Marshall Adult Education


April 20, 2007


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*Time Sheets for April 1st - 15th are due in the office by noon on Monday, April 16th.

1.    The Marshall Class Schedule for April has been posted.
UPDATE!!   Action Alert!   "As you may remember, we hoped to increase the state ABE appropriation by $10 M this year. While we have not achieved this, there is a $3.5 M increase in the House bill (in addition to the 3% annual increase already in statute). The Senate did not include any new money, beyond the 3%. 

As we move toward conference committee, it is CRUCIAL that the House position be adopted. Please call your state senator this week. Ask them to support the House position regarding ABE funding. Ask them to contact the Conference Committee members, as soon as they are appointed, with this message.

Your help is essential! Please respond right away. If you receive any response, please let me know."

Thank you,
Tom Cytron-Hysom
Legislative Committee Chair


  Adult Basic Education (ABE) funding for English Language Learner's:

The House recommends $3.5 million in new funding over the biennium, in addition to a 3% annual funding increase already in statute. The Senate does not recommend any new funding.
Note: The legislature will be on break beginning on Tuesday, April 3rd until Monday, April 9th reconvening on April 10. 
"I would ask that you consider asking both staff and students to write letters or E-mail your legislative representatives.  If students would write letters it might be good to start this project now.   I would anticipate that letters will very much be needed when the legislature reconvenes on April 10th.  ABE funding is only found in the House bill.  It was not in either the Senate bill or a Governor's recommendation.  The Conference Committee will be "ironing out the differences" between the House and Senate bills when they reconvene.
Letters and E-mails supporting an increase in ABE funding will be extremely important at this time!
Please let me know if you have any questions and thank you for all you do!"
Pat Thomas
3.    SW Spring Regional - is scheduled for Friday, April 27, 2007 at Jackpot Junction Convention Center in Morton, MN.  The featured Speaker is Dr. Alan R. Zimmerman.  Read more about the workshop at this link.
NOTE - Pat is requesting that as many of you as possible attend this meeting.  We will NOT be holding classes at any sites on this day.  Also, please do your own registration and request reimbursement following attendance at the meeting.
4.    Looking ahead to April:
    April 27 - Spring Regional - The office will be closed; There will be NO classes.  Instructors are requested to attend Spring Regional.
5.    We've posted the minutes of the March 31, 2007, SW ABE - Marshall Region Staff Meeting, that was held at the Lyon County Government Center in Marshall, MN. This is available on the site, as a Microsoft Word download (a large file - please be patient), and also as an Adobe PDF document.
6.    GED Graduation is set for May 15th in Granite Falls.  Plan to attend. 
7.    Summer Plans - It's that time of the year again.  Please let us know if there will be any changes to your classes due to summer vacations.  Please turn in your plans by May 1st.
8.     Instructional Materials - We have a limited amount of funds to be used for instructional materials.  "Wish Lists" for these materials should be turned in to Barb by May 1st.

9.    Level Changes
- Please continue with your CASAS post testing.  As a heads up, all April attendance and testing results will need to be to Barb by May 2nd.


10.    Certified Nursing Assistant Class for Second Language Learners  FREE! Please contact Marshall Adult Education at  537-7046.  The CNA Class is Monday–Thursday for 6 weeks starting April 30, 2007.  First come first serve basis (only 10 people per class)
11.  Here is the registration information for the May 21 and 22, 2007 ESL Workshop at Hamline University  (MS Word document PDF format).  Please post and forward this announcement to your colleagues.
 Thanks!    Astrid


12.  The Freeman Forum has planned another engaging topic for this year’s lecture: Food or Fuel: The Emerging Competition with Lester Brown of the Earth Policy Institute who has argued that diversion of corn from food to fuel could pit the world’s 800 million motorists against its 2 billion poorest people who are simply trying to survive. Also included in the day’s events will be an update on biofuels research at the University of Minnesota and panel discussions with local legislators and representatives of the farming and agribusiness communities.

The event is free to everyone.

Time: 10:00am -3:30pm
Date: April 17, 2007
Morris Campus via video conference Cowles Auditorium Humphrey Center (U of M Campus)
HFA Studio A.

13.   The Minnesota Department of Education is proud to host its annual ESL, Bilingual, and Migrant Education Conference on May 3-4, 2007, at the RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minnesota. We invite all who work with English Language Learners in K-12 ESL, bilingual, Migrant Education, mainstream, Special Education, and Adult Basic Education programs to attend.  To register for the conference, go to:       REGISTER NOW – Registration deadline is April 20th.     See a preview of all of the sessions being offered at the conference.
Training Scholarship for Short Term Training Programs for Refugees/Asylees  --- 
Dolly Palacio-Roa of the MN Department of Human Services has sent a notice from the Dakota County Technical College (Rosemount Campus) of a training scholarship available to refugees and asylees. Details and qualifications can be found at the link.
 The Weekly Workforce Update from the National Governor's Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices for April 9, 2007 is available.
15.    Health care bill benefits all Minnesotans. Cover All Kids, health care reform take center stage. State Representative Aaron Peterson (DFL-Appleton) said that the House Health Care bill released on Wednesday signifies a
monumental step forward for Minnesota. The bill will not only provides health care for every child in the state by 2011, it also proposes significant reform that will bring down health care costs for everyone in the state.
16.    From Barry Shaffer:     I just found out about two grant opportunities that you may want to consider.  See the NCFL announcement. 
If your program applies, please let me know and I would be happy to write a supportive letter from the ABE office.  I will not be endorsing programs that are outside of our state-funded ABE system. I think programs within our network of consortia have a “leg-up” on the competition due to your experience with accountability procedures and a history of positive outcome performance.

If any staff have ideas how this grant opportunity could work in your region, please contact your coordinator with your ideas!"  Pat
17.  The Spring Regional is April 27
.  There is a flyer with more information at the link below.

Please note that there will be a session provided on Transitioning Students into Higher Education.  We are encouraging each program to have at least one individual from their program attend this as this will be the focus by the State department for some federal money next year.  Also here is the information on this session.  Please note they want to limit this session to 8 persons and you must preregister to be in this session.

18.  The 2007 Statewide Summer Institute is seeking presentations.  I would encourage staff to consider presentations they might want to give at the Summer Institute this August 8-10.   Please note CEU's will be provided for preparations and presentations.  Pat

There is a form available on the website at this link.


19.  Literacy Minnesota and the Minnesota Community Education Association (MCEA) are hosting their second annual summer conference focused on ABE issues.  The  ABE Statewide Summer Institute will held on the gorgeous St. John's University Campus in Collegeville August 8, 9, 10.


20A new research brief forwarded by Bella: Promoting Success of Multilevel ESL Classes: What Teachers and Administrators Can Do  by Julie Mathews-Aydinli and Regina Van Horne, from Center for Adult English Language Acquisition.



21.   The Weekly Workforce Update from the National Governor's Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices is available for review here:


22.    Vital Aging Conference:  Don’t miss this opportunity to attend this Vital Aging Conference on May 8th at SMSU in Marshall. Cost is $10.00 and registration is limited.  Charlie Boone, a WCCO personality is the Key-note speaker with excellent work shops on seniors and the community.  A conference flier can be downloaded at the link below.


23.    Financial empowerment is having the knowledge and skills to make informed judgments and effective decisions about money management.  Check out the   financial literacy site -

24.    The Minnesota State House unveils significant property tax relief bill - Members of the House DFL Property Tax Relief Committee unveiled their plan on Monday to provide significant and permanent tax relief to Minnesota homeowners, as well as increase the fairness of our state's tax system.
Here is information on workshops being held in April:

  • Budgeting to Create Savings

  • Debt Reduction and Asset Building

  • Building a Good Credit Rating

  • Consumer Protection

  • Working with Financial Institutions

Where:  Western Community Action

(2nd Floor of Wells Fargo Bank)


When:  April 3, 10 & 17, 2007 (Tuesday evenings)

6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.     

(Need to attend all three nights to complete class)


All consumers are welcomed. 

Please call Western Community Action to register

at 507-537-1416 or 1-800-658-2448.



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