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SW ABE - Marshall Region Staff Meeting
Lyon County Government Center
Saturday, October 8, 2005

SW ABE – Marshall Region Staff  Present:  John Doyle, Charles Carrera, Jeanne Kelsey, , Paulette Hanson, Cheryl  McChesney, Pam Grebel, Gail Perrizo, Delores Johnson, Judy Hacker, Lani Joosten, Sally Belgum-Blad, Stephanie Guza, Vickie Radloff, Ted Stamp, Barb Glaeser and Pat Thomas

SW ABE – Granite Falls Region Staff Present:  Zaira Lietzau, Elaine Monson, and Catalina Worden

Guests:  Marn Frank, LDA, and Mary Mulder, Marshall WorkForce Center

Introductions:  Pat introduced Marn Frank from LDA.  Marn presented sessions on “Learning to Read” and “Reading to Learn.”

"LEARNING TO READ" with The ART

ABE learners, native and non-native English speakers, may experience difficulty with reading skills. They may know words by sight, but struggle with decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling), fluent reading, and comprehension of text. They fail to show progress on silent reading tests such as CASAS or TABE because they lack basic reading skills.

The ART-Edition 4 was developed by LDA of Minnesota with ABE, ESL, and GED instructors, tutors, and learners in mind. It includes a teacher resource of six chapters covering all five components of reading instruction and a toolkit of activities, four reproducible Appendices of sounds, decodable words, sight words, and phrases/sentences for fluency and dictation practice, and a training video.

The purpose of The ART-Edition 4 and the complimentary practitioner circle or training is to bridge research with ABE practice and reality. 

"READING TO LEARN" with The ART

ABE learners, native and non-native English speakers, may experience difficulty with intermediate or advanced reading skills. They know how to read, but struggle with multi-syllable words, new vocabulary, or comprehension of longer text. They fail to show progress on silent reading tests such as CASAS or TABE and are challenged by reading material at the pre-GED (6th-8th grade) or GED (9th-12th) level.

The ART-Edition 4 was developed by LDA of Minnesota with ABE, ESL, and GED instructors, tutors, and learners in mind. It includes a teacher resource of six chapters covering all five components of reading instruction and a toolkit of activities, four reproducible Appendices of sounds, decodable words, sight words, and phrases/sentences for fluency and dictation practice, and a training video.

The purpose of The ART-Edition 4 and the complimentary practitioner circle or training is to bridge research with ABE practice and reality.

Financial Literacy – Sally Belgum-Blad
Sally used the Money Smart Curriculum (which will soon be available in Marshall's resource room) for a presentation on credit and credit reports.  She highlighted what a credit report is, how it is used, how to read one, and how to order one.  Go to www.annualcreidtreport.com for your free copy of your credit report (remember, there is a charge for your credit score).  Retrieving a copy of your credit report will not affect your credit score.  Sally also facilitated a brief discussion about credit repair and recognizing credit repair scams.

Folks in attendance were wondering if an employer could pull your credit report without your consent - some in attendance thought yes, some thought no.  Sally contacted Shirley J. Anderson-Porisch for an answer on the subject.  Employers do need to receive permission from employees (or potential employees) before pulling a credit report.  Shirley adds the following: The information giving perspective employers the right to pull a credit report is usually found in the fine printed paragraph of info that applicants sign at the end of a job application.  No one usually reads the fine print nor realizes that they may have given the employer the right to pull their credit report when they signed their name agreeing to terms of the application. 

Computer Training
The computer session provided training in 3 areas.  (1) How to use computerized forms and in particular, the Monthly Student Attendance form.  (2) Drag and Drop techniques between applications and files.  (3) A list of useful websites related to ESL, GED, and teacher resources was presented.  Handouts were prepared for each of these topics.  They will be posted on the Technology Page on the ABE website.

 ABE Updates – Mary Mulder/ Pat Thomas / Barb Glaeser

 Mary Mulder spoke to how the welfare to work program works in the state of Minnesota.  (Minnesota Family Investment Program)   Each individual has a limit of 5 years in their lifetime that they can receive cash assistance.   The focus of this program is to get people back into the workforce.

 Pat reviewed data reflecting how many learners made a level change in the Marshall region in relationship to the levels the state is setting as targeted completion levels. Of the 274 participants served only 27% received both a pretest and posttest.   Data was reviewed of all state ABE programs as shared by the State ABE director.  Revenue is forecasted to be tied to level changes in the near future.   During lunch staff were asked to brainstorm on successful techniques used to capture level changes.

 Barb reviewed the assessment guidelines for the 2005-06 programming year. 

    1. Effective May 1, 2005:

·        EVERYONE (other than workbased learners - computer & job club) must be assessed using the CASAS tool.  We can no longer assign levels to participants using the GED Practice Test.  (Once the student has a CASAS appraisal & pretest, you can use the GED Practice Test to determine how well someone might do on the Official GED Test.  Only turn in CASAS results. 

·        Appraisals & Pretests should be given within the first 6 hours the student attends class.

·        Posttests should be administered following 45-60 hours of instruction.  However, if someone attends, for fewer hours than that & you know they are leaving, POST TEST THEM!

    1. Exiting Students

·        Students will be exited on a quarterly basis

·        Quarterly surveys were discussed

Barb will notify when exits are due

 

 

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