TRAIN PD Center @ TCALL

2015 TRAIN Professional Development Calendar

 

This calendar includes TRAIN PD Consortium events along with other local, state, and national professional development opportunities and events of interest to adult & family literacy practitioners in Texas. If you know of other professional development opportunities or important dates of interest to Texas practitioners, please submit them to our Calendar Committee for consideration. For more information join one of our email discussion groups so you will always hear about the latest training opportunities. Click here to go to our Discussion Lists page to read about these discussion lists and how to join.

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January 2015

January 5, 2015: GED Social Studies (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). Will be held at the Ysleta Community Learning Center in El Paso, Texas from 8:15am - 4:15pm. The presentation will have hands on activities including creating an interactive notebook. The interactive notebook will be modeled for the participants while making connections to students' point of view. The session will incorporate political cartoons and writing development to ensure interdisciplinary studies of content. An academic vocabulary routine will be modeled to support explicit instruction in delivery of vocabulary.

January 5, 2015: Using Science Experiments in the Adult Education Classroom (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). Will be held at the Ysleta Community Learning Center in El Paso, Texas from 8:15am - 4:15pm. The presentation will inform participants as to the enhancement of science instruction through the use of science experiments based on scientific inquiry.  The objectives of this presentation are to show that (1) using science experiments provides students with needed prior scientific knowledge as well as increased scientific vocabulary, (2) teaching in a content area easily allows for integration of other content areas, and (3) using a collaborative approach allows for differentiated instruction. The presentation includes a modeled science experiment and hands-on practice with several science experiments. The presentation is interactive and encourages active participation.

January 7 & 8, 2015: GED Administrators and State Adult Education Directors Webinar. These webinars will take place at 2pm on both Wednesday the 7th and Thursday the 8th of January. Join us for one of the informational webinars that will include: a preview of the promotions, what you can do to get your state ready and answers to any questions you have about the promotions. These are in preparation for the two promotions on January 26th, which will be announced soon. These webinars are for GED Administrators and State Adult Education Directors and key invites only and registration is required. Once you register, you will receive an email confirmation with instructions for joining the webinar. Please click here to register.

January 9, 2015: TWC Adult Education and Literacy Webinar – Career Pathway and Transition to College Implementation (Part 2). Part 1 was offered on December 5, 2014. Texas Workforce Commission will host this webinar from 11:00 a.m. to noon (CST) for a target audience of Adult Education Grant Recipients and their partners. The purpose is to assist with program implementation and management. Dates and time are subject to change. Please check with your local Grant Recipient for updates. For more information, contact your Program Specialist at TWC.

January 16-17, 2015: Basic ESL Training For New ESL Teachers of Adult Students. This training will be held at Mayfield Road Baptist Church (1701 E. Mayfield Road, Arlington, TX 76014) on Friday, January 16 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm AND Saturday, January 17 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Complete information is included on the Events page at www.literacyconnexus.org. Training is sequential; therefore, attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30 pm to check in and receive materials. For more info contact info@literacyconnexus.org or 817-696-9898.

January 19 - 20, 2015: Standards Based Instruction - Workshop A (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). Will be held at 5pm - 8pm for two nights in Brownsville, Texas. Trainer is Anthony Chan. These Texas standards were developed by Texas adult educators between 2004 and 2007 and have been utilized widely. Clear standards allow educators to understand where to focus their efforts and shape overall instruction. Standards then are translated into curriculum and lessons for teaching the content of the standards to students. Classroom activities, assignments, and a range of formative and summative assessments all help determine whether or not students are absorbing the essential skills and knowledge included in the standards. Introductory session is 6 hours. Register here.

January 20, 2015: What’s Happening in State Professional Development Part 1. The National LINCS Evidence-Based Professional Development (EBPD) group will host this series of expert-led webinar events on for focused examinations of what different states are doing in adult literacy professional development. Featured presenters will share their work, explore successes and challenges, and dive into pressing issues in supporting basic skills educators need to effectively deliver quality instruction. Part 1 is scheduled for January 20 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM Central Time and Part 2 will be February 9 at 2:30 to 4:00 PM Central Time.

January 20, 2015: Standards Based Instruction - Workshop B (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). Will be held at 8:30am to 3:30pm in Brownsville, Texas. Trainer is Anthony Chan. These Texas standards were developed by Texas adult educators between 2004 and 2007 and have been utilized widely. Clear standards allow educators to understand where to focus their efforts and shape overall instruction. Standards then are translated into curriculum and lessons for teaching the content of the standards to students. Classroom activities, assignments, and a range of formative and summative assessments all help determine whether or not students are absorbing the essential skills and knowledge included in the standards. Introductory session is 6 hours. Register here.

January 21, 2015: PD Coordinators - TRAIN PD Webinar (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This webinar will provide guidance and training guidance to PD Coordinators at TWC-funded Adult Education and Literacy Grantees/Consortia about needs and expectations for planning on-site TRAIN PD events. TRAIN PD leadership will host the conference call from 2 to 3 pm Central Time (1 to 2 PM Mountain Time). See the TRAIN PD Webinar instructions page for more information.

January 22, 2015: Leadership Excellence Academy (LEA) Cohort 7, Meeting #2: The new cohort of LEA participants will have a full-day meeting in Houston. LEA is a national leadership development and program improvement initiative developed by the National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium and ProLiteracy. Successful completers of the two-year program earn the nationally-recognized professional designation of Certified Manager of Program Improvement (CMPI). For more information about the Leadership Excellence Academy, see TCALL's LEA web page for Texas.

January 23, 2015: TWC Adult Education and Literacy Webinar – Update on the AEL Grant Recipient Monitoring Process. Texas Workforce Commission will host this webinar from 11:00 a.m. to noon (CST) for a target audience of Adult Education Grant Recipients and their partners. The purpose is to assist with program implementation and management. Dates and time are subject to change. Please check with your local Grant Recipient for updates. For more information, contact your Program Specialist at TWC.

January 24, 2015: Effective Instruction for Multi-level Classroom ASE/ABE/ESL (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held from 9:00am - 4:00pm at 301 Loop 11, Wichita Falls, TX. This workshop explores using appropriate multi-sensory lesson planning strategies, group strategies, differentiated instruction, and integration of transitional career awareness in ESOL, ABE and ASE classrooms. Classroom management techniques include brief interviews, goal setting, multi-sensory lesson planning, and appropriate theory and strategies to use in teaching listening, speaking, reading, writing, science, social studies, and math. A pre-reading assignment and post-training reflection are available, each counting as an additional 1.5 hours of PD to be monitored and documented locally by the AEL program PD Coordinator.

January 24, 2015: Incorporating Job Skills in the Classroom (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held from 9:00am - 12:00pm at Wharton County Jr College, 14004 University Blvd. Sugar Land, Texas. Participants will explore essential employability skills. Participants will be given an overview of the transferable skills needed by an individual to make them "employable". After learning/reviewing background information on employability the workshop will build on that information by introducing activities to incorporate in the classroom including ways of assessing evidence of learning both in and out of the classroom.

January 24, 2015: 2014 GED Social Studies & Science (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held from 8:30am - 11:30am at Irvington Learning Center, 626 Lindale, Houston, Tx. 77022. This training is a review of the content and context of the 2014 GED Social Studies & Science test with strategies for integrating Social Studies and Scienc content and practice in to the classroom.

January 26, 2015: D-Learning in Texas (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This online course guides programs in developing their state Distant Learning Plan in compliance with state policy. DL Module 1, Nuts and Bolts, is a prerequisite. This TRAIN PD course will be facilitated by Dr. Deb Hargrove and Dr. Glenda Rose. An orientation webinar will be given on 1/22 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Subsequent weekly modules will be completed online culminating with the submission of a program Distance Learning Plan by 3/23/2015. Contact Glenda.Rose@cehd.tamu.edu. for more information. Register here.

January 26, 2015: GED Testing Service Texas Professional Development Roadshow. South Texas College will host this event in McAllen, Texas from approximately 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Registration will be required. See location details, agenda and register here. Topics will include an overview of the GED® Program; in depth view of content areas to include best practices, lessons and strategies; mathematical reasoning; constructed responses on Reading Language Arts, Social Studies and Science tests, educator tools, and Q&A. Additional dates in mid-February 2015 are to be announced, at sites in Austin and the west-central Texas area – possibly Amarillo, Lubbock, or Midland-Odessa. Register here.

January 27, 2015: GED Testing Service Texas Professional Development Roadshow. Region 20 Education Service Center will host this event in San Antonio, Texas from approximately 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Registration will be required. See location details, agenda and register here. Topics will include an overview of the GED® Program; in depth view of content areas to include best practices, lessons and strategies; mathematical reasoning; constructed responses on Reading Language Arts, Social Studies and Science tests, educator tools, and Q&A. Additional dates in mid-February 2015 are to be announced, at sites in Austin and the west-central Texas area – possibly Amarillo, Lubbock, or Midland-Odessa. Register here.

January 28, 2015: GED Testing Service Texas Professional Development Roadshow. Tarrant County College will host this event in Fort Worth, Texas from approximately 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Registration will be required. See location details, agenda and register here. Topics will include an overview of the GED® Program; in depth view of content areas to include best practices, lessons and strategies; mathematical reasoning; constructed responses on Reading Language Arts, Social Studies and Science tests, educator tools, and Q&A. Additional dates in mid-February 2015 are to be announced, at sites in Austin and the west-central Texas area – possibly Amarillo, Lubbock, or Midland-Odessa. Register here.

January 29, 2015: GED Testing Service Texas Professional Development Roadshow. Houston Community College will host this event in Houston, Texas from approximately 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Registration will be required. See location details, agenda and register here. Topics will include an overview of the GED® Program; in depth view of content areas to include best practices, lessons and strategies; mathematical reasoning; constructed responses on Reading Language Arts, Social Studies and Science tests, educator tools, and Q&A. Additional dates in mid-February 2015 are to be announced, at sites in Austin and the west-central Texas area – possibly Amarillo, Lubbock, or Midland-Odessa. Register here.

January 29, 2015: NRS Training and Performance Indicators (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This workshop will be held at Dallas Community College District Office in Dallas, Texas at 8:30am - 11:30am. The workshop will discuss the NRS performance indicators (primary and secondary measures) and explain the impact of these measures on program performance. Participants will learn how to look at data to determine if corrections are needed. For more information, contact Nancy McGruder, nancy.mcgruder@region10.org, (972) 348-1404.

January 29, 2015: TEAMS Data Detective Training (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Dallas Community College District Office in Dallas, Texas at 12:30pm - 3:30pm. The training was developed to help programs understand how to utilize the data in TEAMS Reports to accurately and effectively assess students and to improve program performance. For more information, contact Nancy McGruder, nancy.mcgruder@region10.org, (972) 348-1404.

January 30, 2015: GED Testing Service Texas Professional Development Roadshow. El Paso Community College will host this event in El Paso, Texas from approximately 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Registration will be required. See location details, agenda and register here. Topics will include an overview of the GED® Program; in depth view of content areas to include best practices, lessons and strategies; mathematical reasoning; constructed responses on Reading Language Arts, Social Studies and Science tests, educator tools, and Q&A. Additional dates in mid-February 2015 are to be announced, at sites in Austin and the west-central Texas area – possibly Amarillo, Lubbock, or Midland-Odessa. Register here.

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February 2015

February 4, 2015: 2015 Winter Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Business Meeting. Texas Workforce Commission AEL will host this all-day meeting in Houston as a Pre-Conference to the February 5-7 TALAE Annual Conference. The target audience is limited to specific leadership roles in AEL Grant Recipients and Sub-recipients. Pre-registration with TWC AEL is required. For more information on the Business Meeting, contact your TWC Program Specialist or Diana Lomas (512-936-6089 diana.lomas@twc.state.tx.us). PLEASE NOTE that registration for the TALAE Conference itself is a completely separate process. See the TALAE Conference website for conference registration and hotel information.

February 5-7, 2015: TALAE 2015 Annual Conference. Texas Association for Literacy & Adult Education will hold its annual conference February 5-7, 2015 at the Westin Galeria in Houston. For more information as plans are finalized, Visit the Conference page.

February 6-7, 2015: Basic ESL Training For New ESL Teachers of Adult Students. This training will be held at San Antonio Baptist Association (5807 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX 78201) on Friday, February 6 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm AND Saturday, February 7 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Complete information is included on the Events page at www.literacyconnexus.org. Training is sequential; therefore, attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30 pm to check in and receive materials. For more info contact info@literacyconnexus.org or 817-696-9898.

February 9, 2015: What’s Happening in State Professional Development Part 2. The National LINCS Evidence-Based Professional Development (EBPD) group will host this series of expert-led webinar events on for focused examinations of what different states are doing in adult literacy professional development. Featured presenters will share their work, explore successes and challenges, and dive into pressing issues in supporting basic skills educators need to effectively deliver quality instruction. Part 1 is scheduled for January 20 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM Central Time and Part 2 will be February 9 at 2:30 to 4:00 PM Central Time. Register now!

February 12, 2015: TEAMS for Teachers - Group 1 (Part Time Teachers) (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This workshop will take place at 5pm - 8pm on February 12th at the B.I.S.D. Central Administration Building in Brownsville, Texas. This workshop was developed to help teachers understand how to use the TEAMS Participant Roster report to monitor student progress and improve program performance. First, we will review the National Reporting System educational functioning levels and minimum program performance targets. Then we will analyze a sample TEAMS Participant Roster report to discover relationships between retention, performance and assessment. Register now!

February 12, 2015: TEAMS for Teachers (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This workshop will take place at 9am - 12pm on February 12th in Cleburne, TX. This workshop was developed to help teachers understand how to use the TEAMS Participant Roster report to monitor student progress and improve program performance. First, we will review the National Reporting System educational functioning levels and minimum program performance targets. Then we will analyze a sample TEAMS Participant Roster report to discover relationships between retention, performance and assessment.

February 13, 2015: TEAMS for Teachers - Group 2 (Full Time Teachers) (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This workshop will take place at 8:30am - 11:30am on February 13th at the B.I.S.D. Central Administration Building in Brownsville, Texas. This workshop was developed to help teachers understand how to use the TEAMS Participant Roster report to monitor student progress and improve program performance. First, we will review the National Reporting System educational functioning levels and minimum program performance targets. Then we will analyze a sample TEAMS Participant Roster report to discover relationships between retention, performance and assessment. Register now!

February 13, 2015: Counseling to Careers (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Fannin School (4800 Ross Ave, Dallas TX 75204) from 9:00am to 4:00pm. This training is designed to help identify and better connect students in adult education programs to "best bet" postsecondary pathways that align with employer demand and student interest. The training also teaches how to conduct local research on the job market, training opportunities and requirements and develop recruitment materials for at least one "best bet" career pathway.

February 14, 2015: Contextualized Teaching and Learning (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This workshop will be held in Laredo, Texas from 8:30am to 3:30pm. This workshop was developed to help teachers integrate in their teaching and practicing of academic skills the use of the context of employability skills. This Contextualized Teaching and Learning training will also give the instructors techniques and specific hands on examples that can be readily used in the classroom and in all content areas. Please register here.

February 15-17, 2015: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Winter Grantee Meeting. THECB will host this meeting in Austin for Accelerate Texas grantees. For more information, contact Dr. Linda Munoz.

February 17, 2015: GED Testing Service Texas Professional Development Roadshow. Austin Community College - Highland Business Center, 5930 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752. Topics will include and overview of the GED Program; in depth view of content areas to include best practices, lessons and strategies; mathematical reasoning; construct responses on Reading, Language Arts, Social Studies and Science Tests, educator tools, and Q&A. Register here.

February 18, 2015: GED Testing Service Texas Professional Development Roadshow. Region 17 ESC, 1111 West Loop 289 Lubbock, TX 79416. Topics will include and overview of the GED Program; in depth view of content areas to include best practices, lessons and strategies; mathematical reasoning; construct responses on Reading, Language Arts, Social Studies and Science Tests, educator tools, and Q&A. Register here.

February 19, 2015: GED Testing Service Texas Professional Development Roadshow. Region 16 Educational Center, 5800 Bell Street Amarillo, TX 79109. Topics will include and overview of the GED Program; in depth view of content areas to include best practices, lessons and strategies; mathematical reasoning; construct responses on Reading, Language Arts, Social Studies and Science Tests, educator tools, and Q&A. Register here.

February 19, 2015: Tutor Ready Webinar. This one-hour Webinar begins at 1:00 PM Central Time and will be hosted by Portland State University's Literacy, Language and Technology Research group. The webinar will demonstrate Tutor Ready, a freely available online resource for literacy tutors. Using Tutor Ready learning plans tutors can work at their own pace, access material anywhere and anytime as they prepare to work with learners. Tutor Ready presents research-based information in manageable chunks based on tutor questions using text, images, audio and video to illustrate tutoring techniques. Tutor Ready can be part of pre- and in-service training as well as being available at any time that tutors have questions. Questions and discussion will follow the presentation. Register for the Webinar here.

February 20, 2015: GED Testing Service Texas Professional Development Roadshow. Region 10 ESC, 400 E. Spring Valley Rd. Richardson, Texas 75081. Topics will include and overview of the GED Program; in depth view of content areas to include best practices, lessons and strategies; mathematical reasoning; construct responses on Reading, Language Arts, Social Studies and Science Tests, educator tools, and Q&A. Register here.

February 20, 2015: Pronunciation Training for New Teachers of Adult ESL Students (All Levels). This training will be held at Houston’s Second Baptist Church (6400 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77057) from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Reservations are required and a fee is charged. Complete information is included on the Events page at www.literacyconnexus.org or contact Martha McDade, eagermcdade@yahoo.com.

February 21, 2015: Pronunciation Training for New Teachers of Adult ESL Students (Higher Level). This training will be held at Houston’s Second Baptist Church (6400 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77057) from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Reservations are required and a fee is charged. Complete information is included on the Events page at www.literacyconnexus.org or contact Martha McDade, eagermcdade@yahoo.com.

February 24, 2015: TRAIN PD Conference Call with PD Coordinators. This call at 3:00 p.m. Central Time will last for approximately one hour and will cover upcoming Teacher Training Institutes at several locations around the state, as well as questions and answers about PD. Information about participation was shared directly with the PD Coordinators at TWC-funded Adult Education and Literacy Grant Recipients.

February 25, 2015: Webinar - Advancing Career Pathways with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. This one-hour Webinar for a nationwide audience will be hosted by CLASP – Center for Law and Social Policy from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Central Time. Learn how you can realize the promise of career pathways in your work under WIOA from national policy experts, as well as a team of education and workforce development practitioners, who will share their strategies for promoting individual prosperity and economic development through career pathway partnerships. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

February 26, 2015: Adult Education 101 and Assessment Policy Training (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held in Dallas Texas from 12:30pm - 3:30pm. Learn the basics of the Adult Education regarding the Assessment Policy, Professional Development, pre-instruction in-service and in-service, Orientation, and Classroom Management Processes. For more info, please contact Nancy McGruder, nancy.mcgruder@region10.org, (972) 348-1404.

February 27, 2015: Contextualized Instruction (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held in the Bowie Adult Learning Center in San Antonio, Texas from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. This training event will review and model various methods to Contextualize class offerings for use in the ESL or ABE/ASE programs. Participants will gain insight into the most recent research on Chow to contextualize for Adult Education basic skills students and classes. Please register here.

February 27, 2015: Texas Style TABE Training of Trainers (TOT) (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). Texas Style TABE Training of Trainers (TOT): (Target Audience, To Become TABE Trainers) A more in-depth Texas Style TABE TOT has been developed by TRAIN PD, and will be held in Richardson, Texas at Richardson ISD Professional Development Center, 701 W Belt Line Rd, Richardson, TX 75080, Building C, Room C101A from 9am-4pm CST. TABE is an NRS approved assessment published by the CTB McGraw-Hill Companies for Adult Basic Education (ABE, grade levels 0 - 8) and Adult Secondary Education (ASE, grade levels 9 - 12) students. Programs may choose to use either the TABE Complete Battery or the TABE Survey. The purpose of the TABE is to assess adult basic skills in vocabulary, reading, language, language mechanics, mathematics, and spelling. TABE sub-test subject areas are Reading, Math, and Language. For more information email searhart@tamu.edu or call 800-441-7323. Hotel information available upon registration. Please register here.

February 28, 2015: Metroplex Literacy Conference. Hope Literacy, Inc., Tarrant Literacy Coalition, Literacy ConneXus, and the Dallas Baptist Association will host this annual conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Dallas Baptist University’s Pilgrim Chapel (3000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75211). Conference attendees may choose from several workshop offerings planned to enhance their ESL, ABE, or GED instruction in church-based or other community-based settings. Cost is $35 per person. For more information or to register, visit the conference web page.

February 28, 2015: Math for the GED (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at the College of the Mainland (200 Parker Court Rm 106, League City, Texas 77573) from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Based on national research that identified commonly-missed areas of the GED® mathematics test, Texas Adult Education leaders developed this initiative to raise scores on the GED® mathematics test. Please register here.

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March 2015

March 4, 2015: Webinar – Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Vision and System Update. This 90-minute Webinar begins at noon Central Time. Join U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for an update on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Agency leadership will share the federal vision for the workforce system under WIOA, discuss urgent actions states and local workforce areas are taking to support implementation, and take questions. They encourage core partners at the state and local level to participate together where possible, and to use this as an opportunity to advance collaboration around this landmark piece of workforce legislation. Go to their website.

March 5, 2015: Webinar on Tutor-Facilitated Digital Literacy in Hard-to-Serve Populations. In this one-hour Webinar beginning at 12:00 noon Central Time,  Portland State University's Literacy, Language and Technology Research group will present preliminary findings from an Institute of Museum and Library Services funded research project, Tutor-Facilitated Digital Literacy in Hard-to-Serve Populations. Presenters will share insights gleaned from conducting and analyzing 100 participant interviews. Attendees will learn about successful learner experiences and key program features. Open discussion to follow the presentation. Register for the Webinar here.

March 5, 2015: Webinar - WIOA: Expanding Opportunities for Low-Income and Out-of-School Youth. This one-hour Webinar for a nationwide audience will be hosted by CLASP – Center for Law and Social Policy from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Central Time. WIOA offers new opportunities to focus on the most vulnerable workers—low-income adults and youth who have limited skills, lack work experience, and face other barriers to economic success. It requires that at least 75 percent of youth funds available to local areas be spent on workforce investment services for out-of-school youth ages 16 to 24. Learn about important changes to the law and how you can maximize opportunities for low-income and out-of-school youth. Hear from national, state, and local experts about strategies to help shape your state plan and make important connections to your local workforce board, as well as examples of effective education and employment interventions for this population. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

March 6, 2015: TWC Webinar - Career Pathway Series: Follow-up to TALAE: Q&A on Career Pathways and Transitions. Texas Workforce Commission will host this webinar from 11:00 a.m. to noon (CST) for a target audience of Adult Education Grant Recipients and their partners. The purpose is to assist with program implementation and management. Dates and time are subject to change. Please check with your local Grant Recipient for updates. For more information, contact your Program Specialist at TWC.

March 6, 2015: TRAIN PD Regional Teacher Training Institute - Austin Community College, Austin, TX (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This Teacher Training Institute will be held at the Austin Community College Highland Learning Center (6101 Airport Blvd., Rooms 1307, 1421 and 1422) from 10:00am - 3:00pm. Below are the descriptions for morning and afternoon sessions. There is no registration fee charged, but each attendee must preregister, making their selection from the options for morning and for afternoon. Session registration is closed.

Morning Sessions: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Math Transitioning to the GED 2014. Mathematical reasoning is often one of the weakest content areas for students. This presentation introduces strategies designed for dispelling common math fears and creating greater enthusiasm for math while encouraging better assimilation and retention of math skills. Through active involvement, participants will also learn how to lead students to discover math through patterns, through everyday life applications, and by substituting variables with familiar objects.Participants will be given specific examples with real-life applications and teaching techniques to enhance their students' learning of these skills.

Writing for GED. This training provides information about activities that will help ABE and ASE students with the writing skills they will use on the GED test. The participants will receive ideas for how to best prepare their students to take the new test and pass the first time using constructed response and extended response as well as short answer models! Emphasis will be placed on the foundations of literacy.

Effective Instruction for the Multi-level Classroom. This training models effective instructional practices and strategies for use in the Adult Education class where students are spread across NRS Levels and classes where the students in level are at varied degrees of ability. Participants will be actively engage in modeled lessons which demonstrate proper differentiation for levels.

Afternoon Sessions: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Math Transitioning to the GED 2014. Mathematical reasoning is often one of the weakest content areas for students. This presentation introduces strategies designed for dispelling common math fears and creating greater enthusiasm for math while encouraging better assimilation and retention of math skills. Through active involvement, participants will also learn how to lead students to discover math through patterns, through everyday life applications, and by substituting variables with familiar objects.Participants will be given specific examples with real-life applications and teaching techniques to enhance their students' learning of these skills.

Integrating Technology into the AE Classroom. This training provides ideas and information for Adult Education programs to integrate technology int their classes and programs. The participants will view cutting edge websites, "apps" and software as well as ideas on lessons that integrate the technology into lessons and more.

Writing for ESL. This training provides new ideas for writing in the English as a Second Language Classroom. The participants will receive ideas for instructional strategies and processes the get ESL students active in purposeful writing activities. Presenter will model a variety of sample lessons.

March 7, 2015: Algebra (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at the College of the Mainland (200 Parker Court Rm 106, League City, Texas 77573) from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Based on national research that identified commonly-missed areas of the GED® mathematics test, Texas Adult Education leaders developed this initiative to raise scores on the GED® mathematics test. Session registration is closed.

March 7, 2015: Math GED Professional Development (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at the ABE Center, 1601 24th St., Lubbock, TX from 8:30am - 4:00pm. These two 3 hour trainings will take place simultaneously, two times during the day. You can choose to go to either one in the morning, and then the other one in the afternoon. Session registration is closed.

GED 2014 Mathematical Most Missed Questions.
The workshop will focus on the Most Missed GED 2014 Math questions and will provide problem solving strategies for teachers with the goal of improving GED test outcomes.

Using Math Manipulatives.
The workshop will focus on the use of Manipulatives for solving GED 2014 Math problems and will use hands-on activities that teachers can implement with the goal of improving GED test outcomes.

March 16-18, 2015: 2015 Families Learning Summit. Houston, Texas will be the site of this annual event hosted by National Center for Families Learning. Anson Green, State Director of Adult Education and Literacy at Texas Workforce Commission, will co-present a keynote session with Cheryl Keenan, Director of Adult Education and Literacy for the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education. Formerly known as National Center for Family Literacy, NCFL has helped more than one million families make educational and economic progress by pioneering - and continuously improving - family literacy programs since 1989. For more information, visit http://www.familieslearning.org/ or email summit@familieslearning.org.

March 19, 2015: Most missed Math Targets for 2014 GED (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This session will be held at Brownsville ISD in Brownsville, Texas from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Mathematical reasoning is often one of the weakest content areas for students. This session emphasizes how to teach the most-missed math items on the 2014 GED®. Participants will be given specific examples with real-life applications and teaching techniques to enhance their students’ learning of these skills. Session Registration is Closed.

March 20-21, 2015: Basic ESL Training For New ESL Teachers of Adult Students. This training will be held at Center of Hope-East Parkway County (9901 East Bankhead Highway, Aledo, TX, 76008) on Friday, March 20 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm AND Saturday, March 21 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. For complete information and to make your reservations, visit the Literacy Connexus Events page at www.literacyconnexus.org. Training is sequential; therefore, attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30 pm to check in and receive materials. For more info contact info@literacyconnexus.org or 817-696-9898.

March 20, 2015: Instructional Strategies for Most Missed 2014 GED Math Targets (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This session will be held at Brownsville ISD in Brownsville, Texas from 8:30am - 11:30am. This session emphasizes how to teach the most-missed math items on the 2014 GED® and introduces strategies designed for dispelling common math fears and creating greater enthusiasm for math while encouraging better assimilation and retention of math skills. Participants will be given hands on specific examples with real-life applications and teaching techniques to enhance their students’ learning of these skills. Session Registration is Closed.

March 20, 2015: Effective Instruction for the Multilevel Classroom (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Region 10 (Burnet Room) in Richardson, Texas from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This interactive training focuses on appropriate lesson planning strategies, group strategies, and effective multi-level activities for ESL, ABE, and ASE classrooms. Classroom management techniques, test preparation, orientation procedures, and multi-sensory lesson planning will be presented. Session Registration is Closed.

March 21, 2015: Multi-level Classroom: Best Practices for Teaching Adult Learners (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Literacy Council of Tyler in Longview, Texas from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This interactive training focuses on appropriate lesson planning strategies, group strategies, and effective multi-level activities for ESL, ABE and ASE classrooms. Classroom management techniques, test preparation, orientation procedures, and multi-sensory lesson planning will be presented. A pre-reading assignment and post-training reflection are available as well, each counting as an additional 1.5 hours of PD, to be monitored and documented locally by the AEL program PD Coordinator.

March 21, 2015: Writing for GED (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Victoria College in Victoria, Texas from 8:30am - 11:30am. GED 2014 requires various forms of writing from constructed response to the short answer and extended response. This session targets the needs of GED 2014 and will help teachers discover the differences in the required writing for the new test as well as provide modeled lessons to aid them in lesson planning for efficacy and results. Session Registration is Closed.

March 21, 2015: GED Math Skills (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Victoria College in Victoria, Texas from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. This training will demonstrate a variety of skills, and instructional strategies that can be utilized by instructors to help students prepare for the new GED Math test. Participants will be presented with examples and will be able to practice their problem solving skills as well. Session Registration is Closed.

March 25-28, 2015: TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo. Toronto, Ontario will be the site of this convention, which offers professional development opportunities to English language educators at all levels from around the world. Interactive sessions enable educators to develop a global perspective through the exchange of ideas and practices, and to integrate knowledge of current trends in the field while developing a professional network. For more information, visit the Convention website.

March 25, 2015: Adult Education and Literacy Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting. Texas Workforce Commission’s AEL Advisory Committee will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the agency’s Austin headquarters. The committee is required to meet quarterly and report to the TWC Commissioners at least annually, and is charged with advising the Commission on: the development of policies and program priorities supporting the development of an educated and skilled workforce; the development of statewide curriculum guidelines and standards for AEL services that ensure a balance of education and workplace skill development; the development of a strategy for improving student transition to postsecondary education and career and technical education training; the development of a centralized system for collecting and tracking comprehensive data on adult basic education and literacy performance outcomes; the exploration of potential partnerships with entities in the nonprofit business communities and other entities to improve statewide literacy programs; and other issues the Commission considers appropriate.

March 25, 2015: TRAIN PD Virtual Meeting with PD Coordinators. From 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Central Time, the TRAIN PD Consortium will have a monthly virtual meeting with Professional Development Coordinators at the Adult Education and Literacy Grant Recipients. Topics will include the Tier 2 Tier 3 PD options available through TRAIN PD. Details on participation will be shared via the PD Coordinators’ Listserv, or email trainpd@tamu.edu for more information.

March 26, 2015: ESL for Hispanic Speakers (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Brownsville ISD, 708 Palm Blvd., Brownsville, TX from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. This training session will focus on implementing strategies to meet the unique needs of Hispanic students. The participants will learn how to engage students in a way that encourages their students to persist in what for many English language learners can be a difficult undertaking. The participants will also see how the students’ mother tongue represents a powerful resource that can be used in a number of ways to enhance learning English. Please register here.

March 27, 2015: GAMES and EDUCATION (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Austin Community College, Austin, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. People learn better in a challenging and positive environment. Learn some activities that can be used in all sorts of situations. Perfect for substitute teachers without a lesson plan or instructors who promote a growth mindset. Please register here.

March 27, 2015: TWC Webinar - Career Pathway Series: Outreach and Recruitment for New Customers. Texas Workforce Commission will host this webinar from 11:00 a.m. to noon (CST) for a target audience of Adult Education Grant Recipients and their partners. The purpose is to assist with program implementation and management. Dates and time are subject to change. Please check with your local Grant Recipient for updates. For more information, contact your Program Specialist at TWC.

March 27, 2015: TRAIN PD Regional Teacher Training Institute - TCC South Campus, Fort Worth, TX (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This Teacher Training Institute will be held at the Tarrant County College South Campus (5301 Campus Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76119, SACA, SACB, and SACD buildings) from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Below are the descriptions for morning and afternoon sessions. There is no registration fee charged, but each attendee must preregister, making their selection from the options for morning and for afternoon).

Morning Sessions: (9:00am - 12:00pm)

Writing for GED 2014 and beyond
Taking a step-by-step approach to teaching writing and writing strategies, this session targets the needs of GED 2014, but also encourages ABE/GED teachers to think beyond the test. Brainstorming and lesson plan-sharing is included with feedback from the facilitator and the true experts: the other GED teachers.

Math Institute, Most Missed in GED Algebra
Based on national research that identified commonly-missed areas of the GED® mathematics test, Texas Adult Education leaders developed this initiative to raise scores on the GED® mathematics test. This session will focus on Quantitative and Algebraic Reasoning including information on most commonly-missed questions.

TEAMS for Teachers (Morning session will be repeated in afternoon; register for just one.)
Teachers understand how to use the TEAMS Participant Roster to monitor student progress and improve program performance. Review of NRS functioning levels and minimum program performance targets. Then we will analyze a sample TEAMS Participant Roster report to discover relationships between retention, performance and assessment.

Curriculum Frameworks for ABE/ASE Transition (Morning session will be repeated in afternoon; register for just one.)
This workshop looks at the concept of "transition" as both a process and a moment.
This workshop looks at the Transitions Integration Framework and specific activities to include in the classroom to help students develop the skills they will need beyond the GED, whether for further training and education or the workplace.

Multi-Level Strategies for the ABE/ESL Classroom (Morning session will be repeated in afternoon; register for just one.)
Interactive training on appropriate lesson planning strategies, group strategies, and effective multi-level activities for ESL, ABE and ASE classrooms. This topic is relevant to ABE/ESL instructors. Classroom management techniques, test preparation, orientation procedures, and multi-sensory lesson planning will be presented.

Afternoon Sessions: (1:00pm - 4:00pm)

Write from the Start, ESL
Theory and practice for getting new writers writing with a host of activities as well as addressing special situations such as pre-literate, non-literate, and semi-literate ESL and low ABE students. Special needs are also addressed if time permits. This topic is relevant to ABE/ESL instructors.

Math Institute, Most Missed in the GED 2014
Based on national research that identified commonly-missed areas of the GED® mathematics test, Texas Adult Education leaders developed this initiative to raise scores on the GED® mathematics test. This session will focus on the transition to new topics and types of questions in the GED 2014.

TEAMS for Teachers (Afternoon session repeats the morning; register for just one.)
Teachers understand how to use the TEAMS Participant Roster to monitor student progress and improve program performance. Review of NRS functioning levels and minimum program performance targets. Then we will analyze a sample TEAMS Participant Roster report to discover relationships between retention, performance and assessment.

Curriculum Frameworks for ABE/ASE Transition (Afternoon session repeats the morning; register for just one.)
This workshop looks at the concept of "transition" as both a process and a moment.
This workshop looks at the Transitions Integration Framework and specific activities to include in the classroom to help students develop the skills they will need beyond the GED, whether for further training and education or the workplace.

Multi-Level Strategies for the ABE/ESL Classroom (Afternoon session repeats the morning; register for just one.)
Interactive training on appropriate lesson planning strategies, group strategies, and effective multi-level activities for ESL, ABE and ASE classrooms. This topic is relevant to ABE/ESL instructors. Classroom management techniques, test preparation, orientation procedures, and multi-sensory lesson planning will be presented.

March 27, 2015: ESL for Hispanic Speakers (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Brownsville ISD, 708 Palm Blvd., Brownsville, TX from 8:30am - 11:30am. This training session will focus on implementing strategies to meet the unique needs of Hispanic students. The participants will learn how to engage students in a way that encourages their students to persist in what for many English language learners can be a difficult undertaking. The participants will also see how the students’ mother tongue represents a powerful resource that can be used in a number of ways to enhance learning English. Session registration is closed.

March 27, 2015: Student Persistence and Motivation (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Bowie Adult Learning Center, 439 Arbor Pl, San Antonio, Texas from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. This training event is based on the work of various researchers (such as Alan Quigley) that presents the latest information on when, why and what we can do about students leaving our program. Participants will gain insight into the most recent research on the critical first encounters with students how to contextualize for Adult Education basic skills students and classes. Please register here.

March 27, 2015: Contextualized Instruction (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Southwest Texas Junior College, Uvalde, Texas from 8:30am - 3:30pm. This training event will review and model various methods to Contextualize class offerings for use in the ESL or ABE/ASE programs. Participants will gain insight into the most recent research on how to contextualize for Adult Education basic skills students and classes. Please register here.

March 28, 2015: Writing for GED (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Region 20 - Alamo Consortium in San Antonio, Texas from 8:30am - 11:30am. GED 2014 requires various forms of writing from constructed response to the short answer and extended response. This session targets the needs of GED 2014 and will help teachers discover the differences in the required writing for the new test as well as provide modeled lessons to aid them in lesson planning for efficacy and results. Please register here.

March 28, 2015: Cell Phones, Smart Phones and Mobile Devices (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at HGAC (HCDE) in Houston, Texas from 12:30pm - 3:30pm. This training provides participants with strategies and techniques to use cell phones , smart phones and mobile devices as instructional tools for enhancing instruction in the adult literacy classroom. This training is part of the Digital Literacy and Integration of Technology into the Adult Classroom series. Please register here.

March 28, 2015: Instructional Strategies for the ESL Classroom (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Austin Community College, Austin, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Interactive training on appropriate lesson planning strategies, group strategies, and effective multi-level activities for ESL classroom. Please register here.

March 28, 2015: The TI-30XS Calculator and the New GED Exam (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Laredo Community College in Laredo, Texas from 8:30am - 11:00am. The TI-30XS Calculator training will highlight the most effective methods in completing problems of various concepts consistent with the required GED math standards. It will offer teachers time efficient skills needed to help students when using the calculator to answer the question on the new GED test, and provide them with practice worksheets and a pocket calculator card that students can use in the classroom. Please register here.

March 28, 2015: Most missed Math Targets for 2014 GED (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Laredo Community College in Laredo, Texas from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Mathematical reasoning is often one of the weakest content areas for students. This session emphasizes how to teach the most-missed math items on the 2014 GED®. Participants will be given specific examples with real-life applications and teaching techniques to enhance their students' learning of these skills. Please register here.

March 28, 2015: Integrating Technology in the Classroom: Ideas for Daily Activities (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Austin Community College, Austin, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Innovative training on technologies to be used in both ESL and GED classrooms Learn how to make videos, surveys, polls, recordings, and presentation software via smart-phones, tablets, or computer. Experience the technology first as a student and then as an instructor. Please register here.

March 28, 2015: Instructional Strategies for AEL (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Church Hill Middle School, 1298 Church Hill Drive, New Braunfels, Texas from 12:00pm - 2:00pm. This training provides AEL instructors a primer and foundation of instructional strategies for use in the Adult Education classroom. Androgogical foundations will be established for understanding the Adult Learner needs and learning styles and lessons utilizing strategies will be modeled. Please register here.

March 28, 2015: Effective Instruction for Multi level Classes (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Church Hill Middle School, 1298 Church Hill Drive, New Braunfels, Texas from 2:00pm - 4:00pm. This training models effective instructional practices and strategies for use in the Adult Education class where students are spread across NRS Levels and classes where the students in level are at varied degrees of ability. Participants will be actively engage in modeled lessons which demonstrate proper differentiation for levels. Please register here.

March 30, 2015: Basic TEAMS Training (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Region 10, 400 E. Spring Valley Rd., Richardson, Texasfrom 9:00am - 4:00pm. This training is for Adult Education and Literacy staff who enter or manage data in TEAMS, this training covers basic information and procedures for: the TEAMS environment log-in roles and permission; the data entry process; orders of operations; data validation and data sign-off (DSO); performance measures; assessments; and reports generated by TEAMS.

March 31- May 12, 2015: Helping Students Stay: Exploring Program and Classroom Persistence Strategies. This World Education E-Learning PD course will begin March 31, 2015 and conclude approximately May 12, depending on completion of course assignments. Estimated completion time is 3-4 hours per week (24 hours total). TRAIN PD will fund a Texas cohort to participate in this course. PD Coordinators of TWC-funded programs can nominate participants by Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 5:00 PM Central Time; contact Deb Hargrovefor more information (dhargrove@cehd.tamu.edu).

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April 2015

April 2, 2015: What I Know Now That I Wish I Had Known Then: Lessons Learned from Successful Accelerate Texas (ATX) Programs (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This Webinar from 1:00pm to 3:00pm Central Time will be hosted by Jobs for the Future (JFF). It is one in a series of Capacity Building meetings coordinated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to help you better develop and implement an integrated pathway program in your college or organization. Hear from leading Accelerate Texas practitioners about important lessons learned and how they overcame key challenges in implementing their integrated pathway programs. JFF will send out the dial-in information a few days before each session. Subscribe to TCALL’s Texas Adult Career Pathways Listserv to receive those announcements. For more information, please contact Linda Muñoz at: Linda.Munoz@THECB.state.tx.us.

April 9, 2015: Strategies for Teaching SLN Students (Part Time Staff) (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at the Brownsville ISD, Brownsville, TX from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Please select one training when you register. This presentation includes strategies, modeled lessons, and information for working with special learning needs students. Please register here.

April 10, 2015: Strategies for Teaching SLN Students (Full Time Staff) (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at the Brownsville ISD, Brownsville, TX from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Please select one training when you register. This presentation includes strategies, modeled lessons, and information for working with special learning needs students. Please register here.

April 10, 2015: Regional Institute McAllen (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at the TRAIN PD -- Regional Institute, McAllen, TX from 10:00am - 3:00pm. (Morning session is 10:00am - 12:00pm and afternoon session is 1:00pm - 3:00pm). Morning Sessions repeat in the afternoon. Please choose a morning session and an afternoon session from the list on the registration page. Please register here.

Math Strategies for Teaching the GED 2014
This presentation introduces strategies designed for dispelling common math fears and creating greater enthusiasm for math while encouraging better assimilation and retention of math skills. Through active involvement, participants will also learn how to lead students to discover math through patterns, through everyday life applications, and by substituting variables with familiar objects. Participants will be given specific examples with real-life applications and teaching techniques to enhance their students' learning of these skills.

Instructional Strategies for Beginning ESL Literacy
This Beginning Literacy ESL training provides instructors with techniques and strategies to help beginning literacy ESL learners develop basic oral communication skills and build reading and writing skills. The strategies and activities focus on realia found in the learners’ environment for meeting the needs of these students at the beginning ESL literacy level.

Effective Instruction for the Multilevel Classroom
This training models effective instructional practices and strategies for use in the Adult Education class where students are spread across NRS Levels and classes where the students in level are at varied degrees of ability. Participants will be actively engage in modeled lessons which demonstrate proper differentiation for levels.

Integrating Career Awareness in the ESL Classroom
This training will provide participants with tools and strategies to help students think about and plan for life beyond English proficiency.

April 10, 2015: TWC Webinar - Career Pathway Series- Using Comprehensive Assessment for College and Career Readiness. Texas Workforce Commission will host this webinar from 11:00 a.m. to noon (CST) for a target audience of Adult Education Grant Recipients and their partners. The purpose is to assist with program implementation and management. Dates and time are subject to change. Please check with your local Grant Recipient for updates. For more information, contact your Program Specialist at TWC.

April 10, 2015: Houston Center for Literacy Conference (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). TRAIN PD will offer an array of professional development workshops for adult literacy educators at this event hosted by Houston Center for Literacy at 50 Waugh Dr., Houston, Texas from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Below are the descriptions for morning and afternoon sessions. Each attendee must preregister, making their selection from the options for morning and for afternoon. Please register here.

Morning session is from 9:00am - 12:00pm

Distance Based Learning.
Training explains the critical components of the TWC state policy for distance education Review the rules for counting Contact hours, Present and explain numerous distance learning tools and best practice.

Using Google Apps.
Introduces Google Apps for Education for administration and instructional purposes. Covered topics include how to set up and make the best use of a Google account, Gmail, Google Groups and Google Calendar. Collaborative instructional activities using Googles office productivity suite will also be introduced as time events.

GED 2014 Overview.
An overview of the 2014 GED Modules to help Instructors better prepare students to pass the 2014 GED test.

Components of Numeracy.
Participants will receive strategies on how to teach Components of numeracy .
including hands on activities to enhance the students' learning in ESL, ABE, and ASE classes.

Afternoon session is from 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Mathematical Reasoning for the 2014 GED.
Training on mathematical reasoning to help instructors better prepare for the Math module of the GED test.

Write from the Start.
ESL instructors review writing strategies, writing instruction, and classroom activities to move novice writers in English as a Second Language from basic words to complete compositions in preparation for transitions to ABE, college, certificate programs, or other career pathways.

Project Based Learning.
Workshop to understand the principles of project based learning, how to integrate into the classroom and enhance teaching effectiveness

Incorporating Job Skills into the Classroom.
Training on Exploring essential employability skills. gives overview of the transferable skills, learn/review background information for “Employability”, including activities for classroom,as well as ways of assessing evidence of learning both inside and outside the ESL, ABE, ASE classroom.

April 11, 2015: TRAIN PD Regional Teacher Training Institute (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This Teacher Training Institute will be held at the Alamo University Center, 8300 Pat Booker Rd, Live Oak, TX 78233 from 10:00am - 3:00pm. Below are the descriptions for morning and afternoon sessions. Each attendee must preregister, making their selection from the options for morning and for afternoon. Please register here.

Morning session is from 10:00am - 12:00pm

Math Institute Algebra Modules.
Algebra is often one of the most missed areas on the GED test. This presentation introduces strategies designed for dispelling common algebra fears and creating greater enthusiasm for math while encouraging better assimilation and retention of problem solving skills. Participants will be given specific examples with real-life applications and teaching techniques to enhance their students’ learning of these skills.

Integrating Technology into the AE Classroom.
This training provides ideas and information for Adult Education programs to integrate technology int their classes and programs. The participants will view cutting edge websites, "apps" and software as well as ideas on lessons that integrate the technology into lessons and more. Participants are asked to bring a tablet, laptop, smart phone or any medium for accessing resources on-line.

Write from the Start ESL.
This training provides new ideas for writing in the English as a Second Language Classroom. The participants will receive ideas for instructional strategies and processes the get ESL students active in purposeful writing activities. Presenter will model a variety of sample lessons.

Effective Instruction for the Multi-level Classroom.
This training models effective instructional practices and strategies for use in the Adult Education class where students are spread across NRS Levels and classes where the students in level are at varied degrees of ability. Participants will be actively engage in modeled lessons which demonstrate proper differentiation for levels.

Afternoon session is from 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Math Institute Algebra Modules.
Algebra is often one of the most missed areas on the GED test. This presentation introduces strategies designed for dispelling common algebra fears and creating greater enthusiasm for math while encouraging better assimilation and retention of problem solving skills. Participants will be given specific examples with real-life applications and teaching techniques to enhance their students’ learning of these skills.

Integrating Technology into the AE Classroom.
This training provides ideas and information for Adult Education programs to integrate technology int their classes and programs. The participants will view cutting edge websites, "apps" and software as well as ideas on lessons that integrate the technology into lessons and more. Participants are asked to bring a tablet, laptop, smart phone or any medium for accessing resources on-line.

Instructional Strategies for Adult Education.
This training models effective instructional strategies for use in the Adult Education class. Whether you are working with a Beginning level ESL or a higher level of ABE, all adult students can best learn when instructors vary lesson delivery using numerous tried and true strategies. Participants will be actively engage in modeled lessons which demonstrate proper differentiation for levels.

ESL Best Practices.
Why is it that some ESL students can practice their English in class and make great strides yet still do poorly on progress assessments? This 3 hour training provides ESL instructors a sample of best practices for teaching the often overlooked portions of literacy that are crucial to the development of oral communication skill, and fluency while increasing the comfort level of ESL students allowing them to get over the reluctance of practicing English outside the classroom and during testing settings. Sample lessons and instructional models for teaching scenarios provided.

April 11, 2015: ESL Instructional Strategies (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at the Laredo Community College, West End Washington Street, Laredo, TX from 8:30am - 3:00pm. This session will provide teachers with strategies for 30 different lessons incorporating all four components, speaking, listening, reading and writing to expand on students' skill and get them more involved in the class. Please register here.

April 15-16, 2015: BEST PLUS Training of Trainers (TOT) (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at the Harris County Department of Education, North Post Oak location, Houston, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm (on both days). For staff who administer the BEST Plus assessment who want to become trainers. Participants must pre-register with TRAIN PD and must attend both days from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The training is not complete after these two days, there are further assignments to complete in the process to become a Certified Trainer. AEL Grant Recipients, click here | Volunteer or CBO Literacy Programs, click here

April 17, 2015: Texas Style TABE Training of Trainers (TOT) Paper Version (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at the Temple College, Temple, TX, Room ISC 131 (Instructional Services Center) from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Training on the administration/scoring of the paper version of TABE, the TWC Assessment Policy as it relates to TABE, putting students at ease, security issues, and how to use TABE results/diagnostics to develop effective lesson plans. This training is not designed or recommended for first time users of the TABE Test. Please register here.

April 17, 2015: Effective Instruction for Multi level Classes (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at the Bowie Adult Learning Center, 439 Arbor Pl, San Antonio, TX from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. This training models effective instructional practices and strategies for use in the Adult Education class where students are spread across NRS Levels and classes where the students in level are at varied degrees of ability. Participants will be actively engage in modeled lessons which demonstrate proper differentiation for levels. Please register here.

April 17, 2015: GED Math (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at the Region 10 (Hunt Room), 400. E Spring Valley Rd., Richardson, Texas, from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Participants will obtain teaching strategies and tools to help their students discover the basic principles of algebra and geometry, and to show them how these disciplines are used throughout their everyday lives. Also, participants will learn, through the use of patterns, how to teach math as a continuum rather than fractioning it into separate branches. Please register here.

April 17, 2015: BEST Literacy Training of Trainers (TOT) (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at the Harris County Dept of Ed, Adult Ed Learning Center, Houston, TX, from 9:00am - 4:00pm. For staff who administer the BEST Literacy assessment test and want to become Trainers. Using the BEST Literacy Test Manual, participants will identify, review, and train on proper test administration and scoring procedures. Activities will include scoring of reading portions, writing samples to evaluate and score, scoring writing samples, and determining the rationales for scores given. Each trainer must bring their own copy of the BEST Literacy Test Manual (2008). Please register here.

April 18, 2015: Laredo Regional Institute (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at the Laredo Community College, West End Washington Street in Laredo, TX from 9:00am - 3:00pm. Below are the descriptions for morning and afternoon sessions. Each attendee must preregister, making their selection from the options for morning and for afternoon. Please register here.

Session Descriptions (morning session repeat in the afternoon)

Morning Session: 9:00am - 11:30am
Afternoon Session: 12:30pm - 3:00pm

Writing for the GED 2014 and Beyond
This training provides information about activities that will help ABE and ASE students with the writing skills they will use on the GED test.

Strategies for Teaching Writing to ESL Students
This session provides ESL teachers with basic principles for incorporating writing instruction from the first day of class. A wide variety of activities will be discussed.

Instructional Strategies for Beginning Literacy ESL
Provide instructors with techniques and strategies to improve the retention and performance of learners in the lowest level of ESL.

Math Transitioning to the GED 2014
This session provides teachers with strategies and tools for teaching the 2014 GED math.

April 18, 2015: The TI-30XS Calculator and the New GED Exam (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at the Victoria College Adult Education Center, 802 E. Crestwood Drive, Victoria, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. In today's Adult Education math classes time and accuracy are both significant. Much of our students' success hinges on how well we deliver and how well they receive and manage information. The TI-30XS hand held calculator along with its online version provide basic and multifunctional calculations that are essential for success on the New GED exam. Please register here.

April 18, 2015: Math Institute - Most Missed Indicators (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at the Howard College, 3501 North US Highway 67, San Angelo, TX from 9:00am - 3:30pm. This workshop will summarize the 14 Mathematical Reasoning most missed indicators and Geometry most missed indicators for GED Teachers. It will be an interactive presentation highlighting the formulas for perimeter, area, surface area and circumference of circles, polygons and two dimensional composite shapes. Activities will be presented that teachers can immediately implement in the classroom. Please register here.

April 18, 2015: Preparing Students for Successful Transitions (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at the Literacy Council of Tyler Consortium, Trinity Valley CC, 100 Cardinal Drive, Athens, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This workshop looks at research-based strategies for helping ESL, ABE, and ASE students successfully transition into postsecondary education and/or career pathways. Participants look at transitions from a process and event perspective and align their current teaching practices to proven research-based models and recommendations made by the Higher Education Coordinating Board. Please register here.

April 20, 2015: TRAIN PD Virtual Meeting with PD Coordinators (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). From 11:00 a.m. to noon Central Time, the TRAIN PD Consortium will have a monthly virtual meeting with Professional Development Coordinators assigned to the Adult Education and Literacy Grant Recipients. Details on participation will be shared via the PD Coordinators’ Listserv, or PD Coordinators can email trainpd@tamu.edu for more information.

April 21, 2015: Contextualized Teaching and Learning Follow-Up (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This is an online 3 week course with 2 hours per week participation. It's an online follow-up course that accompanies Contextualization face-to-face training. Course includes sharing of resources and lesson ideas for incorporating lessons in context. Participants post comments, reflections and upload lesson plans for review and feedback.

April 21, 2015: Contextualized Instruction (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at ESC Region 1 at 4305 North McColl Road, McAllen, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm & 5:30pm - 8:30pm (session repeats). Participants will gain insight into the most recent research in contextualize instruction for both ESL or ABE/ASE. They will also review and model various methods targeting contextualized learning. Please register here.

April 22-25, 2015: Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) National Conference. COABE will hold its conference in Denver, CO in partnership with Colorado Adult Education Professional Association (CAEPA). COABE is organized to advance national and international adult education and literacy opportunities for all persons. Voting members of Texas Association for Literacy and Adult Education (TALAE) are automatically members of COABE as well, and are eligible for membership registration rates for the COABE Conference. (See TALAE Membership page.) For more information, including Call for Presentations (expected in fall 2014), and schedule and registration information as plans develop, visit: http://www.coabe.org/conference2015.html

April 24, 2015: Distance Learning Academy Module 1 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at the Angelina College at 3500 South First St., Lufkin, Texas from 9:00am - 4:00pm. 1 of 2 mandatory 1st time DL program trainings for local program directors and teachers covering DL Federal policy, Curriculum models, recording direct/proxy hours, and DL tools. Please register here.

April 25, 2015: GED 2014 Science Reasoning Teaching Strategies (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at the Laredo Community College, West End Washington Street, Laredo, TX from 8:30am - 3:00pm. Participants will hear a brief overview of the test including content, question types, & skills tested. The workshop will emphasize teaching strategies and activities so that science can be effectively taught in any GED classroom. Some basic information about experimentation terminology will be presented for those teachers who have a limited science background. Participants will engage in lab activities, note-taking examples, and short answer writing. They will be provided with some ready-to-go activities that can be incorporated immediately into their own classrooms. Please register here.

April 25, 2015: Texas Style TABE Training of Trainers (TOT) Paper Version (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at the Center for Economic Development, Corpus Christi, TX, Room 106 from 8:30am - 3:30pm. Training on the administration/scoring of the paper version of TABE, the TWC Assessment Policy as it relates to TABE, putting students at ease, security issues, and how to use TABE results/diagnostics to develop effective lesson plans. This training is not designed or recommended for first time users of the TABE Test. Please register here.

April 27, 2015: The Drivers of Persistence (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training hosted by Howard College reviews the Drivers of Persistence. These drivers can be useful tools for increasing student retention through attention and redirection of classroom dynamic based on these drivers of student persistence. Course is a six week on-line forum that is low impact one hour per week. Participants read the article and will respond weekly to the prompt and comment on the posts of others for course credit. Please register here.

April 28, 2015: GED® Testing Service “Tuesdays for Teachers” Webinar. Scheduled from 3:00 to 4:30 PM Central Time, this series of eight webinars, presented by Bonnie Goonen and Susan Pittman, will take a deeper dive into classroom strategies and techniques to address the most missed items across the four GED® test subjects. The webinars will best benefit educators who have been exposed to the foundational training delivered in 2014, such as the “Road Show” events delivered in 2014 and early 2015. Starting with April 28, other “Tuesdays for Teachers” Webinars will follow on May 26, June 23, September 22, October 27, November 17, and December 8. For more information or to register, visit the GED® Testing Service Educator Events page.

April 30, 2015: Leadership Excellence Academy (LEA) Cohort 7, Meeting #3: The new cohort of LEA participants will have a full-day meeting in the Dallas-Fort Worth area (TBA). LEA is a national leadership development and program improvement initiative developed by the National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium and ProLiteracy. Successful completers of the two-year program earn the nationally-recognized professional designation of Certified Manager of Program Improvement (CMPI). For more information about the Leadership Excellence Academy, see TCALL's LEA web page for Texas.

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May 2015

May 1, 2015: Webinar on Using TEAMS for Program Improvement. Texas Workforce Commission Adult Education and Literacy (TWC AEL) will host this Webinar at 11:00 a.m. Central Time; details to be announced. TWC-funded AEL programs can email their Program Specialist for more information.

May 1, 2015: Texas Style TABE Training of Trainers (TOT) Paper Version (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at the Fort Worth ISD Professional Development Center (Room 243), 3150 McCart Ave. in Fort Worth, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Experienced testers on the TABE assessment will be prepared to train locally on the administration/scoring of the paper version of TABE, the TWC Assessment Policy as it relates to TABE, putting students at ease, security issues, and how to use TABE results/diagnostics to develop effective lesson plans. Please register here.

May 1, 2015: Teacher Training Regional Institute - Paris Junior College (Half Day & Full Day Sessions) (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at the Paris Junior College at Greenville Center, 6500 Monty Stratton Parkway, Greenville, Texas. This Training Institute has half day sessions as well as full day sessions. If selecting half day sessions, please use the "Half Day" registration form here. If selecting a full day session, please use the "Full Day" registration form here.

Session Descriptions

Half Day Sessions (10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm) [register here]
Sessions repeat in the afternoon

TEAMS for Teachers
This workshop was developed to help teachers in ABE, ESL, ASE, Transitions, etc. understand how to use the TEAMS Participant Roster report to monitor student progress and improve program performance.

Math Transitioning to GED 2014
ABE and ASE instructors will learn strategies and simple tools to alleviate adults' fear of math; how to teach math at a level more readily understood; Depth Of Knowledge for the GED Math; and using the tools learned in both real life and on the GED Math test.

Writing for GED 2014
This event provides easy writing instruction strategies for ABE, ASE, and Transitions educators, intended to yield measurable results for students.

Full Day Sessions (10am-5pm) [register here]

Implementing Texas Adult Education Content Standards
This training is for any ESL, ABE, ASE, Low Literacy, Transitions and Career Pathways instructors. The objectives of the training are to familiarize participants with the Texas Adult Education Content Standards and to develop lesson plans using the standards and benchmarks.

Contextualizing Instruction
Instructors across all content areas will be introduced to the concept of teaching language and academic skills situated in real-life contexts. Condensed 1-day version of a longer series described in TRAIN PD's training database.

May 2, 2015: TEAMS Data Detective (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at the Region 10 - Abrams Location, Richardson, Texas from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Data Detective will help programs understand how to utilize the data in TEAMS Reports to accurately and effectively assess students and to improve program performance. Registration is closed.

May 2, 2015: Best Practices for Multi-level ABE Instruction (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at the Midland College, MAHB building - Room 133, Midland, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Interactive training on appropriate lesson planning and multi-level instructional activities for ABE and ESL classrooms. Please register here.

May 2, 2015: GED Social Studies Instructional Strategies (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at the Laredo Community College, West End Washington Street, Laredo, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. Participants will learn how to use ongoing formative assessments to collect data in order to make decisions about how to provide immediate support for students who are struggling in the social studies class. This session will provide teachers with strategies for embedding literacy instruction, small group instruction, and appropriate scaffolding to meet the needs of individual students and make social studies content accessible to all learners. Please register here.

May 2, 2015: GED Math (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at the Richardson ISD Professional Development Center, 701 W Belt Line Rd., Richardson, TX, Building C, from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Participants will obtain teaching strategies and tools to help their students discover the basic principles of algebra and geometry, and to show them how these disciplines are used throughout their everyday lives. Also, participants will learn, through the use of patterns, how to teach math as a continuum rather than fractioning it into separate branches. Please register here.

May 5, 2015: ESL-Math Group A (Full Time Staff). This training will be held at the ESC Region 1, 1900 W. Schunior, Edinburg, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. The primary focus of ESL-Math is on learning the English necessary to talk about math and to learn math in the US. Participants will view different strategies that can be used in teaching and engaging ESL students in Mathematics. Please register here.

May 5-6, 2015: ESL-Math Group B (Part Time Staff) (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at the ESC Region 1, 1900 W. Schunior, Edinburg, TX from 5:30pm - 8:30pm. The primary focus of ESL-Math is on learning the English necessary to talk about math and to learn math in the US. Participants will view different strategies that can be used in teaching and engaging ESL students in Mathematics. Please register here.

May 5, 2015: TEAMS Processes for the Consortium Model (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at the Houston Community College Adult Ed. Program at 3100 Main St., 2nd Floor, Auditorium, Houston, TX, from 9:00am - 12:00pm. The TEAMS Workgroup Training is a Tier 2 TEAMS training for those who are actively working in TEAMS. Participants may send any questions prior to the meeting with the session header "TEAMS Workgroup" to adulteducation.pd@hccs.edu. These questions will be answered at the meeting. Participants bring their own laptop. This training is for HGAC Consortium and can include Region 5 and Angelina College. Please register here. Download the flyer for more info here.

May 6 - June 10, 2015: Navigating Pathways to Opportunity: Comprehensive Student Supports (Course Begins). This World Education E-Learning PD course will begin May 6, 2015 and conclude approximately June 10, depending on completion of course assignments. Estimated completion time is 3-4 hours per week (24 hours total). Instructor is Sandy Goodman. TRAIN PD will fund a Texas cohort to participate in this course. PD Coordinators of TWC-funded programs can nominate participants by April 7, 2015; contact Harriet Smith for more information (hsmith@tamu.edu).

May 7, 2015: Regional Workforce Integration Forum in Belton. For more information, TWC-funded AEL Programs and their partners should email AdultEducation@twc.state.tx.us.

May 8, 2015: Leveraging Resources to Support Underprepared Learners (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This Webinar from 1:00pm to 2:30pm Central Time will be hosted by Jobs for the Future (JFF). It is one in a series of Capacity Building meetings coordinated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to help you better develop and implement an integrated pathway program in your college or organization. Learn about strategies to map and leverage campus and community resources to support the diverse needs (academic, social, financial) of underprepared learners. JFF will send out the dial-in information a few days before each session. Subscribe to TCALL’s Texas Adult Career Pathways Listserv to receive those announcements. For more information, please contact Linda Muñoz at: Linda.Munoz@THECB.state.tx.us.

May 8, 2015: Regional Workforce Integration Forum in McAllen. For more information, TWC-funded AEL Programs and their partners should email AdultEducation@twc.state.tx.us.

May 8, 2015: TEAMS for Teachers (Group A) (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Del Mar College at 485 Airport Road, Corpus Christi, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Teachers will learn how to print, interpret, and use TEAMS reports and data to improve student success rates. Session registration is closed.

May 8, 2015: ESL Best Practices (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at the Bowie Adult Learning Center, 439 Arbor Pl, San Antonio, Texas from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Why is it that some ESL students can practice their English in class and make great strides yet still do poorly on progress assessments? This 3 hour training provides ESL instructors a sample of best practices for teaching the often overlooked portions of literacy that are crucial to the development of oral communication skill, and fluency while increasing the comfort level of ESL students allowing them to get over the reluctance of practicing English outside the classroom and during testing settings. Sample lessons and instructional models for teaching scenarios provided. Please register here.

May 8, 2015: Lesson Planning for Teachers (Group A). This training will be held at Del Mar College at 485 Airport Road, Corpus Christi, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm.This session is interactive, and the goal will be for teachers to walk away learning how to teach multiple concepts that can be embedded in one good lesson plan. Please register here.

May 9, 2015: Lesson Planning for Teachers (Group B). This training will be held at Del Mar College at 485 Airport Road, Corpus Christi, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm.This session is interactive, and the goal will be for teachers to walk away learning how to teach multiple concepts that can be embedded in one good lesson plan. Please register here.

May 9, 2015: Teacher Training Regional Institute - Tyler Junior College (Half Day & Full Day Sessions). This training will be held at the Tyler Junior College – West Campus at 1530 S SW Loop 323, Tyler, Texas. This Training Institute has half day sessions as well as full day sessions. If selecting half day sessions, please use the "Half Day" registration form here. If selecting a full day session, please use the "Full Day" registration form here.

Session Descriptions

Half Day Sessions (10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm) [register here]
Sessions repeat in the afternoon

TEAMS for Teachers
This workshop was developed to help teachers in ABE, ESL, ASE, Transitions, etc. understand how to use the TEAMS Participant Roster report to monitor student progress and improve program performance.

Math Transitioning to GED 2014
ABE and ASE instructors will learn strategies and simple tools to alleviate adults' fear of math; how to teach math at a level more readily understood; Depth Of Knowledge for the GED Math; and using the tools learned in both real life and on the GED Math test.

Writing for GED 2014
This event provides easy writing instruction strategies for ABE, ASE, and Transitions educators, intended to yield measurable results for students.

Full Day Sessions (10am-5pm) [register here]

Implementing Texas Adult Education Content Standards
This training is for any ESL, ABE, ASE, Low Literacy, Transitions and Career Pathways instructors. The objectives of the training are to familiarize participants with the Texas Adult Education Content Standards and to develop lesson plans using the standards and benchmarks.

Contextualizing Instruction
Instructors across all content areas will be introduced to the concept of teaching language and academic skills situated in real-life contexts. Condensed 1-day version of a longer series described in TRAIN PD's training database.

May 9, 2015: TEAMS for Teachers (Group B) (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Del Mar College at 485 Airport Road, Corpus Christi, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Teachers will learn how to print, interpret, and use TEAMS reports and data to improve student success rates. Session registration is closed.

May 9, 2015: Contextualized Teaching and Learning Part 2 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Laredo Community College in Laredo, Texas from 8:30am - 3:30pm. This workshop was developed to help teachers integrate in their teaching and practicing of academic skills the use of the context of employability skills. This Contextualized Teaching and Learning training will also give the instructors techniques and specific hands on examples that can be readily used in the classroom and in all content areas. The teachers will be Discussing and sharing lessons from the assignment from Part 1. Please register here.

May 12, 2015: Using Technology in The Classroom - Group A (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Region One Education Center, 1900 W. Schunior, Edinburg, TX, (Room: Sal del Rey) from 8:30am - 3:30pm. The focus of this presentation is for participants to learn about FREE but valuable technology tools that will help the GED/high school equivalency classrooms. Engaging tools from the four content areas will be shared, as well as some useful tools for ESL. Please register here.

May 12, 2015: Using Technology in The Classroom - Group B (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Region One Education Center, 1900 W. Schunior, Edinburg, TX, (Room: Sal del Rey) from 5:30pm - 8:30pm. Teachers will learn about free but valuable technology tools that will energize adult education classrooms. Please register here.

May 13, 2015: TRAIN PD Virtual Meeting with PD Coordinators (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). From 2:00 to 3:00 PM Central Time, the TRAIN PD Consortium will have a monthly virtual meeting with Professional Development Coordinators assigned to the Adult Education and Literacy Grant Recipients. Details on participation will be shared via the PD Coordinators’ Listserv, or PD Coordinators can email trainpd@tamu.ed​u for more information.

May 14, 2015: Instructional Strategies for 2014 GED Social Studies (Group A) (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Brownsville ISD at 708 Palm Blvd., Brownsville, TX from 5:00pm - 8:00pm.This session provides strategies for embedding literacy instruction, small group instruction, and appropriate scaffolding to meet the needs of individual students and make social studies content accessible to all learners. Please register here.

May 15, 2015: Instructional Strategies for 2014 GED Social Studies (Group B) (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Brownsville ISD at 708 Palm Blvd., Brownsville, TX from 8:30am - 11:30am. This session provides strategies for embedding literacy instruction, small group instruction, and appropriate scaffolding to meet the needs of individual students and make social studies content accessible to all learners. Please register here.

May 15, 2015: Learning Styles (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Houston Community College Adult Ed. Program, 3100 Main St., BD 20 (Basement), Houston, TX from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Through this training, participants will increase their awareness of various elements of learning styles and discuss the five (5) key elements as identified by Dr. Rita Dunn. They will also explore implications of the elements in teaching and learning. This training is for ABE/GED/ESL Instructors. Registration is closed.

May 15, 2015: Creating an Employment Portfolio (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Houston Community College Adult Ed. Program, 3100 Main St., BD 21 (Basement), Houston, TX from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Finding a job and going through the employment process can be challenging. By helping students create and employment portfolio, you will help them increase their self-awareness and make the employment process an esier one. This training is for ABE/GED/ESL Instructors. Please register here.

May 16, 2015: Math For 2014 GED (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Ferrari Center, 107 W Rampart Dr., San Antonio, TX 78216, Room 102, from 8:00am - 3:00pm. This session emphasizes how to teach the most-missed math items on the 2014 GED® and also the skills that are news to GED®. Participants will be given specific examples with real-life applications and teaching techniques to enhance their students' learning of these skills. Please register here.

May 16, 2015: BEST Literacy Training of Trainers (TOT) (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Tarrant County College Opportunity Center, 5901 Fitzhugh Ave. Room 1356, Fort Worth, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. For staff who administer the BEST Literacy assessment test and want to become Trainers. Using the BEST Literacy Test Manual, participants will identify, review, and train on proper test administration and scoring procedures. Activities will include scoring of reading portions, writing samples to evaluate and score, scoring writing samples, and determining the rationales for scores given. Each trainer must bring their own copy of the BEST Literacy Test Manual (2008). Please register here.

May 16, 2015: ToT: Teaching English to Adults in Texas (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Alamo University Center, Room 122, 8300 Pat Booker Rd, Live Oak, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This workshop is for trainers to become familiar with the “Teaching English to Adults in Texas” workshop for instructors who are new to teaching ESL in Texas. The participant materials cover the key points necessary for successful student outcomes: adult learning basics, fundamentals of adult second language learning, assessment and goal setting, types of ESL classes in Texas, and classroom practices. Trainers explore the materials and requirements for facilitating the workshop and following up with participants to encourage implementation in the classroom. Please register here.

May 16, 2015: Free Technology Tools For The ABE Classroom (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Del Mar College West Campus, 485 Airport Road, Corpus Christi, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. Teachers will learn about free but valuable technology tools that will energize adult education classrooms. Please register here.

May 18, 2015: Webinar on Using TEAMS for Program Improvement. Texas Workforce Commission Adult Education and Literacy (TWC AEL) will host this Webinar from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Central Time. TWC-funded AEL programs can email their Program Specialist for more information.

May 18, 2015: Continuous Improvement Planning Model Training (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Victoria College, 802 E Crestwood, Victoria, Texas from 10:00am - 2:00pm. This training introduces the Continuous Improvement Planning process model and explores the purpose and product that drive the process for program planning and improvement. Please register here.

May 18, 2015: Master TEAMS Training of Trainers (TOT) Day 1 Basic TEAMS (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at ACC Highland Campus, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Rm 1421, Austin, Texas from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This training will provide basic training for data entry into TEAMS for local AEL programs.

May 19, 2015: Master TEAMS Training of Trainers (TOT) Day 2 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at ACC Highland Campus, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Rm 1421, Austin, Texas from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This training will provide basic training for data entry into TEAMS for local AEL programs.

May 20, 2015: Customize Contextualized Training--Group A (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Region One Education Center, 1900 W. Schunior, Edinburg, TX, (Room: Sal del Rey) from 8:30am - 3:30pm. Participants will gain insight into the most recent research on how to contextualize for Adult Education basic skills students and classes. They will also review and model various methods targeting contextualized learning for use in the ESL or ABE/ASE programs. Please register here.

May 20, 2015: Customize Contextualized Training--Group B (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Region One Education Center, 1900 W. Schunior, Edinburg, TX, (Room: Sal del Rey) from 5:30pm - 8:30pm. Participants will gain insight into the most recent research in contextualize instruction for both ESL or ABE/ASE. They will also review and model various methods targeting contextualized learning. Please register here.

May 20, 2015: Effective Lesson Planning for ESL/ABE/GED (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Houston Community College Administration Bldg., 3100 Main St., Houston, TX, Lab BD11 (Basement) from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. This workshop will present a variety of strategies and techniques using the Texas Adult Education Content Standards and Benchmarks for ABE/ASE and ESL – Implementation Guide (Version 1.1/June 2008). Teachers will learn how to develop understandable and comprehensible lessons to help strengthen students’ knowledge and meet their students’ educational needs for work and school. Please register here.

May 21, 2015: Free Technology Tools For The ABE Classroom (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Brownsville ISD, 708 Palm Blvd, Brownsville, TX from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Teachers will learn about free but valuable technology tools that will energize adult education classrooms. Please register here.

May 21, 2015: Regional Workforce Integration Forum in Dallas. This gathering will include AEL Programs and their partners in the Dallas County workforce area. For more information on this event, email AdultEducation@twc.state.tx.us.

May 22, 2015: At the Core of Teaching Reading (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Houston Community College Adult Ed. Program, 3100 Main St., B, 2nd Floor, Seminar A , Houston, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Participants will gain insight into the nature of language and crucial aspects of reading instruction. They will be able to identify common elements of teaching reading such as alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Participants will also engage in activities that reflect selected cognitive and metacognitive strategies important to reading instruction. This training is for ABE/GED/Upper-level ESL instructors. Please register here.

May 22, 2015: Free Technology Tools For The ABE Classroom (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Brownsville ISD, 708 Palm Blvd, Brownsville, TX from 8:30am - 11:30am. Teachers will learn about free but valuable technology tools that will energize adult education classrooms. Please register here.

May 22, 2015: Strategies for Creating Meaningful Learning (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Howard College Big Spring in the Warren Building Room 112, Big Spring, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. The workshop will provide GED teachers teaching techniques that purposefully heighten their students’ engagement while maximizing their students' interest in each of the content areas. Please register here.

May 22, 2015: Counseling to Careers (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Houston Community College Adult Ed. Program, 3100 Main St., Computer Lab BD 12 (Basement), Houston, TX from 10:00am - 5:00pm. Counseling to Careers is designed to help surface key information on "best bet" postsecondary education programs and put that information into the hands of counselors. The information will help your organization better assist students in navigating the complex channels necessary to identify the best program of study for their specific interests and circumstances. This training is for ABE/GED/ESL instructors. Please register here.

May 23, 2015: TABE Success in Math (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Del Mar College at 3209 S. Staples, Corpus Christi, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. Participants will be exposed to strategies that will help learners achieve TABE success in math by integrating into their instruction concepts such as percent, box and whisker plots, weighted average, linear functions, and proportional reasoning. Please register here.

May 26, 2015: GED® Testing Service “Tuesdays for Teachers” Webinar. Scheduled from 3:00 to 4:30 PM Central Time, this series of eight webinars, presented by Bonnie Goonen and Susan Pittman, will take a deeper dive into classroom strategies and techniques to address the most missed items across the four GED® test subjects. The webinars will best benefit educators who have been exposed to the foundational training delivered in 2014, such as the “Road Show” events delivered in 2014 and early 2015. Starting with April 28, other “Tuesdays for Teachers” Webinars will follow on May 26, June 23, September 22, October 27, November 17, and December 8. For more information or to register, visit the GED® Testing Service Educator Events page.

May 28, 2015: Regional Workforce Integration Forum in Fort Worth. This gathering will include AEL Programs and their partners in the North Central and Tarrant County workforce areas. For more information, email AdultEducation@twc.state.tx.us.

May 29, 2015: CSAL Reading Research Findings Webinar. Center for the Study of Adult Literacy (CSAL) will host this webinar from 1:00 to 2:00 pm Central Time. Presenters will discuss CSAL’s exploration of underlying cognitive and motivational processes that contribute to or impede reading development, and their development of a multi-component instructional program to help adult learners improve their reading and comprehension skills. Registration is limited. Register here.

May 29, 2015: Contextualizing Instruction to Career Pathways (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This Webinar from 10:00 am to noon Central Time will be hosted by Jobs for the Future (JFF). It is one in a series of Capacity Building meetings coordinated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to help you better develop and implement an integrated pathway program in your college or organization. Explore strategies to increase students’ academic skills and enhance their motivation by integrating occupational content and engaging instructional strategies into your adult education and developmental education courses. JFF will send out the dial-in information a few days before each session. Subscribe to TCALL’s Texas Adult Career Pathways Listserv to receive those announcements. For more information, please contact Linda Muñoz at: Linda.Munoz@THECB.state.tx.us.

May 29, 2015: Career Pathways - In the beginning... (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Temple College, 2600 South 1st Street, Temple, TX from 10:00am - 3:00pm. The purpose of this training is to help adult educators develop successful career pathways for their programs/classrooms. During the first half of the training, we will review local area labor market, in-demand jobs, employer and agency relations, and classroom curriculum. The second half will focus on individual career path development. Each participant should leave the training with a better understanding of implementing their own career pathway. Please register here.

May 30, 2015: Teacher Training Institute in Denton (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Denton ISD PD Center, 1212 Bolivar Street. Denton, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This institute offers a full day session, or your choice of half day sessions. Please choose sessions in the form below. Please register here.

Session Descriptions:

Full-Day Session: 9am-4pm

BEST Plus Test Administration
This training will provide ESL teachers and test administrators with certification to administer the BEST Plus assessment. Participants will learn test administration techniques and will practice assessment using real world examples. This training is a full-day session and will fulfill both session registrations.

Half-Day Sessions: 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm

Integrating Technology into the Classroom (repeats)
This training will provide ABE and ESL teachers with resources to enhance both their classroom instruction and their lessons. Teachers will learn about available teacher and student resources and how to evaluate those resources for integration into lessons. Teachers with average computer skills, can learn how technology can help them engage students and enhance lessons.

Teaching Basic Oral Communication Skills to ESL Learners (repeats)
This presentation addresses the challenges instructors face when teaching basic oral communication skills to beginning ESL learners (SPLs 0-1 and SPL 2), and to ESL learners at higher levels.  Included are strategies for developing oral skills, and tips for supporting students to show gain on the BEST Plus progress test.

Transitioning from the Beginning for ESL Learners
Transitioning from the Beginning focuses on cross-cultural and academic content requirements, including writing, that facilitate successful transitions for ESL students into ABE, College, Certificate Programs or other career pathways.

Training of Trainers: Transitions for ABE and ASE
Trainers will be prepared to train in Transitions for ABE and ASE focusing on the Transitions Integration Framework with multiple classroom strategies and resources provided for helping students move from ABE to college, certificate programs or other career pathways.

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June 2015

June 1-5, 2015: Basic Immigration Law Summer Institute. The Immigration Service and Aid Center (ISAAC) will host this training in San Antonio. Community-based and nonprofit organizations can learn how to assist people in attaining proper immigration status, and how your organization can be recognized and your staff accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals. See ISAAC website for more information.

June 4, 2015: Regional Workforce Integration Forum in Denison. This gathering will include AEL Programs and their partners in the East Texas, Northeast Texas, and Texoma workforce areas. For more information, email AdultEducation@twc.state.tx.us.

June 4, 2015: The TI-30XS Calculator for Math (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Brownsville ISD, 708 Palm Blvd, Brownsville, TX from 8:30am - 11:30am. The training highlights the most effective methods and time-efficient skills needed in completing Math exercises of various concepts consistent with the required GED standards. Please register here.

June 4, 2015: The TI-30XS Calculator for 2014 GED Science (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Brownsville ISD, 708 Palm Blvd, Brownsville, TX from 12:30pm - 3:30pm. The training highlights the most effective methods and time-efficient skills needed in completing exercises of various concepts consistent with the required GED Science standards. Please register here.

June 4, 2015: ESL-Math (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Brownsville ISD, 708 Palm Blvd, Brownsville, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. The primary focus of ESL-Math is on learning the English necessary to talk about math and to learn math in the US. Participants will view different strategies that can be used in teaching and engaging ESL students in Mathematics. Please register here.

June 6, 2015: Lesson Planning for the Adult Ed Classroom (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Richardson ISD PD Center, 701 W. Belt Line Road, Bldg C, Room 101A, Richardson, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. This training is designed to help ABE/ASE/ESOL teachers focus on how to plan, develop and write effective lessons. Hands-on and interactive activities will be included. Participants will be allowed time to plan and develop a lesson plan that can be implemented in their classroom. Please register here.

June 6, 2015: Using Multiple Group Strategies (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Richardson ISD PD Center, 701 W. Belt Line Road, Bldg C, Room 101A, Richardson, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. This training is designed to help ABE/ASE/ESOL teachers identify key traits that influence how groups can be implemented and organize in a multilevel classroom. Through hands-on and interactive activities teachers will differentiate among using pairs, small groups, and large groups to for effective learning. Please register here.

June 8, 2015: AEL 101 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Alamo Colleges, 8300 Pat Booker Road, Live Oak, TX from 1:00pm - 3:00pm. This training provides an overview of all the various aspects that are particular to Adult Education such as National Reporting System (NRS), TABE, BEST literacy and BEST Plus, TEAMS, Domain of Significance, Understanding TEAMS reports, State Assessment policy and more!

June 8, 2015: Distance Learning Nuts and Bolts (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Alamo Colleges, 8300 Pat Booker Road, Live Oak, TX from 10:00am - 12:00pm. This training provides instructors introduction to the Distance Learning plan for Alamo Colleges Distance Learning program implementation and deployment of Edmentum software. Participants will learn about how to set up a class, administrative functions, reports for software program and other items needed for blended learning courses.

June 9, 2015: CareerEASE Curriculum (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Alamo Colleges, 8300 Pat Booker Road, Live Oak, TX from 10:00am - 12:00pm. This training will review the components and requirements of the Alamo CareerEASE course curriculum. Specific scope and sequence geared towards adult education and literacy for learning community model that is specifically used at Alamo Colleges and are mandatory for instructors to cover. Team Teaching, Contextualization and integration makes the student centered curriculum unique.

June 9, 2015: Professional Portfolio (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Alamo Colleges, 8300 Pat Booker Road, Live Oak, TX from 1:00pm - 3:00pm. The concept of Professional Portfolio tends to mystify AEL instructors. This training will provide participants with an overview of the requirements and components of a true and complete professional portfolio that is reflective of the application of skills and what the student has gained hard skill in their course of study and related to a profession.

June 9, 2015: Regional Workforce Integration Forum in El Paso. This gathering will include AEL Programs and their partners in the Upper Rio Grande workforce area. For more information, email AdultEducation@twc.state.tx.us.

June 10, 2015: Regional Workforce Integration Forum in Lubbock. This gathering will include AEL Programs and their partners in the Panhandle and South Plains workforce areas. For more information on this event, email AdultEducation@twc.state.tx.us.

June 13, 2015: Teaching Basic Oral Communication Skills to ESL Learners (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Austin Community College, Highland Business Center, Room 411, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. This presentation addresses the challenges instructors face when teaching basic oral communication skills to beginning ESL learners and to ESL learners at higher levels. Included are strategies for developing oral skills and tips for supporting students to show gains on the BEST Plus progress test. Please register here.

June 13, 2015: Creating a Classroom Website (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Austin Community College, Highland Business Center, Room 301.10, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Building a website for your class can provide a portal for your students to study outside of the classroom as well as link them to distance learning opportunities, but building a website can also be easy. The first (short) part of this workshop will present an overview of a few adult education websites created by our colleagues and an introduction to free online website building tools. The second (longer) part of the workshop give you an opportunity to create your own websites using a website builder. Please register here.

June 13, 2015: Creating Cultures of Respect in the Classroom (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Austin Community College, Highland Business Center, Room 411, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Teachers learn to create safe spaces in the classroom where social issues can be discussed and controversial opinions shared openly and respectfully. Participants define important concepts of a culturally responsive classroom and learn activities that engage students and promote critical thinking. Please register here.

June 15, 2015: Regional Workforce Integration Forum, location TBD. This gathering will include AEL Programs and their partners in the Alamo, Golden Crescent, Middle Rio Grande workforce areas. For more information on this event, email AdultEducation@twc.state.tx.us.

June 16, 2015: TEAMS for Teachers - Livingston (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Angelina College - Livingston, 1015 US 59 Loop North, Livingston, TX from 8:30am - 11:30pm. The TEAMS for Teachers is for instructors in ABE, ESL, ASE, Transitions, etc. This workshop was developed to help teachers understand how to use the TEAMS Participant Roster report to monitor student progress and improve program performance. This is a hands-on training. Please register here.

June 16, 2015: Multi-level Classroom: Best Practices for Teaching Adult Learners (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Angelina College Livingston, 1015 US Hwy. 59 Loop North Livingston, TX from 12:30pm - 3:30pm. This interactive training focuses on group and lesson planning strategies. Participants take away effective multilevel activities for ESL, ABE, and ASE classrooms. The presenter will also discuss classroom management techniques, test preparation, and lesson planning. Trainer is: William Barry.

June 17, 2015: TEAMS for Teachers - Nacogdoches (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Angelina College - Nacogdoches, 302 Hughes St., Suite 100, Nacogdoches, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. The TEAMS for Teachers is for instructors in ABE, ESL, ASE, Transitions, etc. This workshop was developed to help teachers understand how to use the TEAMS Participant Roster report to monitor student progress and improve program performance. This is a hands-on training. Please register here.

June 18, 2015: TEAMS for Teachers - Lufkin (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Angelina College - Lufkin, 3500 S. First St., Lufkin, TX from 8:30am - 11:30am. The TEAMS for Teachers is for instructors in ABE, ESL, ASE, Transitions, etc. This workshop was developed to help teachers understand how to use the TEAMS Participant Roster report to monitor student progress and improve program performance. This is a hands-on training. Please register here.

June 18, 2015: Multi-level Classroom: Best Practices for Teaching Adult Learners (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Angelina College Lufkin, 3500 S. First Street, Lufkin, TX from 12:30pm - 3:30pm. This interactive training focuses on group and lesson planning strategies. Participants take away effective multilevel activities for ESL, ABE, and ASE classrooms. The presenter will also discuss classroom management techniques, test preparation, and lesson planning. Trainer is: William Barry. Please register here.

June 19, 2015: ESL-Math (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Del Mar College, 485 Airport Road, Corpus Christi, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. The primary focus of ESL-Math is on learning the English necessary to talk about math and to learn math in the US. Participants will view different strategies that can be used in teaching and engaging ESL students in Mathematics. Please register here.

June 19, 2015: The TI-30XS Calculator for 2014 GED Science (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Del Mar College, 485 Airport Road, Corpus Christi, TX from 12:30pm - 3:30pm. The training highlights the most effective methods and time-efficient skills needed in completing exercises of various concepts consistent with the required GED Science standards. Please register here.

June 19, 2015: The TI-30XS Calculator for 2014 GED Math (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Del Mar College, 485 Airport Road, Corpus Christi, TX from 8:30am - 11:30am. The training highlights the most effective methods and time-efficient skills needed in completing Math exercises of various concepts consistent with the required GED standards. Please register here.

June 22, 2015: TRAIN PD Virtual Meeting with PD Coordinators (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). From 10:00am to 11:00am Central Time, the TRAIN PD Consortium will have a monthly virtual meeting with Professional Development Coordinators assigned to the Adult Education and Literacy Grant Recipients. Details on participation will be shared via the PD Coordinators’ Listserv, or PD Coordinators can email trainpd@tamu.ed​u for more information.

June 23, 2015: Multi-level Classroom: Best Practices for Teaching Adult Learners (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Angelina College Crockett, 1505 South 4th Street, Crockett, TX from 12:30pm - 3:30pm. This interactive training focuses on group and lesson planning strategies. Participants take away effective multilevel activities for ESL, ABE, and ASE classrooms. The presenter will also discuss classroom management techniques, test preparation, and lesson planning. Trainer is: William Barry. Please register here.

June 23, 2015: TEAMS for Teachers - Crockett (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Angelina College - Crockett, 1505 South 4th Street, Crockett, TX from 8:30am - 11:30am. The TEAMS for Teachers is for instructors in ABE, ESL, ASE, Transitions, etc. This workshop was developed to help teachers understand how to use the TEAMS Participant Roster report to monitor student progress and improve program performance. This is a hands-on training. Please register here.

June 23, 2015: GED® Testing Service “Tuesdays for Teachers” Webinar. Scheduled from 3:00 to 4:30 PM Central Time, this series of eight webinars, presented by Bonnie Goonen and Susan Pittman, will take a deeper dive into classroom strategies and techniques to address the most missed items across the four GED® test subjects. The webinars will best benefit educators who have been exposed to the foundational training delivered in 2014, such as the “Road Show” events delivered in 2014 and early 2015. Starting with April 28, other “Tuesdays for Teachers” Webinars will follow on May 26, June 23, September 22, October 27, November 17, and December 8. For more information or to register, visit the GED® Testing Service Educator Events page.

June 24, 2015: 2015 AEL Business Meeting. Texas Workforce Commission Adult Education and Literacy will hold this meeting in conjunction with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Accelerate Texas June 25-26 summer meeting in Austin. Attendance at the AEL Business Meeting will be by invitation only; topic will be a comprehensive review related mainly to year two contract implementation. Pre-registration for June 24 will be required and will be managed by TRAIN PD at TCALL. For questions about this event, accessibility or to request accommodations please contact Ruben Castillo at (512-463-2377) or ruben.castillo@twc.state.tx.us at least two weeks advance of the event.

June 24, 2015: Effective Lesson Planning for ABE/ASE (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Houston Community College, Administration Bldg. Lab BD 11 (basement), 3100 Main St., Houston, TX from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. This workshop will present a variety of strategies and techniques using the Texas Adult Education Content Standards and Benchmarks for ABE/ASE and ESL-Implementation Guide (Version 1.1/June 2008). Teachers will learn how to develop understandable and comprehensible lessons to help strengthen students' knowledge and meet their students' educational needs for work and school. Trainer is: Patricia Solomon. Please register here.

June 25, 2015: Multi-level Classroom: Best Practices for Teaching Adult Learners (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Angelina College Jasper, 450 Bulldog Ave., Jasper, TX from 12:30pm - 3:30pm. This interactive training focuses on group and lesson planning strategies. Participants take away effective multilevel activities for ESL, ABE, and ASE classrooms. The presenter will also discuss classroom management techniques, test preparation, and lesson planning. Trainer is: William Barry. Please register here.

June 25, 2015: TEAMS for Teachers - Jasper (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Angelina College - Jasper, 450 Bulldog Ave., Jasper, TX from 8:30am - 11:30am. The TEAMS for Teachers is for instructors in ABE, ESL, ASE, Transitions, etc. This workshop was developed to help teachers understand how to use the TEAMS Participant Roster report to monitor student progress and improve program performance. This is a hands-on training. Please register here.

June 25, 2015: Regional Workforce Integration Forum in Conroe. This gathering will include AEL Programs and their partners in the Brazos Valley, Deep East Texas, Gulf Coast, and Southeast Texas workforce areas. For more information, email AdultEducation@twc.state.tx.us.

June 25-26, 2015: Accelerate Texas Summer Technical Assistance Institute. Participants invited by Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board will learn innovative approaches to college and career outcomes; strengthen program implementation and outcomes with evidence-based strategies; build networks and contacts to strengthen connection among Accelerate Texas grantees as a community of practice; and more. For more information on the goals and objectives of the meeting, email Dr. Linda Munoz (Linda.Munoz@THECB.state.tx.us) or Terri Daniels (Terri.Daniels@THECB.state.tx.us). For information on registration, contact The Education Institute at Texas State University: email lm64@txstate.edu or call (512) 245-9046.

June 26, 2015: Outreach and Recruitment (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Community Action, Inc. 101 Uhland Rd, San Marcos, TX from 10:00am - 12:00pm. This training presents effective outreach and recruitment strategies for use by Adult Education Programs. Staff will be engaged in discussions about incorporating community capacity building practices to increase community outreach, student recruitment and desired enrollment. Participants will become familiar with what other programs are doing to build strong program practices int he way of outreach and recruitment. Trainer is: Irene Ramos.

June 29, 2015: Regional Workforce Integration Forum in Snyder. This gathering will include AEL Programs and their partners in the Concho Valley, North Texas, Permian Basin, and West Central Texas workforce areas. For more information on this event, email AdultEducation@twc.state.tx.us.

June 29, 2015: Engaging Your ESL Students (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Houston Community College, Administration Bldg. Lab BD 11 (basement), 3100 Main St., Houston, TX from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Through interactive lecture, participants will explore various aspects of student engagement and the implications for language teaching. Participants will directly experience selected engaging activities, which they can later use with their ESL students. In small groups, participants will also discuss how they engage their students and will select two activities or techniques to try in their classrooms. Trainer is: Kathy Chevalier. Session Registration is Closed.

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July 2015

July 7, 2015: Building Student Persistence and Motivation (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at McClennan College, 1400 College Drive, Waco, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. This training reviews Adult Education student behaviors and trends as they tend to move through adult education. Participants will be introduced to the Drivers of Persistence developed by World Ed. These drivers can be useful tools for increasing student retention through attention and redirection of classroom dynamic based on these drivers of student persistence. Trainer is Irene Ramos. Please register here.

July 7, 2015: Classroom Management (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at McClennan College, 1400 College Drive, Waco, TX from 12:30pm - 3:30pm. This training will help teachers to establish and teach class norms that set expectations for behavior, build structure and establish routines to help guide students in a wide variety of situations, reinforce positive behavior using praise and other means consistently impose consequences for behavior and build and maintain student engagement by teaching interesting lessons that include opportunities for active student participation. Trainer is Jennifer Hernanadez. Please register here.

July 8, 2015: Building Student Persistence & Resilience PM (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Alamo College, Center of Excellence St. Philips College SW Campus, 800 Quintana Road San Antonio, TX from 7:10pm - 8:10pm. This training reviews Alamo College Campuses and the culture of each of the six campuses. Also participants are introduced to Adult student behaviors and trends as they tend to move through adult education. Participants will be introduced to the Drivers of Persistence developed by World Ed and to the idea of Resilience Building to aid student retention. The drivers can be useful tools for increasing student retention through attention and redirection of classroom dynamic based on these drivers of student persistence. Resilience can see students through to the college-going culture. Trainer is Irene Ramos.

July 8 - August 18, 2015: TESOL International ToTs. Training of Trainers: Strengthening Your English Language Programs. This online course, facilitated by TESOL International, prepares trainers to help administrators build and sharpen a continuous improvement professional development plans for English Language Acquisition programs.  Topics include conducting a needs assessment, identifying techniques, tools and resources, delivering engaging workshop, evaluating instructional change, growing PD capacity, and creating collaborative communities of practice. The course is by invitation only.  For more information, contact Dr. Glenda Rose at Glenda.Rose@cehd.tamu.edu.

July 8, 2015: McLennan Regional Teacher Training Institute (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at McClennan College, 1400 College Drive, Waco, TX from 9:00am - 3:30pm. See below for Session Descriptions. Select a morning session and an afternoon session on the form. Please register here.

9:00am - 12:00pm

ESL BEST Literacy
This training provides new ideas for instructors to understand the BEST Literacy test for use in the English as a Second Language Classroom. The participants will receive ideas for instructional strategies and processes the get ESL students active in purposeful learning activities. Trainer is Sherry Smith Dennis.

Effective Lesson Planning For Multilevel GED
This training models effective instructional practices and strategies for use in the Adult Education class where students are spread across ABE and ASE NRS Levels and classes where the students in level are at varied degrees of ability. Participants will be actively engage in modeled lessons which demonstrate proper differentiation for levels. Trainer is Laura Barrera.

12:30pm - 3:30pm

Effective Lesson Planning For Multilevel ESL
This training models effective instructional practices and strategies for use in the Adult Education class where students are spread across ESL NRS Levels and classes where the students in level are at varied degrees of ability. Participants will be actively engage in modeled lessons which demonstrate proper differentiation for the varying levels within the lowest class including degreed individuals and those that lack literacy in their original language. Trainer is Laura Barrera.

GED Math
This session emphasizes how to teach the most-missed math items on the 2014 GED® and also the skills that are news to GED®. Participants will be given specific examples with real-life applications and teaching techniques to enhance their students' learning of these skills. Trainer is Anthony Chan.

July 9, 2015: Goal Setting for Community Colleges (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at McClennan College, 1400 College Drive, Waco, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. This training reviews Adult Education student behaviors and trends as they tend to move through adult education. Participants will be introduced to the Drivers of Persistence developed by World Ed. These drivers can be useful tools for increasing student retention through attention and redirection of classroom dynamic based on these drivers of student persistence. Trainer is Olga Escamilla. Please register here.

July 9, 2015: Building Student Persistence & Resilience AM (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Alamo College, Center of Excellence St. Philips College SW Campus, 800 Quintana Road San Antonio, TX from 11:10am - 12:10pm. This training reviews Alamo College Campuses and the culture of each of the six campuses. Also participants are introduced to Adult student behaviors and trends as they tend to move through adult education. Participants will be introduced to the Drivers of Persistence developed by World Ed and to the idea of Resilience Building to aid student retention. The drivers can be useful tools for increasing student retention through attention and redirection of classroom dynamic based on these drivers of student persistence. Resilience can see students through to the college-going culture. Trainer is Irene Ramos.

July 12-15, 2015: 22nd International Conference of Adults Learning Mathematics (ALM).  American Institutes for Research will host this conference in Alexandria, VA to showcase some unique international perspectives related to the teaching and learning of numeracy/mathematics. International thought leaders in numeracy/mathematics will convene around key discussion topics, including: Adult numeracy concepts, theories, and practice; Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics (STEM); (3) Numeracy and diversity; Numeracy and literacy; and Numeracy and the workforce. Click here for more information about the conference, including registration: http://www.alm-online.net/home/alm-22-conference-page/

July 13, 2015: TRAIN PD Virtual Meeting with PD Coordinators (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). From 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm Central Time, the TRAIN PD Consortium will have a monthly virtual meeting with Professional Development Coordinators assigned to the Adult Education and Literacy Grant Recipients. Details on participation will be shared via the PD Coordinators’ Listserv, or PD Coordinators can email trainpd@tamu.ed​u for more information.

July 14, 2015: 2015 AEL Business Meeting (Make-Up). For AEL Grant Recipient leaders unable to attend the AEL Business Meeting on June 24, 2015, Texas Workforce Commission Adult Education and Literacy will host this make-up meeting in Austin. Attendance is by invitation only. Topic will be a comprehensive review related mainly to year two contract implementation. Pre-registration is required and will be managed by TRAIN PD at TCALL. For questions about this event, accessibility or to request accommodations please contact Ruben Castillo at (512-463-2377) or ruben.castillo@twc.state.tx.us at least two weeks advance of the event.

July 17, 2015: Distance Learning Training for I-BEST (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Alamo College, WETC, 563 SW 40th. Street San Antonio, TX from 12:30pm - 3:30pm. This training event guides program staff through the process of introducing Distance Learning to students and setting up classes and related topics including student recruitment, orientation, technology accessibility, teacher roles and instruction,student engagement, assessment, and student retention. Trainer is Donald Graybill.

July 17, 2015: TEAMS for Teachers. This training will be held at Navarro College, Gooch Student Center, Room 109, 3200 W 7th Ave., Corsicana, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. This workshop was developed to help teachers understand how to use the TEAMS Participant Roster report to monitor student progress and improve program performance. First, we will review the National Reporting System educational functioning levels and minimum program performance targets. Then we will analyze a sample TEAMS Participant Roster report to discover relationships between retention, performance and assessment. Trainer is Ruth Larson.

July 17, 2015: Hybrid Class Training for Distance Learning (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Alamo College, WETC, 563 SW 40th. Street San Antonio, TX from 8:30am - 11:30am. This training introduces a process for evaluation of the numerous curricula options available on the Approved List of Distance Curriculum. This course is not an endorsement of any specific software or curriculum. Trainer is Gilbert Centeno.

July 17-18, 2015: Glenda Reece Conference for ESL Teachers & Directors. Teachers of faith and community-based ESL programs are invited to attend this training in Arlington with Glenda Reece, a teacher and trainer who regularly speaks and leads seminars across the United States and internationally. Click for more information.

July 18, 2015: BEST Plus Test Administration (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Navarro College at Midlothian, 899 Mt. Zion, Midlothian TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This training will provide ESL teachers and test administrators with certification to administer the BEST Plus assessment. Participants will learn test administration techniques and will practice assessment using real world examples. Trainer is Aida Morossini Martinez. Please register here.

July 21, 2015: Strategies for Creating Meaningful Learning (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This workshop will be held at Socorro ISD, 12380 Pine Springs Road, El Paso, TX from 8:30am - 11:30am. The workshop will provide teachers with teaching techniques that will purposefully heighten their students’ engagement while maximizing their students' interest in each of the content areas. Trainer is Anthony Chan. Please register here.

July 21, 2015: Creating Lessons for Meaningful Learning (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This workshop will be held at Socorro ISD, 12380 Pine Springs Road, El Paso, TX from 12:30pm - 3:30pm. The workshop will provide strategies for creating meaningful learning lessons that will motivate students to learn by engaging and maximizing their interest in each of the content areas. Trainer is Anthony Chan. Please register here.

July 23, 2015: TEAMS for Teachers (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Socorro ISD, 12380 Pine Springs Road, El Paso, TX from 8:30am - 11:30am. This training will provide an introduction to using TEAMS at the program level for teachers with an emphasis of understanding NRS, in order to make use of TEAMS reports for program Improvement. Trainer is Octaviano Garza. Please register here.

July 23, 2015: TEAMS DATA Dectective (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Socorro ISD, 12380 Pine Springs Road, El Paso, TX from 12:30pm - 3:30pm. This training will show participants how to analyze TEAMS data at the program level for Administrators, Managers, coordinators and teachers with an emphasis of State assessment policy, and adult education performance measures in order to make use of TEAMS reports for program Improvement. Please register here.

July 24, 2015: Creating One Door to Postsecondary Credentials and High-Demand Careers. This Webinar from 10:00 am to noon Central Time will be hosted by Jobs for the Future (JFF). It is one in a series of Capacity Building meetings coordinated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to help you better develop and implement an integrated pathway program in your college or organization. Learn how integrated pathways, coupled with strong advising, help community colleges to support credential attainment and employment for underprepared students from lower-level adult education to higher-level developmental education. JFF will send out the dial-in information a few days before each session. Subscribe to TCALL’s Texas Adult Career Pathways Listserv to receive those announcements. For more information, please contact Linda Muñoz at: Linda.Munoz@THECB.state.tx.us.

July 24, 2015: TEAMS for Administrators (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Grayson College, 6101 Grayson Dr. Denison, TX from 8:30am - 11:30am. An introduction to using TEAMS at the program level for Administrators, Managers, and coordinator with an emphasis of understanding NRS, State assessment policy, and adult education performance measures in order to make use of TEAMS reports for program Improvement. Trainer is Wayne Crandall.

July 24, 2015: Del Mar In-House Training (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Del Mar College, 485 Airport Road, Corpus Christi, TX from 8:30am - 3:35pm. These four round-robin workshops repeat throughout the day. See below for descriptions. Please choose your preferred workshop times on the registration form. Please register here.

Workshop Descriptions:

Awareness of Distance Learning
The participants of this session will understand the overall importance of Distance Learning and how it ties to program performance and accountability. Trainer is Robert Martinez.

Using Your Instructional Resources
The session will help participants tailor their lessons by using available instructional resources. Also participants will be made aware of resources that can be shared with students for classroom work or at-home learning and to enhance learning. Trainer is Dan Zamora.

The Real Facts about Students' Data
The participants of this session will understand the overall importance of students' data, and how data is tied to performance and accountability. Trainer is Anne Cunningham.

Introduction to Contextualized Instruction
The session will focus on helping students learn academic skills by showing participants how to introduce the skills by using authentic contexts in which students must use those skills in the real world. Trainer is Cynthia Orta.

July 24, 2015: Teaching in the Multi-level ESL Classroom (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Houston Community College Adult Ed. Program, 3100 Main St., Admin. Bldg./ Room BD 20, Houston, TX from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. This training is for ESL instructors. Participants will gain insight into the nature and challenges of multilevel ESL classes. They will explore some general principles that can guide multilevel instruction in ESL and make it more manageable. Participants will also engage in selected activities that could serve as a springboard for motivating students and promoting active learning in a multilevel ESL environment. Trainer is Lorraine Romero. Please register here.

July 24, 2015: NRS/TWC Assessment Policy Overview (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Grayson College, 6101 Grayson Dr. Denison, TX from 1:30pm - 4:30pm. An overview of NRS function levels, current TWC assessment policies, and adult education performance measures as it applies to the AEL classes. Trainer is Wayne Crandall. Please register here.

July 24, 2015: Instructional Strategies, ESL Writing (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This session will be held at Navarro College, Gooch Student Center, Room 108, 3200 W 7th Ave., Corsicana, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. This session is designed for new and experienced ESL teachers and will cover theory and practice for getting new writers writing. It includes a host of established activities as well as addressing special situations such as pre-literate, non-literate and semi-literate students. Special needs are also addressed if time permits. Trainer is Alex Baez.

July 25, 2015: Literacy Strategies for ABE/ASE (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at FWISD PD Center, 3150 McCart Ave, Fort Worth, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. This session is designed as a review for current ABE/ASE teachers. The objectives of the training are to familiarize participants with the Texas Adult Education Content Standards and to develop lesson plans using the standards and benchmarks. Trainer is Jan Whisonant.

July 25, 2015: Lesson Planning for the Adult Ed. Class (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at HGAC San Jacinto College, SJC South Campus, 13735 Beamer Rd., Houston, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. This training is designed to help ABE/ASE/ESOL teachers focus on how to plan, develop and write effective lessons. Hands-on and interactive activities will be included. Participants will be allowed time to plan and develop a lesson plan that can be implemented in their classroom. Trainer is Martin Loa. Please register here.

July 25, 2015: Using Multiple Group Strategies (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at HGAC San Jacinto College, SJC South Campus, 13735 Beamer Rd., Houston, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. This training is designed to help ABE/ASE/ESOL teachers identify key traits that influence how groups can be implemented and organized in a multilevel classroom. Through hands on and interactive activities teachers will differentiate among using pairs, small groups, and large groups for effective learning. Trainer is Martin Loa. Please register here.

July 25, 2015: Beginning ESL Literacy Instruction (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Alpine Public Library, 805 W Ave E, Alpine, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. The Beginning ESL Literacy Workshop will provide instructors with activities and strategies to improve the communication, reading, and writing skills of low level ESL students. Trainer is Sandra Schneider. Please register here.

July 31, 2015: Writing for GED 2014 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This session will be held at Navarro College, Gooch Student Center, Room 108, 3200 W 7th Ave., Corsicana, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. This topic is relevant to ABE/GED instructors. Taking a step-by-step approach to teaching writing and writing strategies, this session targets the needs of GED 2014, but also encourages teachers to think beyond the test. Brainstorming and lesson plan-sharing is included with feedback from the facilitator and the true experts: the other GED teachers. Trainer is Carol Speigl.

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August 2015

August 1, 2015: GED Extended Response (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This session will be held at HGAC Region 6, 3332 Montgomery Rd., Huntsville, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. The purpose of this session will focus on the process of teaching argumentative writing – one step at a time. Dig deeper into the different parts of argumentative writing and how to integrate this process in constructed responses for Reasoning through Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science. Trainer is Wayne Crandall. Please register here.

August 1, 2015: TEAMS for Teachers and Administrators (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This session will be held at HGAC Region 6, 3332 Montgomery Rd., Huntsville, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Trainer is Janis Heebner. Please register here.

By the end of the workshop, teachers and administrators will:

  • Understand how TEAMS can help staff in managing their classes.
  • Recognize the importance of using TEAMS reports.
  • Understand the National Reporting System and the Federal Performance Measures and how they impact your class and program.
  • Be able to make use of the Texas Adult Education & Literacy (AEL) Assessment Policy. (Effective July 1, 2014)

August 3, 2015: Region 1 2015 Annual Opening Conference (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This conference will be held at Region One--McAllen Learning Center, 4305 North McColl Road, McAllen, Texas from 8:30am - 3:30pm. These three round-robin workshops repeat throughout the day. See below for descriptions. Register on this form for these three sessions. Once you arrive at the location, you will need to select a time for each session.

Session Descriptions

TEAMS Data Detective
This workshop will help teachers in ABE, ESL, ASE, Transitions, etc. understand how to use specific TEAMS reports to monitor student progress and improve program performance. Trainer is Terri Schiemenz.

The Real Facts about Students' Data
The participants of this session will understand the overall importance of students' data, and how data is tied to performance and accountability. Trainer is Anthony Chan.

TEAMS for Teachers
Participants will gain insight into the value of TEAMS Reports by learning how to interpret and use its reports. Trainer is Bill Medina.

August 4, 2015: Region 1 2015 Annual Opening Conference (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This conference will be held at Region One--McAllen Learning Center, 4305 North McColl Road, McAllen, Texas from 8:30am - 3:30pm. These four round-robin workshops repeat throughout the day. See below for descriptions. Register on this form for these four sessions. Once you arrive at the location, you will need to select a time for each session.

Session Descriptions

The TI-30XS Calculator for Math
The training highlights the most effective methods and time-efficient skills needed in completing Math exercises of various concepts consistent with the required GED standards. Trainer is Marsha Hosang.

GED 2014 Reading Language Arts (RLA) Overview
This training provides instructional practices and strategies for use in the GED 2014 Reading Language Arts (RLA) class. Trainer is Jan Whisonant.

TABE Success in Math
Participants will be exposed to strategies that will help learners achieve TABE success in math by integrating into their instruction concepts such as percent, box and whisker plots, weighted average, linear functions, and proportional reasoning. Trainer is Robert Orta.

Best Practices for Multilevel ABE Instruction
This training provides instructional practices and strategies for use in the Adult Education class where students are spread across ABE and ASE NRS Levels and with varied degrees of ability. Trainer is Tresa Pokorski.

August 4, 2015: Region 1 2015 Annual Opening Conference (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This conference will be held at Region One--McAllen Learning Center, 4305 North McColl Road, McAllen, Texas from 8:30am - 3:30pm. These two workshops repeat in the morning and afternoon. See below for descriptions. Register on this form for these two sessions. Once you arrive at the location, you will need to select a time for each session.

Session Descriptions

Strategies for Teaching ESL
Participant will strategies to learn new vocabulary also included are ideas and samples for instructors to aid the ESL students to fill in different types of forms, checks, envelopes etc.. A list of all skills that learners need to know per Level of learning will be provided together with games and hands on activities. Trainer is Beatriz Gutierrez.

Speaking Up in the ESL Classroom
This interactive session will provide teachers with skills and activities to integrate conversation into their classroom instruction. The teachers will examine various approaches for developing conversation particularly with their ESL students. Trainer is Liliana Black.

August 5, 2015: Region 1 2015 Annual Opening Conference (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This conference will be held at Region One--McAllen Learning Center, 4305 North McColl Road, McAllen, Texas from 8:30am - 3:30pm. These three round-robin workshops repeat throughout the day. See below for descriptions. Register on this form for these three sessions. Once you arrive at the location, you will need to select a time for each session.

Session Descriptions

Integrating Career Awareness
This training will provide tools and strategies to help adult educators to incorporate career awareness and planning into their instructional activities. They will learn how lessons can be adapted for a range of students and skill levels. Trainer is Olga Escamilla.

Instructional Strategies to Promote Persistence
Participants will be given useful tools and strategies for increasing student retention and persistence which in turn will facilitate students' learning and success. Trainer is Jan Whisonant.

Building Community in the Culturally Diverse Classroom
This workshop shows how knowledge and respect for students' cultures can engage adult learners in new ways and increase student retention. Participants will practice creative strategies to increase cultural awareness, work together, and create a community of learners. Trainer is Liliana Black.

August 3-5, 2015: Literacy Texas 2015 Conference. Join literacy providers, program administrators, volunteers, board members, and supporters in San Marcos to discuss current issues and to learn techniques and best practices. Extending to three days for the first time in 2015, the optional third day will offer intensive training opportunities on key topics. Workshop topics will include: Adult Basic Education, English for Speakers of other Languages, GED® preparation, Financial Literacy, Family Literacy, Workplace Skills, Health Literacy, Fund Development/Grant Management, Program Management, Volunteer Recruitment/Retention, Board Development, and more. For more information as plans are finalized, visit the conference web page. http://www.literacytexas.org/resources/annual_conference/

August 4, 2015: Practical Instructional Strategies for Contextualized Lesson Planning (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Houston Community College Adult Ed. Program, 3100 Main St., Admin. Bldg./ Room BD 12, Houston, TX from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. This session is for ABE and ASE instructors. Participants will learn about designing a broad range of core knowledge and skills using contextualized lesson plans, with cross-disciplinary standards to include math, science, and social studies contents. This workshop will help instructors identify the tools students must have to be able to successfully prepare for and pass the GED tests. Trainer is Patricia Solomon. Please register here.

August 6, 2015: Making a Plan for the Adult Education Classroom (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Industrial Technology Training Center, 1100 Lakewood Drive, Mt. Pleasant, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. This training takes a look at the process of creating/ adopting a "schedule of planned instruction" for the AEL classroom from the general framework of the learning cycle through selecting, developing, and modifying lessons to meeting the instructional goals and objectives of the learning cycle and supporting the desired learner out comes. Trainer is Wayne Crandall. Please register here.

August 6, 2015: Engaging Instructional Strategies to Promote Persistence (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This workshop will be held at Industrial Technology Training Center, 1100 Lakewood Drive, Mt. Pleasant, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. This workshop for ABE/ASE and ESL instructors examines six tenets of Adult Learning Theory in light of the six Drivers of Persistence. The six tenets of Adult Learning Theory (Knowles, 1998) intersect well with the Drivers of Persistence identified in the New England Learner Persistence Project (2008). Instructors use these concepts to design engaging instructional activities and strategies to help adult learners succeed in reaching educational and career goals. Trainer is Dr. Glenda Rose. Please register here.

August 7, 2015: Alamo College TABE (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). These sessions will be held at WorkForce Solutions Alamo Region from 9:00am - 4:00pm.

Session Descriptions

TABE - Paper (9:00am - 12:00pm)
This training will give test administers and overview of TABE and how to administer TABE following the guidelines set forth by McGraw Hill. The training will also focus on the different scoring methods for the locator and survey. The training will also highlight pre-test and post-test policies set forth by TWC. This training will meet the TWC requirement that all TABE administers need to be certified. Trainer is Karen Cook.

TABE-Online (1:00pm - 3:00pm)
In this training we will learn how to incorporate TABE online as a resourceful tool in your Adult Ed program. We will discuss the various ways to set up accounts and manage sessions. We will demonstrate how to create testing sessions and register students. We will also look at how to interpret and export results to fit the needs of your program. Trainer is Leticia Gonzalez.

August 7-8, 2015: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students. Literacy ConneXus will host this training in Grapevine, Texas from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM Friday and 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturday. Reservations are required. Training is sequential; attendance at BOTH sessions is required. For more information, see the Literacy ConneXus Events page. http://www.literacyconnexus.org/events/

August 8, 2015: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students. Literacy ConneXus will host this training in Whitehouse, Texas from 6:30 PM to 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday. Reservations are required. For more information, see the Literacy ConneXus Events page. http://www.literacyconnexus.org/events/

August 8, 2015: Instructional Strategies (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Victoria College, Continuing Education Building, 2200 E. Red River, Victoria, TX from 8:30am - 11:30am. This training models effective instructional practices and strategies for use in the Adult Education. Strategies for instruction will be those that are best utilized by the Adult Education instructors for the population we tend to serve. Participants will be actively engage in modeled lessons which demonstrate proper differentiation for levels. Trainer is Olga Escamilla.

August 8, 2015: College & Career Readiness and Contextualization (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Victoria College, Continuing Education Building, 2200 E. Red River, Victoria, TX from 12:30pm - 3:30pm. This training introduces the cross disciplinary standards for the Career and College Readiness Standards. The participants will be engaged in activities that help them understand and unpack the standards. Also the standards will be incorporated into Contextualized instruction lesson planning. Trainer is Olga Escamilla.

August 8, 2015: DL Academy Module 1 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This session will be held at Industrial TCC Opportunity Center, 5901 Fitzhugh Ave., Fort Worth, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This session is intended for staff and administrators. An overview of state and federal policy requirements for implementing a distance education program. Registration for Module 3 will be completed during the class. Note that Modules 1 and 3 are required for new staff and administrators. If a program is new to distance learning in adult education, an administrator must attend with other staff. Trainer is Dr. Glenda Rose and Dr. Debra Hargrove. Please register here.

August 11, 2015: Instructional Strategies for ESL Low Literacy (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This session will be held at Austin Community College, Highland Business Center, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Best practices for Beginning ESL Learners will provide instructors with techniques and strategies to help learners develop basic oral communication skills and build reading and writing skills. The strategies and activities focus on realia found in the learners' environment for meeting the needs of these students at the beginning ESL Literacy level. Trainer is Sandi Schneider. Please register here.

August 11, 2015: Instructional Strategies for ESL Low Literacy (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This session will be held at Austin Community College, Highland Business Center, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Best practices for Beginning ESL Learners will provide instructors with techniques and strategies to help learners develop basic oral communication skills and build reading and writing skills. The strategies and activities focus on realia found in the learners' environment for meeting the needs of these students at the beginning ESL literacy level. Trainer is Sandi Schneider. Please register here.

August 11, 2015: Teaching Mathematical Reasoning and Most Missed Items on GED 2014 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This session will be held at Austin Community College, Highland Business Center, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Training on mathematical reasoning to help instructors better prepare for the Math module of the GED 2014 test. This training will also feature the most missed items on the GED 2014 test. Trainer is Anthony Chan. Please register here.

August 11, 2015: Teaching Mathematical Reasoning and Most Missed Items on GED 2014 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This session will be held at Austin Community College, Highland Business Center, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Training on mathematical reasoning to help instructors better prepare for the Math module of the GED 2014 test. This training will also feature the most missed items on the GED 2014 test. Trainer is Anthony Chan. Please register here.

August 11-13, 2015: Tex-BEST Workforce Literacy Summit. Alamo Colleges will host this 6th annual event at San Antonio’s Grand Hyatt Hotel with Texas Workforce Commission and VALUEUSA as partners. This year’s summit "Building and Scaling Career Pathways" will once again bring together local, state and national practitioners from developmental education, adult basic education, and workforce development to participate in a forward-looking agenda that will help attendees prepare for the significant transitions and advances being made in our field in the next year. VALUEUSA is the only national organization governed and operated by current and former adult learners; see http://valueusa.org. For more information on sessions, agenda-at-a-glance, or to register, see the Tex-BEST 2015 Website. https://www.alamo.edu/tex-best/. Early bird registration will be open until July 15, 2015. Adult learners need to register at VALUEUSAʼs website with this link.

August 13, 2015: Basic TEAMS Training (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Fort Worth ISD Consortium, Arlington ISD Learning Center, 600 New York Ave, Arlington, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. For Adult Education and Literacy staff who enter or manage data in TEAMS (Texas Educating Adults Management System), this training covers basic information and procedures for: the TEAMS environment; log-in roles and permissions; the data entry process; orders of operations; data validation and data sign-off (DSO); performance measures; assessments; and reports generated by TEAMS. Trainer is Janis Heebner. Please register here.

August 13, 2015: Community Action, Inc. Training Day (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Dunbar Recreation Center, 801 W. Martin Luther King Drive, San Marcos, TX from 12:30pm - 3:30pm. Please choose a morning and afternoon session below. Both session repeat at 12:30pm - 2:00pm & 2:00pm - 3:30pm.

Building Student Persistence and Motivation
This training reviews Adult Education student behaviors and trends as they tend to move through adult education. Participants will be introduced to the Drivers of Persistence developed by World Ed. These drivers can be useful tools for increasing student retention through attention and redirection of classroom dynamic based on these drivers of student persistence. Trainer is Laura Barrera.

Effective Multi-level Instruction
This training models effective instructional practices and strategies for use in the Adult Education class where students are spread across NRS Levels and classes where the students in level are at varied degrees of ability. Participants will be actively engage in modeled lessons which demonstrate proper differentiation for levels. Trainer is Sandra Schneider.

August 14, 2015: Effective Lesson Planning for the Multilevel Classroom (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Howard College, 3501 North US Hwy 67, San Angelo, TX from 11:00am - 3:30pm. This training models effective instructional practices and strategies for use in the Adult Education class where students assessment scores are spread across NRS Levels and classes where the students in a leveled class are at varied degrees of ability. Participants will be actively engage in modeled lessons which demonstrate proper differentiation for levels. Trainer is Laura Barrera.

August 14, 2015: Learning to Achieve: A Professional Guide to Educating Adults with Disabilities (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at TCALL Riverside Campus, 3100 State Highway 47, Building 7751 (corner of 4th and Bryan Streets), Classroom D, Bryan, TX from 11:00am - 12:30pm. This presentation gives an overview of six of the main topic areas covered by the Learning to Achieve project and gives professional developers and administrators a resource that they could take back to the program and strategies to use right away. Trainers are Beth A. Ponder and Tim Ponder. Please register here.

August 14-15, 2015: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students. Literacy ConneXus will host this training in Austin, Texas from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM Friday and 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturday. Reservations are required. Training is sequential; attendance at BOTH sessions is required. For more information, see the Literacy ConneXus Events page. http://www.literacyconnexus.org/events/

August 15, 2015: TEAMS for Teachers (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at HCDE, Irvington Learning Center, 626 Lindale, Houston, TX from 8:30am - 11:30am & 12:30pm - 3:30pm. This training provides teachers and other AE staff with an oveview fo TEAMS, how to access it and utilize it to improve program performance. The session includes a review of the National Reporting System. Trainer is Bill Medina.

August 15, 2015: Fall 2015 Instructor Institute (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Lone Star College - North Harris Campus, 2700 W W Thorne Dr., Houston, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This institure offeres several options. Please read carefully below. One option is to attend an all-day event, OR you can choose a morning session and an afternoon session. See session descriptions below. Room numbers will be announced at the event. Please register here.

Morning (9:00am - 12:00pm)

TEAMS for Teachers
This workshop helps teachers understand how to use the TEAMS Participant Roster report to monitor student progress and improve program performance. We will review the NRS educational functioning levels & minimum program performance targets. Then we will analyze a sample TEAMS Participant Roster report to discover relationships between retention, performance and assessment. Trainer is Terri Schiemenz.

Writing for GED 2014 and Beyond
Taking a step-by-step approach to teaching writing and writing strategies, this session targets the needs of GED 2014, but also encourages teachers to think beyond the test. Brainstorming and lesson plan-sharing is included with feedback from the facilitator and the true experts: the other GED teachers. Trainer is Barry Williams.

Cell Phones, Smart Phones & Mobile Devices
Offers teachers an overview of ways phones and mobile devices can be utilized in heir classrooms, instead of being an annoyance or distraction. Computers with Internet and cell phones are necessary. Participants should have average computer skills and a more-than-basic cell phone to get the most out of these sessions. Trainer is Denise Guckert.

Afternoon (1:00pm - 4:00pm)

TEAMS for Teachers
This workshop helps teachers understand how to use the TEAMS Participant Roster report to monitor student progress and improve program performance. We will review the NRS educational functioning levels & minimum program performance targets. Then we will analyze a sample TEAMS Participant Roster report to discover relationships between retention, performance and assessment. Trainer is Terri Schiemenz.

Social Media and the Internet as a Medium for Learning
There are clear advantages to using social media and social networking in the classroom and for distance learning. With social media services on-line, ASE/GED/ESL Instructors and learners can experience new and better types of communication and interaction. Participants will understand digital generations and explore the use of many forms of social media. Trainer is Kristi Parker.

Integrating Technology into AE Classroom
Whole Group - for ESL/ABE: This interactive workshop introduces various ways of including technology into already existing lessons. Participants should have average computing skills in order to get the most out of this session. Trainer is Denise Guckert.

All Day (9:00am - 4:00pm)

Multi-level Classroom: Best Practices
This interactive training focuses on appropiate lesson planning strategies, group strategies, and effective multi-level activities for ESL, ABE and ASE classrooms. Classroom management techniques, test preparation, orientation procedures, and multi-sensory lesson planning will be presented. Two 3 hour sessions. Trainer is Tresa Pokorski.

BEST PLUS
Participants attending will receive certification to administer the BEST Plus assessment upon successful completion of this training session. Local programs must purchase the participant's Test Administrator Guides prior to the session through the Center for Applied Linguistics: http://calstore.cal.org/Store/ProductDetails.aspx?productId=80. Trainer: Becky Collet.

TABE 9/10
This training will provide the CTB/McGraw-Hill certification requirements on the best practices of administering, scoring, and interpreting the TABE 9/10. Trainer: Angela Kaldro.

August 15, 2015: College of the Mainlands Training Day (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). These trainings will be held at College of the Mainland, Technical Vocational Bldg., 1200 Amburn Rd., Texas City, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. See training descriptions below.

Training Descriptions

Engaging Instructional Strategies to Promote Persistence
This workshop for ABE/ASE and ESL instructors examines six tenets of Adult Learning Theory in light of the six Drivers of Persistence. The six tenets of Adult Learning Theory (Knowles, 1998) intersect well with the Drivers of Persistence identified in the New England Learner Persistence Project (2008). Instructors use t hese concepts to design engaging instructional activities and strategies to help adult learners succeed in reaching educational and career goals. Trainer is Dr. Glenda Rose.

GED Extended Response
Some basic strategies to use to teach the evidence based, read and respond, constructed responses on the RLA. Social Studies, and Science modules of the GED test including an overview of the scoring rubric used for the three writing task on the 2014 GED test. Trainer is Wayne Crandall.

GED Algebra
The purpose of this session is to help remove students' fear of algebra. This session will give our teachers the tools they need to show their students that elementary algebra is in the real world and that the use of patterns helps to discover the basic principles of Algebra. Trainer is Anthony Chan.

Structure of the English Language
This presentation will help literacy providers better understand the structure of the English language so that they can teach their students, whether those students are ELL/ASE/GED/ESL or struggling readers. Included in this presentation will be the phoneme inventory (26 letters in the alphabet with 44 sounds), the six syllable types, and syllable division. These are the necessary skills that unlock words for reading. Trainer is Mary Yarus.

August 15, 2015: Teaching English to Adults in Texas (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at HGAC San Jacinto College, SJC Central Campus, 8060 Spencer Hwy., Pasadena, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. The 6-hour face to face training covers creating an effective learning environment, choosing content and resources, teaching methods and strategies, assessing students, and reflective teaching. This is a hybrid course with online pre-requisites of 3 hours and online follow-up of 2 hours. Trainer is Martin Loa. Please register here.

August 15, 2015: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students. Literacy ConneXus will host this training in Stephenville, Texas from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday. Reservations are required. Training is sequential; attendance at BOTH sessions is required. For more information, see the Literacy ConneXus Events page. http://www.literacyconnexus.org/events/

August 19, 2015: TRAIN PD Virtual Meeting with PD Coordinators (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). From 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Central Time, the TRAIN PD Consortium will have a monthly virtual meeting with Professional Development Coordinators assigned to the Adult Education and Literacy Grant Recipients. Details on participation will be shared via the PD Coordinators’ Listserv, or PD Coordinators can email trainpd@tamu.ed​u for more information.

August 19, 2015: Strategies for Creating Meaningful Learning (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Ysleta ISD, 121 Padres, El Paso, TX from 8:00am - 11:00am. The workshop will provide teachers with teaching techniques that purposefully heighten their students' engagement while maximizing their students' interest in each of the content areas. Trainer is Anthony Chan. Please register here.

August 19, 2015: Creating Lessons for Meaningful Learning (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Ysleta ISD, 121 Padres, El Paso, TX from 12:00pm - 3:00pm. The workshop will provide strategies for creating meaningful learning lessons that will motivate students learn by engaging and maximizing their interest in each of the content areas. Trainer is Anthony Chan. Please register here.

August 20, 2015: Write from the Start - ESL (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Amarillo College, Byrd Bldg. Rm. 214, 2011 S Washington St., Amarillo, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. This session is designed for new and experienced ESL teachers and will cover theory and practice for getting new writers writing. It includes a host of established activities as well as addressing special situations such as pre-literate, non-literate and semi-literate students. Special needs are also addressed if time permits. Trainer is Dr. Glenda Rose. Please register here.

August 21, 2015: 2015 Fall Convocation for Adult Education and Literacy Program at Houston Community College (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). These trainings will be held at HCC Central Campus, San Jacinto Bldg., 1300 Holman, Houston TX at 6:00pm - 9:00pm. See session descriptions below.

Session Descriptions

Using Multiple Group Strategies
This training is designed to help ABE/ASE/ESOL teachers identify key traits that influence how groups can be implemented and organized in a multilevel classroom. Through hands on and interactive activities teachers will differentiate among using pairs, small groups, and large groups for effective learning. Trainer is Martin Loa.

2014 GED: Preparing Students for Mathematical Reasoning
This workshop provides strategies and resources to help instructors prepare students for the Mathematical Reasoning module of the 2014 GED test. Trainer is Dirk Hodges.

Beginning Literacy ESL
Modules 1 and 2 of Beginning Literacy ESL training provide instructors with techniques and strategies to improve the persistence and performance of learners in this lowest level of ESL. Teachers will learn how to promote an environment that builds retention and community among learners. Strategies and activities focus on realia found in the learners' environment to help beginning literacy ESL learners develop basic oral communication skills and build reading and writing skills. Module 1 is a prerequisite for Module 2. Trainer is Aida Martinez.

Writing for the GED 2014 and Beyond
Taking a step-by-step approach to teaching writing and writing strategies, this session targets the needs of GED 2014, but also encourages teachers to think beyond the test. Brainstorming and lesson plan-sharing is included with feedback from the facilitator and the true experts: the other GED teachers. Trainer is Barry Williams.

Reading and Interpreting Data: The Mathematics of Science and Social Studies
This training for ABE/ASE teachers will include techniques and strategies for preparing students to take the 2014 GED. Trainer is Cheryl Sanders.

Engaging Instructional Strategies to Promote Persistence
This workshop for ABE/ASE and ESL instructors examines six tenets of Adult Learning Theory in light of the six Drivers of Persistence. The six tenets of Adult Learning Theory (Knowles, 1998) intersect well with the Drivers of Persistence identified in the New England Learner Persistence Project (2008). Instructors use these concepts to design engaging instructional activities and strategies to help adult learners succeed in reaching educational and career goals. Trainer is Irene Ramos.

Cell Phones, Smart Phones and Mobile Devices
This session offers teachers an overview of ways phones and mobile devices can be utilized in their classrooms, instead of being an annoyance or distraction. Computers with Internet and cell phones are necessary. Participants should have average computer skills and a more-than-basic cell phone to get the most out of this session. (If they have no cell phone, or one restricted only to calls, they many not enjoy this session very much.) Trainer is Denise Guckert.

Questioning Strategies That Promote Higher Order Thinking
This session covers questioning strategies that can be used in the adult classroom to increase student engagement with a focus on why increased critical thinking abilities develop students academically. The presenter will also focus on questions at all Depth of Knowledge and Bloom's Taxonomy levels. Ineffective questioning strategies will also be addressed. This will assist instructors prepare students for the new GED 2014. Collaborative activities will provide opportunities for participants to develop their own questions at different DOK and Bloom's levels. This training was originally developed by Rene Coronado. Trainer is Rene Coronado.

Reach Them Teach Them
Reach Them to Teach Them is an interactive workshop that introduces teachers to online tools to keep students engaged outside of the classroom using smart phones, tablets and Apps. Workshop participants will be presented with current statistics on smart phone and social media usage, as well as be introduced to the SAMR Model of Technology Integration. Who said you couldn't pair levels of Bloom's Taxonomy or Webb's Depth of Knowledge with an APP? Learners will engage with Pedagogy Wheel, and leave with the Wheel and SAMR model to use in their class the next day! Trainer is Debra Hargrove.

Social Media and the Internet as a Medium for Learning
There are clear advantages to using social media and social networking in the classroom and for distance learning. With social media services on-line, ASE/GED/ESL Instructors and learners can experience new and better types of communication and interaction. Participants will understand digital generations and explore the use of many forms of social media. Trainer is Kristi Parker.

TEAMS for Teachers
This workshop was developed to help teachers understand how to use the TEAMS Participant Roster report to monitor student progress and improve program performance. First, we will review the National Reporting System educational functioning levels and minimum program performance targets. Then we will analyze a sample TEAMS Participant Roster report to discover relationships between retention, performance and assessment. Trainer is Alicia Aviles.

Write from Day One
This session is a combination of theory and practice for getting new writers writing. It was initially designed for ESL students, but it turned out to be useful for our lowest level ABE students as well. It includes a host of established activities as well as addressing special situations such as pre-literate, non-literate and semi-literate students. Special needs are also addressed it time permits. Trainer is Patricia Solomon.

August 21-22, 2015: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students. Literacy ConneXus will host this training in Houston, Texas from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM Friday and 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM on Saturday. Reservations are required. Training is sequential; attendance at BOTH sessions is required. For more information, see the Literacy ConneXus Events page. http://www.literacyconnexus.org/events/

August 21, 2015: DL Academy Module 1 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This workshop will be held at Amarillo College, Byrd Bldg. Rm. 214, 2011 S Washington St., Amarillo, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This session is intended for staff and administrators. An overview of state and federal policy requirements for implementing a distance education program. Registration for Module 3 will be completed during the class. Note that Modules 1 and 3 are required for new staff and administrators. If a program is new to distance learning in adult education, an administrator must attend with other staff. Trainer is Dr. Glenda Rose. Please register here.

August 21, 2015: How to Plan an Effective Lesson Plan (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This workshop will be held at Houston Center for Literacy Demonstration Center At Magnolia, 7037 Capital St. Suite A, Houston, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. This training is designed to help ABE/ASE/ESOL teachers focus on how to to plan,develop and write effective lessons. Hands-on and interactive activities will be included. Participants will be allowed time to plan and develop a lesson plan that can be implemented in their classroom. Trainer is Martin Loa.

August 21-22, 2015: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students. Literacy ConneXus will host this training in San Antonio, Texas from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM Friday and 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturday. Reservations are required. Training is sequential; attendance at BOTH sessions is required. For more information, see the Literacy ConneXus Events page. http://www.literacyconnexus.org/events/

August 22, 2015: TEAMS for Teachers (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This workshop will be held at WCJC Wharton Campus, LaDieu Technology Center, 911 Boling Highway, Wharton, TX 77488 from 9:00am - 12:00pm. This workshop was developed to help teachers understand how to use the TEAMS Participant Roster report to monitor student progress and improve program performance. First, we will review the National Reporting System educational functioning levels and minimum program performance targets. Then we will analyze a sample TEAMS Participant Roster report to discover relationships between retention, performance and assessment.Trainer is Janis Heebner. Please register here.

August 22, 2015: Using Multiple Grouping Strategies (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This workshop will be held at Eastside Village Learning Center, 3614 Holman Street, Houston, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. This training is designed to help ABE/ASE/ESOL teachers identify key traits that influence how groups can be implemented and organized in a multilevel classroom. Through hands-on and interactive activities, teachers will differentiate among using pairs, small groups, and large groups to foster effective learning. Trainer is Martin Loa. Please register here.

August 22, 2015: Beginning ESL Literacy Instruction (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Alpine Public Library, 805 W Ave E, Alpine, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. The Beginning ESL Literacy Instruction will be a follow-up workshop for instructors who attended the PD in July and will provide participants an opportunity to discuss the outcome of application of ideas with their students and to learn additional activities and strategies or modifications thereof to improve the communication, reading, and writing skills of low level ESL students. Trainer is Sandra Schneider. Please register here.

August 22, 2015: Engaging Instructional Strategies to Promote Persistence (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at West Central Texas Adult Education, 1929 South11th, Abilene, TX from 8:30am - 11:30am. This workshop for ABE/ASE and ESL instructors examines six tenets of Adult Learning Theory in light of the six Drivers of Persistence. The six tenets of Adult Learning Theory (Knowles, 1998) intersect well with the Drivers of Persistence identified in the New England Learner Persistence Project (2008). Instructors use these concepts to design engaging instructional activities and strategies to help adult learners succeed in reaching educational and career goals. Trainer is Dr. Glenda Rose. Please register here.

August 24, 2015: SWITCH (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at ESC Region 20, Room TBA, 1314 Hines, San Antonio, TX  from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. See below for details. The intro is mandatory for the second training, which is an online 5 week continued facilitation, for a total of 18 hours. Trainer is Laura Barrera.

Book Study Intro F2F: SWITCH
This training is an introduction book study of SWITCH. This course is a study of the book Switch by Chip Heath & Dan Heath a book study reflection on change and contemplation of how to change things when change is hard. So, why is it so hard to make lasting change in our companies, in our communities, and in our own lives?

Book Study Online: SWITCH
This training is an online book study that provides guided on-line discussion and driving questions for five weeks for SWITCH. This course is a study of the book Switch by Chip Heath & Dan Heath a book study reflection on change and contemplation of how to change things when change is hard. So, why is it so hard to make lasting change in our companies, in our communities, and in our own lives?

August 24, 2015: Strategies for Creating Meaningful Learning (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at El Paso ISD, 1216 Olive, El Paso, TX  from 8:00am - 11:00am. The workshop will provide teachers with teaching techniques that purposefully heighten their students' engagement while maximizing their students' interest in each of the content areas. Trainer is Anthony Chan. Please register here.

August 24, 2015: Creating Lessons for Meaningful Learning (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at El Paso ISD, 1216 Olive, El Paso, TX from 12:00pm - 3:00pm. The workshop will provide strategies for creating meaningful learning lessons that will motivate students learn by engaging and maximizing their interest in each of the content areas. Trainer is Anthony Chan. Please register here.

August 26 & 27, 2015: Dallas Consortium (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Arcadia Park, 911 N. Morocco Avenue, Dallas, TX from 8:30am - 3:00pm. Dallas Consortium is hosting two trainings. Please see descriptions below and select one or both trainings on the registration form below. Please register here.

August 26th
Building Student Persistence and Resilience with Motivational Lessons and Practices
This training reviews Adult Education student behaviors and trends as they tend be identified while students move through adult education. Participants will be introduced to the Drivers of Persistence developed by World Ed and to the idea of Resilience Building to aid student retention. The drivers can be useful tools for increasing student retention through attention and redirection of classroom dynamic based on these drivers of student persistence. Resilience can see students through to the college-going culture and builds soft skills for careers. Trainer is Irene Ramos.

August 27
Integrated Career Awareness (ICA) Training
This training will provide tools and strategies to help adult educators to incorporate career awareness and planning into their instructional activities. They will learn how lessons can be adapted for a range of students and skill levels. Trainer is Dr. Glenda Rose.

August 27, 2015: Multi Level Instruction For ESL/ABE/ASE (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Houston Center for Literacy Demonstration Center At Magnolia, 7037 Capital St. Suite A, Houston, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. This 3 hour interactive training focuses on appropriate lesson planning strategies, group strategies, and effective multi-level activities for ESL, ABE, and ASE classrooms. Classroom management techniques, test preparation, orientation procedures, and multi-sensory lesson planning will be presented. Trainer is Dr. Martin Loa.

August 28-29, 2015: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students. Literacy ConneXus will host this training in McKinney, Texas from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM Friday and 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturday. Reservations are required. Training is sequential; attendance at BOTH sessions is required. For more information, see the Literacy ConneXus Events page. http://www.literacyconnexus.org/events/

August 28, 2015: Teaching English To Adults in Texas (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at HCC Consortium HCL, 7037 Capitol St., Suite A - Computer Lab, Houston,TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This 6-hour face to face training covers creating an effective learning environment, choosing content and resources, teaching methods and strategies, assessing students, and reflective teaching. This is a hybrid course with on-line pre-requisites of 3 hours and on-line follow-up of 2 hours. Trainer is Martin Loa.

August 28, 2015: Math Strategies for Teaching GED 2014 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Grayson College, 6101 Grayson Dr., Denison, TX from 9:00am - 4:30pm. This presentation introduces strategies designed for dispelling common math fears and creating greater enthusiasm for math. Through active involvement, participants will also learn how to lead students to discover math through patterns, through everyday life applications. Trainer is Anthony Chan. Please register here.

August 28, 2015: Basic Strategies for ESL (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Grayson College, 6101 Grayson Dr., Denison, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. This workshop for Basic ESL Strategies will be a highly interactive workshop which provides a variety of hands on activities that can be used immediately in the ESL classroom. Trainer is Tresa Pokorski. Please register here.

August 29, 2015: BEST Plus Test Administration (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 3601 Altamesa Blvd, Fort Worth, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This training will provide ESL teachers and test administrators with certification to administer the BEST Plus assessment. Participants will learn test administration techniques and will practice assessment using real world examples. Participants must bring a NEW BEST Plus Test Administrator Guide (TAG) to the training. Trainer is Aida Morossini Martinez.. Please register here.

August 29, 2015: TABE Success in Math (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Grayson College, 6101 Grayson Dr., Denison, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Participants will learn strategies to increase TABE success in Math in working with integers, fractions, and percent. The learning experience will be hands-on and visual. Participants will learn about FREE technology that can be used in their classroom to review TABE skills daily including the use of LiveBinder. Trainer is Robert Orta. Please register here.

August 29, 2015: Math for ESL (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Grayson College, 6101 Grayson Dr., Denison, TX from 9:00am - 4:30pm. The primary focus of Math for ESL is on learning the English necessary to talk about math and to learn math in the US. Participants will view different strategies that can be used in teaching and engaging ESL students in Mathematics. Trainers are Tresa Pokorski and Anthony Chan. Please register here.

August 28, 2015: Engaging Instructional Strategies to Promote Persistence (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Literacy Council of Tyler, 1530 SSW loop323,Tyler, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. This workshop for ABE/ASE and ESL instructors examines six tenets of Adult Learning Theory in light of the six Drivers of Persistence. The six tenets of Adult Learning Theory (Knowles, 1998) intersect well with the Drivers of Persistence identified in the New England Learner Persistence Project (2008). Instructors use these concepts to design engaging instructional activities and strategies to help adult learners succeed in reaching educational and career goals. Trainer is Dr. Glenda Rose.

August 29, 2015: TEAMS for Teachers (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at HCDE, Irvington Learning Center, Room 211, 626 Lindale, Houston, TX from 8:30am - 11:30am and 12:30pm - 3:30pm. This training provides teachers and other AE staff with an overview of TEAMS, how to access it and utilize it to improve program performance. The session includes a review of the National Reporting System. Afternoon PD session at Annual Fall Conference for Harris County Department of Education, Adult Education Division. Trainer is Bill Medina.

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September 2015

September 10, 2015: Tech and Tell: Reaching Students through Facebook and Google+ (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held online at WebEx, from 8:00pm - 9:00pm. In this webinar, adult education instructors can become familiar with ways to use social media, specifically Facebook and Google+, to reach students, develop community, and extend instructional practice. Trainer is Glenda Rose.

September 11, 2015: Tech and Tell: Reaching Students through Facebook and Google+ (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held online at WebEx, from 11:30am - 12:30pm. In this webinar, adult education instructors can become familiar with ways to use social media, specifically Facebook and Google+, to reach students, develop community, and extend instructional practice. Trainer is Glenda Rose.

September 11-12, 2015: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students. Literacy ConneXus will host this training in Houston, Texas from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM Friday and 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM on Saturday. Reservations are required. Training is sequential; attendance at BOTH sessions is required. For more information, see the Literacy ConneXus Events page. http://www.literacyconnexus.org/events/

September 11, 2015: Engaging Instructional Strategies to Promote Persistence (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Grayson College, 6101 Grayson Dr., Denison, TX , from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. This workshop for ABE/ASE and ESL instructors examines six tenets of Adult Learning Theory in light of the six Drivers of Persistence. The six tenets of Adult Learning Theory (Knowles, 1998) intersect well with the Drivers of Persistence identified in the New England Learner Persistence Project (2008). Instructors use these concepts to design engaging instructional activities and strategies to help adult learners succeed in reaching educational and career goals.Trainer is Dr. Glenda Rose. Please register here.

September 12, 2015: Making Learning Meaningful (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Odessa College, 201 W. University Ave., Deaderick Hall, room 216, Odessa TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Please see descriptions below.

Session Descriptions:

Creating Meaningful Learning (9:00am - 12:00pm)
This workshop will provide ABE/GED/ESL teachers with teaching techniques that purposefully heighten their students' engagement while maximizing their students' interest in each of the content areas. Trainer is Anthony Chan.

Creating Lessons for Meaningful Learning (1:00pm - 4:00pm)
This workshop will provide ABE/GED/ESL strategies for creating meaningful learning lessons that will motivate students learning by engaging and maximizing their interest in each of the content areas. Trainer is Anthony Chan.

September 12, 2015: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic Pronunciation for New Teachers of All Levels of Adult ESL Students. Literacy ConneXus will host this training in Arlington, Texas from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Reservations are required. For more information, see the Literacy ConneXus Events page. http://www.literacyconnexus.org/events/

September 12-20, 2015: National Welcoming Week. Welcoming America and its partners across the country will host National Welcoming Week to highlight the contributions of immigrants to American communities. Throughout the country, these events will bring together immigrants and U.S.-born community members in a spirit of unity. Visit http://www.welcomingamerica.org/get-involved/national-welcoming-week-2015/

September 12, 2015: Integrated Career Awareness for Low Level ESL (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Austin Community College, Highland Business Center, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX from 9:00am - 12:00am. This workshop looks at lessons out of the ICA Guide adapted for literacy and beginning level ESL students. After reviewing the "hows and whys" of the adaptations and experiencing them, participants will choose a lesson to adapt and have time to prepare at least one lesson from the ICA Guide original. Trainer is Dr. Glenda Rose. Please register here.

September 12, 2015: AEL Alamo Consortium Trainings (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Region 20, 1314 Hines Blvd, San Antonio, TX from 9:00am - 12:00am & 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Please see below for training descriptions. Please register here.

9:00am - 12:00am

Beginning Low Literacy ESL Learners: Best Instructional Practices
The training will provide teachers with techniques, strategies and activities to improve the persistence and performance of learners in this lowest of ESL. Instructors will learn how to promote and environment that builds retention and community among learners. Strategies and activities focus on realia found in the learners' environment to help beginning ESL learners develop basic oral communication skills and build reading and writing skills. Trainer is Sandra Schneider.

Reading Comprehension and Critical Thinking Strategies for the Adult Learner
The training is designed for instructors of adult students who ultimately will benefit from strategies that teach looking for clues in or generating questions about a text, to learn how to summarize and draw inferences in order to address higher-level literacy demands; such as GED 2014 and beyond. Participants will actively engage the Reading Process to better understand the Purposes of Reading. Trainer is Douglas Franklin.

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Cell Phones, Smart Phones and Mobile Devices
This session offers teachers an overview of ways phones and mobile devices can be utilized in their classrooms, instead of being an annoyance or distraction. Computers with Internet access and cell phones are necessary. Participants should have average computer skills and more-than-basic cell phone to get the MOST out of this session. (If they have not cell phone, or one restricted only to calls, they may not enjoy the session very much. Trainer is Kristi Parker.

Implementing College and Career Readiness in Adult Education
This training provides adult educators an introduction to three key advances in instruction: focus, coherence, and rigor. Research indicates that focus within mathematics standards, curricula, and instruction is crucial to student performance. Coherence refers to linking topics within a single level or more levels to lay out a progression increasing knowledge and skill. Rigor is exemplified by the pursuit of conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency and rigorous application in real world content. It is the interaction of these three key advances that will prepare adult learners for college and careers. Trainer is Douglas Franklin.

September 15, 2015: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students. Literacy ConneXus will host this training in Stephenville, Texas from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Reservations are required. For more information, see the Literacy ConneXus Events page. http://www.literacyconnexus.org/events/

September 17 & 18, 2015: The Real Facts about Students' Data (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Brownsville ISD, 708 Palm Blvd., Brownsville, TX , from 5:00pm - 8:00pm (9/17/15) OR 8:30am - 11:30am (9/18/15). The participants of this session will understand the overall importance of students' data, and how data is tied to performance and accountability. This session repeats. Please choose the day you would like to attend on the registration form. Trainer is Anthony Chan. Please register here.

September 17, 2015: Tech and Tell: Engaging Students through Instagram and Pinterest (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held online at WebEx, from 8:00pm - 9:00pm. In this webinar, adult education instructors can become familiar with ways to use social media, specifically Instagram and Pinterest, to reach students, develop community, and extend instructional practice. Trainer is Glenda Rose. Registration is NOT required. Click here to join the webinar at the appropriate time.

September 18, 2015: Tech and Tell: Engaging Students through Instagram and Pinterest (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held online at WebEx, from 11:30am - 12:30pm. In this webinar, adult education instructors can become familiar with ways to use social media, specifically Instagram and Pinterest, to reach students, develop community, and extend instructional practice. Trainer is Glenda Rose. Registration is NOT required. Click here to join the webinar at the appropriate time.

September 19, 2015: Making Sense of Mathematics (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Midland College, Marie Hall Academic Building-Lecture Hall Room 101, 3600 N. Garfield, Midland, TX, from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Training for GED teachers on how to make the best of teaching and helping students reach gains in order to progress to the next level of mathematics and how to apply it in everyday life. Trainer is Anthony Chan.

September 19, 2015: Google Apps in the Classroom (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Highland Campus - Room 2414, 6101 Airport Boulevard, Austin, TX , from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Google Apps for Education is a cloud-based suite of programs that can be used to facilitate classroom management, classroom assignments, and collaboration among administrators, teachers, and students. In this session, participants will begin to learn some of the most popular Google Apps, how to implement the Apps in their classroom, and how to use the Apps to collaborate with colleagues. Trainer is Amber Miller. Please register here.

September 21-26, 2015: National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. This week is an opportunity to raise public awareness of adult education and family literacy, assist adult learners in need of literacy services, leverage local resources, and support increased access to adult education and family literacy programs. For more information, visit: http://national-coalition-literacy.org/adult-education-and-family-literacy-week/ 

September 22, 2015: TRAIN PD Virtual Meeting with PD Coordinators (a TRAIN PD Consortium event).From 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Central Time, the TRAIN PD Consortium will have a monthly virtual meeting with Professional Development Coordinators assigned to the Adult Education and Literacy Grant Recipients. Details on participation will be shared via the PD Coordinators’ Listserv, or PD Coordinators can email trainpd@tamu.ed​u for more information.

September 22, 2015: GED® Testing Service “Tuesdays for Teachers” Webinar. Scheduled from 3:00 to 4:30 PM Central Time, this series of eight webinars, presented by Bonnie Goonen and Susan Pittman, will take a deeper dive into classroom strategies and techniques to address the most missed items across the four GED® test subjects. The webinars will best benefit educators who have been exposed to the foundational training delivered in 2014, such as the “Road Show” events delivered in 2014 and early 2015. Starting with April 28, other “Tuesdays for Teachers” Webinars will follow on May 26, June 23, September 22, October 27, November 17, and December 8. For more information or to register, visit the GED® Testing Service Educator Events page.

September 23 - November 3, 2015: TESOL International ToTs. Training of Trainers: Teaching and Assessing Adult English Language Learners. This online course, facilitated by TESOL International, prepares trainers to lead a training that discusses appropriate methods and techniques for teaching language skills, vocabulary, and grammar to adult learners while considering different learning styles.  The course is by invitation only.  For more information, contact Dr. Glenda Rose at Glenda.Rose@cehd.tamu.edu.Tech and Tell: Using LinkedIn and Twitter for Instruction and Professional Devleopment

September 24, 2015: Tech and Tell: Using LinkedIn and Twitter for Instruction and Professional Development (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held online at WebEx, from 8:00pm - 9:00pm. In this webinar, adult education instructors can become familiar with ways to use social media, specifically LinkedIn and Twitter, to extend instructional practice and extend their professional learning network. Trainer is Deb Hargrove. Registration is NOT required. Click here to join the webinar at the appropriate time.

September 25, 2015: Tech and Tell: Using LinkedIn and Twitter for Instruction and Professional Development (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held online at WebEx, from 11:30am - 12:30pm. In this webinar, adult education instructors can become familiar with ways to use social media, specifically LinkedIn and Twitter, to extend instructional practice and extend their professional learning network. Trainer is Deb Hargrove. Registration is NOT required. Click here to join the webinar at the appropriate time.

September 24 & 25, 2015: Master TEAMS Train-the-Trainer (TOT) (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This (by invitation only) training will be held at Region 6, 3332 Montgomery Rd., Huntsville, TX , from 9:00am - 4:00pm. The goal of this Train-the Trainer (TOT) event is to train experienced TEAMS users with training experience how to be a Master TEAMS Trainer statewide. Participants MUST be invited to attend. TRAIN PD is rolling out the new TEAMS Training Modules which will include the following training topics: TEAMS Overview, Building a Foundation, Data Entry, Reports & Tables, Data Mining for Program Improvement, and TEAMS from the Teachers Perspective. Participants must attend both days of training. For more information on this TOT, please contact Tracy Hendrix at tracy.hendrix@cehd.tamu.edu. Trainers are TBA.

September 25, 2015: DL Academy Module 1 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Grayson College, 6101 Grayson Dr., Denison, TX , from 9:00am - 4:30pm. DL Academy Module 1 explains state and federal policy requirements for implementing a distance education program. this training is required for new staff and administrators. If a program is new to distance learning in adult education. Trainer is Jose Garcia. Please register here.

September 25, 2015: Math for Substitutes (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Austin Community College, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road # 411, Austin, TX , from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. This training is designed for Math Instructors/Substitutes to promote problem solving and to foster the first standard of mathematical practice: "Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them." Participants will look at specific math problems across all levels. Ultimately, the goal is for all students to have the experience of attacking and solving non-routine problems and developing their mathematical reasoning skills. Trainer is Douglas Franklin. Please register here.

September 25, 2015: Distance Learning Academy Module 1: Understanding State Policy for Distance Education (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Region 20, 1314 Hines Avenue, San Antonio, TX , from 9:00am - 4:30pm. This training is for new administrators and/or DL teachers. Module 1 explains state and federal policy requirements for implementing a distance education program. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to describe the essential elements of state policy for distance education, explain the difference between proxy and direct hours, correctly enter hours in TEAMS, set up a DL class in TEAMS, analyze DL reports and adapt the DL program plan to add additional curricula. Trainer is Denise Guckert. Please register here.

September 25, 2015: Effective Instruction for the Multilevel Classroom (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Southwest Texas Junior College, 2401 Garner Field Road, Uvalde, TX , from 8:30am - 3:30pm. This session will introduce the principles for adult learning as a foundation for planning and will discuss how to plan lessons that address the different learners' levels within the classroom. The activities will show how to group students according to their levels on the TABE test. Trainer is Laura Barrera. Please register here.

September 29, 2015: Leadership Excellence Academy Workshop #1 (a TWC-directed, TRAIN PD-facilitated event). A new LEA Texas Cohort 8 will hold its first face-to-face workshop in San Antonio. For more information about the Leadership Excellence Academy, see the Texas LEA Web page.

September 29, 2015: Adult Education and Literacy Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting. Texas Workforce Commission’s AEL Advisory Committee will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the agency’s Austin headquarters. The committee is required to meet quarterly and report to the TWC Commissioners at least annually, and is charged with advising the Commission on: the development of policies and program priorities supporting the development of an educated and skilled workforce; the development of statewide curriculum guidelines and standards for AEL services that ensure a balance of education and workplace skill development; the development of a strategy for improving student transition to postsecondary education and career and technical education training; the development of a centralized system for collecting and tracking comprehensive data on adult basic education and literacy performance outcomes; the exploration of potential partnerships with entities in the nonprofit business communities and other entities to improve statewide literacy programs; and other issues the Commission considers appropriate.

September 30, 2015: Leadership Excellence Academy Workshop #4 (a TWC-directed, TRAIN PD-facilitated event). The LEA Cohort that began in fall 2014 (Texas Cohort 7) continues the two-year process with this face-to-face workshop in San Antonio. For more information about the Leadership Excellence Academy, see the Texas LEA Web page.

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October 2015

October 3, 2015: HCDE October In-Service (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Irvington Learning Center, 626 Lindale, Houston, TX from 8:30am - 4:00pm. Please see training descriptions below.

Training Descriptions:

Morning Sessions:

Contextualized Learning
ABE/ASE and ESL teachers learn instructional techniques and strategies for contextualized teaching and learning. Trainer is Audrey Nelson.

Write from the Start
Theory and practice for getting new writers writing with a host of activities as well as addressing special situations such as pre-literate, non-literate, and semi-literate ESL and low ABE students. Special needs are also addressed if time permits. This topic is relevant to ABE/ESL instructors. Trainer is Alex Baez.

TEAMS For Teachers
This training provides teachers and other AE staff with an overview of TEAMS, how to access it and utilize it to improve program performance. The session includes a review of the National Reporting System. Trainer is Bill Medina.

Afternoon Sessions:

Prepare for Science Reasoning Exam. Experience, Experiment & Excite!
ABE/ASE teachers learn techniques and strategies for preparing students to take the 2014 Science part of the GED. Trainer is Conni Marshall.

Citizenship Preparation
EL Civics teachers learn instructional techniques and strategies to help students prepare for the Citizenship Test. Trainer is Patricia Solomon.

TEAMS For Teachers
This training provides teachers and other AE staff with an overview of TEAMS, how to access it and utilize it to improve program performance. The session includes a review of the National Reporting System. Trainer is Bill Medina.

October 3, 2015: GED Science (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Howard College, 3501 North US Hwy 67, San Angelo, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. This training provides information about activities that will guide instructors on what they need to help ABE and ASE students with the various skills they will need to pass the GED Science test. The participants will receive ideas for how to best prepare their students to take the new test and pass the first time including DOK level 1, 2 and 3 with constructed response and short answer for Science. Emphasis will be placed on the scientific method, science processes and the skills needed for passing the Science GED test. Trainer is Laura Barrera.

October 3, 2015: Transitioning English Language Learners to ABE (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Howard College Concho Valley, 3501 North US Hwy 67, San Angelo, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. A common goal of adult ESL students is to acquire a better life for their families and themselves. Economic opportunities are far greater with increased English proficiency and higher levels of education. This training explores instructional strategies, techniques, and activities that help to teach English through the content areas of Mathematics, Social Studies and Science in addition to Reading and Language Arts. Increased academic focus and experience with content areas early on in the ESL program can help students transition more successfully into Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Adult Secondary Education (ASE) programs. Completion of a high school equivalency certificate opens doors to higher education and better jobs. Trainer is Sandra Schneider. Please register here

October 3, 2015: GED Social Studies (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Howard College, 3501 North US Hwy 67, San Angelo, TX from 12:30pm - 3:30pm. This training provides information about activities that will guide instructors on what they need to help ABE and ASE students with the various skills they will need to pass the GED test. The participants will receive ideas for how to best prepare their students to take the new test and pass the first time including DOK level 1, 2 and 3 with constructed response and extended response. Emphasis will be placed on the foundations for passing the Social Studies such as historical text and source documents. Trainer is Laura Barrera.

October 8-9, 2015: I-BEST Training Overview and Implementation (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at DCCCD, El Centro West Campus, 8149 Community Room, 3330 N. Hampton, Dallas, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. I-BEST Overview is an administrative-led presentation that begins with an overview of the history of the Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) model and its implementation in the state of Washington. Topics covered include team teaching and collaborative planning, pathway models, wraparound services, recruitment, education and employment outcomes, funding, and return on investment. Trainer is William Durden. For more information or to register, contact Tracy Hendrix at tracyhendrix@cehd.tamu.edu.

October 8-9, 2015: Recruitment, Intake, and Orientation Workshop (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This workshop will be offered twice at Brownsville ISD, 708 Palm Blvd, Brownsville, TX on October 8, 2015 from 5:30pm-8:30pm and October 9, 2015 from 8:30am - 11:30am. The participants of this session will learn how to promote an environment that builds retention and community among learners. Participants will also be introduced to the Drivers of Persistence developed by World Ed and to the idea of Resilience Building to aid student retention. Trainer is Irene Ramos. Please register here.

October 9, 2015: Google Apps Part 1 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This workshop will be offered twice at Austin Community College, Highland Campus, Room 2407, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX on October 8, 2015 from 5:30pm-8:30pm and October 9, 2015 from 9:00am - 12:00am. Google Apps for Education is a cloud-based suite of programs that can be used to facilitate classroom management, assignments, and collaboration among administrators, teachers, and students. In this session, participants will begin to learn some of the most popular Google Apps, how to implement the apps in their classrooms, and how to use the apps to collaborate with colleagues. Trainer is Amber Miller. Please register here.

October 10, 2015: Region 9 Trainings (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Region 9, 301 Loop11, Wichita Falls, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. See session descriptions below. Please register here.

Session Descriptions

Integrating Reading & Writing for the ABE Classroom
This training is centered on integrating reading and writing skills at the ABE level to enhance critical thinking through the use of modeling, Scaffolding and clarity of purpose. Trainer is Wayne Crandall.

Beginning ESL Strategies
An interactive workshop focusing on beginning ESL learners which will provide instructors with techniques and strategies to improve the persistence and performance of lower level English language learners. Trainer is Tresa Pokorski.

October 10 - December 1, 2015: Navigating Pathways to Opportunity: Comprehensive Student Supports (a TRAIN PD supported event for Texas Adult Educators). This online course will be facilitated for a nationwide audience by World Education. Explore ways to provide the supports that enable adults to succeed in an integrated career pathway program. For more information on support available from TRAIN PD for the $289/person course fee, PD Coordinators for TWC-funded AEL Providers can contact Harriet Smith (hsmith@tamu.edu) no later than October 1, 2015.

October 10, 2015: Adult Literacy Volunteer Training. The Cornerstone Assistance Network will host this training at 8500 Noble Avenue in Fort Worth, from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. This is a training sponsored by Literacy ConneXus for volunteers who work with low literacy adults - native English speakers who struggle with reading. Program administrators are welcome, but focus will be equipping volunteer instructors. Click here for more information or to register.

October 15, 2015: Tech and Tell: Creating Interactive Videos with Zaption and EdPuzzle (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 8:00pm - 9:00pm. Drs. Debra Hargrove and Glenda Rose will host this week's Tech-and-Tell on creating interactive videos using Zaption or EdPuzzle. Interactive videos can be a great addition to flipped classroom approaches, ensuring your students actually watch the content by occasionally requesting feedback from the viewer. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 8:00 pm Central on Thursday, October 15th and click the green "JOIN" button. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print!). Learn more at the Tech and Tell page. This training repeats on October 16th.

October 16, 2015: Tech and Tell: Creating Interactive Videos with Zaption and EdPuzzle (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 11:30am - 12:30pm. Drs. Debra Hargrove and Glenda Rose will host this week's Tech-and-Tell on creating interactive videos using Zaption or EdPuzzle. Interactive videos can be a great addition to flipped classroom approaches, ensuring your students actually watch the content by occasionally requesting feedback from the viewer. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 11:30 am Central on Friday, October 16th and click the green "JOIN" button. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print!). Learn more at the Tech and Tell page.

October 15-18, 2015: ProLiteracy's Conference on Adult Literacy. ProLiteracy will host this national conference in Charleston, South Carolina, designed around urgent issues of: Technology and innovation; Sustainability and fundraising strategies; Methodology and instruction; Advocacy and public awareness; Professional development and training; GED/HSE preparation; Immigration and citizenship; and more. For more information, visit the conference website. http://USCAL.org

October 16, 2015: Counseling to Careers: Module 1: Understanding Your Local Labor Market (LMI) (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 6101 Grayson Dr., Denison, TX from 9:00am - 1:00pm. In this module, participants will identify 1-3 Best Bets (real local labor market occupations) that will be a good fit for their student population. Trainer is Sandra Lane. Please register here.

Counseling to Careers Note: Over the course of 4 modules, this Counseling to Careers (CTC) training provides some important tools to help prepare and transition AEL students to the career readiness and workforce world by identifying “Best Bets” local occupations and post-secondary training programs that would be a “good fit” based on the needs of the local organization and the community they serve. Participants are encouraged to register for all four modules. View all four descriptions and register here.

October 16-17, 2015: Bridges to Success Summit.Victoria College invites adult educators to its first Bridges to Success Summit, which will offer conference sessions in the areas of P16, college and career readiness, instructional strategies, and career pathways. Location is the Victoria College Conference and Education Center. Registration fee is $125. To register by September 1, 2015 deadline or for more information, visit http://www.victoriacollege.edu/bridgestosuccesssummit.

October 17, 2015: TEAMS For Teachers (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Del Mar College, 485 Airport Road, Corpus Christi, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. This workshop will help teachers understand how to use the TEAMS reports to monitor student progress and improve program performance. Trainer is Susan Gusler. Please register here.

October 19, 2015: Master Teacher Trainer Academy for ASE, Training-of-Trainers (TOT) for RLA, Introductory Webinar (a TRAIN PD Consortium event).This Webinar is scheduled for 3:30 PM Central Time, by invitation only.

October 20, 2015: Master Teacher Trainer Academy for ASE, Training-of-Training (TOT) for Math, Introductory Webinar (a TRAIN PD Consortium event).This Webinar is scheduled for 3:30 PM Central Time, by invitation only.

October 19, 2015: LINCS Webinar: What's Happening in Adult Basic Skills Programs: The Long-term Impact of ABS on Economic Outcomes, Postsecondary Engagement, and GED Attainment.This free national Webinar event at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Central Time will be followed by a national discussion on several LINCS groups from October 19 through 23. Special guest will be Dr. Stephen Reder, discussing his Longitudinal Study of Adult Learning (LSAL). Register here for the Webinar or visit the LINCS Announcement for more information.

October 22-24, 2015: 2015 TexTESOL State Conference. Save the Date for this annual event, to be held in San Antonio  at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The TexTESOL website, http://www.textesol.org/ will carry information about this and other TexTESOL regional and state conferences.

October 22 & 23, 2015: Strategies for Retention and Resilience (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Brownsville ISD, 708 Palm Blvd, Brownsville, TX from 5:00pm - 8:00pm on October 22nd and 8:30am - 11:30am on October 23rd. The participants of this session will learn how to promote an environment that builds retention and community among learners. Participants will also be introduced to the Drivers of Persistence developed by World Ed and to the idea of Resilience Building to aid student retention. Trainer is Irene Ramos. This training repeats. Please select your preferred day on the registration form. Please register here.

October 22, 2015: Tech and Tell: Using Cell Phone for Instruction (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 8:00pm - 9:00pm. Denise Guckert will host this week's Tech-and-Tell on using cell phones in the classroom to engage students. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 8:00 pm Central on Thursday, October 22nd and click the green "JOIN" button. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print!). Learn more at the Tech and Tell page. This training repeats on October 23rd.

October 23, 2015: Tech and Tell: Using Cell Phone for Instruction (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 11:30am - 12:30pm. Denise Guckert will host this week's Tech-and-Tell on using cell phones in the classroom to engage students. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 11:30 am Central on Friday, October 23rd and click the green "JOIN" button. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print!). Learn more at the Tech and Tell page.

October 23, 2015: I-BEST Career Pathways Implementation and Follow-up Workshop (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at DCCCD, Mountain View Campus, 4849 W. Illinois Ave. W141, Dallas, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This training will cover how to implement Integrated Basic Education Skills Training (I-BEST) at the local level in Texas. Alamo Colleges began the Alamo I-BEST over six years ago in conjunction with the Accelerate Texas effort housed at Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Over the years, changes have enabled the Alamo I-BEST a district wide integration effort partnering with multiple entities to give low skilled adults innovative life changing opportunities. During this training, Alamo I-BEST will share the nuts and bolts of the program to help make implementation at other institutions attainable and reach optimal success. Come with your ideas and walk away with systemic change. Trainer is Melissa Sadler-Nitu. Registration is closed for this training. For more information, email Tracy Hendrix at tracyhendrix@cehd.tamu.edu.

October 24, 2015: Engaging Instructional Strategies to Promote Persistence (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Cleburne ISD, Fulton Education Center, 311 Featherstone St., Cleburne, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This workshop is for ABE/ASE and ESL instructors. Examine the six tenets of Adult Learning Theory (Knowles, 1998) and how they intersect well with the Drivers of Persistence identified in the New England Learner Persistence Project (2008). Instructors use these concepts to design engaging instructional activities and strategies to help adult learners succeed in reaching educational and career goals. Trainer is Irene Ramos. Please register here.

October 24, 2015: TEAMS for Teachers (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Laredo Community College, West End Washington St, Laredo, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. The participants of this session will understand how to use the TEAMS reports to monitor student progress and improve program performance. Trainer is Terry Schiemenz. Please register here.

October 26, 2015: TEAMS Overview/ TEAMS for Teachers Combined (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Texasrkana ISD, 2500 N Robison Rd., Texarkana, TX from 4:30pm - 6:30pm. The 1st module will introduce new users to basic concepts in TEAMS, including its relationship with the National Reporting System. Participants will learn common TEAMS acronyms, list types of information in TEAMS, locate and use the TEAMS Reference Guide. By the end of the module, participants will be able to explain the relationship between TEAMS, the National Reporting System, Educational Functioning Levels, Domain of Significance, baseline and progress tests, and educational gains. Trainer is Wayne Crandall. Please register here.

October 26, 2015: TRAIN PD Virtual Meeting with PD Coordinators (a TRAIN PD Consortium event).From 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm Central Time, the TRAIN PD Consortium will have its monthly virtual meeting with Professional Development Coordinators assigned to the Adult Education and Literacy Grant Recipients/Consortia. Details on participation will be shared via the PD Coordinators’ Listserv, or PD Coordinators can email trainpd@tamu.ed​u for more information.

October 27, 2015: GED® Testing Service “Tuesdays for Teachers” Webinar. Scheduled from 3:00 to 4:30 PM Central Time, this series of eight webinars, presented by Bonnie Goonen and Susan Pittman, will take a deeper dive into classroom strategies and techniques to address the most missed items across the four GED® test subjects. The webinars will best benefit educators who have been exposed to the foundational training delivered in 2014, such as the “Road Show” events delivered in 2014 and early 2015. Starting with April 28, other “Tuesdays for Teachers” Webinars will follow on May 26, June 23, September 22, October 27, November 17, and December 8. For more information or to register, visit the GED® Testing Service Educator Events page.

October 28 - December 9, 2015: Helping Students Stay: Exploring Program and Classroom Persistence Strategies (a TRAIN PD supported event for Texas Adult Educators). This online course will be facilitated for a nationwide audience by World Education. Examine a wide range of successful persistence strategies and identify the ones that might have the most impact in your own programs. For more information on support available from TRAIN PD for the $289/person course fee, PD Coordinators for TWC-funded AEL Providers can contact Harriet Smith (hsmith@tamu.edu) no later than October 1, 2015.

October 28-30, 2015: National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) Annual Conference. Dallas, Texas will be the site of this national conference to be held at the downtown Sheraton Dallas Hotel. This professional development opportunity will include 150+ breakout sessions with conference strands based on OCTAE's 10 Components of a Program of Study (POS) Design Frameworkand DOLETA’s 6 Key Elements, along with a variety of preconference workshops,keynote speakers, networking opportunities, and exhibits of the latest products and services. NCPN is a membership organization for educators, employers and others involved in the advancement of Career Pathways, career technical education (CTE), and related education reform initiatives. For more information, visit the conference web page or email swilson@cord.org.

October 29, 2015: Tech and Tell: Livebinders: Online Notebooks to Store Your Resources (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 8:00pm - 9:00pm. Ever wanted a place to house all those websites and documents you've been book-marking online? Join Debbie Purvines as she shares with you everything you need to know about Livebinders. Learn what Livebinders are and how you can use them with your class. With Livebinders, you can access your information at anytime, from any computer. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 8:00 pm Central on Thursday, October 29th and click the green "JOIN" button. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print!). Learn more at the Tech and Tell page. This training repeats on October 30th.

October 30, 2015: HCDE Friday Night Training (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Irvington Learning Center, Computer Lab, 626 Lindale, Houston, TX from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Please see workshop descriptions below.

Workshop Descriptions

Come on! Get Appy!
There are thousands of educational applications to use, but how do we make the best use of the best ones? This workshop helps participants align the use of applications to Webb's Depth of Knowledge and Bloom's Taxonomy. Several applications for classroom use and for classroom management are presented, as well as guidance for successful implementation. Trainer is Denise Guckert.

TEAMS for Teachers
This training provides teachers and other AE staff with an overview of TEAMS, and how to access it and utilize it to improve program performance. This session includes a review of the National Reporting System. Trainer is Bill Medina.

October 30, 2015: Tech and Tell: Livebinders: Online Notebooks to Store Your Resources (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 11:30am - 12:30pm. Ever wanted a place to house all those websites and documents you've been book-marking online? Join Debbie Purvines as she shares with you everything you need to know about Livebinders. Learn what Livebinders are and how you can use them with your class. With Livebinders, you can access your information at anytime, from any computer. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 11:30 am Central on Friday, October 30th and click the green "JOIN" button. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print!). Learn more at the Tech and Tell page.

October 30, 2015: Using Data to Increase Enrollment Training of Trainers (TOT) (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Highland Business Center, Austin Community College, Room 212 , 5930 Fiskville Road, Austin, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This workshop will provide training for TRAINERS who are interested in training other professionals in the AEL field on this content. Basic presentation and training strategies and tools will be introduced to teach the audience how to systematically capture and fully utilize various kinds of data which will enable the local program to plan and boost enrollment. This is not a teacher or staff training, but a training for future TRAINERS. Trainer is Susan Gusler. Please register here.

October 30, 2015: Distance Learning Academy, Module 1 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Region 17 School, 1601 24th St., Lubbock, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This session is intended for staff and administrators. An overview of state and federal policy requirements for implementing a distance education program. Registration for Module 3 will be completed during the class. Note that Modules 1 and 3 are required for new staff and administrators. If a program is new to distance learning in adult education, an administrator must attend with other staff. Trainer is Jose Garcia. Please register here.

October 30, 2015: TEAMS: Overview, Building A Foundation, Data Entry Modules (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Region 10, Burnett Room , 400 E Spring Valley, Richardson, TX from 8:30am - 11:30am. Participants will learn the relationship between TEAMS, the National Reporting System, Educational Functioning Levels, Domain of Significance, baseline and progress tests, and educational gains. The trainer will explain the process of setting up TEAMS from the beginning of a program year which will include building a class, entering staff requirements, staff qualifications and Professional Development. Participants will learn the process of entering student data into TEAMS which will include the basic student demographic and profile information, as well as assessment information. In addition, the trainer will demonstrate how to add students to classes and enter the contact hours. Audience: Data entry staff and supervisors. Trainer is Janis Heebner. Please register here.

October 30, 2015: TEAMS Overview, Reports & Tables Modules (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Region 10, Burnett Room , 400 E Spring Valley, Richardson, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Participants will learn the relationship between TEAMS, the National Reporting System, Educational Functioning Levels, Domain of Significance, baseline and progress tests, and educational gains. The trainer will introduce the essential reports and tables that are necessary for AEL staff to understand for assessment planning and program performance. The trainer will teach participants how to run various reports and tables, how to interpret and analyze data on the reports and how to use this information to understand teacher and overall program performance. The reports that will be learned include: Participant Roster, Participant Roster with Latest Assessment, Participants Tested with Less than Minimum Hours of Instruction, Participants Enrolled and Level Completed with Proxy Hours, Table 4, Table 4 and 4B Combined, Performance Report, and GED Match Report. Audience: Administrators, coordinators, teachers and support staff. Trainer is Janis Heebner. Please register here.

October 31, 2015: GED 2014 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at FWISD PD Center, 3150 McCart Ave., Fort Worth, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This training is designed for ABE/ASE teachers. This session identifies the content of the Reading Language Arts (RLA) and Math modules of the GED® 2014 Test. Participants will leave equipped with resources and a variety of research-based strategies for integrating math, reading, and writing skills that can be easily implemented in the classroom. Trainer is Jan Whisonant.

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November 2015

November 5 - December 17, 2015: College Readiness for Adults: Beyond Academic Preparation (a TRAIN PD supported event for Texas Adult Educators). This online course will be facilitated for a nationwide audience by World Education. Identify, organize, and reflect on the broad array of readiness skills and abilities that adults need to be successful in postsecondary education and training. For more information on support available from TRAIN PD for the $289/person course fee, PD Coordinators for TWC-funded AEL Providers can contact Harriet Smith (hsmith@tamu.edu) no later than October 1, 2015.

November 5, 2015: Tech and Tell: An Introduction to Wiggio (online collaboration tool) (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 8:00pm - 9:00pm. Wiggio is an online group collaboration tool that allows you to collaborate with students and coworkers from a distance. It is designed to be easy and straightforward, even for the least tech-savvy members of your group. Create classrooms or workgroups with Wiggio and share Calendars and files. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 8:00 pm Central on Thursday, November 5th and click the green "JOIN" button. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print!). Learn more at the Tech and Tell page. This training repeats on November 6th.

November 5, 2015: Exploring Vulnerable Adults’ Digital Literacy Acquisition. In this free Webinar from 1:00 to 2:00 PM Central Time, the Literacy, Language, and Technology Research Group at Portland State University will present findings from Tutor-Facilitated Digital Literacy in Hard-to-Serve Populations, a project made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. RSVP to join the webinar and learn how you can access research findings, briefs, and reports to support and inform your work.

November 6, 2015: ACC November Training (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). These trainings will be held at Austin Community College, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX. Please see training descriptions below. Please register here.

Training Descriptions

Creating a Classroom Website for ESL or GED (9:00am - noon)
Building a website for your classroom can provide a portal for your students to study outside of the classroom as well as link them to distance learning opportunities, but building a website casn also be easy. The first (short) part of this workshop will present an overview of a few adult education websites created by our colleagues and an introduction to free online website building tools. The second (longer) part of the workshop gives you an opportunity to create your own websites using the website builder Weebly. Trainer is Amber Miller.

Reading Comprehension and Critical Thinking Skills (11:30am - 2:30pm)
This training is designed for instructors of adult learners who ultimately will benefit from strategies that teach: looking for clues in or generating questions about a text and learning how to summarize and draw inferences in order to address higher-level literacy demands such as those of the GED 2014 and beyond. Participants will actively engage the Reading Process to better understand the Purposes of Reading. Trainer is Douglas Franklin.

November 6-7, 2015: Master Teacher Trainer Academy for ASE, Training-of-Trainers (TOT) for Math, Session 1 of 3 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training FOR TRAINERS will be held at Drury Inn & Suites Airport, 95 NE Loop 410, San Antonio, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. Participants will learn strategies for training teachers in number sense concepts such as multiples, factors, exponents, absolute value, and the ordering of rational numbers. Also included will be key life skills such as ratios, percent, and scale factors. Each participant will practice using the GED calculator, Texas Instruments TI-30XS, to address these skills as well as to obtain calculator skills needed for future sessions. This is a 2 day event, attendance by invitation only. Trainer is Anthony Chan.

November 6-7, 2015: Master Teacher Trainer Academy for ASE, Training-of-Training (TOT) for RLA, Session 1 of 3 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training FOR TRAINERS will be held at Drury Inn & Suites Airport, 95 NE Loop 410, San Antonio, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. Participants will understand the importance of close reading and evidence-based writing skills for both academic and workplace purposes. Participants will learn the basic steps for training of teachers in close reading with an emphasis on identifying evidence from texts which can be used in the writing process. Participants will practice using the steps in close reading through working with text from different content areas, as well as in unpacking high school completion test prompts. Participants will receive resources for texts and various research-based reading and writing strategies that can be used in the classroom. This is a 2 day event, attendance by invitation only. Trainers are Bonnie Goonen and Susan Pittman.

November 6, 2015: Tech and Tell: An Introduction to Wiggio (online collaboration tool) (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 11:30am - 12:30pm. Wiggio is an online group collaboration tool that allows you to collaborate with students and coworkers from a distance. It is designed to be easy and straightforward, even for the least tech-savvy members of your group. Create classrooms or workgroups with Wiggio and share Calendars and files. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 11:30 am Central on Friday, November 6th and click the green "JOIN" button. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print!). Learn more at the Tech and Tell page.

November 6, 2015: Distance Learning Module 1 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Alamo, Room TBA from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This session is intended for staff and administrators. An overview of state and federal policy requirements for implementing a distance education program. Registration for Module 3 will be completed during the class. Note that Modules 1 and 3 are required for new staff and administrators. If a program is new to distance learning in adult education, an administrator must attend with other staff. Trainer is Jose Garcia. Please register here.

November 7, 2015: Contextualized Instruction for the GED classroom (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). These trainings will be held at Central Texas College, 6200 West Central Texas Expressway from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Basic skills + Occupational or Career Content = Contextualized Teaching and Learning, (CTL). CTL is a group on instructional strategies designed to link the learning of basic skills with academic or occupational content by focusing teaching and learning directly on concrete applications in a specific career content that is of interest to students. Trainer is Olga Escamilla. Please register here.

November 7, 2015: Contextualized Lesson Planning: A Hands-on Training (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). These trainings will be held at McLennan Community College, 1400 College Drive, Waco, TX from 8:30am - 4:00pm. Please see workshop descriptions below. Please register here.

Session Descriptions

Multi-Level Instruction for ESL/ELA (8:30am - 11:30am)
This training models effective instructional practices and strategies for use in the Adult Education English Language Acquisitions class where students are spread across NRS Levels and classes where the students in level are at varied degrees of ability. Participants will be actively engage in modeled lessons which demonstrate proper differentiation for levels. Trainer is Laura Barrera.

Contextualized Lesson Planning for ABE/ASE: A Hands-on Approach (1:00pm - 4:00pm)
This workshop was developed to help ABE/ASE teachers plan lessons that are in the context of employability skills and possibly connected to a Continuing Education or Certificate Level one course. This Contextualized Lesson planning session will give the instructors time and guidance to work together and collaborate on specific hands on lesson planning and unit planning. Examples of lessons and a guiding format will be provided that can be readily used in the classroom and in all content areas. Webb's DOK will be used extensively. Trainer is Irene Ramos.

Contextualized Lesson Planning for ESL/ELA: A Hands-on Approach (1:00pm - 4:00pm)
This workshop was developed to help ESL/ELA teachers plan lessons that are in the context of employability skills and possibly connected to a continuing education or certificate level course. This Contextualized lesson planning session will give the instructors time and guidance to work together and collaborate on specific hands on lesson planning and unit planning. Examples of lessons and a guiding format will be provided that can be readily used in the classroom and in all content areas. Webb's DOK will be used extensively. Trainer is Laura Barrera.

November 7, 2015: TEAMS Overview, TEAMS for Teachers Modules (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Region 10, Grayson Room, 400 E Spring Valley, Richardson, TX from 8:30am - 12:30pm. Participants will learn the relationship between TEAMS, the National Reporting System, Educational Functioning Levels, Domain of Significance, baseline and progress tests, and educational gains. The trainer will provide participants with an opportunity to look in-depth at participant level information that is collected in TEAMS. Additional activities will focus on building knowledge on the Participant Roster, the Performance Report, and Table IV/IV B to monitor class progress towards meeting performance objectives. Audience: Teachers. Trainer is Janis Heebner. Please register here.

November 7, 2015: DL Academy Module 1 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Angelina College, Room TW158, 3500 S. 1st. Street, Lufkin, TX from 9:00am - 3:45pm. DL Academy includes Modules 1 and 3 are required for new staff and administrators. If a program is new to distance learning in adult education, an administrator must attend with other staff. Module 1 (6 hour) explains state and federal policy requirements for implementing a distance education program. Module 3 (10 hours) is a 7 module facilitated on-line course that guides programs through the development of their Distance Learning Plan. Topics including student recruitment, orientation technology accessibility, teacher roles and instruction, student engagement, assessment, and student retention. Module 2 is optional. Module 2 (3 hours) introduces a process for evaluation of the numerous curricula options available on the Approved list of Distance Curriculum. Trainer is Jose Garcia. Please register here.

November 7, 2015: TEAMS: Data Mining for Program Improvement (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Region 10, Hunt Room, 400 E Spring Valley, Richardson, TX from 8:30am - 12:30pm. In this advanced module, the participants will learn how to extend the usefulness and relevance of TEAMS data by copying, exporting, and manipulating data in Excel. Participants will explore ways to use that data to analyze their program effectiveness and plan program improvements. Participants should already have intermediate TEAMS skills and either have completed all other TEAMS modules or regularly use TEAMS reports and have some exposure to Excel. The module includes discussion on the importance of mining data, identifying and exporting the best reports and screens, moving and adding columns, and analyzing the data. Audience: Administrators, supervisors, managers, coordinators. Pre-requisite: TEAMS: Reports & Tables Module. Trainer is Susan Gusler. Please register here.

November 9, 2015: Ability to Benefit Webinar.Jobs for the Future and the Center for Law and Social Policy will host this webinar from 2:00 to 3:15 PM Central Time. In December 2014, Congress partially restored the Ability to Benefit (ATB) provision of the Higher Education Act. Under this provision, otherwise-eligible students who do not have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent, but who are enrolled in eligible career pathway programs, may qualify for federal financial aid.​ For more information or to register, click here. Login information for the event will be sent out to registered attendees prior to the event. If you have any questions, contact Lexie Waugh at awaugh@jff.org.

November 9-11, 2015: National Conference on Effective Transitions in Adult Education. The National College Transition Network (NCTN) at World Education, Inc. will hold its ninth annual national conference at the Crowne Plaza at the Crossings, Providence, RI. One goal of NCTN is to support adult and college educators and administrators, professional developers, researchers, and policy developers by offering this national conference and organizing a transition strand at the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) annual conference. For more information, visit the NCTN Conference page and the COABE Conference page.

November 11-13, 2015: LESLLA 2015 Symposium. Low Educated Second Language and Literacy Acquisition (LESLLA) for Adults will hold its 11th annual national conference at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. Presentation topics will include cognitive and sociocultural views on the process of learning a second language for adult learners with limited first language literacy. Deadline for call for proposals is April 25, 2015. For more information, visit the Symposium website: http://www.leslla.org/workshops/2015.htm

November 12, 2015: Final Face to face Meeting for Book Study Circle: SWITCH (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at ESC Region 20 Consortium, Room TBA, 1314 Hines Avenue, San Antonio, TX from 9:00am - 10:00am. This meeting will culminate the course which is a study of the book SWITCH by Chip and Dan Heath. SWITCH book study is a reflection on change and the contemplation of how to change things when change is hard. Participants will share and present final plans for implementation to their program and consortium. Trainer is Laura Barrera.

November 12, 2015: Tech and Tell: Kahoot! (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 8:00pm - 9:00pm. Debbie Purvines will host this week's Tech-and-Tell on using Kahoot! No registration is required.Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 8:00 pm Central on Thursday, November 12th and click the green "JOIN" button. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print!). Learn more at the Tech and Tell page. This training repeats on November 13th.

November 13, 2015: Tech and Tell: Kahoot! (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 11:30am - 12:30pm. Debbie Purvines will host this week's Tech-and-Tell on using Kahoot! No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 11:30 am Central on Friday, November 13th and click the green "JOIN" button. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print!). Learn more at the Tech and Tell page.

November 13, 2015: Angelina College 2015 Fall Teacher Training Day (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). These workshops will be held at Angelina College, Room TW152 3500 S. 1st. St., Lufkin, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Please view workshop descriptions below. Please register here.

Workshop Descriptions

Writing for GED 2014 and Beyond (9:00am - noon)
Taking a step-by-step approach to teaching writing strategies, this session targets the needs of GED 2014, but also encourages teachers to think beyond the test. Brainstorming and lesson plan-sharing is included with feedback from the facilitator and the true experts: the other GED teachers. Trainer is Barry William.

2014 GED: Preparing Students for Mathematical Reasoning (1:00pm - 4:00pm)
This workshop provides strategies and resources to help instructors prepare students for the Mathematical Reasoning module of the 2014 GED test. Trainer is Dirk Hodges.

Basic Communication Skills for Beginning ESL Learners (9:00am - 4:00pm)
The objective of this workshop is to explore strategic learning activities that instructors can use in the classroom to aid in developing literacy skills and oral communication skills for Beginning Literacy ESL Learners. This 6-hour workshop will also include learning games and engaging educational activities for building communication and literacy skills. Trainer is Patricia Solomon.

November 13, 2015: SWTJC Contextualized Day (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at SWTJC-AEL, RK Miller Bldg 2401 Garner Field Rd. from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Please see training descriptions below. Please register here.

Training Descriptions

Contextualized Instruction for the GED classroom
Basic skills + Occupational or Career Content = Contextualized Teaching and Learning, (CTL). CTL is a group of instructional strategies designed to link the learning of basic skills with academic or occupational content by focusing teaching and learning directly on concrete applications in a specific career content that is of interest to students. Trainer is Irene Ramos.

Contextualized Instruction for ESL Instructors
This session introduces best practices for teaching and supporting language development emphasizing how to contextualize instruction for ESL students. Activities and materials will be provided to use in the classroom with students. Trainer is Laura Barrera.

November 13, 2015: Engaging Strategies to Promote Student Persistence Training-of-Trainers (TOT) (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Richardson ISD PD Center, 701 W. Belt Line Road, Auditorium Building, Richardson, TX from 9:00am - noon. This workshop is for professional development TRAINERS to prepare to facilitate the Engaging Strategies to Promote Student Persistence training. Participants should have at least three years' experience in adult education, have completed the World Ed Persistence Course, and have experience as a professional development facilitator. Trainer is Glenda Rose. For more information or to register, contact Tracy Hendrix at tracyhendrix@cehd.tamu.edu.

November 13, 2015: Counseling to Careers: Module 2: Navigating the Post-secondary World (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 6101 Grayson Dr., Denison, TX from 9:00am - noon. In this module participants will identify local post-secondary and job training programs that aligns with the Best Bets (occupations) in their local area. Trainer is Sandra Lane. Please register here.

Counseling to Careers Note: Over the course of 4 modules, this Counseling to Careers (CTC) training provides some important tools to help prepare and transition AEL students to the career readiness and workforce world by identifying “Best Bets” local occupations and post-secondary training programs that would be a “good fit” based on the needs of the local organization and the community they serve. Participants are encouraged to register for all four modules. View all four descriptions and register here.

November 13, 2015: Counseling to Careers: Module 3: Working with Employers (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 6101 Grayson Dr., Denison, TX from noon - 3:00pm with working lunch. In this module Participants will gain the tools and skills to identify potential industry experts and employers so they can develop partnerships that aligns with the Best Bets (occupations) and provide future employment opportunities to that end. Trainer is Sandra Lane. Please register here.

Counseling to Careers Note: Over the course of 4 modules, this Counseling to Careers (CTC) training provides some important tools to help prepare and transition AEL students to the career readiness and workforce world by identifying “Best Bets” local occupations and post-secondary training programs that would be a “good fit” based on the needs of the local organization and the community they serve. Participants are encouraged to register for all four modules. View all four descriptions and register here.

November 14, 2015: Distance Learning Academy, Module 1 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Laredo Community College, West End Washington St., Laredo, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm with working lunch. DL Academy includes Modules 1 and 3 are required for new staff and administrators. If a program is new to distance learning in adult education, an administrator must attend with other staff. Module 1 (6 hour) explains state and federal policy requirements for implementing a distance education program. Module 3 (10 hours) is a 7 module facilitated on-line course that guides programs through the development of their Distance Learning Plan. Topics including student recruitment, orientation technology accessibility, teacher roles and instruction, student engagement, assessment, and student retention. Module 2 is optional. Module 2 (3 hours) introduces a process for evaluation of the numerous curricula options available on the Approved list of Distance Curriculum. Trainer is Jose Garcia. Please register here.

November 14, 2015: Distance Learning Academy Module #1 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at College of the Mainland, 200 Parker Court - CLC 106, League City, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Module 1 of the Distance Learning Academy (6 hours) explains state and federal policy requirements for implementing a distance education program. If a program is new to distance learning in adult education, an administrator must attend with other staff. Trainer is Olga Escamilla.

November 14, 2015: Master Teacher Academy for ASE, Session 1 of 3 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Del Mar College East Campus, 101 Baldwin Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. Please see session descriptions below. Both sessions are at the same time, so please select the one you would like to attend below. Please register here.

Training Descriptions

Master Teacher Academy for ASE, Math Strand Session 1 of 3
Participants will learn strategies for teaching number sense concepts such as multiples, factors, exponents, absolute value, and the ordering of rational numbers. Also included will be key life skills such as ratios, percent, and scale factors. Each participant will practice using the GED calculator, Texas Instruments TI-30XS, to address these skills as well as to obtain calculator skills needed for future sessions. Trainer is Robert Orta.

Master Teacher Academy for ASE, Reasoning through Language Arts (RLA) Session 1 of 3
Participants will understand the importance of close reading and evidence-based writing skills for both academic and workplace purposes. Participants will learn the basic steps for teaching close reading with an emphasis on identifying evidence from texts which can be used in the writing process. Participants will practice using the steps in close reading through working with text from different content areas, as well as in unpacking high school completion test prompts. Participants will receive resources for texts and various research-based reading and writing strategies that can be used in the classroom. Trainer will be Cindy Orta.

November 14, 2015: Master Teacher Academy RLA Trainings: Session 1. This session will be held at TVCC Campus, Baugh Technology Center Room TC 119, Athens, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Participants will understand the importance of close reading and evidence-based writing skills for both academic and workplace purposes. Participants will learn the basic steps for teaching close reading with an emphasis on identifying evidence from texts which can be used in the writing process. Participants will practice using the steps in close reading through working with text from different content areas, as well as in unpacking high school completion test prompts. Participants will receive resources for texts and various research-based reading and writing strategies that can be used in the classroom. Trainer is Felicia Robinson. To sign up, contact Chris Hicks, TVCC Adult Ed. Director, 903.675.6330, chicks@tvcc.edu.

November 14, 2015: HCDE November In-Service (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Irvington Learning Center, Room 211, 626 Lindale, Houston, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. Please see training descriptions below.

Training Descriptions

Morning Session (8:30am-11:30am):

Engaging Instructional Strategies for Persistence
This workshop for ABE/ASE and ESL instructors examines six tenets of Adult Learning Theory in light of the six Drivers of Persistence. The six tenets of Adult Learning Theory (Knowles, 1998) intersect well with the Drivers of Persistence identified in the New England Learner Persistence Project (2008). Instructors use these concepts to design engaging instructional activities and strategies to help adult learners succeed in reaching educational and career goals. Trainer is Irene Ramos.

Afternoon Sessions (12:30pm-3:30pm):

Graphic and Math Skills for GED Science, Math and Social Studies
This session trains participants on how to incorporate activities in math, science, and social studies that will give students some practical ways to use the math and visual literacy skills needed for the those GED exams. Cladograms, box and whisper plots, dot plots, and histograms are some of the visuals that will be explored. Trainer is Connie Marshall.

Beginning Literacy ESL
Literacy Level ESL teachers learn instructional techniques and strategies for literacy level ESL students. Trainer is Alex Baez.

All Day Session (8:30am-3:30pm):

Multi-level Classroom: Best Practices for Teaching Adult Learners
This interactive training focuses on appropriate lesson planning strategies, group strategies, and effective multi-level activities for ESL, ABE and ASE classrooms. Classroom management techniques, test preparation, orientation procedures, and multi-sensory lesson planning will be presented. Training will include pre and post training activities. Trainer is Martin Loa.

NOTE: Participants must complete a pre-reading assignment and post-training reflection each counting as an additional 3 hours of PD credit. Your facilitator will contact you with more information.

November 14, 2015: Master Teacher Academy GED Math Trainings: Session 1. This session will be held at TVCC Campus, Baugh Technology Center Room TC 118, Athens, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Participants will learn strategies for teaching number sense concepts such as multiples, factors, exponents, absolute value, and the ordering of rational numbers.  Also included will be key life skills such as ratios, percent, and scale factors.  Each participant will practice using the GED calculator, Texas Instruments TI-30XS, to address these skills as well as to obtain calculator skills needed for future sessions.Trainer is Rachel Killian. To sign up, contact Chris Hicks, TVCC Adult Ed. Director, 903.675.6330, chicks@tvcc.edu.

November 15 - 17, 2015: 34th Annual Research to Practice Conference in Adult and Higher Education. In conjunction with the November 1-20 Annual AAACE Conference, American Association for Adult and Continuing Education will host this Research to Practice (R2P) Conference for practitioners, academic scholars, and students on the theme of “Accessibility and Sustainability”. For more information, click here.

November 17 - 20, 2015: 64th Annual AAACE Conference. American Association for Adult and Continuing Education will host its annual conference in Oklahoma City. A diverse array of professional concurrent sessions, roundtables, and posters will illustrate the theme, “Evolutions and Revolutions in Adult Learning”. For more information, the latest updates, hotel information, or to register for the conference, click here.

November 17, 2015: GED® Testing Service “Tuesdays for Teachers” Webinar. Scheduled from 3:00 to 4:30 PM Central Time, this series of eight webinars, presented by Bonnie Goonen and Susan Pittman, will take a deeper dive into classroom strategies and techniques to address the most missed items across the four GED® test subjects. The webinars will best benefit educators who have been exposed to the foundational training delivered in 2014, such as the “Road Show” events delivered in 2014 and early 2015. Starting with April 28, other “Tuesdays for Teachers” Webinars will follow on May 26, June 23, September 22, October 27, November 17, and December 8. For more information or to register, visit the GED® Testing Service Educator Events page.

November 16-17, 2015: Defining Student Success in WIOA - Webinar 1: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Update.Texas Workforce Commission hosted this Webinar for Adult Education and Literacy program leaders. Recording is available on TCALL Website: http://www-tcall.tamu.edu/WIOA-Info.htm#twc

November 16-17, 2015: Fall AEL Business Meeting. Texas Workforce Commission Adult Education and Literacy will hold this meeting for AEL Grant leadership in conjunction with the 19th Annual Texas Workforce Conference in Dallas. Check-in begins at noon on Monday, November 16 with the Business Meeting from 1:00 to 2:30 PM; followed by a Change Management Leadership Institute 3:00 to 5:00 PM, continuing on Tuesday, November 17 from 8:00 AM to noon. Attendance at the AEL Business Meeting with Change Management Leadership Institute will be by invitation only. Pre-registration will be required and will be managed by TRAIN PD at TCALL. For questions about this event, accessibility or to request accommodations please contact Blanca Saldivar at 512-936-6089 or blanca.saldivar@twc.state.tx.us at least two weeks advance of the event. See separate calendar items for information on the November 17-18 AEL Symposium that begins one hour after the Business Meeting concludes, and the subsequent 19th Annual Texas Workforce Conference.

November 17-18, 2015: Fall AEL Symposium. Texas Workforce Commission Adult Education and Literacy will hold this Symposium for Adult Education and Literacy professionals from 1:30 to 5:30 pm on November 17, and 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on November 18. Location is the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dallas, site of the 19th Annual Texas Workforce Conference in Dallas that follows, beginning the afternoon of November 18. For questions about this event, accessibility or to request accommodations please contact Blanca Saldivar at 512-936-6089 or blanca.saldivar@twc.state.tx.us at least two weeks advance of the event. Pre-registration is required using this TRAIN PD online registration form.

November 17-18, 2015: Region 1 TEAMS Training (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at McAllen ALC, 4305 N. McColl, McAllen, TX from 8:00am - 3:00pm. Everyone is encouraged to participate in all 4 trainings. Please see descriptions below. Please register here.

Training Descriptions

November 17

TEAMS Overview Module (8:00am - 11:00am)
This module introduces new users to basic concepts in TEAMS, including its relationship with the National Reporting System, Educational Functioning Levels, Domain of Significance, baseline and progress tests, and educational gains. Participants will learn common TEAMS acronyms, list types of information in TEAMS, locate and use the TEAMS Reference Guide. This module is appropriate BEFORE users have their TEAMS access because it does not include hands-on practice. Trainer is Guillermo Medina.

TEAMS: Building a Foundation Module (noon - 3:00pm)
This module introduces the process of setting up TEAMS from the beginning of a program year. It includes building a class, entering staff requirements, staff qualifications and Professional Development, and it clarifies the different access levels. A brief overview of student assessment rules are included. Participants review in detail the Staff Reports, including the Staff Development Report, Staff Roster, and Staff without Qualifications. Trainer is Guillermo Medina.

November 18

TEAMS Data Entry(8:00am - 11:00am)
This module explains the process of entering student data into TEAMS, including basic student demographic and profile information, assessment information, how to add students to classes and enter the contact hours. Participants learn how to add students to the Wait List and learn to use the TEAMS Reference Guide and the Help section. If possible, participants will be given an opportunity for hands on practice with the TEAMS training data base. Trainer is Guillermo Medina.

TEAMS: Reports & Tables Module (noon - 3:00pm)
This module introduces the essential reports and tables that are necessary for assessment planning and program performance. Participants learn how to run various reports and tables, how to interpret and analyze data on the reports, and how to use this information to understand teacher and overall program performance. The reports include: Participant Roster, Participant Roster with Latest Assessment, Participants Tested with Less than Minimum Hours of Instruction, Participants Enrolled and Level Completed with Proxy Hours, Table 4, Table 4 and 4B Combined, Performance Report, and GED Match Report. Trainer is Guillermo Medina.

November 18-20, 2015: Annual Texas Workforce Conference. This 19th annual conference will be co-hosted by Texas Workforce Commission and the Texas Chapter of the International Association of Workforce Professionals. Location is the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dallas. Conference will include an Adult Education and Literacy topic strand and AEL Awards Ceremony. Register separately for The 19th Annual Texas Workforce Conference here. For more information, visit the TWC Events page. http://www.twc.state.tx.us/events. Don’t miss out on the early bird special! Register by September 30, 2015 to receive the discounted rate of $450 per attendee; $500 after the deadline.

November 18, 2015: Designing a Better Future for Adult Learners: A Cross-Country Collaboration. An estimated 36 million adult learners in America lack the basic math, language, and digital literacy skills necessary to find good paying jobs and navigate public and social systems. Convened by Digital Promise’s Adult Learning Initiative, in close cooperation with the Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE, several education accelerators are hosting a nationwide, multi-city design day (11:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central Time) to explore how new digital learning opportunities could be designed for under-skilled, under-served adults. The team based design day will run simultaneously in multiple locations across the country (none are in Texas) and will be connected to the other locations virtually (via web conference) at the beginning and end of the day for kickoff, exchange of ideas, and reflection. For more information, visit the registration page.

November 19, 2015: Tech and Tell: Apps for sharing content (e.g., Near Pod) (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 8:00pm - 9:00pm. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 8:00 pm Central on Thursday, November 19th and click the green "JOIN" button. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print!). Learn more at the Tech and Tell page. This training repeats on November 20th.

November 20, 2015: Tyler Jr College Master Teacher Academy Session 1 of 3 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event).These sessions (Math and RLA) are broken into two days, one on November 20th and one on January 8th. Please see descriptions below. If interested in attending, please contact Resa Wingfield at rwingfield@lcotyler.org. The second part will be offered on January 8, 2016.

November 20, 2015 from 10:00am - 1:00pm

Master Teacher Academy for ASE, RLA Strand Part 1 of 2, Session 1 of 3
Participants will understand the importance of close reading and evidence-based writing skills for both academic and workplace purposes. Participants will learn the basic steps for teaching close reading with an emphasis on identifying evidence from texts which can be used in the writing process. Participants will practice using the steps in close reading through working with text from different content areas, as well as in unpacking high school completion test prompts. Participants will receive resources for texts and various research-based reading and writing strategies that can be used in the classroom. Trainer is Rich Roper.

November 20, 2015 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Master Teacher Academy for ASE, Math Strand Part 1 of 2, Session 1 of 3
Participants will learn strategies for teaching number sense concepts such as multiples, factors, exponents, absolute value, and the ordering of rational numbers. Also included will be key life skills such as ratios, percent, and scale factors. Each participant will practice using the GED calculator, Texas Instruments TI-30XS, to address these skills as well as to obtain calculator skills needed for future sessions. Trainer is Gareth Wingfield.

November 20, 2015: Tech and Tell: Apps for sharing content (e.g., Near Pod) (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 11:30am - 12:30pm. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 11:30 am Central on Friday, November 20th and click the green "JOIN" button. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print!). Learn more at the Tech and Tell page.

November 20, 2015 & January 7, 2016: Master Teacher Academy for ASE, RLA Strand Session 1 of 3 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Austin CC, Highland Business Center, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX from 9:00am - noon. The following event is divided into two parts on two different dates. Please see descriptions below. Please register here.

Training Descriptions

November 20, 2015

Master Teacher Academy for ASE, RLA Strand Session 1 of 3, Part 1
Participants will understand the importance of close reading and evidence-based writing skills for both academic and workplace purposes. Participants will learn the basic steps for teaching close reading with an emphasis on identifying evidence from texts which can be used in the writing process. Participants will practice using the steps in close reading through working with text from different content areas, as well as in unpacking high school completion test prompts. Participants will receive resources for texts and various research-based reading and writing strategies that can be used in the classroom. Trainer is Alex Baez.

January 7, 2016

Master Teacher Academy for ASE, RLA Strand Session 1 of 3, Part 2
Participants will understand the importance of close reading and evidence-based writing skills for both academic and workplace purposes. Participants will learn the basic steps for teaching close reading with an emphasis on identifying evidence from texts which can be used in the writing process. Participants will practice using the steps in close reading through working with text from different content areas, as well as in unpacking high school completion test prompts. Participants will receive resources for texts and various research-based reading and writing strategies that can be used in the classroom. Trainer is Alex Baez.

November 20, 2015 & January 7, 2016: Master Teacher Academy for ASE, RLA Strand, Session 1 of 3 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Austin Community College, Highland Business Center, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX from 9:00am - noon. The following event is divided into two parts on two different dates. Please see descriptions below. Please register here.

Session Descriptions

Master Teacher Academy for ASE, RLA Strand, Part 1 of 2, Session 1 of 3
(November 20, 2015, 9:00am - noon)

Participants will understand the importance of close reading and evidence-based writing skills for both academic and workplace purposes. Participants will learn the basic steps for teaching close reading with an emphasis on identifying evidence from texts which can be used in the writing process. Participants will practice using the steps in close reading through working with text from different content areas, as well as in unpacking high school completion test prompts. Participants will receive resources for texts and various research-based reading and writing strategies that can be used in the classroom. Trainer is Griselda Valerio.

Master Teacher Academy for ASE, RLA Strand, Part 2 of 2, Session 1 of 3
(January 7, 2016, 6:00pm - 9:00pm)

Participants will understand the importance of close reading and evidence-based writing skills for both academic and workplace purposes. Participants will learn the basic steps for teaching close reading with an emphasis on identifying evidence from texts which can be used in the writing process. Participants will practice using the steps in close reading through working with text from different content areas, as well as in unpacking high school completion test prompts. Participants will receive resources for texts and various research-based reading and writing strategies that can be used in the classroom.Trainer is Griselda Valerio.

November 21, 2015: Distance Learning Academy Module #2 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at College of the Mainlands, 200 Parker Court - CLC 106, League City, TX from 9:00am - noon. Module 2 of the Distance Learning Academy (3 hours) introduces a process for evaluation of the numerous curricula options available on the Approved List of Distance Curriculum. This course is not an endorsement of any specific software or curriculum. Trainer is Olga Escamilla. Please register here.

November 21, 2015: Google Apps in the Classroom Part 2 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Austin Community College, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX from 9:00am - noon. Google Apps for Education is a cloud-based suite of programs that can be used to facilitate classroom management, classroom assignments, and collaboration among administrators, teachers, and students. In this session, participants will begin to learn some of the most popular Google Apps, how to implement the Apps in their classroom, and how to use the Apps to collaborate with colleagues. Trainer is Amber Miller. Please register here.

November 30, 2015 TRAIN PD Virtual Meeting with PD Coordinators (a TRAIN PD Consortium event).From 11:00 AM to noon Central Time, the TRAIN PD Consortium will have its monthly virtual meeting with Professional Development Coordinators assigned to the Adult Education and Literacy Grant Recipients/Consortia. Details on participation will be shared via the PD Coordinators’ Listserv, or PD Coordinators can email trainpd@tamu.ed​u for more information.

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December 2015

December 1-2, 2015: Master Teacher Academy for ASE, Session 1 of 3 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at HCC Administration Building, 3100 Main St. Basement Level, Houston, TX from 6:00pm - 9:00pm on December 1, and 6:00pm - 9:00pm on December 2. See descriptions below and select which strand you want to register for on the registration form. Please register here.

Math Strand (Room BD11)

Master Teacher Academy for ASE, Math Strand, Part 1, Session 1 of 3
(December 1 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm)

Participants will learn strategies for teaching number sense concepts such as multiples, factors, exponents, absolute value, and the ordering of rational numbers.  Also included will be key life skills such as ratios, percent, and scale factors.  Each participant will practice using the GED calculator, Texas Instruments TI-30XS, to address these skills as well as to obtain calculator skills needed for future sessions. Trainer is Yazmin Flores.

Master Teacher Academy for ASE, Math Strand, Part 2, Session 1 of 3
(December 2 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm)

Participants will learn strategies for teaching number sense concepts such as multiples, factors, exponents, absolute value, and the ordering of rational numbers.  Also included will be key life skills such as ratios, percent, and scale factors.  Each participant will practice using the GED calculator, Texas Instruments TI-30XS, to address these skills as well as to obtain calculator skills needed for future sessions. Trainer is Yazmin Flores.

RLA Strand (Room BD12)

Master Teacher Academy for ASE, RLA Strand, Part 1, Session 1 of 3
(December 1 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm)

Participants will understand the importance of close reading and evidence-based writing skills for both academic and workplace purposes. Participants will learn the basic steps for teaching close reading with an emphasis on identifying evidence from texts which can be used in the writing process. Participants will practice using the steps in close reading through working with text from different content areas, as well as in unpacking high school completion test prompts. Participants will receive resources for texts and various research-based reading and writing strategies that can be used in the classroom. Trainer is Debra O'Neil.

Master Teacher Academy for ASE, RLA Strand, Part 2, Session 1 of 3
(December 2 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm)

Participants will understand the importance of close reading and evidence-based writing skills for both academic and workplace purposes. Participants will learn the basic steps for teaching close reading with an emphasis on identifying evidence from texts which can be used in the writing process. Participants will practice using the steps in close reading through working with text from different content areas, as well as in unpacking high school completion test prompts. Participants will receive resources for texts and various research-based reading and writing strategies that can be used in the classroom. Trainer is Debra O'Neil.

December 2, 2015: Master Teacher Academy for ASE, RLA Strand, Session 1 of 3 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Amarillo College, Student Ware Commons Room 309, 2011 S. Washington Street, Amarillo, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Please see training descriptions below and select the trainings you want to attend. Part 2 of 2 will take place on December 9. Please register for both trainings. Please register here.

Session Descriptions

Master Teacher Academy for ASE, RLA Strand, Part 1 of 2, Session 1 of 3
(December 2 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm)

Participants will understand the importance of close reading and evidence-based writing skills for both academic and workplace purposes. Participants will learn the basic steps for teaching close reading with an emphasis on identifying evidence from texts which can be used in the writing process. Participants will practice using the steps in close reading through working with text from different content areas, as well as in unpacking high school completion test prompts. Participants will receive resources for texts and various research-based reading and writing strategies that can be used in the classroom. Trainer is David Tompkins.

Master Teacher Academy for ASE, RLA Strand, Part 2 of 2, Session 1 of 3
(December 9 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm)

Participants will understand the importance of close reading and evidence-based writing skills for both academic and workplace purposes. Participants will learn the basic steps for teaching close reading with an emphasis on identifying evidence from texts which can be used in the writing process. Participants will practice using the steps in close reading through working with text from different content areas, as well as in unpacking high school completion test prompts. Participants will receive resources for texts and various research-based reading and writing strategies that can be used in the classroom.

December 3, 2015: Tech and Tell: Free Media, Anyone? (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 8:00pm - 9:00pm. TRAIN PD will host this week's Tech-and-Tell on finding and using media (photos, music, videos, etc.) from the Internet. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 8:00 pm Central on Thursday, December 3rd and click the green "JOIN" button. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print!). Learn more at the Tech and Tell page. This training repeats on December 4th.

December 4, 2015: Tech and Tell: Free Media, Anyone? (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 11:30am - 12:30pm. TRAIN PD will host this week's Tech-and-Tell on finding and using media (photos, music, videos, etc.) from the Internet. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 11:30 am Central on Friday, December 4th and click the green "JOIN" button. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print!). Learn more at the Tech and Tell page.

December 4, 2015: Master Teacher Academy for ASE, RLA Strand, Session 1 of 3 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Southwest Texas Jr. College, 2401 Garner Field Road, Uvalde, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. Participants will understand the importance of close reading and evidence-based writing skills for both academic and workplace purposes. Participants will learn the basic steps for teaching close reading with an emphasis on identifying evidence from texts which can be used in the writing process. Participants will practice using the steps in close reading through working with text from different content areas, as well as in unpacking high school completion test prompts. Participants will receive resources for texts and various research-based reading and writing strategies that can be used in the classroom. Trainer is Theresa Sands. Please register here.

December 4, 2015: Counseling to Careers: Module 4: Consolidating the Research to create a Best Bet profiles (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 6101 Grayson Dr., Denison, TX from 9:00am - 1:00pm. In this module participants will be provided with several examples of how to pull all of their research together to create “Best Bet” profiles that links local post-secondary programs and job training to real local opportunities in the labor market of their local communities. Trainer is Sandra Lane. Please register here.

Counseling to Careers Note: Over the course of 4 modules, this Counseling to Careers (CTC) training provides some important tools to help prepare and transition AEL students to the career readiness and workforce world by identifying “Best Bets” local occupations and post-secondary training programs that would be a “good fit” based on the needs of the local organization and the community they serve. Participants are encouraged to register for all four modules. View all four descriptions and register here.

December 4, 2015: Distance Learning Academy, Module 1 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Region 10, Hunt Room, 400 E. Spring Valley, Richardson, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. This session is intended for staff and administrators. An overview of state and federal policy requirements for implementing a distance education program. Registration for Module 3 will be completed during the class. Note that Modules 1 and 3 are required for new staff and administrators. If a program is new to distance learning in adult education, an administrator must attend with other staff. Trainers are Dr. Glenda Rose and Jose Garcia. Please register here.

December 5, 2015: Master Teacher Academy for ASE, RLA Strand, Session 1 of 3 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at McLennan Community College, 1400 College Drive, Room 232, Waco, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. Participants will understand the importance of close reading and evidence-based writing skills for both academic and workplace purposes. Participants will learn the basic steps for teaching close reading with an emphasis on identifying evidence from texts which can be used in the writing process. Participants will practice using the steps in close reading through working with text from different content areas, as well as in unpacking high school completion test prompts. Participants will receive resources for texts and various research-based reading and writing strategies that can be used in the classroom. Trainer is Diamond McMaster. Please register here.

December 5, 2015: Master Teacher Academy for ASE, RLA Strand, Session 1 of 3 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Odessa College - Deadrick Hall, 201 West University Blvd., Odessa, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Participants will understand the importance of close reading and evidence-based writing skills for both academic and workplace purposes. Participants will learn the basic steps for teaching close reading with an emphasis on identifying evidence from texts which can be used in the writing process. Participants will practice using the steps in close reading through working with text from different content areas, as well as in unpacking high school completion test prompts. Participants will receive resources for texts and various research-based reading and writing strategies that can be used in the classroom. Trainer is Fallon McLane. Please register here.

December 5, 2015: Lone Star Quarter 2 In-Service (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). These trainings will take place at Greenspoint Center, 250 N. Sam Houston Pkwy E., Houston, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. Please see training descriptions below and choose which session you want to attend. You will need to choose a morning session, and afternoon session or an all day session. Please register here.

Session Descriptions

Morning Sessions (8:30 - 11:30)

BEST Literacy Scoring
This training is an initial training or review/refresher for anyone who administers or scores the BEST Literacy Test. Using the BEST Literacy Test Manual, participants will identify, review, and practice proper test administration and scoring procedures. Activities will include scoring of reading portions, writing samples to evaluate and score, scoring writing samples, and determining the rationales for scores given. The local program must provide at least one copy of the BEST Literacy Test Manual (2008) per 3 participants (http://calstore.cal.org/Store/ProductDetails.aspx?productId=65). Trainers are Robin Booth and Ethan Stroud.

TEAMS for Teachers (Room 203)
This workshop was developed to help teachers understand how to use the TEAMS Participant Roster report to monitor student progress and improve program performance. First, we will review the National Reporting System educational functioning levels and minimum program performance targets. Then we will analyze a sample TEAMS Participant Roster report to discover relationships between retention, performance and assessment. Trainer is Bill Medina.

Afternoon Session (12:30pm - 3:30pm)

TEAMS for Teachers (Room 203)
This workshop was developed to help teachers understand how to use the TEAMS Participant Roster report to monitor student progress and improve program performance. First, we will review the National Reporting System educational functioning levels and minimum program performance targets. Then we will analyze a sample TEAMS Participant Roster report to discover relationships between retention, performance and assessment.

All Day Sessions (8:30am - 3:30pm)

Distance Learning Academy Module 1
Distance Learning Academy Module 1 (6 hours) explains state and federal policy requirements for implementing a distance education program. Trainer is Denise Orand.

BEST PLUS
Participants attending will receive certification to administer the BEST Plus assessment upon successful completion of this training session. Local programs must purchase the participant's Test Administrator Guides prior to the session through the Center for Applied Linguistics: http://calstore.cal.org/Store/ProductDetails.aspx?productId=80. Trainer: Becky Collet.

TABE 9/10
This training will provide the CTB/McGraw-Hill certification requirements on the best practices of administering, scoring, and interpreting the TABE 9/10. Trainer: Angela Kaldro.

Integrating Career Awareness (ICA) Training
This six-hour workshop is an opportunity for instructors, counselors/advisors, and administrators to learn about a career planning process that will motivate students and provide them with the tools to reach their career and educational goals. Participants will have an opportunity to explore a variety of lessons from the Integrating Career Awareness into the ABE & ESOL Classroom (ICA) curriculum guide and discuss ideas for incorporating them into their broader curriculum. Trainer: Stephanie Byrd

December 5, 2015: Multi-level Classroom TOT (Training of Trainers): Best Practices for Teaching Adult Learners (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Tarrant County College Opportunity Center, 5901 Fitzhugh Ave., Fort Worth, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. The purpose of this event is NOT teacher training, but to prepare professional development trainers to facilitate the 6-hour Multi-level Classroom workshop, which will focus on appropriate lesson planning strategies, group strategies, and effective multi-level activities for ESL, ABE and ASE classrooms. Classroom management techniques, test preparation, orientation procedures, and multi-sensory lesson planning will be presented for an audience of future TRAINERS. Participants must complete a pre-reading assignment and post-training reflection each counting as an additional 1.5 hours of PD. Trainer is Kay Vaccaro. Please contact Tracy Hendrix for more information.

December 5, 2015: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Teaching Higher Level (Intermediate and Advanced) Adult Students – for New ESL Teachers.This training will be held at Brannockburn Baptist Church (7100 Brodie Lane, Austin, TX) on Saturday, December 5 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Arrive by 8:30 AM to check in and receive materials. Space is limited and reservations are REQUIRED by December 1, 2015. Complete information is included on the Events page at www.literacyconnexus.org.

December 5, 2015: South Texas Literacy Symposium. This training will be held at South Texas College Mid-Valley Campus, 400 N. Border, Weslaco. In collaboration with Literacy Texas, this professional development and training program will feature a variety of training topics including volunteer management, tutoring and teaching low-literacy adults, and collaborative opportunities to promote adult literacy awareness and initiatives. For more information as plans develop, visit www.literacytexas.org and subscribe to TCALL's Listserv for Community-based and Volunteer Literacy Educators.

December 5, 2015: Alamo Consortium College and Career Day (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Alamo/ESC Region 20, 1314 Hines Avenue, San Antonio, TX from 9:00am - noon. Please see training descriptions below and choose which session you want to attend. Please register here.

Training Descriptions

Building for the Future: ESL for Students Transitioning to ABE/GED and Beyond (Pine Room)
This workshop address strategies for teaching language skills, academic skills, and content areas to intermediate to advanced ESL students transitioning to ABE/GED and beyond -including a look at extended responser writing for the GED 2014. Trainer is Alex Baez.

College and Career Awareness (Red Bud Room)
This presentation will cover career and college readiness skills that AE students need to be successful. The career readiness skills will cover: labor market research, career exploration, resume writing, job search and interviewing skills. The college readiness portion will cover: working with GED and ESL students to prepare for college financially and academically, different degree options for students, and helping students transition to college. You will recieve handouts in the class.Trainer is Mechelle Marler and Irene Lee.

December 8-9, 2015: Socorro TEAMS Training (a TRAIN PD Consortium event).See descriptions below. Each session is repeated on both days. Please select the day you would like to attend. Please register here.

Training Descriptions

TEAMS Overview Module (8:00am - 10:00am)
In this module the trainer will introduce new users to basic concepts in TEAMS, including its relationship with the National Reporting System. Trainer is Terri Schiemenz.

TEAMS Report and Tables Module (10:00am - noon)
In this module the trainer will introduce the essential reports and tables that are necessary for AEL staff to understand for assessment planning and program performance. The trainer will teach participants how to run various reports and tables, how to interpret and analyze data on the reports and how to use this information to understand teacher and overall program performance. Trainer is Terri Schiemenz.

TEAMS for Teachers: Digging Deeper into Participant Level Information (1:00pm - 3:00pm)
In this module the trainer will provide participants with an opportunity to look in-depth at participant level information that is collected in TEAMS. Participants will have an opportunity to familiarize themselves with navigating the side bar menu in TEAMS, gain knowledge on how TEAMS is built and access participant level data from various points. Trainer is Terri Schiemenz.

December 8, 2015: GED® Testing Service “Tuesdays for Teachers” Webinar. Scheduled from 3:00 to 4:30 PM Central Time, this series of eight webinars, presented by Bonnie Goonen and Susan Pittman, will take a deeper dive into classroom strategies and techniques to address the most missed items across the four GED® test subjects. The webinars will best benefit educators who have been exposed to the foundational training delivered in 2014, such as the “Road Show” events delivered in 2014 and early 2015. Starting with April 28, other “Tuesdays for Teachers” Webinars will follow on May 26, June 23, September 22, October 27, November 17, and December 8. For more information or to register, visit the GED® Testing Service Educator Events page.

December 9, 2015: Master Teacher Academy for ASE, RLA Strand, Session 1 of 3 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Amarillo College, Student Ware Commons Room 309, 2011 S. Washington Street, Amarillo, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Please see training descriptions below and select the trainings you want to attend. Part 1 of 2 will take place on December 2. Please register for both trainings. Please register here.

Session Descriptions

Master Teacher Academy for ASE, RLA Strand, Part 1 of 2, Session 1 of 3
(December 2 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm)

Participants will understand the importance of close reading and evidence-based writing skills for both academic and workplace purposes. Participants will learn the basic steps for teaching close reading with an emphasis on identifying evidence from texts which can be used in the writing process. Participants will practice using the steps in close reading through working with text from different content areas, as well as in unpacking high school completion test prompts. Participants will receive resources for texts and various research-based reading and writing strategies that can be used in the classroom. Trainer is David Tompkins.

Master Teacher Academy for ASE, RLA Strand, Part 2 of 2, Session 1 of 3
(December 9 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm)

Participants will understand the importance of close reading and evidence-based writing skills for both academic and workplace purposes. Participants will learn the basic steps for teaching close reading with an emphasis on identifying evidence from texts which can be used in the writing process. Participants will practice using the steps in close reading through working with text from different content areas, as well as in unpacking high school completion test prompts. Participants will receive resources for texts and various research-based reading and writing strategies that can be used in the classroom.

December 9, 2015: Adult Education and Literacy Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting. Texas Workforce Commission’s AEL Advisory Committee will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the agency’s Austin headquarters. The committee is required to meet quarterly and report to the TWC Commissioners at least annually, and is charged with advising the Commission on: the development of policies and program priorities supporting the development of an educated and skilled workforce; the development of statewide curriculum guidelines and standards for AEL services that ensure a balance of education and workplace skill development; the development of a strategy for improving student transition to postsecondary education and career and technical education training; the development of a centralized system for collecting and tracking comprehensive data on adult basic education and literacy performance outcomes; the exploration of potential partnerships with entities in the nonprofit business communities and other entities to improve statewide literacy programs; and other issues the Commission considers appropriate.

December 10, 2015: Tech and Tell: Labor Market and Career Information Resources (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 8:00pm - 9:00pm. TWC's Lori Knight (Labor Market and Career Information) will host this week's Tech-and-Tell demonstrating online resources for exploring and planning for careers. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 8:00 pm Central on Thursday, December 10th and click the green "JOIN" button. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print!). Learn more at the Tech and Tell page. This training repeats on December 11th.

December 11, 2015: Tech and Tell: Labor Market and Career Information Resources (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 11:30am - 12:30pm. TWC's Lori Knight (Labor Market and Career Information) will host this week's Tech-and-Tell demonstrating online resources for exploring and planning for careers. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 11:30 am Central on Friday, December 11th and click the green "JOIN" button. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print!). Learn more at the Tech and Tell page.

December 11, 2015: Master Teacher Academy for ASE, RLA Strand, Session 1 of 3 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at NEISD (Region 20) Ferrari Learning Center, 107 W. Rampart Drive, San Antonio, TX on December 11, 2015 from 8:30am - 3:30pm. Participants will understand the importance of close reading and evidence-based writing skills for both academic and workplace purposes. Participants will learn the basic steps for teaching close reading with an emphasis on identifying evidence from texts which can be used in the writing process. Participants will practice using the steps in close reading through working with text from different content areas, as well as in unpacking high school completion test prompts. Participants will receive resources for texts and various research-based reading and writing strategies that can be used in the classroom. Trainer is Shelley Seavers. If interested contact Wendy Christensen at wendy.christensen@esc20.net.

December 11, 2015: Distance Learning Academy, Module 1 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). These trainings will be held at TJC West Campus, 1530 SSW Loop 323, Tyler, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. DLA Module 1 is intended for staff and administrators as an overview of state and federal policy requirements for implementing a distance education program. Modules 1 and 3 are required for new staff and administrators. If a program is new to distance learning in adult education, an administrator must attend with other staff. Registration for Module 3 will be completed during the class. Trainer is Wayne Crandall. Please register here.

December 11-12, 2015: Del Mar TEAMS Training (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). These trainings will be held on December 11th from 9:00am - noon and December 12th from 8:30am - 3:30pm at two different locations. Please see the workshop locations and descriptions below and select the workshops you would like to attend on the registration form. Please register here.

Workshop Descriptions

December 11
Location: Del Mar College West Campus, 485 Airport Road, Corpus Christi, TX

TEAMS Data Entry (9:00am - noon)
This module explains the process of entering student data into TEAMS, including basic student demographic and profile information, assessment information, how to add students to classes and enter the contact hours. Participants learn how to add students to the Wait List and learn to use the TEAMS Reference Guide and the Help section. If possible, participants will be given an opportunity for hands on practice with the TEAMS training data base. Trainer is Terri Schiemenz.

December 12
Location: Del Mar College East Campus, 101 Baldwin Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX

TEAMS Overview Module (8:30am - 9:30am)
This module introduces new users to basic concepts in TEAMS, including its relationship with the National Reporting System, Educational Functioning Levels, Domain of Significance, baseline and progress tests, and educational gains. Participants will learn common TEAMS acronyms, list types of information in TEAMS, locate and use the TEAMS Reference Guide. This module is appropriate BEFORE users have their TEAMS access because it does not include hands-on practice. Trainer is Terri Schiemenz.

TEAMS for Teachers: Digging Deeper into Participant Level Information (9:30am - 11:30am)
This module provides participants with an opportunity to look in-depth at participant (student) level information that is collected in TEAMS. Participants become familiar with navigating the side bar menu in TEAMS, gain knowledge on how TEAMS is built, and access participant level data from various points. Additional activities focus on building knowledge on the Participant Roster, the Performance Report, and Table IV/IV B to monitor class progress towards meeting performance objectives. Trainer is Terri Schiemenz.

TEAMS Reports and Tables Module (12:30pm - 3:30pm)
This module introduces the essential reports and tables that are necessary for assessment planning and program performance. Participants learn how to run various reports and tables, how to interpret and analyze data on the reports, and how to use this information to understand teacher and overall program performance. The reports include: Participant Roster, Participant Roster with Latest Assessment, Participants Tested with Less than Minimum Hours of Instruction, Participants Enrolled and Level Completed with Proxy Hours, Table 4, Table 4 and 4B Combined, Performance Report, and GED Match Report. Trainer is Terri Schiemenz.

December 11-12, 2015: 2015 Winter AEL Convocation (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). These trainings will be held at HCC Central Campus, San Jacinto Bldg., 1300 Holman St., Houston, TX on December 11, 2015 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm & December 12, 2015 from 9:00am - noon. These trainings repeat on the second day. Please see training descriptions below and choose which session you want to attend for each day on the registration form. Please register here.

Session Descriptions

2014 GED®: Preparing Students for Mathematical Reasoning
(Room 140 Dec. 11 & Room 172 Dec. 12)
This workshop provides strategies and resources to help instructors prepare students for the Mathematical Reasoning module of the 2014 GED® test. Trainer is Dirk Hodges.

Beginning ESL Literacy
(Room 101 Dec. 11 & Room 148 Dec. 12)
The Beginning ESL Literacy training will provide instructors with a brief history of the adult learner, techniques and strategies to improve the persistence and performance of learners in this lowest level of ESL. Teachers will learn how to promote an environment that builds retention and community among learners. Strategies and activities focus on realia found in the learners' environment to help beginning literacy ESL learners develop basic oral communication skills and build reading and writing skills. Trainer is Aida Martinez.

Cell Phones, Smart Phones and Mobile Devices
(Room 138 Dec. 11 & Room 171 Dec. 12)
This session offers teachers an overview of ways phones and mobile devices can be utilized in their classrooms, instead of being an annoyance or distraction. Computers with Internet and cell phones are necessary. Participants should have average computer skills and a more-than-basic cell phone to get the most out of this session. (If they have no cell phone, or one restricted only to calls, they may not enjoy this session very much.) Trainer is Denise Orand.

Engaging Instructional Strategies to Promote Persistence
(Room 110 Dec. 11 & Room 160 Dec. 12)
This workshop for ABE/ASE and ESL instructors examines six tenets of Adult Learning Theory in light of the six Drivers of Persistence. The six tenets of Adult Learning Theory (Knowles, 1998) intersect well with the Drivers of Persistence identified in the New England Learner Persistence Project (2008). Instructors use these concepts to design engaging instructional activities and strategies to help adult learners succeed in reaching educational and career goals. Trainer is Irene Ramos.

Questioning Strategies That Promote Higher Order Thinking
(Room 169 Dec. 11 & Room 174 Dec. 12)
This session covers questioning strategies that can be used in the adult classroom to increase student engagement with a focus on why increased critical thinking abilities develop students academically. The presenter will also focus on questions at all Depth of Knowledge and Bloom's Taxonomy levels. Ineffective questioning strategies will also be addressed. This will assist instructors prepare students for the new GED® 2014. Collaborative activities will provide opportunities for participants to develop their own questions at different DOK and Bloom's levels. Trainer is Rene Coronado.

Reach Them to Teach Them
(Room 134 (Lab) Dec. 11 & Room 285 (Lab) Dec. 12)
Reach Them to Teach Them is an interactive workshop that introduces teachers to online tools to keep students engaged outside of the classroom using smart phones, tablets and Apps. Workshop participants will be presented with current statistics on smart phone and social media usage, as well as be introduced to the SAMR Model of Technology Integration. Who said you couldn't pair levels of Bloom's Taxonomy or Webb's Depth of Knowledge with an APP? Learners will engage with Pedagogy Wheel, and leave with the Wheel and SAMR model to use in their class the next day! Trainer is Glenda Rose.

Reading and Interpreting Data: The Mathematics of Science and Social Studies
(Room 104 Dec. 11 & Room 159 Dec. 12)
To share strategies on teaching how the interrelationships between problem solving and interpreting graphs, charts, and other data representation are connected to Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Teachers will learn how to represent real-world problems visually. Finally, educators will use the skills of charting math data that can be used to create dot plots, histograms and box plots. Trainer is Cheryl Sanders.

Social Media and the Internet as a Medium for Learning
(Room 135 Dec. 11 & Dec. 12)
There are clear advantages to using social media in the classroom and for distance learning. With social media services online, ASE/GED/ESL Instructors can experience new and better types of communication and interaction. Participants will understand digital generations and explore the use of many forms of social media. Trainer is Kristi Parker.

TEAMS: Reports & Tables Module with Overview
(Room 201 (Lab) Dec. 11 & Room 109 (Lab) Dec. 12)
The Overview introduces new users to basic concepts in TEAMS, including its relationship with the National Reporting System, Educational Functioning Levels, Domain of Significance, baseline and progress tests, and educational gains. Then the session will introduce the essential reports and tables that are necessary for assessment planning and program performance. Participants learn how to run various reports and tables, how to interpret and analyze data on the reports, and how to use this information to understand teacher and overall program performance. The reports include: Participant Roster, Participant Roster with Latest Assessment, Participants Tested with Less than Minimum Hours of Instruction, Participants Enrolled and Level Completed with Proxy Hours, Table 4, Table 4and 4B Combined, Performance Report, and GED Match Report. Trainers are Alicia Aviles and Kathy Chevalier.

Using Multiple Grouping Strategies for ESL Instruction
(Room 103 Dec. 11 & Room 158 Dec. 12)
This training is designed to help ABE/ASE/ESOL teachers identify key traits that influence how groups can be implemented and organized in a multilevel classroom. Through hands-on and interactive activities teachers will differentiate among using pairs, small groups, and large groups for effective learning. Trainer is Martin Loa.

Write from Day One
(Room 133 Dec. 11 & Room 168 Dec. 12)
This 3-hour interactive workshop will focus on appropriate lesson planning strategies and effective writing strategies in multi-level ESL, ABE and ASE classrooms that instructors can use to help their students write more effectively in school, for personal reasons, and at work. Trainer is Patricia Solomon.

Writing for the GED®2014 and Beyond
(Room 141 Dec. 11 & Room 173 Dec. 12)
Taking a step-by-step approach to teaching writing and writing strategies, this session targets the needs of GED® 2014, but also encourages teachers to think beyond the test. Brainstorming and lesson plan-sharing is included with feedback from the facilitator and the true experts: the other GED teachers. Trainer is Carol Speigl.

December 12, 2015: Distance Learning Academy, Module 1 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). These trainings will be held at McLennan Community College, Adult Education, MAC Building Room 201, 1400 College Dr., Waco, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This session is intended for staff and administrators. An overview of state and federal policy requirements for implementing a distance education program. Registration for Module 3 will be completed during the class. Note that Modules 1 and 3 are required for new staff and administrators. If a program is new to distance learning in adult education, an administrator must attend with other staff. Trainer is Jose Garcia. Please register here.

December 12, 2015: Recruitment, Retention and Intake Workshop (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). These trainings will be held at Laredo Community College, Eloy Garcia Building, West End Washington St., Laredo, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. The participants of this session will learn how to promote an environment that builds retention and community among learners. Participants will also be introduced to the Drivers of Persistence developed by World Ed and to the idea of Resilience Building to aid Sudent retention. Trainer is Laura Garcia. Please register here.

December 12, 2015: Master Teacher Academy for ASE, Math Strand Session 1 of 3 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). These trainings will be held at Church Hill Middle School; Adult Ed Complex,1298 Church Hill, New Braunfels, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Master Teacher Academy for ASE, Math Strand Session 1 of 3 Participants will learn strategies for teaching number sense concepts such as multiples, factors, exponents, absolute value, and the ordering of rational numbers. Also included will be key life skills such as ratios, percent, and scale factors. Each participant will practice using the GED calculator, Texas Instruments TI-30XS, to address these skills as well as to obtain calculator skills needed for future sessions. Trainer is Richard Sedillo. If interested in attending please contact Wendy Christensen at wendy.christensen@esc20.net.

December 12, 2015: Master Teacher Academy for ASE, RLA Strand, Session 1 of 3 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Bryan Adult Learning Center, 1700 Palasoto Drive, Bryan, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Participants will understand the importance of close reading and evidence-based writing skills for both academic and workplace purposes. Participants will learn the basic steps for teaching close reading with an emphasis on identifying evidence from texts which can be used in the writing process. Participants will practice using the steps in close reading through working with text from different content areas, as well as in unpacking high school completion test prompts. Participants will receive resources for texts and various research-based reading and writing strategies that can be used in the classroom. Trainer is Stephanie Byrd. Please register here.

December 12, 2015: Master Teacher Academy for ASE, Math Strand Session 1 of 3 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Education Service Center, Region 20, 1314 Hines Ave., San Antonio, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. Master Teacher Academy for ASE, Math Strand Session 1 of 3 Participants will learn strategies for teaching number sense concepts such as multiples, factors, exponents, absolute value, and the ordering of rational numbers. Also included will be key life skills such as ratios, percent, and scale factors. Each participant will practice using the GED calculator, Texas Instruments TI-30XS, to address these skills as well as to obtain calculator skills needed for future sessions. Trainer is Reda Berry.

December 16, 2015: Master Teacher Academy for ASE, Reading Language Arts, 1A/1B (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). These trainings will be held at DCCCD, El Centro West Campus, 3330 N. Hampton Rd., Dallas, TX from 9:00am - noon. Participants will understand the importance of close reading and evidence-based writing skills for both academic and workplace purposes. Participants will learn the basic steps for teaching close reading with an emphasis on identifying evidence from texts which can be used in the writing process. Participants will practice using the steps in close reading through working with text from different content areas, as well as in unpacking high school completion test prompts. Participants will receive resources for texts and various research-based reading and writing strategies that can be used in the classroom. Trainer is Monica Stansberry. This is a two part course, participants are expected to complete both parts for credit to be awarded. Part 1B will be held on January 12th. Please register for both session here.

December 17, 2015: Tech and Tell: Reboot Your Digital Strategy (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 8:00pm - 9:00pm. In this webinar, learn how your program and students can take advantage of national developments in digital literacy and access. Watch demos of helpful resources, websites, and tools to get your teachers, tutors, and students "connected." No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 8:00 pm Central on Thursday, December 17th and click the green "JOIN" button. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print!). Learn more at the Tech and Tell page. This training repeats on December 18th.

December 18, 2015: Tech and Tell: Reboot Your Digital Strategy (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 11:30am - 12:30pm. In this webinar, learn how your program and students can take advantage of national developments in digital literacy and access. Watch demos of helpful resources, websites, and tools to get your teachers, tutors, and students "connected." No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 11:30 am Central on Friday, December 18th and click the green "JOIN" button. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print!). Learn more at the Tech and Tell page.

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