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ANNOUNCEMENTS 
June 2, 2006

 

MARSHALL ABE

 

1. The next Time Sheets are due in the office by noon on Monday, June 12th.

AGAIN, A REMINDER THAT  BEGINNING JULY 1ST, PAY DATES WILL BE THE 1ST AND 15TH OF EACH MONTH.  I HOPE TO SEND OUT THE SCHEDULE FOR PAY DATES AND DEADLINES FOR TIMESHEETS SOME TIME THIS WEEK

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2.  The June Class Schedule has been posted.  See the new schedule here.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/marshall.htm

MARSHALL CONSORTIUM

 
3.  Later on in the announcements, there is information about the Summer Institute (formerly Summer Intensive Training) that will be held the first week of August.  If you are interested in attending, please let the office know by June 15th.
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4.  CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATION IN ASSESSING - BOTH PRE & POST-TESTING - YOUR STUDENTS DURING THE LAST YEAR.  OVERALL, SW ABE HAD A LEVEL CHANGE OF 36%; MARSHALL SHOWED A LEVEL CHANGE OF 40%.  I WILL BE MAILING OUT INFORMATION FOR INDIVIDUAL INSTRUCTORS.  AGAIN, THANKS - YOU ARE THE ONES THAT MADE IT HAPPEN.
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5.  Thank you to everyone who helped out and attended the GED Graduation on Tuesday, May 23rd.  Once again, it was a very inspirational event.  Three of our students participated.  You can see read about the graduation and see photos on the web site.
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SOUTHWEST ABE
 

6.  From Diane Pecoraro:  New free online ESL materials - The LaRue ESL Environmental Education Exercises were created by Charles LaRue with the financial support of the Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board in cooperation with Anoka County Integrated Waste Management.

      These interactive exercises explain what happens to the garbage that we throw away. They give examples of how to reduce, reuse and recycle. They also explain household hazardous waste and how to read product labels and how to dispose of waste properly. The explanations are in English, Hmong, Arabic and Somali, and can be heard online or printed from pdf files. The exercises are all in English and can be used on line or printed out from pdf files. After using these exercises please, ask your students to pledge to reduce waste. They will get a free printable study certificate. They are available now at the web site listed below.

LaRue Environmental ESL Exercises

PS: I'm tracking the number of students taking the online recycling pledge. Please encourage your students to fill our the online pledge to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Your help means these kinds of materials can continue to be funded.

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7.  From Barry Shaffer - Someone from MDE compiles education related news stories from Minnesota newspapers and sends them out to MDE staff on a daily basis.  If adult education stories are referenced, I will forward them to the field for your general information.  These stories and news articles are typically very positive and may give you ideas about the generation of news items in your local communities – they are great PR for our program.  I am told that legislators pay close attention to articles in their local papers, especially if they involve publicly funded organizations.  Click on the link below to read the MDE Daily Digest.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/mde_dailydigest.htm

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8.  From Barry Shaffer:  I want to take a minute to encourage ABE educators to periodically review what’s new on the Literacy Minnesota website:  
http://www.literacyminnesota.org/Literacy_Minnesota.html
A lot of very important and useful information is regularly posted on that site by Alison Schaub, the Literacy Minnesota consultant.  For example, evidence-based ABE articles that describe best teaching practices and new curricular information are located in the section of the website called “Best Practices”. To go directly to the research article link, click on:            http://www.literacyminnesota.org/Additional_Research.html
I think it is the responsibility of all Minnesota ABE educators to be aware of what is happening in our field – to be “professionalized”.  Literacy Minnesota has a commitment to assist you in that important effort.

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9.  Bella Hanson has submitted a new set of 11 research briefs all relating to ESL.  Download these new briefs at this link as well as all the former research briefs.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/research_briefs.htm

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10.  Below is the website for the Summer Institute – conference description and registration materials.  MCEA will be handling the registrations.  You may want to hit the PRINT button for the brochure, or turn your head 90 degrees to the right to view.  On a fun note, I hope to host a Mini-Bass Tournament at the conference for an hour on Thursday evening.  I understand that a limited number of canoes (7) are on hand and I will arrange for those to be available.  Fish as an individual or a team of two.  Bass only.  Largest fish wins a trophy.   Instructions about sign-up will be forthcoming.  ~Barry Shaffer

http://www.literacyminnesota.org/Summer_Institute.html

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GENERAL
11.  From Lois Schmidt:  If you have an opening in your calendar on Thursday, June 8th -- either lunchtime or evening -- here is an opportunity to meet Sally Squires, nationally known, award-winning medical and health writer for The Washington Post.  Sally is coming to Marshall, sponsored by the YMCA's "Pioneering a Healthier Marshall" Team, Hy-Vee, County Fair and The Schwan Food Company.  Check out the attached flyer for details with the link below, and feel free to spread this announcement throughout your networks!
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12.  World Refugee Day Potluck - In recognition of World Refugee Day, you are invited to meet and join staff from Refugee Resettlement Agencies, Mutual Assistance Associations, and other organizations that work with refugees. For: Staff who work with Refugees (Feel free to bring your families!); When: Tuesday, June 20, 2006; Where: Wabun Park, Minnehaha Park (Shelter A&B) (see link below for a map)

http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=4&parkid=251

Time: 4PM-8PM; What to bring: Food to share, group games, Beverages and dessert will be provided.  Entertainment: Music, Dance, Games (Volleyball and soccer games, etc.); Sponsored by:  Everyone who wishes to participate

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13.  2006 Technology in Adult Literacy Conference:  The Minnesota Literacy Council and the Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning invite you to attend the 2006 all day conference on technology use in the field of Adult Basic Education on June 23 at the Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning in St. Paul.  This is an opportunity for ABE program managers, teachers and volunteer tutors to learn from other educators how Literacy and ESL programs are effectively using educational technology. You can read more and register on-line using the link below.
http://www.themlc.org/techconference
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14.  From the Trivia Department:  .  Send Out Cards - You can send a printed greeting card or a postcard with your message, and do it in less than 60 Seconds. You choose your card, write your message and click send.  Send Out Cards prints the card, stuffs it, stamps it, and mails it for you. This is not a free service, but it costs less than you can buy a greeting card for at the store.  Check it out here.
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15.  Thought for the week:  The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to revel to him his own  ~Benjamin Disraeli

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16.  Tech Tip:   Active X Fix

If you are using Windows XP, Service Pack 2, and you have downloaded and installed the security update from the Microsoft’s Windows Update website in April (it is Security Update KB912812), then you may have notice that you are receiving a message that says, “Click to run and Active X control on this page.”  You will get this message when you are using Internet Explorer and when you visit a website that uses Active X components.  Active X is a Microsoft technology that enables developers to create interactive content for the World Wide Web.

 

How do I know if I need the Active X fix?

Well, you have to find a webpage that uses an Active X component, like sound or animations.  Instead of looking for one, just go to the ABE’s Reading Skills for Today’s Adults homepage.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/reading_skills_home.htm

Hmm – what a sneaky way to get you to checkout what we are doing on our Reading Skills web pages!

 

OK – follow these steps:

  • Click either on the Group 1 or the Group 2 link in the Read The Stories section (at the top). 
  • Click on any story to read. 
  • A pop-up window appears with the story’s Pre-Reading exercises. 
  • Click on link at the bottom, “CLICK HERE to read the story.”  (Read the story if you want). 
  • Now click on the link at the bottom, “CLICK  HERE TO CONTINUE.” 
  • Aha – here is where you will get the message in a pop-up window “Click to run an Active X control on this page.”

If you don’t get this message, it means you don’t need to fix anything.  It means you are not using Windows XP, Service Pack 2, or you are but you have not downloaded and installed the April Security Update KN912812.  If you do get this message, you do need the Active X Fix. 

 

By the way, this page, the “First Reading” page, uses sound.  When you click on the Play button, the sound is activated and the story is read to you.  This is an interactive Active X component that will be trigger the message.

 

The Fix

Microsoft in its infinite wisdom, decided to put a “fix” on their website to correct the problem of getting these annoying pop-ups every time you visit a web page with an Active X component.  That’s nice of them, since they’re the ones that caused it to happen in the first place.

 

So, go to their website…

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=B7D9801B-4FB5-492E-903E-3400ABF1D731&displaylang=en

 

…and download the Compatibility Patch for Internet Explorer for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (KB917425) (they even gave it a fancy name). 

  • Click on the Download button. 
  • Click on Save (you can click on Run, but I like to Save the downloads and then run them from my hard drive).
  • When you get to the Save As dialog box, click on Desktop because you want to save the download on your desktop..
  • After the download is complete, quit Internet Explorer, and quit any other applications you may have open. 
  • Go to your desktop and double click on the WindowsXP-KB917425-x86-ENU.exe file you just downloaded.
  • Install the fix and then restart your computer.

That’s it – you just did the Active X fix!  Now go back to the Reading Skills story pages and see if the message is gone.  (It will be.)

 

One last thing – how do you know if you are running Windows XP, Service Pack 2?  (For that matter, how do you know what operating system your are running?)

 

Well, there is a very easy way to figure this out.  Just right-click on My Computer (on the desktop) and click on Properties.   There you will see exactly which Operating System you are using - as well as other useful information.

 

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Marshall ABE Links

 

Southwest ABE - home page for Granite Falls, Jackson, Marshall, and Worthington consortiums.

http://southwestabe.org/

 

Marshall ABE Bookmarks - tons of cool bookmarks - educational and non-educational
http://ikeepbookmarks.com/marshallabe

 

Tech Tips - Read new and old Tech Tips here.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/techtips.htm

 

Reading Skills for Today's Adults - new stories posted regularly 

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/reading_skills_home.htm

 

Announcements - Weekly announcements are posted here each week on Friday.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/announcements.htm


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