Marshall Adult Education


September 7th, 2007


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1.   Pay Day reminder:  Last week I reminded you of the following policy: If the 1st or 15th of the month falls on a week-end or holiday, deposits will be made on the next business day.   
      September 1st payroll - Looks like the deposits were made on Friday, August 31st.  Check your accounts:)
2.  Time Sheets for September 1-15th are due in the office by noon on Monday, September 17th.       Student Attendance/CASAS scores for the month of September are due to Barb by Tuesday, September 4th.
     Reminder - to be using the Student Achievement Logs.  These should be kept with your information on the student.  This might be a student file or other method you have. 
3.   "Just a reminder that our Regional will be held at Jackpot Junction on September 21st.   We really need to receive registrations by Friday, September 14th if possible so we have an accurate head count for meals.
We appreciate your help in assuring that registrations would be in by then!!!            Thanks!"   Pat

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. 

All staff are encouraged to attend.  There will be NO CLASSES HELD AT ANY SITES ON THAT DAY!

4.   I sent this email to all the staff at Red Wing Schools and thought my colleagues around the state may also be interested in helping.  Please follow your hearts.

One year ago, I became a new staff of Red Wing Schools and my office is at the Colvill Family Center.  Although I have been here over a year, I commuted from my home in Rushford until last November and my hobby farm did not sell until just a month ago.  My daughter grew up in Rushford and graduated from Rushford-Peterson School where I was also the Community Education Director.  She was Miss Rushford in 2006 and a very active community member and of course my job enabled me to get to know many community members as well..  Needless to say, Rushford was our home for 10 years until just 30 days ago when we finally closed the sale of our property.   We are very sad to know the news of their recent flood devastation.

Here are some words from our dear friends, when we were finally able to make contact with them:

“Mom, Dad, and I are all fine.  My car was washed away… Danette’s home was lost.  Somehow though, no one died.  THAT is a MIRACLE, so we cling to that and move on, I guess”

“Some parts of town have no electricity.  We have no water or sewer, or telephone, but cell phones, not internet.   Nancy and I are camping out in our house and using a port-a-potty at our neighbors” 

“We do plan on opening school on 9/4.  The town is not so good.  All the downtown is toast.  All together 53 businesses were damaged or destroyed, 66 houses major damage or destroyed, 107 houses with minor damage.  The trailer court is a total mess (not included in the count).  I don’t think if the people who lived there will ever get back in.  Just think mud every where.  We need to travel out of town for everything.” 

“Our house is ok – though the houses across the street from us are not.  Barb’s home had a gas leak and explosion on Sunday morning.  It was so sad to see half of her house under water and the other half on fire.  But she had already evacuated and is fine.  Yesterday she was helping at the command center” 

“It is so surreal to have national guard troops stationed in town and at all the entrance points to town.  Without a pass issued by the city you can’t get into town.  Today was the first day I was able to get through to help at school” 

“It is really sad to see the helplessness in the faces of the people who have lost everything.” 

“We are tough as hell down here and will make it.” 

“School is scheduled to start on time….We still have a lot of cleaning and repairs to do but I think we need to get everyone back and continue on as best as possible….so many people in Rushford lost their homes…Hopefully there will be some aid given to these people so they rebuild their homes and businesses”

As a former school employee of Rushford I ask for any help you can give to our neighbors in the southeast.  Think how different it is for us starting school compared to how it is there.  The Rushford-Peterson school has set up a fund to purchase items that were lost in the basement (the area affected the most which had all the new year school supplies). Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation to help replace supplies can write a check to R-P School Flood Relief Fund. The funds will be used to purchase items that teachers had ordered but had to be thrown away.  Checks can be mailed to Rushford-Peterson School, 102 North Mill St. Rushford, MN  55971. As far as helping, there is a phone number that people can call to help.   It has to be a land line phone (not cell)   Call “211”. 

Please reach into your hearts and help our fellow educators and their families. 

Theresa Luther-Dolan
Hiawatha Valley Adult Basic Education
269 East Fifth Street
Red Wing, MN  55066
(651) 385-4774


5.   We received the following request from Western Community Action.  If you know of anyone that might be interested, have them contact WCA.
 WANTED: Substitutes and Interpreters for Head Start 

Head Start seeks applications from individuals interested in being
placed on a substitute and/or interpreter (Spanish, Hmong or Somali)
call list to assist in the Head Start classroom or on home visits.
Substitutes are responsible for the safety of preschoolers, assisting
teaching team, assisting with meals and being a positive role model for
children and parents. Interpreters must speak English well.
Confidentiality is required in either position.  Must have phone, means
of transportation and the ability to follow oral and written
instructions.  Criminal background checks are required.  Past Head Start
parents, bilingual persons are encouraged to apply.  

Call or stop in for application at:  Western Community Action Head
Start, 400 West Main (above Wells Fargo bank), Marshall, 537-1416 or
800-658-2448.  AA/ADA/EOE


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)

8.   Expect A Miracle Foundation website:
his is great information for single moms or dads who need some extra cash for their children's extra after school activities. Please review the attached
application and information about the program (pdf). An extra $200 goes a long ways in assuring our kids are involved in after school activities. Please share with others.



Workforce3 One August 2007 Newsletter


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.   This is a reminder that the Minnesota Literacy Council is currently accepting proposals from ABE professionals for Curriculum Development Grants. Grants up to $4000 will be awarded to teachers and others to develop ABE/ESL curriculum that uses technology in innovative and effective ways. Please forward this message to others you think might be interested in applying for a grant.

If you have trouble opening the .pdf file (below), all information can be found at

Thanks for your help!

Jason Brazier
Technology Administrator
Minnesota Literacy Council

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


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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