Marshall Adult Education


May 18, 2007


1.  Memorial Day - The office will be closed on Memorial Day - May 28th.  There will be no classes.  Enjoy the holiday.


2.    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.


3.    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

4.  The latest research brief, forwarded by Bella Hanson:     "The Theory behind Content-Based Instruction"
"Authored 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."


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


      Are you interested in expanding your training skills?

      Becoming a greater asset to your organization and community?

      Being part of a statewide collaborative effort?

     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.   MAVAs 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 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. 


6.  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!  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.


7.   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!   


8.    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


9.  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.



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

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


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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 

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