2014 Calendar
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This calendar includes local, state, and national professional development opportunities and events of interest to adult & family literacy practitioners in Texas. If you know of other professional development opportunities or important dates of interest to Texas practitioners, please submit them to our Calendar Committee for consideration. For more information join one of our email discussion groups so you will always hear about the latest training opportunities. Click on "Discussion Lists" to read about these discussion lists and how to join.

August 2014

August 4-5, 2014: Literacy Texas 2014 Conference. Join literacy providers, program administrators, volunteers, board members, and supporters in San Marcos to discuss current issues and to learn techniques and best practices. Workshop topics will include: Adult Basic Education, English for Speakers of other Languages, GED® preparation, Financial Literacy, Family Literacy, Workplace Skills, Health Literacy, Fund Development/Grant Management, Program Management, Volunteer Recruitment/Retention, Board Development, and more. For more information, visit the conference web page. http://www.literacytexas.org/resources/annual_conference/

August 8-9, 2014: Basic TEX Training For New Volunteer ESL Teachers. This training will be held at First Baptist Church, 306 Round Rock Avenue, Round Rock, TX on Friday, August 8 at 6:30 pm - Saturday, August 9 at 3:00 pm. Complete information is included on the Events page at www.literacyconnexus.org. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30pm to check in & receive materials. For more info contact Beth Avery at 512-388-2111 or email beth.heller.avery@gmail.com.

August 8-9, 2014: Basic TEX Training For New Volunteer ESL Teachers. This training will be held at Grace Community Church 801 W. Bardin Road Arlington, TX 76017 (off I-20 and Matlock) on Friday, August 8 at 6:30 pm - Saturday, August 9 at 3:30 pm. Complete information is included on the Events page at www.literacyconnexus.org. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30pm to check in & receive materials. For more info contact Karen Peiser at 325-651-7992 or email kpeiser@suddenlink.net.

August 8-9, 2014: Basic ESL Training For New ESL Teachers of Adult Students. This training will be held at First Baptist Churchon Friday, August 8 at 6:00 pm - Saturday, August 9 at 3:00 pm. Complete information is included on the Events page at www.literacyconnexus.org. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:00pm to check in & receive materials. For more info contact Martha McDade at eagermcdade@yahoo.com or Connie Anthony at connie@literacyconexus.org.

August 15, 2014: TRAIN PD Informational Webinar. Join the TRAIN PD Consortium at TCALL for an informational webinar for TWC-funded local provider leaders and PD Coordinators, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Same Webinar will be repeated on August 28 at 3:00 p.m. For more information, email trainpd@tamu.edu.

August 15-16, 2014: Basic ESL Training For New ESL Teachers of Adult Students. This training will be held at Office of Rio Grande Valley Baptist Assn. 617 West Expressway 83 Weslaco, TX on Friday, August 15 at 6:30 pm - Saturday, August 16 at 3:00 pm. Complete information is included on the Events page at www.literacyconnexus.org. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30pm to check in & receive materials. For more info contact Dora Parnell at 210-659-1420 or email ddparnell@sbcglobal.net.

August 20, 2014: The LINCS Community Reading and Writing and Disabilities in Adult Education groups will co-host a webinar at 3pm (EDT) on Integrating Graphic Organizers into Reading Vocabulary Instruction. This event will provide an integrated, coherent overview of the graphic organizer and its application in teaching reading vocabulary. Before the event, be sure to check out the featured resource from the LINCS Resource Collection: Graphic Organizers: Power Tools for Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities. You can also learn more about what graphic organizers are and how your peers in the field have utilized them in this previous discussion thread.
Register here.

August 21, 2014: The LINCS Community team and Dr. Sharon Reynolds, author of the LINCS Science Course Series will present Making the LINCS Science Course Series Work for You at 3pm (EDT). This webinar will demonstrate how teachers, program managers, and professional developers can use the LINCS Science Courses to further professional development in science instruction. With the goal of exploring tips and strategies for using these courses and the scientific practices as a new framework, this event will be particularly relevant for STEM and health literacy educators, individuals interested in career pathways, and literacy providers in related LINCS discussion groups. Before the event, be sure to check out the featured courses in the LINCS Learning Portal:  Engaging Adult Learners in Science and Scientific Practices in Context: Curricular Planning and Lesson Development. Register here.

August 22-23, 2014: Basic TEX Training For New Volunteer ESL Teachers. This training will be held at Houston First Baptist Church 7401 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX, 77024 on Friday, August 22 at 6:30 pm - Saturday, August 23 at 3:00 pm. Complete information is included on the Events page at www.literacyconnexus.org. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30pm to check in & receive materials. For more info contact Martha McDade at eagermcdade@yahoo.com, Connie Anthony at connie@literacyconnexus.org, or Kathleen Yarborough at kyarborough@wubc.org or call 325-651-7992.

August 25, 2014: WIOA Webinar: An Overview of Adult Education and Literacy. Join a webinar from 1:30 to 3:00 pm Central Time, hosted by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE). Webinar will provide an overview of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) legislation, key dates for implementation, and useful information on resources and materials for adult education and literacy partners and stakeholders. The event will also feature a panel of representatives from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Labor. See the complete announcement and participation instructions here.

August 28, 2014: TRAIN PD Informational Webinar. Join the TRAIN PD Consortium at TCALL for an informational webinar for TWC-funded local provider leaders and PD Coordinators, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. For more information, email trainpd@tamu.edu.

September 2014

September 5-6, 2014: Basic TEX Training For New Volunteer ESL Teachers. This training will be held at San Antonio Baptist Association 5807 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX, 78201 on Friday, September 5 at 6:30 pm - Saturday, September 6 at 3:00 pm. Complete information is included on the Events page at www.literacyconnexus.org. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30pm to check in & receive materials. For more info contact Dora Parnell at 210-659-1420 or email ddparnell@sbcglobal.net.

September 5-6, 2014: Basic ESL Training For New ESL Teachers of Adult Students. This training will be held at College Park Baptist Church, 7887 Beechnut, Houston, 77074 on Friday, September 5 at 6:30 pm - Saturday, September 6 at 3:00 pm. Complete information is included on the Events page at www.literacyconnexus.org. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30pm to check in & receive materials. For more info contact Martha McDade at eagermcdade@yahoo.com.

September 6, 2014: Basic TEX Training For New Volunteer ESL Teachers. This training will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 3000 W. Golf Course Rd. in Midland, Texas on Saturday, September 6 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Complete information is included on the Events page at www.literacyconnexus.org. For reservations contact Karen Peiser, kpeiser@suddenlink.net or 325-651-7992

September 12-13, 2014: Basic TEX Training For New Volunteer ESL Teachers. This training will be held at First Baptist Church 801 W. Avenue D Garland, TX, 75040 on Friday, September 5 at 6:30 pm - Saturday, September 6 at 3:00 pm. Complete information is included on the Events page at www.literacyconnexus.org. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30pm to check in & receive materials. For more info contact Karen Peiser at 325-651-7992 or email kpeiser@suddenlink.net.

September 12-13, 2014: Basic ESL Training For New ESL Teachers of Adult Students. This training will be held at Arcadia Baptists Church, 14826 Highway 6, Santa Fe, TX 77517 on Friday, September 12 at 6:30 pm - Saturday, September 13 at 3:00 pm. Complete information is included on the Events page at www.literacyconnexus.org. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30pm to check in & receive materials. For more info contact Martha McDade at eagermcdade@yahoo.com, Connie Anthony at connie@literacyconnexus.org, or Kathleen Yarborough at kyarborough@wubc.org or call 325-651-7992.

September 12-13, 2014: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students. Literacy Connexus will host this training from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday at Arcadia First Baptist Church, 14826 Highway 6 in Santa Fe, Texas. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Cost is $35 including notebook manual; participants are to bring their own sack lunch for Saturday. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED: Contact Martha McDade at eagermcdade@yahoo.com by Friday, September 5 with “ESL Training” in the subject line.

September 20, 2014: TEX Teaching English with Excellence - Basic Training for New Ministries. This training will be held at First Baptist Church of Whitehouse, Fellowship Hall 801 E. Main Str. Whitehouse TX, 75791 on Saturday, September 20. Complete information is included on the Events page at www.literacyconnexus.org. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before TIME to check in & receive materials. For more info contact Ella Moore at 903-312-4377 or email ellamoore62@gmail.com.

September 23, 2014: Adult Education and Literacy Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting. Texas Workforce Commission’s AEL Advisory Committee will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the agency’s Austin headquarters. The committee is required to meet quarterly and report to the TWC Commissioners at least annually, and is charged with advising the Commission on: the development of policies and program priorities supporting the development of an educated and skilled workforce; the development of statewide curriculum guidelines and standards for AEL services that ensure a balance of education and workplace skill development; the development of a strategy for improving student transition to postsecondary education and career and technical education training; the development of a centralized system for collecting and tracking comprehensive data on adult basic education and literacy performance outcomes; the exploration of potential partnerships with entities in the nonprofit business communities and other entities to improve statewide literacy programs; and other issues the Commission considers appropriate.

September 30, 2014: Leadership Excellence (LEA) Academy Cohort 7, Meeting #1: The new cohort of LEA participants will have a full-day meeting in Austin at the Texas Workforce Commission. 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.

October 2014

October 8-10, 2014: TWC Adult Education and Literacy Symposium. Texas Workforce Commission Adult Education and Literacy will host this 3-day symposium in Austin, details to be announced.

October 12-14, 2014: National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) Annual Conference. Theme of this conference in Orlando, FL will be Building Capacity – Aligning for the Future. NCPN is a membership organization for educators, employers and others involved in the advancement of Career Pathways, career technical education (CTE), and related education reform initiatives. For more information including registration and schedule, visit: http://www.ncpn.info/2014-ncpn-conf.php

October 30-31, 2014: National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE) Annual Conference. Theme of this conference in Pittsburgh, PA will be Casting Relationships, Forging Partnerships. Strands will include: Best Practices in Workforce Education; Stackable Credentials, Completion Agenda and Prior Learning Assessment Strategies; Grant Outcomes, Deliverables, and Sustainable Solutions; Employer Engagement Strategies and Innovative Partnerships; and Community Colleges’ Role in Economic Development and Community Revitalization. For more information including registration, speakers, and schedule, visit: http://www.ncwe.org/?page=2014_conference

November 2014

November 4-7, 2014: American Association for Adult and Continuing (AAACE) 63rd Annual Conference. Theme of this conference in North Charleston, SC will be Adult Educators: Making a Difference! The mission of AAACE is to provide a unifying leadership for this vision and to make a difference in shaping organizational and social contexts that support lifelong learning. Conference sessions provide an opportunity to showcase past, present, and future examples of how adult and continuing educators make a difference and "contribute to human fulfillment and positive social change." For more information, visit here.

November 12-14, 2014: National Conference on Effective Transitions in Adult Education 2014. The National College Transitions Network (NCTN) will host its eighth annual conference in Providence, RI. One goal of NCTN is to support adult and college educators and administrators, professional developers, researchers, and policy developers by offering this national conference and by organizing a transition strand at the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) annual conference (scheduled for April 22-25, 2015 in Denver, CO). In 2013, over 550 adult and postsecondary administrators and educators from 42 states, representing postsecondary institutions, school districts, and community based organizations participated in the annual conference. For more information, including registration and the Call for Presenters (due June 1, 2014), visit: http://www.collegetransition.org/conferences.national2014.html

November 13-15, 2014: TexTESOL 2014 State Conference. The San Marcos Embassy Suites Hotel will be home of TexTESOL's annual conference comprising five regional affiliates throughout Texas. Pre-Conference will be November 13, with General Sessions November 14 and 15. For more information, visit the conference web page. http://www.textesol2014.org/

November 19-21, 2014: 18th Annual Texas Workforce Conference. Save the Date for the Texas Workforce Commission’s annual conference, to be held at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine. Details will be posted on the TWC Events page as plans develop.

December 2014

December 8, 2014: Adult Education and Literacy Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting. Texas Workforce Commission’s AEL Advisory Committee will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the agency’s Austin headquarters. The committee is required to meet quarterly and report to the TWC Commissioners at least annually, and is charged with advising the Commission on: the development of policies and program priorities supporting the development of an educated and skilled workforce; the development of statewide curriculum guidelines and standards for AEL services that ensure a balance of education and workplace skill development; the development of a strategy for improving student transition to postsecondary education and career and technical education training; the development of a centralized system for collecting and tracking comprehensive data on adult basic education and literacy performance outcomes; the exploration of potential partnerships with entities in the nonprofit business communities and other entities to improve statewide literacy programs; and other issues the Commission considers appropriate.