye Beall

Estimated Completion Time: 24 hours

Fee: $149.00

Registration: and return the registration form, which you can download at http://professionalstudiesae.worlded.org/pdf/reading_reg.pdf. Payment must be received prior to enrollment. Registration is limited to 20 participants.

Cancellation policy: World Education reserves the right to cancel the course if the minimum number of registrants is not met by April 4, 2008.
Priyanka Sharma
National College Transition Network
World Education, Inc.
44 Farnsworth Street
Boston, MA 02210
617.482.9485
http://www.collegetransition.org

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10.   The ABE website, http://mnabe.themlc.org/Adult_Basic_Education2.html has been recently updated.  We are trying hard to make our documents as well as local ABE program documents available to you.
The following sections have been updated:

·         ABE Program Areas

  • o        Workforce Education - one page overview, the MDE-ABE brochure and local program examples of workforce education brochures

  • o        Transitions - the PowerPoint, the overview and the summary of transition plans

·         Program Management

  • o        Grant Info - new Program Narrative and policy templates for assessment, instructional program description, student attendance and student orientation and intake

  • o        ABE Funding - an overview of how the state funding works

  • o        ABE Law, Policy and Guidance - Federal and State statutory authority and state policies

  • o        Accountability/NRS - updated result information for PY07

  • o        Promising Practices – updated workforce education project summaries

  • o        Local ABE Program Information – local program policies, staff manuals, professional development templates, and teacher observation tools

  • o        Management Information Systems – MNABE user manual

 And of course, you are getting regular updates about the Professional Development section.

It’s not perfect, but there is a lot of good information available to you.  If you would like us to post something that is related to one of our section areas or link to something on your website, please contact Anne Marie Leland, anne.leland@state.mn.us or Astrid Liden, astrid.liden@state.mn.u

Anne Marie Leland

ABE Policy, Accountability & Workforce Ed. Specialist
Minnesota Department of Education - ABE
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN  55113-4266
phone:  651-582-8479
fax:  651-634-5154
email:  anne.leland@state.mn.us

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 Southwest ABE - home page for Granite Falls, Jackson, Marshall, and Worthington consortiums.
http://southwestabe.org/  

Marshall ABE Bookmarks - tons of cool bookmarks - educational and non-educational
http://ikeepbookmarks.com/marshallabe  

Tech Tips - Read new and old Tech Tips here.
http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/techtips.htm  

Reading Skills for Today's Adults - new stories posted regularly 
http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/reading_skills_home.htm 

Announcements - Weekly announcements are posted here each week on Friday.
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Barb Glaeser
SW ABE - Marshall
607 West Main
Marshall, MN 56258
507-537-7046
marshallabe@starpoint.net