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.

April 2015

April 2, 2015: What I Know Now That I Wish I Had Known Then: Lessons Learned from Successful Accelerate Texas (ATX) Programs. This Webinar from 1:00pm to 3:00pm 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. Hear from leading Accelerate Texas practitioners about important lessons learned and how they overcame key challenges in implementing their integrated pathway programs. 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.

April 9, 2015: Strategies for Teaching SLN Students (Part Time Staff). This training will be held at the Brownsville ISD, Brownsville, TX from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Please select one training when you register. This presentation includes strategies, modeled lessons, and information for working with special learning needs students. Please register here.

April 10, 2015: Strategies for Teaching SLN Students (Full Time Staff). This training will be held at the Brownsville ISD, Brownsville, TX from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Please select one training when you register. This presentation includes strategies, modeled lessons, and information for working with special learning needs students. Please register here.

April 10, 2015: Regional Institute McAllen. This training will be held at the TRAIN PD -- Regional Institute, McAllen, TX from 10:00am - 3:00pm. (Morning session is 10:00am - 12:00pm and afternoon session is 1:00pm - 3:00pm). Morning Sessions repeat in the afternoon. Please choose a morning session and an afternoon session from the list on the registration page. Please register here.

Math Strategies for Teaching the GED 2014
This presentation introduces strategies designed for dispelling common math fears and creating greater enthusiasm for math while encouraging better assimilation and retention of math skills. Through active involvement, participants will also learn how to lead students to discover math through patterns, through everyday life applications, and by substituting variables with familiar objects. Participants will be given specific examples with real-life applications and teaching techniques to enhance their students' learning of these skills.

Instructional Strategies for Beginning ESL Literacy
This Beginning Literacy ESL training provides instructors with techniques and strategies to help beginning literacy ESL learners develop basic oral communication skills and build reading and writing skills. The strategies and activities focus on realia found in the learners’ environment for meeting the needs of these students at the beginning ESL literacy level.

Effective Instruction for the Multilevel Classroom
This training models effective instructional practices and strategies for use in the Adult Education class where students are spread across NRS Levels and classes where the students in level are at varied degrees of ability. Participants will be actively engage in modeled lessons which demonstrate proper differentiation for levels.

Integrating Career Awareness in the ESL Classroom
This training will provide participants with tools and strategies to help students think about and plan for life beyond English proficiency.

April 10, 2015: TWC Webinar - Career Pathway Series- Using Comprehensive Assessment for College and Career Readiness. Texas Workforce Commission will host this webinar from 11:00 a.m. to noon (CST) for a target audience of Adult Education Grant Recipients and their partners. The purpose is to assist with program implementation and management. Dates and time are subject to change. Please check with your local Grant Recipient for updates. For more information, contact your Program Specialist at TWC.

April 10, 2015: Houston Center for Literacy Conference. TRAIN PD will offer an array of professional development workshops for adult literacy educators at this event hosted by Houston Center for Literacy at 50 Waugh Dr., Houston, Texas from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Below are the descriptions for morning and afternoon sessions. Each attendee must preregister, making their selection from the options for morning and for afternoon. Please register here.

Morning session is from 9:00am - 12:00pm

Distance Based Learning.
Training explains the critical components of the TWC state policy for distance education Review the rules for counting Contact hours, Present and explain numerous distance learning tools and best practice.

Using Google Apps.
Introduces Google Apps for Education for administration and instructional purposes. Covered topics include how to set up and make the best use of a Google account, Gmail, Google Groups and Google Calendar. Collaborative instructional activities using Googles office productivity suite will also be introduced as time events.

GED 2014 Overview.
An overview of the 2014 GED Modules to help Instructors better prepare students to pass the 2014 GED test.

Components of Numeracy.
Participants will receive strategies on how to teach Components of numeracy .
including hands on activities to enhance the students' learning in ESL, ABE, and ASE classes.

Afternoon session is from 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Mathematical Reasoning for the 2014 GED.
Training on mathematical reasoning to help instructors better prepare for the Math module of the GED test.

Write from the Start.
ESL instructors review writing strategies, writing instruction, and classroom activities to move novice writers in English as a Second Language from basic words to complete compositions in preparation for transitions to ABE, college, certificate programs, or other career pathways.

Project Based Learning.
Workshop to understand the principles of project based learning, how to integrate into the classroom and enhance teaching effectiveness

Incorporating Job Skills into the Classroom.
Training on Exploring essential employability skills. gives overview of the transferable skills, learn/review background information for “Employability”, including activities for classroom,as well as ways of assessing evidence of learning both inside and outside the ESL, ABE, ASE classroom.

April 11, 2015: TRAIN PD Regional Teacher Training Institute. This Teacher Training Institute will be held at the Alamo University Center, 8300 Pat Booker Rd, Live Oak, TX 78233 from 10:00am - 3:00pm. Below are the descriptions for morning and afternoon sessions. Each attendee must preregister, making their selection from the options for morning and for afternoon. Please register here.

Morning session is from 10:00am - 12:00pm

Math Institute Algebra Modules.
Algebra is often one of the most missed areas on the GED test. This presentation introduces strategies designed for dispelling common algebra fears and creating greater enthusiasm for math while encouraging better assimilation and retention of problem solving skills. Participants will be given specific examples with real-life applications and teaching techniques to enhance their students’ learning of these skills.

Integrating Technology into the AE Classroom.
This training provides ideas and information for Adult Education programs to integrate technology int their classes and programs. The participants will view cutting edge websites, "apps" and software as well as ideas on lessons that integrate the technology into lessons and more. Participants are asked to bring a tablet, laptop, smart phone or any medium for accessing resources on-line.

Write from the Start ESL.
This training provides new ideas for writing in the English as a Second Language Classroom. The participants will receive ideas for instructional strategies and processes the get ESL students active in purposeful writing activities. Presenter will model a variety of sample lessons.

Effective Instruction for the Multi-level Classroom.
This training models effective instructional practices and strategies for use in the Adult Education class where students are spread across NRS Levels and classes where the students in level are at varied degrees of ability. Participants will be actively engage in modeled lessons which demonstrate proper differentiation for levels.

Afternoon session is from 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Math Institute Algebra Modules.
Algebra is often one of the most missed areas on the GED test. This presentation introduces strategies designed for dispelling common algebra fears and creating greater enthusiasm for math while encouraging better assimilation and retention of problem solving skills. Participants will be given specific examples with real-life applications and teaching techniques to enhance their students’ learning of these skills.

Integrating Technology into the AE Classroom.
This training provides ideas and information for Adult Education programs to integrate technology int their classes and programs. The participants will view cutting edge websites, "apps" and software as well as ideas on lessons that integrate the technology into lessons and more. Participants are asked to bring a tablet, laptop, smart phone or any medium for accessing resources on-line.

Instructional Strategies for Adult Education.
This training models effective instructional strategies for use in the Adult Education class. Whether you are working with a Beginning level ESL or a higher level of ABE, all adult students can best learn when instructors vary lesson delivery using numerous tried and true strategies. Participants will be actively engage in modeled lessons which demonstrate proper differentiation for levels.

ESL Best Practices.
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.

April 11, 2015: ESL Instructional Strategies. This training will be held at the Laredo Community College, West End Washington Street, Laredo, TX from 8:30am - 3:00pm. This session will provide teachers with strategies for 30 different lessons incorporating all four components, speaking, listening, reading and writing to expand on students' skill and get them more involved in the class. Please register here.

April 15-16, 2015: BEST PLUS Training of Trainers (TOT). This training will be held at the Harris County Department of Education, North Post Oak location, Houston, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm (on both days). For staff who administer the BEST Plus assessment who want to become trainers. Participants must pre-register with TRAIN PD and must attend both days from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The training is not complete after these two days, there are further assignments to complete in the process to become a Certified Trainer. AEL Grant Recipients, click here | Volunteer or CBO Literacy Programs, click here

April 17, 2015: Texas Style TABE Training of Trainers (TOT) Paper Version. This training will be held at the Temple College, Temple, TX, Room ISC 131 (Instructional Services Center) from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Training 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. This training is not designed or recommended for first time users of the TABE Test. Please register here.

April 17, 2015: Effective Instruction for Multi level Classes. This training will be held at the Bowie Adult Learning Center, 439 Arbor Pl, San Antonio, TX from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. This training models effective instructional practices and strategies for use in the Adult Education class where students are spread across NRS Levels and classes where the students in level are at varied degrees of ability. Participants will be actively engage in modeled lessons which demonstrate proper differentiation for levels. Please register here.

April 17, 2015: GED Math. This training will be held at the Region 10 (Hunt Room), 400. E Spring Valley Rd., Richardson, Texas, 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.

April 17, 2015: BEST Literacy Training of Trainers (TOT). This training will be held at the Harris County Dept of Ed, Adult Ed Learning Center, Houston, 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.

April 18, 2015: Laredo Regional Institute. This training will be held at the Laredo Community College, West End Washington Street in Laredo, TX from 9:00am - 3:00pm. Below are the descriptions for morning and afternoon sessions. Each attendee must preregister, making their selection from the options for morning and for afternoon. Please register here.

Session Descriptions (morning session repeat in the afternoon)

Morning Session: 9:00am - 11:30am
Afternoon Session: 12:30pm - 3:00pm

Writing for the GED 2014 and Beyond
This training provides information about activities that will help ABE and ASE students with the writing skills they will use on the GED test.

Strategies for Teaching Writing to ESL Students
This session provides ESL teachers with basic principles for incorporating writing instruction from the first day of class. A wide variety of activities will be discussed.

Instructional Strategies for Beginning Literacy ESL
Provide instructors with techniques and strategies to improve the retention and performance of learners in the lowest level of ESL.

Math Transitioning to the GED 2014
This session provides teachers with strategies and tools for teaching the 2014 GED math.

April 18, 2015: The TI-30XS Calculator and the New GED Exam. This training will be held at the Victoria College Adult Education Center, 802 E. Crestwood Drive, Victoria, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. In today's Adult Education math classes time and accuracy are both significant. Much of our students' success hinges on how well we deliver and how well they receive and manage information. The TI-30XS hand held calculator along with its online version provide basic and multifunctional calculations that are essential for success on the New GED exam. Please register here.

April 18, 2015: Math Institute - Most Missed Indicators. This training will be held at the Howard College, 3501 North US Highway 67, San Angelo, TX from 9:00am - 3:30pm. This workshop will summarize the 14 Mathematical Reasoning most missed indicators and Geometry most missed indicators for GED Teachers. It will be an interactive presentation highlighting the formulas for perimeter, area, surface area and circumference of circles, polygons and two dimensional composite shapes. Activities will be presented that teachers can immediately implement in the classroom. Please register here.

April 18, 2015: Preparing Students for Successful Transitions. This training will be held at the Literacy Council of Tyler Consortium, Trinity Valley CC, 100 Cardinal Drive, Athens, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This workshop looks at research-based strategies for helping ESL, ABE, and ASE students successfully transition into postsecondary education and/or career pathways. Participants look at transitions from a process and event perspective and align their current teaching practices to proven research-based models and recommendations made by the Higher Education Coordinating Board. Please register here.

April 20, 2015: TRAIN PD Virtual Meeting with PD Coordinators. From 11:00 a.m. to noon 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.edu for more information.

April 21, 2015: Contextualized Teaching and Learning Follow-Up. This is an online 3 week course with 2 hours per week participation. It's an online follow-up course that accompanies Contextualization face-to-face training. Course includes sharing of resources and lesson ideas for incorporating lessons in context. Participants post comments, reflections and upload lesson plans for review and feedback.

April 21, 2015: Contextualized Instruction. This training will be held at ESC Region 1 at 4305 North McColl Road, McAllen, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm & 5:30pm - 8:30pm (session repeats). 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.

April 22-25, 2015: Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) National Conference. COABE will hold its conference in Denver, CO in partnership with Colorado Adult Education Professional Association (CAEPA). COABE is organized to advance national and international adult education and literacy opportunities for all persons. Voting members of Texas Association for Literacy and Adult Education (TALAE) are automatically members of COABE as well, and are eligible for membership registration rates for the COABE Conference. (See TALAE Membership page.) For more information, including Call for Presentations (expected in fall 2014), and schedule and registration information as plans develop, visit: http://www.coabe.org/conference2015.html

April 24, 2015: Distance Learning Academy Module 1. This training will be held at the Angelina College at 3500 South First St., Lufkin, Texas from 9:00am - 4:00pm. 1 of 2 mandatory 1st time DL program trainings for local program directors and teachers covering DL Federal policy, Curriculum models, recording direct/proxy hours, and DL tools. Please register here.

April 25, 2015: GED 2014 Science Reasoning Teaching Strategies. This training will be held at the Laredo Community College, West End Washington Street, Laredo, TX from 8:30am - 3:00pm. Participants will hear a brief overview of the test including content, question types, & skills tested. The workshop will emphasize teaching strategies and activities so that science can be effectively taught in any GED classroom. Some basic information about experimentation terminology will be presented for those teachers who have a limited science background. Participants will engage in lab activities, note-taking examples, and short answer writing. They will be provided with some ready-to-go activities that can be incorporated immediately into their own classrooms. Please register here.

April 25, 2015: Texas Style TABE Training of Trainers (TOT) Paper Version. This training will be held at the Center for Economic Development, Corpus Christi, TX, Room 106 from 8:30am - 3:30pm. Training 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. This training is not designed or recommended for first time users of the TABE Test. Please register here.

April 27, 2015: The Drivers of Persistence. This training will be held at Howard College, 3501 US-67, San Angelo, TX. This training reviews the Drivers of Persistence. These drivers can be useful tools for increasing student retention through attention and redirection of classroom dynamic based on these drivers of student persistence. Course is a six week on-line forum that is low impact one hour per week. Participants read the article and will respond weekly to the prompt and comment on the posts of others for course credit. Please register here.

April 28, 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.

April 30, 2015: Leadership Excellence Academy (LEA) Cohort 7, Meeting #3: The new cohort of LEA participants will have a full-day meeting in the Dallas-Fort Worth area (TBA). LEA is a national leadership development and program improvement initiative developed by the National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium and ProLiteracy. Successful completers of the two-year program earn the nationally-recognized professional designation of Certified Manager of Program Improvement (CMPI). For more information about the Leadership Excellence Academy, see TCALL's LEA web page for Texas.

May 2015

May 1, 2015: Leveraging Resources to Support Underprepared Learners. 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 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 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. Please register here.

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: HGAC TEAMS Workgroup. 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/AEL Forum in Belton. Details to be announced.

May 7, 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 8, 2015: Regional Workforce/AEL Forum in McAllen. Details to be announced.

May 8, 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 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. Please register here.

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: 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. Please register here.

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 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 16, 2015: Math For 2014 GED. This training will be held at NEISD Adult Education at 107 West Rampart Drive (Ferrari Center, room 102) in San Antonio, Texas 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: Beginning ESL Training of Trainers (TOT). 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: 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 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 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 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: 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.

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.

June 2015

June 4, 2015: Regional Workforce/AEL Forum for East Texas, Northeast Texas and Texoma. Details to be announced.

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 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 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.

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/

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 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/

September 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.