Marshall Adult Education


June 1, 2007




1.  Summer Plans -
Remember to let the ABE office know if there are any changes in your class schedules due to summer vacations or breaks.  Enjoy the weather:)


2.  Material Orders - I will be ordering materials during the first week in June.  If you have not given me your Wish Lists, now is the time to do it!  THIS IS THE LAST REMINDER!


3.    Summer Institute (formerly Summer Intensive) - August 8-10th - St. John's University - If you are interested in attending, please let Pat/Barb know.  As we know more about funding for the coming year, determination will be made as to who is able to attend.  (If you have been accepted to do a presentation, of course, you will be able to attend.)  I would like to know your interest ASAP.  Thanks.


4.    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
 Apply today to become a Volunteer Impact Leadership Training Series trainer!


5.    Announcement from Pat -
Thursday we received confirmation that the funding for ABE did make it without a veto!   Please see below and if you have not done so yet........please send a thank you to your elected officials!
From: Tom Cytron-Hysom []
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2007 8:44 AM
To: Literacy Minnesota Members
Cc:; Susie Brown; Brad Lundell; SMunyon@CapitolAccess.US;; Barry Shaffer;
Subject: Hurray!
Importance: High
Well, folks, we did it! The Governor signed the E12 bill, without line item vetoing our appropriation. The additional funding will really help programs around the state better meet the adult education needs of our communities. 
A great many people contributed to this victory. Special thanks  to:
  • The lobbyists who worked so hard on this. In addition to Brad Lundell, the Literacy Minnesota lobbyist, we had incredible support from Sherry Munyon and Linda Sandvig - while they work directly for St. Paul, they really took a statewide perspective in hleping lead this fight.
  • Casie Moen, for her great energy competence as our parttime Public Policy Organizer - she did a bang up job in coordinating the legislative forum, maintaining the web site, and helping mobilize the field.
  • The members of the Literacy Minnesota Legislative Committee, who worked many hours in developing our platform, testifying at committee meetings, and providing students to testify.
  • The many legislators who recognized the vital needs met by ABE, and made these services a priority during a tough budget year.
  • And of course, all of you, who wrote letters, made phone calls, attended the Forum, and generally pestered legislators in the nicest way!
 Thank you to everyone.
 PS If you haven't yet thanked your legislators for their support, please remember to do so.


6.    New Figures Show High Dropout Rate :  Federal Officials Say Problem Is Worst For Urban Schools, Minority Males
        By Daniel de Vise
        Washington Post Staff Writer
        Thursday, May 10, 2007

First lady Laura Bush and national education leaders yesterday unveiled an online database that promises to provide parents across much of the nation the first accurate appraisal of how many students graduate from high school on time in each school system.  


7.    To:  Manager/Lead Teacher Distribution List 

Please note the email below and the WORD attachment about the Poster Session at the Summer Institute. As an incentive to contribute, CEU's will be provided.

  "It's a Great Idea" Literacy MN Poster Session at the ABE Summer Institute     
Share one of your best Adult Basic Education ideas (marketing, teaching, celebrating, etc.) with your colleagues.  Design a poster to display your idea and create handouts to distribute to others so your great idea can be duplicated in programs throughout Minnesota. Posters will be on display in the Humphrey Theatre Foyer throughout the conference.  Poster session presenters will be asked to staff their posters after lunch on Thursday, August 9th.  Please see the attached document for more information.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Claudia Kinville at   
 Word document here.


8.    Marshall Class Schedule for June, 2007



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!   


10.    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


11.    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.



12.    From Bella Hanson - A new Research Brief looks at the concept of critical literacy for second language learners and includes twelve critical literacy strategies. Download the Word document here.


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SW ABE - Marshall
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Marshall, MN 56258

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