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This calendar includes 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 on "Discussion Lists" to read about these discussion lists and how to join.
October 2, 2014: "Digging In" to the Texas AEL Contract Trainer & Training Database. TWC-funded local AEL PD Coordinators and program leaders are invited to join the TRAIN PD Consortium at TCALL from 10:00 to 11:00 AM Central Time for a virtual tour of this important new resource for planning and implementing locally-delivered Tier 1 Training. For more information, visit the TRAIN PD Webinar Page.
October 2, 2014: TABE Training of Trainers (TOT): (Target Audience, To Become TABE Trainers) Training will be facilitated by the publisher, CTB McGraw-Hill, and held in Richardson, Texas at Region 10 ESC, 400 E. Spring Valley Road, Richardson, Texas 75081 from 9am-12pm 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-441-7323. Hotel information available upon registration. Attendees must Register here.
October 8, 2014: PD Coordinators’ Workshop. TRAIN PD Consortium will meet with Local Professional Development Coordinators from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. in Austin. This is an invitation-only event, scheduled and co-located in conjunction with TWC’s October 8-10 Adult Education and Literacy Symposium. For more information, email email@example.com. [Download presentation materials here.]
October 8-10, 2014: TWC Adult Education and Literacy Symposium. Texas Workforce Commission Adult Education and Literacy will host this 3-day symposium in Austin, starting at 1:00 p.m. on October 8 and ending at 1:00 p.m. on October 10. For more information, email AdultEducation@twc.state.tx.us. [Download presentation materials here.]
October 12-14, 2014: National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) Annual Conference. Theme of this conference in Orlando, FL will be Building Capacity – Aligning for the Future. 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 including registration and schedule, visit: http://www.ncpn.info/2014-ncpn-conf.php
October 13, 2014: ESL Strategies: Music for Enhancing Learning in ESL. This training will be held at Austin Community College, Highland Business Center on Monday, October 13, 2014 from 1 to 4. Music for Enhancing Learning in ESL is a theory- and strategy-based workshop that includes foundations of encoding, storage and retrieval of information through music association, addressing affective factors to improve learner capacity to receive new information, and engaging learners with music to improve reading, writing, listening, speaking and cultural knowledge skills. Contact Glenda Rose at Glenda.Rose@cehd.tamu.edu for more information.
October 13, 2014: Write from the Start. This training will be held at Austin Community College Highland Business Center on Monday, October 13, 2014 from 6 to 9 pm. Write from the Start reviews writing strategy instruction and classroom activities to move novice writers in English from basic words to complete compositions in preparation for transitions to ABE, college, certificate programs or other career pathways. Contact Glenda Rose at Glenda.Rose@cehd.tamu.edu for more information.
October 15-18, 2014: 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 23, 2014: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Town Hall Meeting. U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) will host a Region 4 WIOA Town Hall in Irving, Texas, as one in a series of national listening sessions designed to support strong implementation of the new legislation nationwide. The all-day session will provide a great deal of structured feedback to the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Service's Administration for Children and Families (ACF) around implementation challenges and considerations. Target audience includes state and local leaders who help to design and/or administer: WIA/WIOA and Wagner-Peyser grants; Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education and Vocational Rehabilitation programs; TANF programs; Apprenticeship programs; Veterans employment and training programs; Secondary education systems; and Higher education systems. Also invited are stakeholders and partners that include: Technical schools; Employers; Industry associations; Organized labor; Economic developers; Community and faith-based organizations; and Other Workforce System partners. ALL attendees must be registered by Thursday, October 16, 2014. Location is the Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel. For more information or to register, visit the Town Hall web page: http://www.theeventconn.com/R4WIOATownHall
October 25, 2014: BEST Plus Test Refresher Training. Region 9 Education Service Center in Wichita Falls is hosting this locally-funded Tier 1 Training, and they have a limited number of spaces available for neighboring programs. Additional attendees must cover their own travel expenses and bring their own BEST Plus Test Administrator Guide. This 3-hour BEST Plus Refresher Training is intended for those who have been trained previously by a certified BEST Plus trainer. Interested program leaders must email Octaviano Garza at Octaviano.Garza@esc9.net to inquire about participation, times and location details.
October 25, 2014: Strategies for Engaging Adult English Language Learners. This training will be held at Panola College, 1109 W. Panola Street, Carthage, TX 75633, M.P. Baker Library, Community Room, from 9am to 12pm by Dr. Glenda Rose. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-441-7323. Attendees must Register Here.
October 25, 2014: Transitions for ABE and ASE. This training will be held at Panola College, 1109 W. Panola Street, Carthage, TX 75633, M.P. Baker Library, Community Room, from 1pm to 4pm by Dr. Glenda Rose. Transitions for ABE and ASE focuses 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. For more information email email@example.com or call 800-441-7323. Attendees must Register Here.
October 29, 2014: TWC Webinar on Texas AEL Professional Development Model & Deliverables. TWC Adult Education and Literacy will host this webinar from 2:30 to 3:30 PM CST for a target audience of TWC-funded Local Provider Administrators and PD Coordinators. For more information, email AdultEducation@twc.state.tx.us.
October 30-31, 2014: National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE) Annual Conference. Theme of this conference in Pittsburgh, PA will be Casting Relationships, Forging Partnerships. Strands will include: Best Practices in Workforce Education; Stackable Credentials, Completion Agenda and Prior Learning Assessment Strategies; Grant Outcomes, Deliverables, and Sustainable Solutions; Employer Engagement Strategies and Innovative Partnerships; and Community Colleges’ Role in Economic Development and Community Revitalization. For more information including registration, speakers, and schedule, visit: http://www.ncwe.org/?page=2014_conference
November 4-7, 2014: American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) 63rd Annual Conference. Theme of this conference in North Charleston, SC will be Adult Educators: Making a Difference! The mission of AAACE is to provide a unifying leadership for this vision and to make a difference in shaping organizational and social contexts that support lifelong learning. Conference sessions provide an opportunity to showcase past, present, and future examples of how adult and continuing educators make a difference and "contribute to human fulfillment and positive social change." For more information, visit here.
November 8, 2014: BEST Plus Test Administration and Refresher Trainings. Region 9 Education Service Center in Wichita Falls is hosting this six-hour, locally-funded Tier 1 Trainings, and they have a limited number of spaces available for neighboring programs. Additional attendees must cover their own travel expenses and bring their own BEST Plus Test Administrator Guide. Interested program leaders must email Octaviano Garza at Octaviano.Garza@esc9.net to inquire about participation, times and location details.
November 12-14, 2014: National Conference on Effective Transitions in Adult Education 2014. The National College Transitions Network (NCTN) will host its eighth annual conference in 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 by organizing a transition strand at the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) annual conference (scheduled for April 22-25, 2015 in Denver, CO). In 2013, over 550 adult and postsecondary administrators and educators from 42 states, representing postsecondary institutions, school districts, and community based organizations participated in the annual conference. For more information, including registration and the Call for Presenters (due June 1, 2014), visit: http://www.collegetransition.org/conferences.national2014.html
November 13-15, 2014: TexTESOL 2014 State Conference. The San Marcos Embassy Suites Hotel will be home of TexTESOL's annual conference comprising five regional affiliates throughout Texas. Pre-Conference will be November 13, with General Sessions November 14 and 15. For more information, visit the conference web page. http://www.textesol2014.org/
November 17-18, 2014: BEST Plus Training of Trainers in Fort Worth. TRAIN PD is offering this Training of Trainers (TOT) to help local Adult Education and Literacy Programs build their capacity to provide training for staff who administer the BEST Plus assessment. Participants must pre-register with TRAIN PD and must attend both days from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Particularly if you are in an area of the state with few BEST Plus trainers available, it may be worth investing the time and resources to have a staff member become a certified BEST Plus trainer. COST TO LOCAL PROGRAMS: The publisher charges a $500.00 initial BEST Plus trainer certification fee for each participant, which will be billed by TRAIN PD to the sponsoring local program after the event. Local programs are also responsible for all travel expenses of the participants they send. For more information, contact your local PD Coordinator or email TRAIN PD’s Tracy Hendrix at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 19-21, 2014: 18th Annual Texas Workforce Conference. Save the Date for the Texas Workforce Commission’s annual conference, to be held at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine. Details will be posted on the TWC Events page as plans develop.
November 20-21, 2014: BEST Plus Training of Trainers in San Antonio. TRAIN PD is offering this Training of Trainers (TOT) to help local Adult Education and Literacy Programs build their capacity to provide training for staff who administer the BEST Plus assessment. Participants must pre-register with TRAIN PD and must attend both days from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Particularly if you are in an area of the state with few BEST Plus trainers available, it may be worth investing the time and resources to have a staff member become a certified BEST Plus trainer. COST TO LOCAL PROGRAMS: The publisher charges a $500.00 initial BEST Plus trainer certification fee for each participant, which will be billed by TRAIN PD to the sponsoring local program after the event. Local programs are also responsible for all travel expenses of the participants they send. For more information, contact your local PD Coordinator or email TRAIN PD’s Tracy Hendrix at email@example.com.
December 6, 2014: TEAMS for Teachers. The training will be held at 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Howard College - San Angelo, Room B105. 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. Attendees must register here.
December 8, 2014: 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.