THE STATE’S PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CENTER
TRAIN PD @ TCALL is a project of the Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and Learning at Texas A&M University funded by the Texas Workforce Commission to serve as the statewide Professional Development and Resource Center for Texas Adult Education and Literacy (AEL). In that role, TRAIN PD serves as the hub for the TWC AEL Training, Resource and Innovation Network for Texas (TRAIN Tex) strategy.
TRAIN PD @ TCALL is responsible for delivering training, including training-of-trainer (TOT) events, informational resources, and other support to local programs, students, and stakeholders. PD Center staff, including PD Specialists, are responsible for deploying statewide PD activities, identifying and recruiting additional contract trainers, developing and delivering training throughout the state, including online accessibility, and assisting AEL Grantees and other providers with professional development planning and services provision.
Key services of TRAIN PD @ TCALL include:
- Data-driven PD planning, services, and implementation
- Routine and concentrated support to AEL Providers
- The Texas AEL Contract Trainer Database (with ongoing recruitment and development of a cadre of Contract Trainers)
- Management and development of the Agency-provided LMS (Texas AEL PD Portal)
- Event planning for statewide, regional, or local conference or business events
- Research activities to evaluate PD effectiveness and for other purposes as approved by the Agency
- Information resources including:
Those services and products/resources are available to Texas audiences including:
- Employees or volunteers of AEL service providers and collaborating entities
- Employees of the Agency
- Members of the Texas Workforce Solutions Network, including Board staff and contractors
- Developmental education providers
- Windham School District education providers
- Volunteers; community-based and faith-based providers
- Other stakeholders as approved by the TWC
For more information, send a message to
Call 1-800-441-READ (7323) or contact these project leadership staff with your questions.
Communications, Email Discussion List Moderation,
and Ombudsperson for Problems/Suggestions regarding TRAIN PD @ TCALL:
Harriet Smith, Communications/Managing Director
Professional Development Content and Texas AEL PD Portal:
Debra Hargrove, Director of Professional Development
Contract Trainer Database, General PD and Resource Questions:
Federico Salas-Isnardi, Director of Information Resources & Publications
Professional Development Field Services to AEL Grant Recipients/Consortia:
Beth Ponder, PD Specialist and Program Manager for PD Field Services
See contact information for other project staff on the TCALL Staff Page.
See TRAIN PD @ TCALL Advisory Committee.