Marshall Adult Education


April 14, 2006




1.  Time Sheets are due in the office by noon on Monday, April 17th.


2. Wish Lists -- In reviewing the budget, we find that we are able to buy a limited amount of instructional materials for next year.  If there is anything you need, please ask Barb for a Wish List Form.  You will be asked to describe how the materials will help/benefit your class and consortium.  The wish lists will need to be returned by May 1st.

3.  Summer Plans - As we begin to plan ABE programming for the summer, we will need to take into consideration each instructor's Summer Plans.  Please let Barb or Pat know your plans for June/July/August in regards to whether or not you will be offering class and/or taking time off for vacation etc.  This should be to the office by May 1st.  Thanks.
4.  LDA is scheduling assessments on students in ABE on April 27 and 28th (also April 29th is needed) here in Marshall  Do you have any students needing this testing?  Could they come to Marshall during this time?  Please let me know asap so I can get back to LDA.  Thanks! ~Pat
5.  CASAS testing for Level Changes - Be sure that you are testing students for Level Changes prior to the end of this programming year which is April 30th.  You should have received a list of your active students so you can determine who has or has not made a level change.
6.  For those interested in attending the Spring Regional (Saturday, April 29th):  The staff is to do their own registration and request reimbursement following attendance.  It is requested too that they inform Barb that they are planning to attend.  The agenda and registration form can be found at


7.  Learning Disabilities Association of Minnesota is pleased to announce upcoming ADHD workshops and support groups for spring and summer 2006.  These workshops and support groups are designed to help parents of children with ADHD, teens and adults with ADHD, spouses and partners, family and friends, and professionals working with people with ADHD.  Please open the PDF attachment for the ADHD Support Services flyer to view all our upcoming programs.

8.  The Minnesota Department of Education invites you to attend the 2006 ESL, Bilingual, and Migrant Education Conference on May 4-5 at the RiverCentre in St. Paul.  The conference offers opportunities to learn with and from English language teaching professionals and community members who work with English language Learners in pre-kindergarten through adult programs.
Online registration is March 1 - April 21. Additional information about the conference is available at

9.  The GED Graduation date has been set for May 23 at 7:30 PM.  The graduation ceremony is at MN West campus in Granite Falls.  Check out this page as details become available.
10.  The ABE Statewide Summer Institute will be held at St. John's University Campus in Collegeville, August 2-4, 2006.  More details have been posted.  All within the Marshall Region are asked to run their ideas for presentation through Pat first.   Also if you have an interest in attending this conference, please let Barb or Pat know by May 1st.   This does not commit you to attend but would give us an idea of how many would be interested in attending.  Click on the link below to read more and to download a Call For Presentations form.

11.  Northwest Lincs has a great resource site with Classroom guides, lesson plans, and other materials for adult education.  Check out their website here:
For some good lessons in computer education, check out this page:
12.  From Barry Shaffer - The core performance indicator targets for FY 2007 have been posted.  This table shows a steady improvement in mandated ABE results over the past five years.  Programs appear to be diligently reviewing their local results and finding ways to improve outcomes – CONGRATULATIONS! 
13.  Information on the annual ESL Workshop formerly held at Hamline.  We have, as always, a practical and lively agenda.  Please share this with your ESL staff and encourage them to participate.  Diane Pecoraro
14.  A presentation about Hmong Culture, History, and Health Care Beliefs will be presented on June 28th from 1 Pm to 4 PM.  This workshop called Understanding and Working with the Hmong of Southwest Minnesota  is open to teachers, health care workers and social workers.  You can read more and download a registration form here.
15.  From the Trivia Department:   Taking a trip this summer?  Do a little research on the city you are going to visit.  This is one of the most comprehensive guide to city information on the internet - check it out here.

16.  Thought for the week:  The student who is never required to do what he cannot do, never does what he can do.  ~John Stuart Mill


17.  Tech Tip:  Google Pages

We’ve covered the many exploits of Google over the years…like...

Google Telephone Directory

Google Answers

Google Toolbar

Google Desktop

Google Services

Google Tips


Here is the latest…Google Pages.


Google is offering free home pages with their new Google Page Creator.  With Google Page Creator, you can create, design and publish your own web page in a simple straightforward user friendly interface.  There are dozens of templates and layout designs to choose from.  You can do all the usual things that web masters and gurus do – all with no web page creating experience. 


You will get 100 MB of web space – that’s huge – and you will notice that there is no advertising banners on the web pages.  There is no software to download.  The web pages are created using your web browser (Internet Explorer).


This feature of Google is in beta mode right now which means it is being tested and refined.  You need to get a Gmail account which is a free email account.  Then you can sign up for your free home page.  Depending on how many people are signing up, you may be put on a waiting list.   They are phasing in their new accounts.


I already have my free site.  It’s pretty primitive right now – everything you see there took me a grand total of 5 minutes to create.  Go to page 2 and you will find a link to sign up for your free home page. You can check out my Google home page here.


Is there a downside to all this neat stuff?  Yes – and no.  Here’s the downside which isn’t really a downside.  My free Google email account was a private account that I used and didn’t give to anyone or publicize.  So I don’t ever get any spam.  Now my Google email address is out there for everyone to see.  The address of my free home page is  Can you figure out what my Google email address is?  You got it –  My formerly private gmail address is out there now for everyone to see – here comes the spam!  Well – it’s not really a problem.  I already signed up for another free Google email account – but, sorry, it’s a secret!


Hop on linesign up for your free home page and start posting.



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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