Marshall Adult Education


August 25th, 2007


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1.  Time Sheets for August 16 - 31 are due in the office by noon on Tuesday, September 4th.  The ABE Office will be closed on the 4th for Labor Day.


2.  Pay Day reminder:  If the 1st or 15th of the month falls on a week-end or holiday, deposits will be made on the next business day.  You will need to keep this in mind for this pay day.


3.  Student Attendance/CASAS scores for the month of September are due to Barb by Tuesday, September 4th.


4.  SW ABE Fall Regional - Fall Regional is scheduled for Friday, September 21st at JackPot Junction.  Any one wishing to attend should register themselves and request reimbursement once they have attended the workshop.  A flyer and registration form can be accessed by going to this link and under the Calendar of Events click on the SW Fall Regional.  Registrations are due by September 14th.  We hope many of you will plan to attend.


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 -  meeting primarily on Tuesdays, starting August 28th  and ending November 20th, 2007. 


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



9.   Call for Papers    Please see the attached CALL FOR PAPERS for the MinneTESOL/WITESOL Journal, Special Topic Issue: Research and Best Practice Concerning the Instruction of ESL Learners with Low Levels of Literacy. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2008.  Please forward to any of your colleagues who may be interested.  (Word document)

Astrid Liden
ABE Professional Development Coordinator Minnesota Department of Education Adult Basic Education (ABE)
1500 Highway 36 West Roseville, MN 55113-4266
Phone: 651-582-8424
Fax: 651-634-5154


10.    Call for Proposal     "The following is a call for Proposals through MLC to help fund the creation of curriculum utilizing technology.  Support from these types of grants have helped us create many of the resources found on our website.  Please consider and let us know if you have any ideas that we could submit as a proposal............appreciate it!"     Pat

Call for Proposal 2007 (pdf)
Good Morning,
 We are once again sending out a call for proposals for a Curriculum Development Grant - please forward this to any groups you think might be interested in applying for a grant.
If you have trouble opening the .pdf file , all information can be found at

Thanks for your help!

Jason Brazier
Technology Administrator
Minnesota Literacy Council


11.   Barry:     As previously announced, my office will be sponsoring a first-ever ABE Transition To Post-Secondary Conference: 

            Friday, October 5, 2007 (all day) at the University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis campus)

Although we had hoped to hold the conference here at MDE, we could not find adequate space.  The conference venue will now be at the University of St. Thomas. We hope to have registration available by the 2nd week in September.  I will send out a notice as soon as registration opens.  Since the transition to post-secondary concept is a new initiative (with state resources added) for the ABE field, I am hoping that all consortia will be represented at that event.  Thanks.

Update 8-23-2007:  "Great news!   

Attached is a letter of support from the MnSCU Senior Vice Chancellor (pdf) that was sent to all MnSCU institutions.  The letter alerts MnSCU institutions to the ABE transition to post-secondary initiative and encourages them to work with their local ABE program to implement this initiative.  Also attached are the ABE transition to post-secondary goals.(Word document)


Barry Shaffer
MN State Director of Adult Education
Minnesota Department of Education
(651) 582-8442


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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Barb Glaeser
SW ABE - Marshall
607 West Main
Marshall, MN 56258