Marshall Adult Education


April 4th, 2008


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1.   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! 
2.    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.  
3.     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. 
4.    Spring Regional on April 18th

I would encourage staff wanting to attend the Spring Regional for Southwest Minnesota to register soon.
Registration can be done at the following website
Registrations need to be made by Friday, April 11th - Thanks!

Southwest Regional In-Service
Friday, April 18, 2008
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Jackpot Junction Casino
Convention Center
Morton, MN

The Southwest Regional ABE Professional Development Coordinator of the Minnesota Department of Education along with the ATLAS program at Hamline University are pleased to offer this workshop for professional development.  CEU’s indicating attendance will be provided. 

Dealing with Negative Attitudes in the Workplace
Featured Speaker: Steve Gilliland, CSP

Many people are being robbed, but the culprit hasn’t been arrested.  Who is this elusive criminal?  Negativism!  It is a thief robbing life of adventure and joy, affecting every institution of society.  Bad attitudes can cost you plenty in terms of productivity and morale – because not only do problem employees perform poorly, they make it tough for everyone else to do their jobs.
Steve Gilliland will show you how to turn negative attitudes into positive behaviors and problems into opportunities.  You’ll learn why people have bad attitudes in the first place and explore ways to head off conflict and confront people about their bad attitudes.  You’ll also learn powerful new ways to deal with the by-products of bad attitudes – resistance to change and personality conflicts. 
Tolerating an employee’s negative attitude “as long as the job gets done” is no longer an acceptable response.  It is time to discover the power of disarming the bad attitude and the difference it makes.  Armed with information you glean from this session, you’ll be on your way to finding win-win solutions that will have you and your colleagues working effectively – together.

Registration and continental breakfast will begin promptly at 8:30. 

Registrations must be received by Fri. April 11, 2008.


5.     Correction: The date for this event is Monday, April 7th  - not April 17th as previously stated.

    April Disability and Racism workshop   

The Southwestern Center for Independent Living and the Office of Cultural Diversity at Southwest Minnesota State University have been working with people from diverse cultures and people with disabilities in southwest Minnesota respectively for a combined 30 plus years. Throughout this time we have learned that there are numerous challenges faced by people from diverse cultures and people with disabilities in accessing services in our social and economic structures while striving to achieve an independent lifestyle that is respectful of culture and diversity. This conference is brought to our community to provide education about the challenges faced. This years presenters will offer personal and professional views of systemic barriers experienced in their lives. Striking thought provoking parallels between disability and racism issues will be talked about. The views presented will come from local, national and historical perspectives.


6.    The Minnesota Adult Basic Education Office is pleased to announce the establishment of a contractual agreement with GED-i (formerly GED Illinois) to provide online GED instructional services to Minnesotans beginning this Fall.  The state has purchased the licenses necessary to make the GED-i program accessible statewide through local ABE consortia and with assistance from GED-i we will design administrator and instructor trainings to support this end. 

The need is huge… according to the 2003 American Community Survey (the US Census), 325,300 Minnesotans over the age of 25 do not have their high school equivalency.  This figure does not include those individuals ages 16-25 who are recent high school dropouts or immigrants and refugees.  Having another option (distance learning) for accessing our quality ABE services is critically important to these individuals in need and to our state economy/workforce as a whole. 

 A variety of policy and implementation details still need to be worked out and input will be sought from ABE managers at the regional Grant Application Workshops in April.  In May, ABE program managers will be invited to a training kick-off event designed to support the administration and full implementation of the GED-i program.  Prior to implementation we will add a GED-i link to our website and we will ask for all consortia to develop marketing and implementation plans. 

 On a personal note, I want to thank the group of 25 ABE professionals from around the state who came together about one year ago to learn about and to review GED online programs.  Also, a special thanks to Jim Colwell and Laurie Rheault from my office for working on the arduous process of vendor selection and contracting.  We are finally ready to roll!

 This is an exciting step for the Minnesota ABE field as we collectively move into the world of e-learning.  As we look at educational technology trends in Minnesota, we envision that other ABE distance learning opportunities, both for students and for staff, will eventually become commonplace in ABE – not as a replacement for in-class work, but as another high-quality option for our students. ABE managers – stay tuned for training information from my office.

Barry Shaffer
MN State Director of Adult Education
Minnesota Department of Education
(651) 582-8442


Young Social Entrepreneurs Invited to Apply for YouthActionNet Global Fellowship Program      Deadline: May 15, 2008

Young People working to bring about positive societal change in  their communities are invited to apply for the YouthActionNet  Global Fellows Program.

Each year, twenty exceptional young social entrepreneurs are  selected as YouthActionNet Global Fellows.

The year-long fellowship program provides opportunities in  skill-building, networking, and advocacy, including a seven-day,  all-expenses paid, capacity-building retreat in Washington, D.C.;  development of a customized learning plan based on individual  leadership learning needs; networking with international and  national aid agencies, NGOs, and corporate partners; peer-to-  peer networking throughout the year; training in communications  and media outreach; public relations technical assistance; and  access to global advocacy platforms and media coverage as well  as access to potential funding opportunities.

The program is open to all young people between the ages of 18  and 29. Applicants should be founders of existing projects/org-  anizations or leading a project within an organization. Profi-  ciency in English is required; applications must be submitted  in English. Applicants also must be available to attend the  full retreat, November 1-8, 2008, in Washington, D.C.

 Visit the YouthActionNet Web site for complete program information and application procedures.

 RFP Link:

 For additional RFPs in Children and Youth, visit:
8.  Reader's Digest Foundation to Donate $1 Million Based on Inspiring Stories from the Public

The Reader's Digest Foundation ( )  has announced that it will donate a total of $1 million to non-profit organizations through a new initiative called "Make it  Matter."

Grants will be inspired by individuals who are taking action and giving back to their communities in significant ways. Every month, the foundation will select one individual's story of good  deeds done and grant $100,000 to a nonprofit organization in  honor of that individual. Reader's Digest magazine will then feature that person in its new column, "Make it Matter."

Submissions for "Make it Matter" will be accepted by the foundation on a rolling basis throughout 2008. To learn more about the program and submitting a story, visit  the foundation's Web site.

 RFP Link:

 For additional RFPs in Philanthropy and Voluntarism, visit:




11.   See this link for the latest MnSCU study on the growing needs for remedial college classes:       
Also, I copied have copied an article from yesterday’s Star Tribune which discusses this report.   

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SW ABE - Marshall
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