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 on "Discussion Lists" to read about these discussion lists and how to join.

June 2016

June 2, 2016: Tech and Tell: Exploring History through a Digital Lense: Focus on Primary Sources (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 8:00pm - 9:00pm. TRAIN PD's AnneMarie Molinari will host this week's Tech-and-Tell demonstrating several excellent websites for teaching history and introducing students to primary source documents. Direct applications for supporting ABE and GED exam instruction will be discussed. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 8 pm Central on Thursday, June 2nd. Click on the green JOIN button. Please be sure to enter your first and last name as you want it to appear on your certificate of participation when you enter. (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 June 3rd. Mobile users: Meeting number for Thursdays is: 804718128.

June 3, 2016: Tech and Tell: Exploring History through a Digital Lense: Focus on Primary Sources (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 11:30pm - 12:30pm. TRAIN PD's AnneMarie Molinari will host this week's Tech-and-Tell demonstrating several excellent websites for teaching history and introducing students to primary source documents. Direct applications for supporting ABE and GED exam instruction will be discussed. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 11:30 am Central on Friday, June 3rd and click the green "JOIN" button. Please be sure to enter your first and last name as you want it to appear on your certificate of participation when you enter. (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. Mobile users: Meeting number for Fridays is: 807391210.

June 3, 2016: TWC Adult Education and Literacy Regional Convening in Bryan. Developing a Quality Model for Student Success (QMSS) will be the purpose of this event hosted by Texas Workforce Commission. The first event in Austin is by invitation. Other QMSS regional events throughout Texas are scheduled in May and June. See details on TWC invitation flyer. Register to attend the May and June QMSS events here.

June 4, 2016: Teaching English to Adults in Texas (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 201 W. University Ave., Deaderick Hall, Room 216, Odessa, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This training includes an online prerequisite course thorough the PD Portal that covers 4 key areas: the basics of adult learning theory; learning languages as an adult; student recruitment, orientation and assessment; and types of adult ESL classes through state-funded Texas AEL programs. Participants are expected to complete these modules prior to attending the face-to-face (F2F) workshop. Four (4) PD hours are awarded to participants who complete all modules and the final test online. The 6-hour F2F workshop covers creating an effective learning environment. After the workshop, participants implement one or more of the key concepts and strategies presented, maintain a teaching diary of those activities, and submit a guided reflection about their implementation within four weeks of completing the face-to-face training for an additional 2 hours of PD. Trainer is Glenda Rose. Please register here.

June 6, 2016: Master Teacher Academy for ASE, RLA Strand, Session 3 of 3 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at DCCCD, El Centro, Bill J. Priest Bldg., 1402 Corinth, Room 2200, Dallas, TX from 9:00am - 3:30pm. This session will focus on two areas which are often problematic for adult education instructors – social studies and science. Participants will understand the importance of focusing instruction within specific domains in each of the content areas. In social studies, participants will focus on the domain of civics and government. In science, participants will learn how to incorporate hands-on learning activities to build student understanding of scientific investigation. Participants will receive resources and research-based strategies that can be used in the classroom. Trainer is Monica Stansberry. For more information, please contact Dana Grieb at dana.grieb@region10.org.

June 8, 2016: TEAMS: Data Entry Training (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Temple College, 2600 South 1st, Temple, TX from 9:00am - noon. Participants will learn how to enter student data, demographics, and profile information, as well as assessment information, and contact hours into TEAMS. The trainer will explain how to add students to classes and to the Wait List. Participants will learn how to access the TEAMS Reference Guide and the Help Section. Participants will be given an opportunity for hands on practice with the TEAMS training Data Base. Trainer is Susan Gusler. Please register here.

June 8, 2016: 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 (Texas Workforce Commission, Main Building, 101 E. 15TH Street, Room 244, Austin, TX). 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.

June 9, 2016: TRAIN PD Virtual Meeting with PD Coordinators (a TRAIN PD-facilitated event). From 2:00 to 3:00 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. This day/time is one of two options with the same content for this month; the other option is June 13 at 1:00 PM Central. Details on participation will be shared via the PD Coordinators’ Listserv, or PD Coordinators can email trainpd@tamu.ed​u for more information.​

June 9, 2016: Tech and Tell: Operation OER- Part 2! Exploring OER Attribution (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 8:00pm - 9:00pm. Penny Pearson from the Outreach Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) will host this week's Tech-and-Tell. In Part 2 of Operation OER, Penny will continue to explore in more depth Open Educational Resources (OER); including the importance of Creative Commons Licensing, what OER attribution means; and sharing free online repositories that can help teachers and programs can save money and revise and refresh curriculum. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 8 pm Central on Thursday, June 9th. Click on the green JOIN button. Please be sure to enter your first and last name as you want it to appear on your certificate of participation when you enter. (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 June 10th. Mobile users: Meeting number for Thursdays is: 804718128.

June 9, 2016: TWC Adult Education and Literacy Regional Convening in Mt. Pleasant. Developing a Quality Model for Student Success (QMSS) will be the purpose of this event hosted by Texas Workforce Commission. The first event in Austin is by invitation. Other QMSS regional events throughout Texas are scheduled in May and June. See details on TWC invitation flyer. Register to attend the May and June QMSS events here.

June 9, 2016: TWC Adult Education and Literacy Regional Convening in Dallas. Developing a Quality Model for Student Success (QMSS) will be the purpose of this event hosted by Texas Workforce Commission. The first event in Austin is by invitation. Other QMSS regional events throughout Texas are scheduled in May and June. See details on TWC invitation flyer. Register to attend the May and June QMSS events here.

June 10, 2016: Tech and Tell: Operation OER- Part 2! Exploring OER Attribution (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 11:30pm - 12:30pm. Penny Pearson from the Outreach Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) will host this week's Tech-and-Tell. In Part 2 of Operation OER, Penny will continue to explore in more depth Open Educational Resources (OER); including the importance of Creative Commons Licensing, what OER attribution means; and sharing free online repositories that can help teachers and programs can save money and revise and refresh curriculum. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 11:30 am Central on Friday, June 10th and click the green "JOIN" button. Please be sure to enter your first and last name as you want it to appear on your certificate of participation when you enter. (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. Mobile users: Meeting number for Fridays is: 807391210.

June 10, 2016: TEAMS Data Mining for Program Improvement (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Professional Development Center, 3150 McCart Ave, Fort Worth, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. In this advanced module, the participants learn how to extend the usefulness and relevance of TEAMS data by copying, exporting, and manipulating data in Excel and learn to use data to analyze their program effectiveness and plan program improvements. Participants must already have intermediate TEAMS skills, have completed all other TEAMS modules, and have some exposure to Excel. Trainers are Terri Schiemenz. By invitation only.

June 10, 2016: Write From the Start for ELA Training-of-Trainers (TOT) (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at ACC Highland Business Center (HBC), 5930 Middle Fiskville Rd., Room 301.0, Austin, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This workshop will provide training for TRAINERS who are interested in helping teachers in the AEL field with instructional strategies for including writing from the lowest level of English Language Acquisition classes (formerly "ESL" classes). Experienced ELA instructors and trainers will be prepared to train teachers to consider what good writers need to know and know how to do, include different types of writing activities in instruction, teach students to develop and organize ideas for writing, guide students in editing and revising their writing, and empower students to express themselves in publishable writings within the context of their lives. Trainers will also guide teachers in planning classroom writing activities that are aligned with learning objectives and how to adapt those activities to meet the needs of individual students, including students with special learning needs.. This is not a teacher or staff training, but a training for TRAINERS who are experienced as ELA (ESL) writing instructors. Trainers are Alex Baez and Glenda Rose. If interested in attending this TOT event, please contact Tracy Hendrix at tracyhendrix@tamu.edu.

June 11, 2016: Best Plus Certification Training (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Literacy Council of Fort Bend County, 12530 Emily Court, Sugar Land, TX from 9:00am – 4:00pm. This session will train participants to administer the BEST Plus tests to adult English language learners. Trainer is Kay Vacarro. Please register here.

June 11, 2016: TEAMS for Teachers (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Tarrant County Opportunity Center TCOC, 5901 Fitzhugh Avenue, Fort Worth, TX from 9:00am - noon OR 1:00pm - 4:00pm. This special session will be a combination of two TEAMS modules: TEAMS For Teachers and TEAMS Reports and Tables. Participants will go over the essential reports and tables that are necessary for assessment planning and program performance and 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. Training is repeated in the afternoon. Trainer is Terri Schiemenz.

June 13, 2016: TRAIN PD Virtual Meeting with PD Coordinators (a TRAIN PD-facilitated event). From 1:00 to 2:00 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. This day/time is one of two options with the same content for this month; the other option is June 9 at 2:00 PM Central. Details on participation will be shared via the PD Coordinators’ Listserv, or PD Coordinators can email trainpd@tamu.ed​u for more information.​

June 13 & 14, 2016: Learning to Achieve: Strategies for Teaching Adults (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Professional Development Center #239, 3150 McCart Ave, Fort Worth, TX from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. This session is based on two modules of the Learning to Achieve Curriculum for teaching learning disabled adults covering how explicit instruction can be used to help adults develop strategies to learn. Topics include defining the concept of a strategy, the key principles of explicit instruction, and how explicit instruction for strategy learning can be used as an instructional tool. In addition, the session will cover instructional approaches that can help adults learn content from written materials. Topics include identifying content learning; the content learning challenges that adults may face; and how explicit instruction principles and flexible learning tools, such as graphic organizers, can support learning. This training repeats on both days. Trainer is Beth Ponder. Please register here.

June 15, 2016: Texas Style TABE TOT Refresher Webinar (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This Webinar will take place from 3:00pm - 4:00pm and will provide the latest updates made to the Texas Style TABE training. Trainers who participated in a Texas Style TABE TOT in 2015 will receive the revised power point, expanded trainer notes, Facilitator Guide and other important information relating to TABE 9/10. Any current Texas Style TABE Trainer who wishes to remain listed in the Contract Trainer Database and obtain the current PPT must attend the webinar. Trainers who attended a Texas Style TABE TOT in 2016 will not need to attend the webinar. An invitation will be sent to trainers who attended a Texas Style TABE TOT in the 2015 program year. Trainer is Jan Whisonant. By invitation only.

June 16, 2016: TWC Adult Education and Literacy Regional Convening in Victoria. Developing a Quality Model for Student Success (QMSS) will be the purpose of this event hosted by Texas Workforce Commission. The first event in Austin is by invitation. Other QMSS regional events throughout Texas are scheduled in May and June. See details on TWC invitation flyer. Register to attend the May and June QMSS events here.

June 16, 2016: Tech and Tell: Introducing Schoology (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 8:00pm - 9:00pm. TRAIN PD Specialist Glenda Rose will host the Thursday night Tech and Tell. Do your students stay engaged between classes? Using a Learning Management System (LMS) can help increase student engagement, and persistence, by offering additional opportunities to practice and strengthen their learning community. In this Tech-and-Tell, Glenda Rose shares tips and tricks for creating an active online learning environment in an LMS, using the free platform Schoology as an example. To get the most out of this presentation, make sure to create a teacher account at www.schoology.com. Direct applications for supporting ABE and GED exam instruction will be discussed. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 8:00pm Central on Thursday, June 16th. Click on the green JOIN button. Please be sure to enter your first and last name as you want it to appear on your certificate of participation when you enter. (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. Mobile users: Meeting number for Thursdays is: 804718128.

June 17, 2016: Extended Tech and Tell: Session 1: Adult Education Teacher Competencies (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 11:30am - 1:00pm. Catherine Green from the American Institutes of Research (AIR) will explain and explore the Teacher Effectiveness in Adult Education Project. Session 1 will explain how the Adult Education Teacher Competencies were developed, how they are structured, what they could mean for instruction and explore the instructor Self-Assessment tool. Directors, program coordinators, and teachers are highly encouraged to attend. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 11:30am Central on Friday, June 17th. Click on the green JOIN button. Please be sure to enter your first and last name as you want it to appear on your certificate of participation when you enter. (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. Mobile users: Meeting number for Fridays is: 807391210.

June 17, 2016: TWC Adult Education and Literacy Regional Convening in San Antonio. Developing a Quality Model for Student Success (QMSS) will be the purpose of this event hosted by Texas Workforce Commission. The first event in Austin is by invitation. Other QMSS regional events throughout Texas are scheduled in May and June. See details on TWC invitation flyer. Register to attend the May and June QMSS events here.

June 17, 2016: TWC Adult Education and Literacy Regional Convening in McAllen. Developing a Quality Model for Student Success (QMSS) will be the purpose of this event hosted by Texas Workforce Commission. The first event in Austin is by invitation. Other QMSS regional events throughout Texas are scheduled in May and June. See details on TWC invitation flyer. Register to attend the May and June QMSS events here.

June 21, 2016: COABE: WIOA Title II – Quality Information = Quality Service. This webinar will be held at 1:00pm Central Time. Join the Commission on Adult Basic Education COABE for this webinar on WIOA Title II.  Full implementation of WIOA begins July 1st and adult education programs across states are seeking guidance on information collection requirements. Texas state leaders are helping their local programs understand how to use the new requirements to stand up quality intake and assessment models that support adult learners to the services they need for successful completion and transition. This webinar will give state and local staff ideas for designing their own processes, data systems, and staff development. Featuring: Judy Mortrude, Anson Green, Jeff Carter, and Carrie Tupa. Please register here

June 23, 2016: Tech and Tell: ReadWorks Revisited Part 1 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 8:00pm - 9:00pm. TRAIN PD Specialist AnneMarie Molinari will host this Thursday night's Tech and Tell. Do your student often struggle to understand what they read especially when reading social studies or science passages? Do your students become frustrated when they are required to write a written response to a piece of text? AnneMarie will revisit and explore a fabulous, free online reading comprehension resource that provides high interest reading passages and has been recently updated. This session has direct applications for ABE and ASE instructors who are empowered to provide students opportunities to practice, strengthen and apply reading skills across a wide range of subject areas. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 8:00pm Central on Thursday, June 23rd. Click on the green JOIN button. Please be sure to enter your first and last name as you want it to appear on your certificate of participation when you enter. (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. Mobile users: Meeting number for Thursdays is: 804718128.

June 23, 2016: Helping Immigrants Build Social Capital to Achieve Professional Success. This FREE national Webinar will be hosted by IMPRINT and WES Global Talent Bridge from 1:00 to 2:00 PM Central Time. Presenters will examine research findings on the value of building social capital and provide participants with an in-depth look at two innovative programs that are addressing this challenge in their work with skilled immigrants in the U.S. and Canada. Register for the event here.

June 24, 2016: Extended Tech and Tell: Session 2: Adult Education Teacher Induction (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 11:30am - 1:00pm. Please join us for an extended Tech and Tell on June 24th from 11:30-1:00PM. Marcela Movit from the American Institutes of Research (AIR) will explain and explore the Teacher Effectiveness in Adult Education Project. Session 2 will explain and explore what teacher induction is, how mentoring new teachers provides better outcomes, and will explore the Teacher Induction Pathway model and discuss the conditions for successful implementation of this pathway. Directors, program coordinators, and teachers are highly encouraged to attend. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 11:30am Central on Friday, June 24th. Click on the green JOIN button. Please be sure to enter your first and last name as you want it to appear on your certificate of participation when you enter. (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. Mobile users: Meeting number for Fridays is: 807391210.

June 24, 2016: TWC Adult Education and Literacy Regional Convening in Houston. Developing a Quality Model for Student Success (QMSS) will be the purpose of this event hosted by Texas Workforce Commission. The first event in Austin is by invitation. Other QMSS regional events throughout Texas are scheduled in May and June. See details on TWC invitation flyer. Register to attend the May and June QMSS events here.

June 24, 2016: TWC Adult Education and Literacy Regional Convening in Temple. Developing a Quality Model for Student Success (QMSS) will be the purpose of this event hosted by Texas Workforce Commission. The first event in Austin is by invitation. Other QMSS regional events throughout Texas are scheduled in May and June. See details on TWC invitation flyer. Register to attend the May and June QMSS events here.

June 24, 2016: Establishing Functional Career Pathways - One Pathway at a Time (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will take place at Eastfield College, 3737 Motley Drive, Building G, Rooms 101-102, Mesquite, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Talking about Career Pathways is one thing; establishing the model in Community Colleges is another. We begin by establishing one pathway at a time. In this workshop, Community College faculty, staff, and partners are encouraged to review local data, existing course offerings, and enrollment processes to prepare for the first Career Pathway offering. Examine existing local and external resources for all facets of model implementation. Walk away with a mission and a plan. Trainer is Melissa Sadler-Nitu. Please register here.

June 24, 2016: Master Teacher Academy for ASE, Session 3 of 3 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will take place at Tyler Jr. College – West Campus, 1530 Loop 323, Room 129, Tyler, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Please see session descriptions below and select which session you would like to attend on the registration form. Please register here.

Session Descriptions

Master Teacher Academy for ASE, Reading Language Arts Strand, Session 3 of 3
This session will focus on two areas which are often problematic for adult education instructors – social studies and science. Participants will understand the importance of focusing instruction within specific domains in each of the content areas. In social studies, participants will focus on the domain of civics and government. In science, participants will learn how to incorporate hands-on learning activities to build student understanding of scientific investigation. Participants will receive resources and research-based strategies that can be used in the classroom. Trainer is Rich Roper.

Master Teacher Academy for ASE, Math Strand, Session 3 of 3
This session will introduce strategies for teaching slope, quadratics, and the solving, graphing, and evaluating of linear inequalities. Also addressed is the math common to social studies and science: formulas, graphs, and probability. Finally, participants will become more adept in the use of the GED calculator, Texas Instruments TI-30XS, as they practice the math skills introduced in the session. Trainer is Gareth Wingfield.

June 24 & 25, 2016: TEAMS for Teachers (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will take place at Tarrant County Opportunity Center TCOC, 5901 Fitzhugh Avenue, Fort Worth, TX from 9:00am - noon & 1:00pm - 4pm. This special session will be a combination of two TEAMS modules: TEAMS For Teachers and TEAMS Reports and Tables. Participants will go over the essential reports and tables that are necessary for assessment planning and program performance and 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. Trainer is Janis Heebner. Please register here.

June 25, 2016: Distance Learning Academy 1 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will take place at Lone Star College, 2700 W.W. Thorne Dr., Houston, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Distance Learning Academy Module 1 explains state and federal policy requirements for implementing a distance education program. Topics include: student recruitment, orientation, technology accessibility, teacher roles and instruction, student engagement, assessment and student retention. Reminder that Module 1 and 3 are required for all new distance learning staff. Trainer is Denise Orand. Please register here.

June 25, 2016: Dallas Mini Conference (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will take place at Arcadia Park, 911 Morocco Avenue, Dallas, TX. Registration begins at 8:30am. The Welcome and Intro begins at 9:00 am in the main lobby. The sessions are from 9:15am - 12:15pm and 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Each event repeats in the morning and afternoon. Please see descriptions below. Please register here.

Session Descriptions

TEAMS Overview & TEAMS for Teachers Modules
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 Lupe Schneider.

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. This course requires 1 hour of work prior to the face-to-face meeting and 1.5 hours of post-workshop work available through the Texas AEL PD portal at http://tcall.tamu.edu/AEL-Portal.html. Trainer is Dawn Woods.

Strategies for the Multi-level Classroom
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. Trainer is Amanda Whisonant.

Beginning Literacy Strategies for the ESL Adult Learner
This training will provide instructors with a brief history of the adult learner and present techniques and strategies to improve 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.

Setting the Stage for Achievement: Goal-Driven Learning
This non-facilitated, online distance learning course takes a maximum of three hours to complete. Teachers can access the course anytime, anywhere and complete it at their own pace. This course satisfies the Texas AEL Assessment Policy for goal setting training, as does the Face-to-Face version of the same training. A Goal-Driven Learning Toolkit to be used with the training must be downloaded and printed (see the Training Resource Repository under the PD Coordinator Menu). NOTE: This course is accessible through the Texas AEL PD Portal and participants in this session must have an active account or create one at least 5 business days before the training. Click here: http://tcall.tamu.edu/AEL-Portal.html

June 30, 2016: Tech and Tell (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). Cancelled: Due to routine maintenance occurring on the Cisco WebEx Meeting software platform, TRAIN PD needs to cancel only this Thursday night webinar from 8:00-9:00 PM. There will be a Tech and Tell on Friday, July 1st at 11:30-12:30 PM.

June 29, 2016: A Guide to Using Labor Market & Career Information (LMCI) Data for Program Planning. This training will take place at San Jacinto College Central Campus, 8060 Spencer Highway, Room 112, Pasadena, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This training is for AEL program administrators and staff who are involved with the research, design, development, and/or implementation of Career Pathway programs. The goal of this training is to provide online sources of local Labor Market Data and training in the use of those sources for purposes of gathering data to use in program improvement activities. Those program improvement activities include, but are not limited to, Career Pathway program development, transitions program development, and recruitment strategies. The target audience is Program Administrators, Coordinators and Managers by invitation only for a focus group. More trainings will be coming soon. Trainers are Beth Ponder and Wayne Crandall.

[top]

July 2016

July 1, 2016: Tech and Tell: ReadWorks Revisited Part 1 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 11:30am - 12:30pm. TRAIN PD Specialist AnneMarie Molinari will host this Friday's Tech and Tell. Do your student often struggle to understand what they read especially when reading social studies or science passages? Do your students become frustrated when they are required to write a written response to a piece of text? AnneMarie will revisit and explore a fabulous, free online reading comprehension resource that provides high interest reading passages ad has been recently updated. This session has direct applications for ABE, ASE and ESL teachers who are empowered to provide students opportunities to practice, strengthen and apply reading skills across a wide range of subject areas. To make the most of this session, make sure to create a teacher account at http://digital.readworks.org. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 11:30am Central on Friday, July 1st. Click on the green JOIN button. Please be sure to enter your first and last name as you want it to appear on your certificate of participation when you enter. (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. Mobile users: Meeting number for Fridays is: 807391210.

July 6-7, 2016: McLennan Summer Mini-Conference (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at McLennan Community College, Michaelis Academic Center, 1400 College Drive, Waco, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. Some of these sessions repeat on both days. Please see session descriptions below.

Session Descriptions

July 6th only:

TEAMS: Building a Foundation & Data Entry
This is a TEAMS training appropriate for date entry personnel. The morning session will include TEAMS: Building a Foundation Module which 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. The afternoon session will include TEAMS: Data Entry Module which 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 Terry Schiemenz.

Repeated Both Days:

Culturally Responsive Classrooms: Perspectives on Culture, Diversity, and Identity
This 6 hour workshop is designed for teachers and will examine the role of culture in the adult education classroom and take participants through three models for addressing issues of culture, diversity, and identity in the classroom: Communities of Respect (COR), Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT), and Social Justice teaching. We will focus on developing an awareness of our own cultural values and identity as a requisite for being truly responsive to diversity. We will learn how the original culture of our students acts as a lens through which they experience the teaching and learning exchange and see how we can address potential dissonance. Finally we will work on activities to address issues of diversity and social justice in the classroom to learn to create a classroom that respects students' culture and is safe for the expression of their identity, different ideas, and points of view. Trainer is Federico Salas-Isnardi.

Entering the 21st Century Classroom: Steps to Integrating Technology
This training will assist educators in the process of integrating technology into their daily instruction. Teachers will learn how to transform an everyday lesson into a 21st century lesson by infusing technology into daily lessons and for a variety of subjects. Educators will be provided with basic technology tools and ideas to help them get started, and then they will have an opportunity to experiment with technology that is of most interest to them. Teachers will leave the training with the knowledge of one technology tool and how to apply this tool in their classroom. Trainer is Ashly Winkle.

July 7, 2016: DL Academy, Module 1 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Cook Education Center, Corsicana Campus of Navarro College, 3200 W. 7th Avenue, Corsicana, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Distance Learning Academy, Module 1 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This session is intended for staff and administrators. Module 1 is an overview of state and federal policy requirements for implementing a distance education program. Trainer is Glenda Rose.

July 7, 2016: Tech and Tell: Overview of CourseSites- Part 1 (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. Persistence is a huge issue for distance learning at any academic level. One way to address that problem is to develop a strong community of learners; CourseSites (a FREE online platform) can help you do this! Whether you want to use it to develop a blended learning classroom or for pure distance learning, you can implement this online platform to provide extended resources and experiences for your students. This session will outline how CourseSites is used to support and extend instruction in ABE, ASE, ESL, and Career Pathways programs. To achieve the most out of this session, please create an account at http://www.coursesites.com and sign-up as an instructor. Please note, this is Part I of 2 sessions on CourseSites. Part 2 takes place on July 21 and July 22. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 8:00pm Central on Thursday, July 7th. Click on the green JOIN button. Please be sure to enter your first and last name as you want it to appear on your certificate of participation when you enter. (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. Mobile users: Meeting number for Thursdays is: 804718128.

July 8, 2016: Tech and Tell: Overview of CourseSites- Part 1 (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. Persistence is a huge issue for distance learning at any academic level. One way to address that problem is to develop a strong community of learners; CourseSites (a FREE online platform) can help you do this! Whether you want to use it to develop a blended learning classroom or for pure distance learning, you can implement this online platform to provide extended resources and experiences for your students. This session will outline how CourseSites is used to support and extend instruction in ABE, ASE, ESL, and Career Pathways programs. To achieve the most out of this session, please create an account at http://www.coursesites.com and sign-up as an instructor. Please note, this is Part I of 2 sessions on CourseSites. Part 2 takes place on July 21 and July 22. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 11:30am Central on Friday, July 8th. Click on the green JOIN button. Please be sure to enter your first and last name as you want it to appear on your certificate of participation when you enter. (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. Mobile users: Meeting number for Fridays is: 807391210.

July 8 & 9, 2016: TEAMS for Teachers (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will take place at Tarrant County Opportunity Center TCOC, 5901 Fitzhugh Avenue, Fort Worth, TX from 9:00am - noon & 1:00pm - 4pm. This special session will be a combination of two TEAMS modules: TEAMS For Teachers and TEAMS Reports and Tables. Participants will go over the essential reports and tables that are necessary for assessment planning and program performance and 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. Trainer is Janis Heebner. Please register here.

July 11, 2016: TRAIN PD Virtual Meeting with PD Coordinators (a TRAIN PD-facilitated event). From 1:00 to 2:00 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. This day/time is one of two options with the same content for this month; the other option is July 14 at 2:00 PM Central. Details on participation will be shared via the PD Coordinators’ Listserv, or PD Coordinators can email trainpd@tamu.ed​u for more information.​

July 12, 13 & 14, 2016: SWTJC Summer Trainings (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). These trainings will take place at SWJTC, 2401 Garner Field , Uvalde, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. Please see session descriptions below and select the trainings you would like to attend on the registration page. Please register here.

Session Descriptions

July 12 (8:30am - 3:30pm)

Distance Learning Academy Module 1
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 Mark Sanchez.

July 13 (8:30am - 3:30pm)

Multi-Level Instruction
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. Trainer is Aida Martinez.

July 15 (Half Day Sessions)

Basic Math - Part 1: Teaching Fractions (8:30am - 11:30am)
This training will teach HSE math instructors how to use fraction bars to help their students gain conceptual understanding of fractions. This conceptual understanding will help the student build a strong foundation for a traditional in-depth study of fractions. Participants will use fraction bars to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions. Lessons include student sample problems and practice sets. These lessons are designed to maximize instruction by creating an environment where students actively participate in the learning process. Trainer is Richard Sedillo.

GED/HSE Math - Quadratic Equations & Roots (12:30pm - 3:30pm)
This training will provide GED/HSE instructors with the tools and techniques to teach their adult learners how to solve quadratic equations in one variable using appropriate methods such as the quadratic formula, completing the square, factoring, and by inspection. This workshop will also discuss how to simplify numerical expressions involving square roots and cube roots. Trainer is Richard Sedillo.

July 15 (Full Day)

Beginning Literacy for ESL (8:30am - 3:30pm)
Beginning Literacy for ESL will provide teachers with techniques, strategies, and activities designed to improve the persistence and performance of learners in this lowest level of ESL. Instructors will learn how to promote an environment that builds retention and a sense of community among the learners. Strategies and activities focus on realia found in the learners' environment to help beginning ESL learners develop basic oral communication skills and build emerging reading and writing skills. Trainer is Sandra Schneider.

July 14, 2016: TRAIN PD Virtual Meeting with PD Coordinators (a TRAIN PD-facilitated event). From 2:00 to 3:00 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. This day/time is one of two options with the same content for this month; the other option is July 11 at 1:00 PM Central. 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, 2016: Multi-Level Classroom: Best Practices (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Amarillo College -Washington St. Campus, Ware Student Commons 3rd floor, 2011 S. Washington St., Amarillo, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. 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. Participants must complete a pre-reading assignment and post-training reflection each counting as an additional 1.5 hours of PD Trainer is Amanda Whisonant.

July 15, 2016: How to Plan an Effective Lesson (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at McLennan Community College, Michaelis Academic Center, 1400 College Drive, Waco, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. This training is designed to educate ABE/ASE/ESOL teachers on how to plan, develop and write effective lesson plans for evidence-based instruction. There will be hands-on and interactive activities including modeling and guided practice of best practices for the lesson planning process. In the afternoon, participants will have time to plan and develop their own lesson plan to implement in the classroom with students. Trainer is Martin Loa.

July 14, 2016: Tech and Tell: Schoology: More Ways to Engage Students through your LMS (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 8:00pm - 9:00pm. TRAIN PD Specialist Glenda Rose will host this week's Tech and Tell. Using Schoology as an example, Glenda will explain and explore how to use other educational resources to engage students in active learning between classes. Participants will see how to embed interactive videos, websites, flashcards, and Google Forms as assessment tools in addition to media albums and discussion boards with audio and video options (particularly useful for English language learners). To get the most out of this presentation, make sure to create a teacher account at www.schoology.com. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 8:00pm Central on Thursday, July 14th. Click on the green JOIN button. Please be sure to enter your first and last name as you want it to appear on your certificate of participation when you enter. (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. Mobile users: Meeting number for Thursdays is: 804718128.

July 15, 2016: Tech and Tell: Schoology: More Ways to Engage Students through your LMS (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 11:30pm - 12:30pm. TRAIN PD Specialist Glenda Rose will host this week's Tech and Tell. Using Schoology as an example, Glenda will explain and explore how to use other educational resources to engage students in active learning between classes. Participants will see how to embed interactive videos, websites, flashcards, and Google Forms as assessment tools in addition to media albums and discussion boards with audio and video options (particularly useful for English language learners). To get the most out of this presentation, make sure to create a teacher account at www.schoology.com. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 11:30am Central on Friday, July 15th. Click on the green JOIN button. Please be sure to enter your first and last name as you want it to appear on your certificate of participation when you enter. (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. Mobile users: Meeting number for Fridays is: 807391210.

July 15 or 16, 2016: Teaching English to Adults in Texas (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Professional Development Center, 3150 McCart Ave., Fort Worth, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This hybrid, extended professional development opportunity is for Texas adult education instructors who are new to teaching ESL, new to teaching in adult education and literacy (AEL) programs, or who want to review the fundamentals of teaching ESOL in AEL. This training includes an online prerequisite course thorough the PD Portal that covers 4 key areas: the basics of adult learning theory; learning languages as an adult; student recruitment, orientation and assessment; and types of adult ESL classes through state-funded Texas AEL programs. Participants are expected to complete these modules prior to attending the face-to-face (F2F) workshop. Four (4) PD hours are awarded to participants who complete all modules and the final test online. The 6-hour F2F workshop covers creating an effective learning environment, choosing content and resources, teaching methods and strategies, assessing students, and reflective teaching. After the workshop, participants implement one or more of the key concepts and strategies presented, maintain a teaching diary of those activities, and submit a guided reflection about their implementation within four weeks of completing the face-to-face training for an additional 2 hours of PD. Trainer is Carol Speigl. This training repeats on both days.

July 19, 2016: Beginning Literacy for ESL (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Amarillo College -Washington St. Campus, Ware Student Commons 3rd floor, 2011 S. Washington St., Amarillo, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Beginning Literacy ESL training provides instructors with techniques and strategies to improve the persistence and performance of learners in this lowest level of ESL. Trainer is Carol Spiegl.

July 21, 2016: Best Plus 2.0 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Temple College, 2600 South First Street, Temple, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This training is targeted to adult education teachers and other staff who will engage in Best Plus assessment. Upon successful completion of this training, participants will receive certification to administer the BEST Plus. Participants must attend the entire day in order to qualify for certification and demonstrate English language oral proficiency skills. Participants will be provided with a BEST Plus Test Administrator Guide that contains session materials and materials needed for completing their practice tests. Trainer is Denise Guckert. Please register here.

July 21, 2016: Tech and Tell: CourseSites Part 2 (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. Are you interested in learning more about CourseSites? Are you an ABE, ASE, ESL or Career Pathways instructor who is looking to provide students with a platform so you can extend instruction and collaboration for your students, online? The Learning Management System (LMS), CourseSites will help you accomplish these goals. During Part 2 of this session, you will learn how to create a class, set the properties for the class, edit the menu in the course, and learn to add content. These items will be demonstrated so you can take notes if you wish. Resources will be provided for extended learning in the use of CourseSites. To achieve the most out of this session, please create an account at http://www.coursesites.com and sign-up as an instructor. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 8:00pm Central on Thursday, July 21st. his session repeats at 11:30-12:30 PM on July 22nd. Click on the green JOIN button. Please be sure to enter your first and last name as you want it to appear on your certificate of participation when you enter. (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. Mobile users: Meeting number for Thursdays is: 804718128.

July 22, 2016: Tech and Tell: CourseSites Part 2 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 11:30pm - 12:30pm. Debbie Purvines will host this week's Tech and Tell. Are you interested in learning more about CourseSites? Are you an ABE, ASE, ESL or Career Pathways instructor who is looking to provide students with a platform so you can extend instruction and collaboration for your students, online? The Learning Management System (LMS), CourseSites will help you accomplish these goals. During Part 2 of this session, you will learn how to create a class, set the properties for the class, edit the menu in the course, and learn to add content. These items will be demonstrated so you can take notes if you wish. Resources will be provided for extended learning in the use of CourseSites. To achieve the most out of this session, please create an account at http://www.coursesites.com and sign-up as an instructor. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 11:30am Central on Friday, July 22nd. Click on the green JOIN button. Please be sure to enter your first and last name as you want it to appear on your certificate of participation when you enter. (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. Mobile users: Meeting number for Fridays is: 807391210.

July 25, 2016: Distance Learning Academy, Module 1 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Victoria College Adult Education, 2200 E. Red River, CEC 208, Victoria, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. Module 1 is an overview of state and federal policy requirements for implementing a distance education program. This session 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 AnneMarie Molinari.

July 26, 2016: Engaging Strategies to Promote Student Persistence (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Amarillo College -Washington St. Campus, Ware Student Commons - 3rd floor, 2011 S. Washington St., Amarillo, TX from 9:00am - noon. ABE/ASE and ESL instructors examine 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. This course requires 1 hour of work prior to the face-to-face meeting and 1.5 hours of post-workshop work available through the Texas AEL PD portal at http://tcall.tamu.edu/AEL-Portal.html. Trainer is Karnice Caraway.

July 28, 2016: Integrating Technology into the Adult Education Classroom (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Cook Education Center, Corsicana Campus of Navarro College, 3200 W. 7th Avenue, Computer Science Building Room 121, Corsicana, TX from 9:00am - noon OR 1:00pm - 4:00pm. (ABE/ESL) Various ways of including technology into already existing lessons is introduced. This training repeats in the afternoon. Trainer is Denise Guckert.

July 29, 2016: Multi-level Classroom: Best Practices for Teaching Adult Learners (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at McLennan Community College, Michaelis Academic Center, 1400 College Drive, Waco, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. 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. Trainer is Martin Loa.

[top]

August 2016

August 1-3, 2016: 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.  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 3, 2016: TISESL Curriculum Overview (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Navarro College Corsicana, Gooch Student Center Room 108 , 3200 W. 7th Street, Corsicana, TX from 9:00am - noon. TISESL Overview training provides an outline of the contents and procedures that will allow participants to become familiar with TISESL and develop a basic working knowledge of the curricula. Trainer is Aida Matrinez. Please register here.

August 5, 2016: TEAMS for Teachers: Digging Deeper into Participant Level Information Module (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Region 17, 1601 24th Street, Lubbock, TX from 8:30am - 11:30am. Provides teachers and support staff with an opportunity to look-in-depth at 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 Janis Heebner.

August 8, 2016: TRAIN PD Virtual Meeting with PD Coordinators (a TRAIN PD-facilitated event). From 1:00 to 2:00 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. This day/time is one of two options with the same content for this month; the other option is August 11 at 2:00 PM Central. Details on participation will be shared via the PD Coordinators’ Listserv, or PD Coordinators can email trainpd@tamu.ed​u for more information.​

August 11, 2016: TRAIN PD Virtual Meeting with PD Coordinators (a TRAIN PD-facilitated event). From 2:00 to 3:00 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. This day/time is one of two options with the same content for this month; the other option is August 8 at 1:00 PM Central. Details on participation will be shared via the PD Coordinators’ Listserv, or PD Coordinators can email trainpd@tamu.ed​u for more information.​

August 19-20, 2016: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students - Saginaw. This training will be held at First Baptist Church of Saginaw 300 N. Old Decatur Road Saginaw, TX on Friday, August 19 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm and Saturday, August 20 at 9:00am - 3:00pm. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30pm to check in & receive materials. Complete information is available on the event page here. For more information contact Karen Peiser, kpeiser@suddenlink.net or 325-651-7992.

August 19-20, 2016: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students - Marble Falls. This training will be held at 901 La Ventana Drive, Marble Falls, TX on Friday, August 19 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm and Saturday, August 20 at 9:00am - 3:00pm. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30pm to check in & receive materials. Complete information is available on the event page here. For more information contact Blenda Wilson, tbwilson@stx.rr.com.

August 26-27, 2016: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students - San Antonio. This training will be held at San Antonio Baptist Association 5807 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX on Friday, August 26 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm AND Saturday, August 27 at 9:00am - 3:00pm. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30pm to check in & receive materials. Complete information is available on the event page here. For more information contact Steve Payne, 210-525-9954, SteveP@sanantoniobaptist.org.

August 26-27, 2016: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students - Mesquite. This training will be held at Crossing Baptist Church 1060 Clay Mathis Road Mesquite, TX on Friday, August 26 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm AND Saturday, August 27 at 9:00am - 3:00pm. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30pm to check in & receive materials. Complete information is available on the event page here. For more information contact Karen Peiser, kpeiser@suddenlink.net or 325-651-7992.

[top]

September 2016

September 10, 2016: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic Pronunciation for Teachers of ALL Levels of Adult ESL Students - San Antonio. This training will be held at San Antonio Baptist Association 5807 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX on Saturday, September 10 at 8:30am - 11:30am. Arrive on Saturday before 8:30am to check in & receive materials. Complete information is available on the event page here. For more information contact Dora Parnell at ddparnell@sbcglobal.net.

September 10, 2016: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Teaching Higher Level (Intermediate & Advanced) Adult Students For ESL Teachers - San Antonio. This training will be held at San Antonio Baptist Association 5807 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX on Saturday, September 10 at 12:30pm - 4:30pm. Arrive on Saturday before 12:30pm to check in & receive materials. Complete information is available on the event page here. For more information contact Dora Parnell at ddparnell@sbcglobal.net.

September 16-17, 2016: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students - Cedar Park. This training will be held at Twin Lakes Fellowship 1150 S. Bell Blvd. Cedar Park, TX on Friday, September 16 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm AND Saturday, September 17 at 9:00am - 3:00pm. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30pm to check in & receive materials. Complete information is available on the event page here. For more information contact Beth Avery, beth.heller.avery@gmail.com.

September 21, 2016: 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 (Texas Workforce Commission, Main Building , 101 E. 15TH Street, Room 244, Austin, TX). 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 23-24, 2016: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students - El Paso. This training will be held at Christian Women’s Job Corps 900 Arizona Ave., Door #10 El Paso, TX on Friday, September 23 at 5:00pm - 8:00pm AND Saturday, September 24 at 9:00am - 3:00pm. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 5:00pm to check in & receive materials. Complete information is available on the event page here. For more information contact Karen Peiser, kpeiser@suddenlink.net or 325-651-7992.

September 23-24, 2016: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students - Houston. This training will be held at Second Baptist Church 6400 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX on Friday, September 23 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm AND Saturday, September 24 at 9:00am - 3:00pm. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30pm to check in & receive materials. Complete information is available on the event page here. For more information contact Kathleen Yarborough, kyarborough@wubc.org.

[top]

October 2016

October 5-7, 2016: National Career Pathways Network Annual Conference. Indianapolis, Indiana will be the site of NCPN’s 2016 Conference. The National Career Pathways Network 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. NCPN is housed at the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD), based in Waco, Texas.

October 17-19, 2016: Annual Families Learning Summit. National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) will host its annual conference for literacy and learning professionals at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan. Concurrent Sessions will span two-generation programming for digital learning and STEM, from early childhood through adult education. EdTech and Funder panels will feature the nation's experts, including Integrating Technology in Early Learning and Family-Strengthening Initiatives (Panel Discussion); and Research, innovations, and free resources from experts at PBS Kids and PNC Grow Up Great. Learn more and register here.

[top]

November 2016

November 8-11, 2016: AAACE Annual Conference. The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education will host its 65thAnnual Conference at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque in Albuquerque, NM. For more information, visit the AAACE 2016 Conference page.

November 14-16, 2016: Effective Transitions in Adult Education Conference. The National College Transitions Network will host its 10th Annual Conference at Crowne Plaza at the Crossings, Providence (Warwick), RI. For more information, visit the NCTN Conference page.

[top]

December 2016

December 5-6, 2016: Adult Education and Literacy Symposium (TENTATIVE DATES). TWC Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) plans to host an AEL Symposium for one or possibly two days prior to the December 7-9 Annual Texas Workforce Conference. Location will be the Hilton Americas in Houston.

December 7-9, 2016: Annual Texas Workforce Conference. TWC will co-host its 20th Annual Conference with The Texas Chapter of The International Association of Workforce Professionals in in Houston, Texas at the Hilton Americas. TWC is seeking proposals for creative and exciting conference workshops that will broaden horizons, enrich experiences and challenge workforce professional participants.  Deadline to submit is February 29, 2016. Visit the TWC Events page for more information.

December 14, 2016: 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 (Texas Workforce Commission, Main Building , 101 E. 15TH Street, Room 244, Austin, TX). 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.

[top]