Marshall Adult Education


August 11th, 2007


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1.  Time Sheets for August 1 - 15 are due in the office by noon on August 16th.


2.   Summer Plans - Continue to let the ABE office know if there are any changes in your class schedules due to summer vacations or breaks. 


3.   "Interesting article" Barry  --->     English Instruction Touted for Immigrants    Fourfold Increase In Spending Urged  (Washington Post article)  

Spending on English instruction must be quadrupled to more than $4 billion a year for the next six years to make legal and illegal adult immigrants proficient in skills crucial to their assimilation and the economic future of a country whose population is increasingly foreign-born, a new national report says.

In the first nationwide study of its kind, the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute estimates that an additional $200 million a year is needed to improve legal immigrants' English skills enough for them to pass a citizenship test and "fully participate in the country's civic life." An additional $2.9 billion a year is required for illegal immigrants to meet those standards, the report says.   View complete report


4.   "I would encourage teachers from the Marshall area to share the information below with your students.
       Thanks!"  Pat

"Financial Empowerment Classes" (Word document)

Above is a flyer announcing the next Financial Empowerment Classes that are being offered by Western Community Action and MN Extension in October 2007.  Please encourage any interested individuals to call and register for the class.  If you have any questions-please feel free to give me a call!

Jeanine Antony

Self Sufficiency Case Manager

Western Community Action
507/537-1416 or 1-800-658-2448
Fax 1-507-537-1849


5.    Here's an interesting site - Check it out!   (Be sure to watch the Minnesotium video)


6.    Citizen's Police Academy Accepting Applications     There are still openings in this fall’s class For the past nine years the Marshall Police Department, with the help of area public safety and criminal justice agencies, has held a Police-Citizen’s Academy.   Over 250 area residents have completed the program over the years, and the program has always gotten very positive reviews from those who attend, believing that the commitment to participate was very worthwhile. 


7.   Workshops and Conferences for MN ABE Practitioners        (Word document here)

8.   The National Institute for Literacy is pleased to bring you: Scientific Evidence for Adult Literacy Educators (pdf), the first issue of QEd, a five-issue series for the adult education community--literacy educators, paraprofessionals, program directors, and volunteers.

QEd will bring you ideas and information from the expanding scientific research base on how adults learn to read. This first issue tells the story of how researchers are using the high quality, scientific standards that adult literacy deserves and demands. Applying Research in Reading Instruction for Adults: First Steps for Teachers, which offers specific connections between the research and the classroom. In future issues, QEd will amplify the key literacy elements discussed in this book. We invite you to download a copy of the newsletter from the Institute's website:   Adult educators have a cherished history of collaboration and camaraderie. Scientifically based research inspires and challenges us as we work together to understand its implications and the power of its findings. Please join us on this journey of reflection and renewal! Send your thoughts and ideas to us at I look forward to hearing from you!

Kaye Beall

Q.E.D. - What Does It Mean?

Q.E.D. abbreviates the Latin phrase "quod erat demonstrandum," literally, "that which was to be demonstrated" and is taken to mean "it is shown." Mathematicians often use Q.E.D. to show that the result necessary to complete a proof has been reached. We have named this publication series QEd in the spirit of embracing the scientific research that informs adult literacy instruction.



9.  The USDOE-OVAE Thursday Notes - "Please note the emphasis all of these articles have on Transition to Higher Education for ABE programs."   Pat    (Word document here)


Federal Minimum Wage Increase - A revised Federal minimum wage poster reflecting the recently enacted minimum wage increases is here and is also available free of charge on the Department of Labor's Web site:


111.    From the Minnesota Humanities Commission:  Somali Bilingual Book Project – Author Reading     

Said Salah Ahmed will read "The Lion’s Share/Qayb Libaax" in both Somali and English, answer questions about the tale, and sign books.  The Minnesota Humanities Center has donated one copy of The Lion’s Share for each family in attendance at the event. The Humanities Center will also host an informational booth about the Somali Bilingual Book Project with additional book copies and CDs for sale.

Saturday, August 11  @  7:00pm
Liberty Park Bandshell, Marshall


12.    AN INVITATION TO:   Transform 2010 Regional Summits

Loren Colman, Assistant Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, invites you to attend one of the three upcoming “Catch the Wave: A Transform 2010 Regional Summit” events to be held in southwest Minnesota:
"Minnesota is about to experience a permanent shift in the age of our population.  We have always aged as individuals, but for the first time in history, we will age as a society, and the effects will be profound.  Transform 2010 is a project that seeks to heighten the sense of urgency to transform policies, infrastructures, and services within all sectors to prepare for Minnesota’s age wave.
This summer and fall, I am convening regional summits to share the suggestions we heard from a wide range of Minnesotans at Transform 2010 meetings held over the past 18 months.  We hope these ideas will motivate individuals, community leaders, businesses, providers and elected officials to take action and transform their organizations and communities to prepare for the aging of Minnesota.  The second page of this memo includes a list of the dates, times, and locations of the upcoming regional summits.  I invite you to join me at the Regional Summit the best fits your calendar.

At each summit, I will present our Blueprint for 2010, a plan to prepare Minnesota for the dramatic demographic shifts that will begin in 2011, when the first baby boomers turn 65.  The program will also highlight local organizations that have already taken steps to prepare for this shift.  Each summit attendee will also receive a copy of the Blueprint for 2010, a series of fact sheets on ways to take action, and more.

We all are aging. We all will be affected by this change, by the aging of our society.  Now is the time for each of us to take action and prepare.

I look forward to seeing you at one of these regional summits."

Transform 2010 Regional Summits in southwest Minnesota will be held on:

Thursday, September 27, 2007 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm in Mankato ~
National Guard Armory, 100 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Mankato, MN 56001
Friday, September 28, 2007 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am in Willmar ~
Willmar Holiday Inn & Convention Center, 2100 East Highway 12, Willmar, MN 56201
Friday, September 28, 2007 from 2:00 to 4:30 pm in Marshall ~
Adult Community Center, 107 4th Street, Marshall, MN 56258
View a complete listing (pdf) of all twelve Transform Regional Summits. 

Online registration and the full summit series schedule also are available via the Transform 2010 website at: ~ Click link under “What’s New,” page down to “Catch the Wave” and click on links to “Register now” or to view the “series of regional meetings.”

Registration is free but seating is limited. So please register online!  Thanks.
additional Regional Summit Series information, contact your local Area Agency on Aging, or email Transform 2010 staff at
If you have other questions about Transform 2010 or this Regional Summit Series, please contact LaRhae Knatterud at 651-431-2606 or  Or check our website at:


The 2008-2009 Community Service-Learning & Campus-Community Collaboration grant Request for Proposals is now available.  Citizen-Scholar Fellows Program Accepting Applications    Due to tremendous support in the Minnesota Legislature for the great work being done by our campuses in their communities, we are pleased to announce a 25% increase in the funds available for this highly effective grant program.  Minnesota Campus Contact


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