Marshall Adult Education


April 11th, 2008


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Remember - all correspondence needs to be addressed to:



1.    Time Sheets - for April 1 - 15 should be in the office by noon on Wednesday, April 16th.


2.    Inventory -
You were given information on Inventory at the January meeting.  A reminder that these should be turned in by April 15th. This is coming quickly! 

3.   Wish Lists - We do have funds for new instructional materials.  Your "Wish Lists" should be turned in no later than May 1st.  Call if you need a catalog or other information.  If you do not have a copy of the "Wish List" form, please email Barb and it will be sent to you. 


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  Look for the link to Southwest Regional Workshop.  Registration deadline is April 11th.


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 have received the testing information. 

6.   As you are aware, Kenya is experiencing very difficult times. As a strong nation state who has opened its borders to neighbors experiencing violence and dislocation of their own, it is tragic that Kenyans are experiencing this type of upheaval. The post-election violence has been very hard psychologically, spiritually and economically on our student community. Many are wondering about families, homes, businesses and how they are going to "make it" without economic support from their sponsors.

Though we can't "fix" things, we can do small things. In that regard, we are having a support/information night next week (see attached poster), April 16th. Could you let folks know over there and if you are able, please come.

Thanks for your attention.

Don Robertson, Ph.D.
(507) 537-6699


7.      Call for Writings from ABE Practitioners     (especially teachers)

We invite practitioners working in adult basic/literacy education - classroom teachers, educators, tutors, administrators, and researchers - to make a proposal for what you'd like to contribute to a book of writings and artwork by adult basic education teachers/educators addressing women's literacy issues.

Topics Explored: 
-Barriers and Challenges to Discussing Women's Issues in Literacy Classes or Addressing Them in Programs
-Experiences Empowering Women in Literacy
-Contextual Approaches for Empowering Women in Literacy

Deadline for Proposals: May 30, 2008

Kimberly A. Johnson, PhD
Assistant Professor/ATLAS Coordinator
Graduate School of Education
Hamline University
1536 Hewitt Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104
phone: 651.523.2646
fax: 651.523.3083


8.   Dear ABE Consortium Leaders,

Kim Johnson and I wanted to extend our thanks to you for encouraging your teachers to fill out the ABE/MnSCU Transition to Post-Secondary surveys in March, and of course our thanks to all of the teachers who took the time to complete the surveys. We are extremely pleased with the response we received! We will soon be meeting with a core working group to analyze the survey results, make recommendations for effective practice, and identify action steps to help bridge the gap between ABE and post-secondary education.

Please pass along our heartfelt thanks to all who participated, and stay tuned for further information on the results of these efforts.

Best regards,
Marisa Squadrito Geisler
ATLAS Program Assistant
Center for Second Language Teaching and Learning Hamline University MS-1790
1536 Hewitt Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104
phone: 651.523.2503
fax: 651.523.3083


9.   REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!   2008 ESL Workshop: Tues. May 20 – Wed. May 21 at Hamline University
       Register online at:  

   Strategies for both New and Experienced ESL Professionals


   Session Topics to Include:

·         Academic readiness

·         Beginning literacy

·         Critical thinking

·         Curriculum and course design

·         Instructional technology

·         Writing skills


   Presenters include Betsy Parrish, Kimberly Johnson and Julia Reimer from Hamline’s nationally recognized Center for Second Language Teaching and Learning, as well as Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt, Educational Technology Trainer at the Minnesota Literacy Council.


   Additional Information:

Check the ATLAS website ( for schedule, session descriptions and other details as this information becomes available.


We look forward to seeing you there!

10.   Mn/DOT will be hiring some temporary positions for this summer. I have posted the following positions out on the Workforce Center's Website

1 Laborer position for each location.....Willmar, Marshall & Hutchinson
1 Transpoortation Associate position for each location....Willmar & Marshall

Attached is an application for your convenience.    Application deadline is April 21.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Dawn Oie
Human Resources
MN Department of Transportation
2505 Transportation Rd.
Willmar, MN 56201
320/214-6427 phone
320/214-6305 fax


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