Marshall Adult Education


May 11, 2007


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1.  Time Sheets for May 1st-15th are due by noon on Wednesday, May 16th.
2.  Exits are due to Barb  no later than May 16th. Please follow the instructions as listed in the packet.
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

"Yesterday, I emailed information about the need to contact the Conference Committee, asking that they adapt the House position regarding ABE funding. PLEASE take the time to make a few calls to those listed below. Sherry Munyon tells me that whether we are able to obtain the additional money passed by the House is directly related to the contacts we make. Please ask your teachers, volunteers, etc. to call or email, also. If you are a constituent of any of those listed, it is double important that you make contact. Thank you!"
Conference Committee Members:
Rep. Mindy Greiling, 651-296-5387,
Rep. Carlos Mariani, 651-296-9714,
Rep. Nora Slawik, 651-296-7807,
Rep. Patti Fritz, 651-296-8237,
Rep. Bud Heidgerken, 651-296-4317,
Sen. Charles Wiger, 651-296-6820,
Sen. Kathy Saltzman, 651-296-4166,
Sen. Gen Olson, 651-296-1282,

Tom Cytron-Hysom
phone: 651.695.1734
fax: 651.695.1773

"Adult Basic Education and Learning (ABLE) cannot continue to be viewed in isolation, as a separate educational goal, but rather as part of the overall education, training and learning system and policy at national and international level. "To educate children, it is essential to educate adults"  This is the importance of educating adults, for their own sake and for the sake of children, for the present and for future generations. "
                                                                                                                            --Rosa Maria Torres
                                              Linguist, educator, social activist
                                     Former Minister of Education and Culture for Ecuador

4.    GED Graduation is set for May 15th in Granite Falls.  Plan to attend. 
5.    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.  I have only heard from a couple of you.  This is important for summer planning and to give students correct information.
6.    Staffing Changes -
* Sue Hollingsworth, ABE instructor at the Lower Sioux Reservation and Redwood Falls, will be leaving at the end of May.  We thank Sue for her outstanding work with our program and wish her the best of luck.  In case you are wondering, Sue is moving to the Cold Spring area (near St. Cloud).
* Shaunna Berg, Computer instructor, will have her last day with us on May 17th.  We wish Shaunna the best of luck as she heads back to school and thank her, too, for doing an excellent job with our computer program.
We will certainly miss both of these fine women!!!
Barb Glaeser
Marshall ABE
607 West Main
Marshall, MN 56258


7.    Please take the time to check this out and give a will help the staff (Vicki Radloff and Paulette Hanson)  working on this neat project to possibly win................thanks!
 This is an interesting little project that the Marshall Adult Basic Education program has proposed to My Hometown Helper -- a small grants program for "hometowns across America" offered by the Hamburger Helper people.  Here is a link to the Marshall project description page.  Also scrolling down is an email from ABE/ESL teacher Vickie Radloff.  If you are inclined to add a comment to the postings page, sounds like it's all helpful.  Just need to list first name and read the "accept terms" box.
Pat Thomas
Marshall ABE
607 West Main
Marshall, MN 56258

8.    Here is an Adobe Acrobat pdf, the latest issue of NetNews. The topic is on the importance of incorporating "word study" into Beginning or Intermediate ABE and GED reading instruction.
Thank you for taking the time to read about this important topic.
If there are questions, comments, or the need for a text file, please contact Marn Frank at

Margaret (Marn) Frank
Learning Disability Specialist
LDA of Minnesota
5354 Parkdale Drive, Suite 200
St. Louis Park, Minnesota  55416
Phone: 952-922-8374

9.  The latest research brief, forwarded by Bella Hanson:     "
The Theory behind Content-Based Instruction"
uthored by Thomas Sticht.  He describes his theory that holds that content-based programs are more effective in achieving both content-related outcomes and general literacy levels than general literacy instruction.   Although he supports his theory mostly with job-related programs, he makes the same claim for general literacy programs."

10.    Apply today to become a Volunteer Impact Leadership Training Series trainer!


ü      Are you interested in expanding your training skills?

ü      Becoming a greater asset to your organization and community?

ü      Being part of a statewide collaborative effort?

ü     Helping your colleagues become successful volunteer resource leaders?



Volunteer Resources Leadership is a peer-to-peer initiative in which volunteer leaders train their colleagues on the essential elements of leading volunteers.  As a trainer, you will join many MAVA colleagues across the state in an exciting training partnership and you will be part of an initiative that has gained national attention.  Your effort will build the quality and quantity of volunteerism in Minnesota by helping organizations and communities maximize volunteer impact. 



Train the Trainer will be held in

Alexandria, June 6, 2007, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Co-Hosted by the Heart of Lakes United Way


Through the train-the-trainer workshop, you will learn how to use a well-designed MAVA-approved curriculum and how to become a more effective trainer.   MAVA’s Volunteer Impact Leadership Training Series is composed of eight modules on the key elements of effective volunteer resources leadership. It is based on materials developed by volunteer leadership expert Betty Stallings.  We are looking for trainers across the state.


  • Are you familiar with volunteer leadership best practices?
  • Do you have experience presenting to groups or facilitating workshops?
  • Do you have the flexibility to provide seven MAVA-sponsored workshops during the next two years (for which you will be offered a stipend and mileage reimbursement)?


Trainers will receive a stipend and mileage reimbursement. Trainers will be asked to commit to delivering a minimum of seven 1 ½ hour training modules over the next two years.


Application materials and additional information attached.  For more information call 651-255-0469 or e-mail Applications for the Alexandria training due by May 28,2007.



This is a great opportunity to enhance your professional skills while helping others become successful leaders of volunteers.




11.    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)
12.  Reminder...

This is a reminder for the ESL Workshop May 21 & 22 at Hamline University.  It should be a great workshop as usual!  If you haven't registered yet there are some vacancies left! 

Cherie Eichinger
Adult Basic Education
MN Dept. of Education
1500 Hwy. 36 West
Roseville, MN  55113

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.
13.   St. John Lutheran Home World Market    Saturday, June 16th, 2007  St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield, MN, will be hosting a 'World Market' featuring entertainment, multi-cultural foods, hand-made works of art, and crafts.    Information and registration information found on their site  -    Reserve your booth space today!   
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.
15. The Weekly Workforce Update from the National Governor's Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices for April 9, 2007 is available.
16.    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.
17.    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
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.





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


21.    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.


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

23.    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.


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