2014 Calendar
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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.

April 2014

April 4, 2014: GED® Social Studies/Science Project-based Learning session will be held at the Del Mar College, West Campus, 485 Airport Road at Santa Elena, (far north side of campus), Corpus Christi. The hours for this session are 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. This session will be held in room 1302-C. Hours are 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., with a one hour break for lunch. This training is for approximately 15 participants. The facilitator for this session is Mr. Jeffrey Elmore. For more information, please contact Mr. Barry Johnson at kublj001@tamuk.edu or (361) 593-2755. South Registration Form.

April 4, 2014 2014 GED® Test: RLA Extended Response Rubric Overview. Trainer is Dorothy Babbington/Shannon Castille.  This training will be held at Angelina College-Jasper Higher Education Center, 450 Bulldog Avenue, Room 109, Jasper, TX 75951 from 9:00am – 12:00pm.  This training will provide an overview of the RLA Extended Response Rubric.  It will present GED® Teachers with real-world situations where they can help test-takers demonstrate their ability to develop an argument and support their ideas with text-based evidence.  For more information, please email CoastalCF@lonestar.edu. You must register to attend Coastal Registration form.

April 4, 2014 2014 GED® Test:  Problem Solving Overview. Trainer is Eva Seal. This training will be held at Angelina College-Jasper Higher Education Center, 450 Bulldog Avenue, Room 109, Jasper, TX 75951 from 9:00am – 12:00pm.  Problem Solving Overview participants will learn the importance of using Mathematical Reasoning and effective questioning in all GED® classes and be introduced to algebraic problem solving using the SOLVE method.  In addition participants will have an opportunity to use manipulatives to solve Algebraic Problems.  For more information, please email CoastalCF@lonestar.edu. You must register to attend Coastal Registration form.

April 4, 2014 2014 GED® Test: 2014 GED® Test: Extended Response Rubric Follow-Up Using RLA and Social Studies Content. Trainer is Dorothy Babbington/Shannon Castille.  This training will be held at Angelina College-Jasper Higher Education Center, 450 Bulldog Avenue, Room 109, Jasper, TX 75951 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.  This training will provide a follow-up on the Extended Response Rubric Using RLA and Social Studies Content.  It will provide an opportunity for participants to review different anchor (sample) papers.  Participants will become very familiar with the Scoring Rubric used to evaluate both the RLA and Social Studies Extended Response.  Prerequisite: RLA Overview.  For more information, please email CoastalCF@lonestar.edu. You must register to attend Coastal Registration form.

April 4, 2014 2014 GED® Test: Problem Solving Follow-Up. Trainer is Eva Seal.  This training will be held at Angelina College-Jasper Higher Education Center, 450 Bulldog Avenue, Room 109, Jasper, TX 75951 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.  Problem Solving Skills Follow-Up identifies content of the 2014 GED® Mathematics module as it relates to quantitative problem solving.  It allows participants to explore mathematical practices and behaviors for quantitative problems.  It also provides extensive practice in solving problems with the TI30XS Multi-View Calculator.  For more information, please email CoastalCF@lonestar.edu. You must register to attend Coastal Registration form.

April 5, 2014 2014 GED® Test: RLA Extended Response Rubric Overview. Trainer is Dorothy Babbington/Shannon Stott.  This training will be held at Angelina College-Jasper Higher Education Center, 450 Bulldog Avenue, Room 109, Jasper, TX 75951 from 9:00am – 12:00pm.  This training will provide an overview of the RLA Extended Response Rubric.  It will present GED® Teachers with real-world situations where they can help test-takers demonstrate their ability to develop an argument and support their ideas with text-based evidence.  For more information, please email CoastalCF@lonestar.edu. You must register to attend Coastal Registration form.

April 5, 2014 2014 GED® Test: Problem Solving Overview. Trainer is Eva Seal.  This training will be held at Angelina College-Jasper Higher Education Center, 450 Bulldog Avenue, Room 109, Jasper, TX 75951 from 9:00am – 12:00pm.  Problem Solving Overview participants will learn the importance of using Mathematical Reasoning and effective questioning in all GED® classes and be introduced to algebraic problem solving using the SOLVE method.  In addition participants will have an opportunity to use manipulatives to solve Algebraic Problems.  For more information, please email CoastalCF@lonestar.edu. You must register to attend Coastal Registration form.

April 5, 2014 2014 GED® Test: 2014 GED® Test: Extended Response Rubric Follow-Up Using RLA and Social Studies Content. Trainer is Dorothy Babbington/Shannon Stott.  This training will be held at Angelina College-Jasper Higher Education Center, 450 Bulldog Avenue, Room 109, Jasper, TX 75951 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.  This training will provide a follow-up on the Extended Response Rubric Using RLA and Social Studies Content.  It will provide an opportunity for participants to review different anchor (sample) papers.  Participants will become very familiar with the Scoring Rubric used to evaluate both the RLA and Social Studies Extended Response.  Prerequisite: RLA Overview.  For more information, please email CoastalCF@lonestar.edu. You must register to attend Coastal Registration form.

April 5, 2014 2014 GED® Test: Problem Solving Follow-Up. Trainer is Eva Seal.  This training will be held at Angelina College-Jasper Higher Education Center, 450 Bulldog Avenue, Room 109, Jasper, TX 75951 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.  Problem Solving Skills Follow-Up identifies content of the 2014 GED® Mathematics module as it relates to quantitative problem solving.  It allows participants to explore mathematical practices and behaviors for quantitative problems.  It also provides extensive practice in solving problems with the TI30XS Multi-View Calculator.  For more information, please email CoastalCF@lonestar.edu. You must register to attend Coastal Registration form.

April 4-5, 2014: Technology and Project Based Learning Academy, Session 3: (Target Audience: All Adult Education Instructors) Training will be facilitated by Dr. Glenda Rose. This is the last of three sessions. To be eligible of a training stipend, attendees must complete all interim activities and participate in all sessions. The session will be held on Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Far West GREAT Training Center, 313 S. Rio Vista Rd., El Paso, TX. Please email farwestg@farwestgreat.org if you have any questions or call (915) 937-1725. REGISTER ONLINE NOW!

April 5, 2014 New Content for the GED® 2014 Math Test will be held at Seguin ISD-Adult Education Additional session and Registration is available through iLearning. If you encounter difficulties registering on line, please contact Central Registration by e-mail registration@esc20.net or by calling (210) 370-5671.

April 5, 2014 Depth of Knowledge (DOK)/GED®2014 English/Social Studies in the Adult Education classroom will be held at Education Service Center Region 20 Conference Center, 1314 Hines Ave., San Antonio 78208. (210) 370-5200. Additional session and Registration is available through iLearning. If you encounter difficulties registering on line, please contact Central Registration by e-mail registration@esc20.net or by calling (210) 370-5671.

April 5, 2014: Workforce 101 Training will be held from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at 1307 N. Locust Street, Denton TX 76201.  The trainer is Becky Nelson. For more information, please contact Daniel Correa at 940-369-0091 or 940-597-4693 by e-mail at dcorrea@dentonisd.org.

April 7, 2014: BEST Plus Update Training will be held from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at New Summerfield Elementary , 13307 Hwy 110, New Summerfield TX .  The trainer is Octaviano Garza. For more information, please contact LaNelle Wilcox,  903-726-3306, or by email at lwilcox@newsummerfieldisd.net.

April 9, 2014: TEAMS for New Users will be held at 708 Palm Boulevard, Brownsville ISD, in Brownsville. Hours are 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The trainer is Ms. Terri Schiemenz. This session is for new users, and seasoned users are also invited to attend. For more information, please contact Mr. Barry Johnson at kublj001@tamuk.edu or (361) 593-2755. South Registration Form.

April 9, 2014: Classroom Career and Educational Pathways, Follow-up Session: (Target Audience: SJALC and SCLC Instructors only) Training will be facilitated by Melissa Sadler-Nitu. During this session attendees will discuss lessons learned and present their completed assignments. The session will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Far West GREAT Training Center, 313 S. Rio Vista Rd., El Paso, TX. Please email farwestg@farwestgreat.org if you have any questions or call (915) 937-1725. REGISTER ONLINE NOW!

April 10, 2014: TEAMS for New Users will be held at 708 Palm Boulevard, Brownsville ISD, in Brownsville. Hours are 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The trainer is Ms. Terri Schiemenz. This session is for new users, and seasoned users are also invited to attend. For more information, please contact Mr. Barry Johnson at kublj001@tamuk.edu or (361) 593-2755. South Registration Form.

April 11, 2014: Communication Scenarios Training will be held from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm at PDC, 3150 McCart Avenue, Fort Worth TX  76109.  The trainer is Aida Martinez. For more information, please contact Patty Covert at 817-492-7960 or by e-mail at patricia.covert@fwisd.org. 

April 11, 2014: Lesson Planning: How to Plan an Effective Lesson. Trainer is Dorothy Babbington.  This training will be held at AVANCE-Mangum Education Center, 4503 Mangum Rd, Computer Lab, Houston, TX 77092 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  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. For more information, please email CoastalCF@lonestar.edu. You must register to attend Coastal Registration form.

April 11, 2014: Digging Deeper into the 2014 GED® Test, Session 3- Putting the Writing Rubrics to Work in Your Classroom, Follow-up Session: During this session attendees will discuss lessons learned and present their completed assignments. The session will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn El Paso Airport, 6650 Gateway East Blvd., El Paso, TX. Attendees must participate in all sessions and the follow up to be eligible for the stipend. Please email farwestg@farwestgreat.org if you have any questions or call (915) 937-1725.

April 11, 2014: BEST Plus Refresher Training: (Target Audience: BEST Plus Administrators) Training will be facilitated by Barbara Shull. Refresher training for BEST Plus administrators. The training will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn El Paso Airport, 6650 Gateway East Blvd., El Paso, TX. Please email farwestg@farwestgreat.org if you have any questions or call (915) 937-1725. REGISTER ONLINE NOW!

April 12, 2014: Communication Scenarios Training will be held from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Firehouse 10, 2804 Lipscomb, Fort Worth TX 76110.  The trainer is Aida Martinez. For more information, please contact Patty Covert at 817-492-7960 or by e-mail at patricia.covert@fwisd.org. 

April 12, 2014: Content Standards: Implementing Texas Content Standards. Trainer is Doris Larry.  This training will be held at Houston Community College, 3100 Main St, Auditorium, Houston, TX from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  This training course is for anyone interested in learning more about the Texas Adult Education Content Standards and Benchmarks (TAESB). The main objectives of the training are to familiarize the audience with the TAESB and to develop lesson plans using the standards and benchmarks. Audience members do not need to have previous knowledge of the TAESB; however, they do need to be familiar with adult education programs and practices in Texas. Target audience members would include full-time and part-time adult education teachers (ABE/ASE and ESOL) and adult education program administrators.  For more information, please email CoastalCF@lonestar.edu. You must register to attend Coastal Registration form.

April 12, 2014: 2014 GED® Test: Problem Solving Overview. Trainer is Martin Loa.  This training will be held at Lone Star College-University Park, 20515 State Highway 249, Room 13-327, Houston, TX 77070 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Problem Solving Overview participants will learn the importance of using Mathematical Reasoning and effective questioning in all GED® classes and be introduced to algebraic problem solving using the SOLVE method.  In addition participants will have an opportunity to use manipulatives to solve Algebraic Problems.  For more information, please email CoastalCF@lonestar.edu. You must register to attend Coastal Registration form.

April 12, 2014: 2014 GED® Test: Problem Solving Follow Up. Trainer is Martin Loa.  This training will be held at Lone Star College-University Park, 20515 State Highway 249, Room 13-327, Houston, TX 77070 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Problem Solving Skills Follow-Up identifies content of the 2014 GED® Mathematics module as it relates to quantitative problem solving.  It allows participants to explore mathematical practices and behaviors for quantitative problems.  It also provides extensive practice in solving problems with the TI30XS Multi-View Calculator.  For more information, please email CoastalCF@lonestar.edu. You must register to attend Coastal Registration form.

April 12, 2014: Math Institute - Math Strategy & Calculator Training will be held from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at 1307 N. Locust Street, Denton TX 76201.  The trainers are Anthony Chan & Marsha HoSang. For more information, please contact Daniel Correa at 940-369-0091 or  940-597-4693 or by e-mail at dcorrea@dentonisd.org

April 12, 2014: Teacher Techie Conference will be held from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm at Kilgore College, Longview Campus 300 South High Street, Longview, TX 75601.   For more information, please contact Betsy Rodriguez at 903-236-2004 or by email at brodriguez@kilgore.edu.

April 12, 2014 GED® 2014 Specific Session: Number Sense and Graphing will be held at Education Service Center Region 20 Conference Center, 1314 Hines Ave., San Antonio 78208. (210) 370-5200. Additional session and Registration is available through iLearning. If you encounter difficulties registering on line, please contact Central Registration by e-mail registration@esc20.net or by calling (210) 370-5671.

April 12, 2014: BEST Plus Training will be held from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at James W. Fannin School, 4800 Ross Ave., Dallas TX 75204.  The trainer is Bill Medina. For more information, please contact Yadira Merchan at 972-794-7802 or 806-382-3694 or by e-mail at ymerchan@dallasisd.org.

April 12, 2014: Back to the Future: Contextualization for Adult ESL: (Target Audience: All ESL Instructors) Training will be facilitated by Heide Spruck Wrigley. As adult education has shifted over to TWC, we see an increased emphasis on revamping adult ESL to include a focus on Contextualization. This day-long workshop is for teachers and coordinators who want to know more about Contextualization (definition, approaches, instruction). The session is primarily for ESL teachers interested in integrating Contextualization into their classes. The workshop will be interactive and focus on teaching strategies. We will offer hands-on practice in designing a contextualized lesson geared toward jobs in either health care, construction, or transportation. Teachers will receive examples of Infographics that can be used to engage students and develop their skills. Examples of contextualized programs in Texas will be included, along with a video that shows an instructor teaching ESL students in a contextualized classroom. Teachers will receive examples of contextualized readings for students that can form the backbone for a series of ESL lessons. The training will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn El Paso Airport, 6650 Gateway East Blvd., El Paso, TX. Please email farwestg@farwestgreat.org if you have any questions or call (915) 937-1725. REGISTER ONLINE NOW!

April 14, 2014 [REOPENED] ESOL: Beginning Literacy ESOL Training. Trainer is Denise Johnson.  All participants attending this training will receive a English on a Roll® Cube Set and Instructor Manual.This training will be held at Bilingual Education Institute, 6060 Richmond Ave, Ste #180, Room 205, Houston, TX 77057 from 8:00am – 2:00pm.  Beginning Literacy ESOL training provides instructors with techniques and strategies to improve the persistence and performance of learners in this lowest level of ESOL. Teachers will learn how to promote an environment that enhances persistence and builds community among learners. Strategies and activities focus on realia found in the learner’s environment to help beginning literacy ESOL learners develop basic oral communication skills and build reading and writing skills.  Options are available for up to three additional PD hours.  For more information, please email CoastalCF@lonestar.edu. You must register to attend Coastal Registration form.

April 14, 2014: Workforce 101 Training will be held from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Academic Learning Center, 3201 Lincoln Avenue, Texarkana TX.  The trainer is Dr. Janet Thompson. For more information, please contact Dean Ransdell at 903-793-5632 Ext 1710 or  cell 903-277-4110 or by e-mail at deanr@txkisd.net.

April 17, 2014: Multi-level Classroom Strategies for Adult Education for ESL and ABE teachers teachers will be held at 708 Palm Boulevard, Brownsville ISD, in Brownsville. Hours are 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The trainer is Ms. Irene Ramos. For more information, please contact Mr. Barry Johnson at kublj001@tamuk.edu or (361) 593-2755. South Registration Form.

April 21, 2014: GED® 2014 Module III will be held at Laredo Community College, West End Washington, Eloy Garcia Building, room 135, in Laredo. Hours are 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., with a working lunch format. The trainer is Ms. Joni Vara. For more information, please contact Mr. Barry Johnson at kublj001@tamuk.edu or (361) 593-2755. South Registration Form.

April 23, 2014: Learning Disabilities: Differentiated Instructional Strategies for Adult Learners. Trainer is Lorraine Wakeland.  This training will be held at Literacy Advance of Houston, 2424 Wilcrest Dr #120, Conference Room, Houston, TX 77042 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  In this hands-on and interactive training session, the participants will gain knowledge of critical information and strategies for teaching, assessing, and monitoring adult education students with a variety of learning needs. For more information, please email CoastalCF@lonestar.edu. You must register to attend Coastal Registration form.

April 25, 2014: WF 101 session will be at Region One Education Service Center, 1900 W. Schunior, Edinburg, Texas. Hours are 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. This training is for approximately 15 participants. The facilitator for this session is Mr. Bill Medina. For more information, please contact Mr. Barry Johnson at kublj001@tamuk.edu or (361) 593-2755. South Registration Form.

April 25 - 26, 2014: Transitioning Conference II: ABE To Degree. Lone Star College-University Park Conference Center, 20515 State Highway 249 (SH 249@ Louetta Road), Houston, TX 77070.  A collaboration between Central & Coastal GREAT Centers. Click here to download the flyer.  

April 25:

  • Registration:  8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
  • Morning Session:  9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Afternoon Session: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

April 26:

  • Registration:  8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
  • Morning Session:  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Afternoon Session: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The essential trend in adult basic education (ABE) and developmental education (DE) is collaboration among educational providers including postsecondary education, and workforce development boards in providing a coordinated, systemic endeavor for effective college and career readiness pathways regardless of type of transition program  being implemented.  The primary objective of the Transitions Academy II: ABE to Degree is to provide instructors of Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Developmental Education (DE) with classroom strategies for integrating reading and writing; student success strategies and contextualized instruction.   The Opening General session “ABE and the TSI: An overview of the adult learner in developmental education in Texas” presented on April 25 by Sydney Granger, Texas State University, will employ a combination of lecture and active audience participation to provide both AEL and developmental education professionals an overview of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) and other state mandates affecting college-going adult learners in Texas.   Afternoon sessions on April 25 include “Integrated Reading/Writing: Perspectives” and “Principles, and Practices of an Integrated Reading  & Writing Classroom” presented by Dr. Eric Paulson, Texas State University, and Learning Frameworks presented by William Barry, Texas State University.  On April 26 Ann-Claire Anderson, Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD), will present an all-day training on “Using Career Pathways to Contextualize Instruction for Adult Learners” where instructors will learn how contextual teaching enables lower-skilled adult learners to advance along a career pathway and prepare for postsecondary success.  Space is limited!  You must register to attend.  Lunch will be provided on Friday, April 25th.   For additional information:  (281) 290-2658 or coastalcf@lonestar.eduYou must register to attend ABE to Degree-Summit II

April 25, 2014: TEAMS for Teachers and Administrators session will be at Region One Education Service Center, 1900 W. Schunior, Edinburg, Texas. Hours are 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. This training is for approximately 15 participants. The facilitator for this session is Mr. Bill Medina. For more information, please contact Mr. Barry Johnson at kublj001@tamuk.edu or (361) 593-2755. South Registration Form.

April 25, 2014: 2014 Parent Education Institute. This event in Dallas will be sponsored by the University of North Texas Center for Parent Education, Texas Woman’s University, Texas AgriLife Extension, and Texas Association of Parent Educators. Biennial professional development opportunity is intended for professionals and paraprofessionals involved in the fields of parent education, parent involvement, and family support. Check the UNT Center for Parent Education website as details become available. http://parenteducation.unt.edu/

April 25, 2014: The Multiple Pathways Model: Using Brain Research to Orchestrate Learning Training will be held from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at Fannin Elementary Cafeteria, 4800 Ross, Dallas TX.  The trainer is Dr. Janet Zadina. For more information, please contact Debbie Klepper at 972-794-4522, Cell 432-816-3966 or by e-mail at dklepper@dallasisd.org  

April 26, 2014: 2014 GED® Math Strategies for the Classroom Training will be held from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at 301 Loop 11 Wichita Falls, TX 76306.  The trainer is Anthony Chan. For more information, please contact Octaviano Garza at 940-322-6928 or 940-224-2621 or  by e-mail at octaviano.garza@esc9.net.

April 26, 2014: Getting the Most Out of Your Interactive Whiteboard: (Target Audience: All Adult Education Instructors) Training will be facilitated by Rosa Hidalgo. This training is for ESL and/or GED instructors looking to use technology to liven up classrooms and change it up a bit by adding more visuals and interactive activities using the Interactive White Board. This training will include a refresher on basic skills using the toolbox for ActivInspire, step-by-step instructions on how to download and edit flipcharts and how to integrate these activities into existing lessons. Participants will also be given the opportunity to work in a group with colleagues to create a lesson and activity and share with the group how it will be used in the classroom. The session will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the Far West GREAT Training Center, 313 S. Rio Vista Rd., El Paso, TX. Please email farwestg@farwestgreat.org if you have any questions or call (915) 937-1725. REGISTER ONLINE NOW!

April 26, 2014: ESL (Technology use in classroom, ICA integration, Writing ESL/GED® 2014) Training will be held from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at Region 6 ESC 301 Loop 11, Wichita Falls, TX 76306.  The trainer is Dr. Glenda Rose. For more information, please contact Octaviano Garza at 940-322-6928 ext 384 or by e-mail at octaviano.garza@esc9.net.

April 26, 2014 Putting Things in Context- Introduction to Contextualization will be held at Education Service Center Region 20 Conference Center, 1314 Hines Ave., San Antonio 78208. (210) 370-5200. Additional session and Registration is available through iLearning. If you encounter difficulties registering on line, please contact Central Registration by e-mail registration@esc20.net or by calling (210) 370-5671.

April 26, 2014 Putting Things in Context- Introduction to Contextualization will be held at Education Service Center Region 20 Conference Center, 1314 Hines Ave., San Antonio 78208. (210) 370-5200. Additional session and Registration is available through iLearning. If you encounter difficulties registering on line, please contact Central Registration by e-mail registration@esc20.net or by calling (210) 370-5671.

April 26, 2014 Probability and Statistics for TSI and GED® 2014 will be held at Education Service Center Region 20 Conference Center, 1314 Hines Ave., San Antonio 78208. (210) 370-5200. Additional session and Registration is available through iLearning. If you encounter difficulties registering on line, please contact Central Registration by e-mail registration@esc20.net or by calling (210) 370-5671.

April 26, 2014 Using Mechanic’s Tools to Help Adult Learners Understand Basic Math will be held at Education Service Center Region 20 Conference Center, 1314 Hines Ave., San Antonio 78208. (210) 370-5200. Additional session and Registration is available through iLearning. If you encounter difficulties registering on line, please contact Central Registration by e-mail registration@esc20.net or by calling (210) 370-5671.

April 26, 2014: Depth of Instruction Training will be held from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at Trinity Valley Community College - Athens Campus, 100 Cardinal Drive, Athens TX 75751.  The trainer is Theresa Sands. For more information, please contact Chris Hicks at 903-675-6330 or by e-mail at chicks@tvcc.edu.

April 26, 2014: Texas Workforce 101 Training SessionPlus Training Session will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Cogdell Learning Center, 201 S. Florida, Midland. Trainer is Yolanda Johnson. Please contact Blanca Licon blicon@midland.edu 432-684-5323. You must register to attend. To register an individual, please submit their First Name, Last Name, E-mail Address, Phone Number, Program Affiliation and the name and date of the Workshop for which they are registering to wgreatregistration@utep.edu.

April 28, 2014: Content Standards: Implementing Texas Content Standards—Part I (must attend both parts to receive credit). Trainer is Doris Larry.  This training will be held at Houston Community College, 3100 Main St, Seminar A, Houston, TX from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  This training course is for anyone interested in learning more about the Texas Adult Education Content Standards and Benchmarks (TAESB). The main objectives of the training are to familiarize the audience with the TAESB and to develop lesson plans using the standards and benchmarks. Audience members do not need to have previous knowledge of the TAESB; however, they do need to be familiar with adult education programs and practices in Texas. Target audience members would include full-time and part-time adult education teachers (ABE/ASE and ESOL) and adult education program administrators.  For more information, please email CoastalCF@lonestar.edu. You must register to attend Coastal Registration form.

April 29, 2014: Content Standards: Implementing Texas Content Standards—Part II (must attend both parts to receive credit). Trainer is Doris Larry.  This training will be held at Houston Community College, 3100 Main St, Seminar A, Houston, TX from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  This training course is for anyone interested in learning more about the Texas Adult Education Content Standards and Benchmarks (TAESB). The main objectives of the training are to familiarize the audience with the TAESB and to develop lesson plans using the standards and benchmarks. Audience members do not need to have previous knowledge of the TAESB; however, they do need to be familiar with adult education programs and practices in Texas. Target audience members would include full-time and part-time adult education teachers (ABE/ASE and ESOL) and adult education program administrators.  For more information, please email CoastalCF@lonestar.edu. You must register to attend Coastal Registration form.

April 28-30, 2014: TWC Workforce Forum. The Workforce Forum is designed to increase capacity building through knowledge and information exchange for workforce staff, education and business partners, and workforce stakeholders. Forums provide an opportunity for workforce staff and partners to collaborate, innovate, and streamline services to improve Texas Workforce Solutions service delivery. Recommended attendees include Board, contractor, and Workforce Solutions Office staff; Business Services Unit representatives; planners; LMI and Youth specialists; program staff; training liaisons; Integrated Service Area Managers; Veterans Resource and Referral Specialists; Disability Navigator staff; public community and technical college staff; curriculum developers; and education and business partners. Location is the Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark, 4010 Governor’s Row in Austin, TX. For more information, email workforce.forum@twc.state.tx.us or visit http://www.texasworkforce.org/boards/qwf.html.

May 2014

May 2, 2014: Creative Teaching Techniques, Bob Pike Training will be held from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at The Administrative Annex Building, 820 N. O'Connor Road, Irving, TX 75061.  The trainer is Adrianne Roggenbuck. For more information, please contact Delia Watley at 972-600-6116 or by e-mail at dwatley@irvingisd.net. 

May 2, 2014: BEST Plus Refresher Training will be held from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Firehouse 10, 2804 Lipscomb, Fort Worth TX 76110.  The trainer is Aida Martinez. For more information, please contact Patty Covert at 817-492-7960 or by e-mail at patricia.covert@fwisd.org. 

May 2, 2014: TABE Class E Training: (Target Audience: TABE Administrators) Training will be facilitated by Barbara Shull. The training will be from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Far West GREAT Center located at 313 S. Rio Vista Rd., El Paso, TX. Please email farwestg@farwestgreat.org if you have any questions or call (915) 937-1725. REGISTER ONLINE NOW!

May 3, 2014: BEST Plus Refresher Training will be held from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Firehouse 10, 2804 Lipscomb, Fort Worth TX 76110.  The trainer is Aida Martinez. For more information, please contact Patty Covert at 817-492-7960 or by e-mail at patricia.covert@fwisd.org. 

May 3, 2014: 2014 GED® Test: RLA Overview. Trainer is Dorothy Babbington.  This training will be held at Lone Star College-University Park, 20515 State Highway 249, Room 13-327, Houston, TX 77070 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  The Reasoning through Language Arts Overview explores research-based strategies for integrating reading and writing skills that will assist teachers in implement the college and career readiness standards required by the 2014 GED®.  The extended response scoring rubric will be introduced as well as resources that can be used in the classroom.  For more information, please email CoastalCF@lonestar.edu. You must register to attend Coastal Registration form.

May 3, 2014: 2014 GED® Test: RLA Extended Response Rubric Overview. Trainer is Dorothy Babbington.  This training will be held at Lone Star College-University Park, 20515 State Highway 249, Room 13-327, Houston, TX 77070 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  This training will provide an overview of the RLA Extended Response Rubric.  It will present GED® Teachers with real-world situations where they can help test-takers demonstrate their ability to develop an argument and support their ideas with text-based evidence. Prerequisite: RLA Overview.  For more information, please email CoastalCF@lonestar.edu. You must register to attend Coastal Registration form.

May 17, 2014: Mini Professional Development Conference. South GREAT Center, in collaboration with Central GREAT and South Central GREAT, is co-sponsoring a Mini Professional Development Conference at Texas State University, LBJ Student Center, in San Marcos, Texas.  Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This conference includes a variety of session topics including Distance Education, Technology in the Classroom, Career Pathways, College & Career Readiness Standards, Local Workforce Center sessions, Career Counseling, ABE: Policy & Politics, TABE Assessment, BEST Plus Refresher, Music to Teach in the ESL Classroom, Brain-based Instruction, TEAMS for Teachers, GED® 2014, Student Motivation, and Small Group Strategies in Problem-based Learning. To register and to obtain a map to the training location, please use the links included on the attached flyer. A schedule of training sessions is also included here. For more information, please contact Mr. Barry Johnson at kublj001@tamuk.edu or (361) 593-2755. South Registration Form. [Download schedule] [Download Flyer]

Advanced Technology Conference.
May 2 - 3, 2014

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Houston Community College Northeast Campus
555 Community College Drive
Houston, TX 77013

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Pre-registration is required. Registration is limited!
Registration Deadline: April 26, 2014
Advanced Technology Conference Registration

May 3, 2014: TEAL Writing will be held at Education Service Center Region 20 Conference Center, 1314 Hines Ave., San Antonio 78208. (210) 370-5200. Additional session and Registration is available through iLearning. If you encounter difficulties registering on line, please contact Central Registration by e-mail registration@esc20.net or by calling (210) 370-5671.

May 3, 2014 Putting Things in Context- Introduction to Contextualization will be held at Education Service Center Region 20 Conference Center, 1314 Hines Ave., San Antonio 78208. (210) 370-5200. Additional session and Registration is available through iLearning. If you encounter difficulties registering on line, please contact Central Registration by e-mail registration@esc20.net or by calling (210) 370-5671.

May 3, 2014 GED® 2014 Specific Session: Problem Solving Skills will be held at Education Service Center Region 20 Conference Center, 1314 Hines Ave., San Antonio 78208. (210) 370-5200. Additional session and Registration is available through iLearning. If you encounter difficulties registering on line, please contact Central Registration by e-mail registration@esc20.net or by calling (210) 370-5671.

May 7, 2014: Far West GREAT Center Advisory Committee Meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Far West GREAT Center, 313 S. Rio Vista Rd., El Paso.

May 7, 2014: Advisory Board Meeting will be held at location to TBD.

May 9, 2014: South Central GREAT Center Advisory Committee Meeting will be held at ESC 20, Room TBD.

May 10, 2014 Introduction of DOK Levels into Math Instruction will be held at Education Service Center Region 20 Conference Center, 1314 Hines Ave., San Antonio 78208. (210) 370-5200. Additional session and Registration is available through iLearning. If you encounter difficulties registering on line, please contact Central Registration by e-mail registration@esc20.net or by calling (210) 370-5671.

May 10, 2014: 2014 GED® Test: Extended Response Rubric Follow-Up using RLA and Social Studies Content. Trainer is Kay Vaccaro.  This training will be held at Lone Star College-University Park, 20515 State Highway 249, Room 13-327, Houston, TX 77070 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  This training will provide a follow-up on the Extended Response Rubric Using RLA and Social Studies Content.  It will provide an opportunity for participants to review different anchor (sample) papers.  Participants will become very familiar with the Scoring Rubric used to evaluate both the RLA and Social Studies Extended Response.  Prerequisite: RLA Overview.  For more information, please email CoastalCF@lonestar.edu. You must register to attend Coastal Registration form.

May 10, 2014: 2014 GED® Test Science. Trainer is is Dorothy Babbington.  This training will be held at Lone Star College-University Park, 20515 State Highway 249, Room 13-327, Houston, TX 77070 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  This 3 hour workshop is designed to familiarize participants with the 2014 GED Science content, context, and science practices.   Participants will explore thematic instructional techniques along with the short answer scoring rubric for the Science module. Strategies for integrating science content and practices will be reviewed.  For more information, please email CoastalCF@lonestar.edu. You must register to attend Coastal Registration form.

May 14, 2014: North and East GREAT Center Advisory Committee Meeting and Training will be held from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at Marriott Courtyard, 6400 Overton Ridge Blvd.  The trainer is the Center for Occupational Research & Development. For more information, please contact Mary Thaler at 936-435-8356 or by e-mail at mthaler@esc6.net.

May 17, 2014 Introduction to College Transition Math will be held at Education Service Center Region 20 Conference Center, 1314 Hines Ave., San Antonio 78208. (210) 370-5200. Additional session and Registration is available through iLearning. If you encounter difficulties registering on line, please contact Central Registration by e-mail registration@esc20.net or by calling (210) 370-5671.

May 17, 2014 Putting Things in Context- Introduction to Contextualization will be held at Education Service Center Region 20 Conference Center, 1314 Hines Ave., San Antonio 78208. (210) 370-5200. Additional session and Registration is available through iLearning. If you encounter difficulties registering on line, please contact Central Registration by e-mail registration@esc20.net or by calling (210) 370-5671.

May 24, 2014 Using Mechanic’s Tools to Help Adult Learners Understand Basic Math will be held at Education Service Center Region 20 Conference Center, 1314 Hines Ave., San Antonio 78208. (210) 370-5200. Additional session and Registration is available through iLearning. If you encounter difficulties registering on line, please contact Central Registration by e-mail registration@esc20.net or by calling (210) 370-5671.

May 24, 2014 Putting Things in Context- Introduction to Contextualization will be held at Education Service Center Region 20 Conference Center, 1314 Hines Ave., San Antonio 78208. (210) 370-5200. Additional session and Registration is available through iLearning. If you encounter difficulties registering on line, please contact Central Registration by e-mail registration@esc20.net or by calling (210) 370-5671.

June 2014

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July 2014

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August 2014

August 4-5, 2014: Literacy Texas 2014 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. 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, visit the conference web page. http://www.literacytexas.org/resources/annual_conference/

September 2014

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October 2014

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November 2014

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.

December 2014

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