2014 - 2015 TRAIN Professional Development 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.

May 2015

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

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

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

Session Descriptions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Session Descriptions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Session Descriptions:

Full-Day Session: 9am-4pm

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

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

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

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

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

Transitions for ABE and ASE
Transitions for ABE and ASE focuses on the Transitions Integration Framework with multiple classroom strategies and resources provided for helping students move from ABE to college, certificate programs or other career pathways.

June 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 26, 2015: Creating One Door to Postsecondary Credentials and High-Demand Careers. This Webinar from 10:00 am to noon Central Time will be hosted by Jobs for the Future (JFF). It is one in a series of Capacity Building meetings coordinated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to help you better develop and implement an integrated pathway program in your college or organization. Learn how integrated pathways, coupled with strong advising, help community colleges to support credential attainment and employment for underprepared students from lower-level adult education to higher-level developmental education. JFF will send out the dial-in information a few days before each session. Subscribe to TCALL’s Texas Adult Career Pathways Listserv to receive those announcements. For more information, please contact Linda Muñoz at: Linda.Munoz@THECB.state.tx.us.

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

July 2015

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

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

August 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 2015

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

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

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

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

September 23, 2015: Adult Education and Literacy Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting. Texas Workforce Commission’s AEL Advisory Committee will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the agency’s Austin headquarters. The committee is required to meet quarterly and report to the TWC Commissioners at least annually, and is charged with advising the Commission on: the development of policies and program priorities supporting the development of an educated and skilled workforce; the development of statewide curriculum guidelines and standards for AEL services that ensure a balance of education and workplace skill development; the development of a strategy for improving student transition to postsecondary education and career and technical education training; the development of a centralized system for collecting and tracking comprehensive data on adult basic education and literacy performance outcomes; the exploration of potential partnerships with entities in the nonprofit business communities and other entities to improve statewide literacy programs; and other issues the Commission considers appropriate.

October 2015

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

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

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

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

November 2015

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

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

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

November 18-20, 2015: Annual Texas Workforce Conference. This 19th annual conference will be co-hosted by Texas Workforce Commission and the Texas Chapter of the International Association of Workforce Professionals. Location is the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dallas. For more information, visit the TWC Events page. http://www.twc.state.tx.us/events

December 2015

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

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