Marshall Consortium Staff Meeting
Marshall Area Adult Learning Center
Saturday, September 13, 2003
Lyon County Government Center
607 West Main, Marshall, MN

Present: Sally Belgum-Blad, Stephanie Guza, Sheila Helleson, Lani Joosten, John Doyle, Barb Glaeser, Charles Carrera, Paula Gimmestad, Karen Miller, Jamie Verdeck, Ted Stamp, Paulette Hanson, Sue Burnett, Dorothy Zimmerman, Tammy Bukowski, Bonnie Nielsen, Judy Hacker, and Pat Thomas.

1. Pat welcomed staff and introduced new staff members.

2. Presentations

A. Computer Training - This program recognizes the critical need to integrate technology into our delivery system of services. To assist in accomplishing this focus, training was provided by Charles Carrera for participating staff. For staff unable to attend, the lessons presented will be available on our website under the Technology section. Charles will also do one-on-one instruction for staff upon request.

B. CASAS Training - Barb Glaeser provided training on how to use the CASAS assessments tool and laid out expectations by our office as to when and how results of assessments are to be turned in to her. The MN State ABE Office has set the benchmark of Educational Level changes of participating students at 25%. Data from the '02-'03 year show that only 13% of our participants made a level change. Only 76 of the 917 students in our program were pre and post tested.

Instructors in our program do an excellent job of teaching, but when timely assessments are not given, no documentation can be given to the state that indicates this excellent quality of service. Please see Barb if you have questions on how to administer the CASAS.

3. Administrative items:
A summary of the information provided is given here. Detailed information is available from Pat upon request.

bulletState ABE accountability - MN has set a benchmark that 25% of all students move up one educational level or meet their goal. Programs not meeting this standard may be sanctioned
bulletThe FY'04 Budget was presented.
bulletScope & Sequence - Staff are asked to used the scope and sequence document located on our website to assist in curriculum content development. Since this scope and sequence mirrors the skills needed at each educational level of CASAS, it provides critical information to assist in teaching students and in attaining a level change. Input on this document is welcomed.
bulletDown & Dirty GED Math - Paula Gimmestad also presented a similar scope and sequence document focusing on math skills needed to pass the GED test. This is found on our web page under the Scope and Sequence Section.
bulletABE/WorkForce Referral and Sharing Communication Forms - New forms to assist in sharing information with MFIP counselors can be found on our web page under the Workforce Section. If you have an MFIP client referred to your class, please note the timeframe for using each form.
bulletStaff Performance Evaluations - This form is found on our website. Please download and complete this form. Pat would like all completed evaluations returned to her by October 15th. When returning the form, please include date(s) you would be able to visit with Pat about your evaluation.
bulletCommunity Ed Directors - This summer a document reviewing the 02-03 year was sent to each Community Ed Director. Pat plans on visiting each director this year. If staff wish to be present at these meeting, please let Pat know.
bulletFee Based Services - The 2003 State Legislature passed a bill allowing ABE programs to change a fee for their services.
bulletStaff are encouraged to share ideas with Pat of who our potential or future clients might be.

All staff were asked to send Pat feedback on:

1. Content and length of 9/13 meeting

2. Input on charging fees for ABE services

3. Input on future staff meetings

4. Barb reminded staff of the following items:
bulletAttendance Sheets - New forms were distributed
bulletStudent Registrations - New forms - Should be turned in monthly/form Tennessen Warning included/when in doubt get a registration.
bulletStudent Exits - If there is not activity for a student, exit him. If he returns, he can be re-entered.
bulletStudent folders - Teachers should have one for each student in class. It should contain a copy of the registration and a log of activities (work). It could also contain work samples.
bulletPayroll Dates - Be sure to turn in timesheets based on these dates.

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