2014 - 2015 TRAIN Professional Development Calendar

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

August 2015

August 1, 2015: GED Extended Response (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This session will be held at HGAC Region 6, 3332 Montgomery Rd., Huntsville, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. The purpose of this session will focus on the process of teaching argumentative writing – one step at a time. Dig deeper into the different parts of argumentative writing and how to integrate this process in constructed responses for Reasoning through Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science. Trainer is Wayne Crandall. Please register here.

August 1, 2015: TEAMS for Teachers and Administrators (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This session will be held at HGAC Region 6, 3332 Montgomery Rd., Huntsville, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Trainer is Janis Heebner. Please register here.

By the end of the workshop, teachers and administrators will:

  • Understand how TEAMS can help staff in managing their classes.
  • Recognize the importance of using TEAMS reports.
  • Understand the National Reporting System and the Federal Performance Measures and how they impact your class and program.
  • Be able to make use of the Texas Adult Education & Literacy (AEL) Assessment Policy. (Effective July 1, 2014)

August 3, 2015: Region 1 2015 Annual Opening Conference (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This conference will be held at Region One--McAllen Learning Center, 4305 North McColl Road, McAllen, Texas from 8:30am - 3:30pm. These three round-robin workshops repeat throughout the day. See below for descriptions. Register on this form for these three sessions. Once you arrive at the location, you will need to select a time for each session.

Session Descriptions

TEAMS Data Detective
This workshop will help teachers in ABE, ESL, ASE, Transitions, etc. understand how to use specific TEAMS reports to monitor student progress and improve program performance. Trainer is Terri Schiemenz.

The Real Facts about Students' Data
The participants of this session will understand the overall importance of students' data, and how data is tied to performance and accountability. Trainer is Anthony Chan.

TEAMS for Teachers
Participants will gain insight into the value of TEAMS Reports by learning how to interpret and use its reports. Trainer is Bill Medina.

August 4, 2015: Region 1 2015 Annual Opening Conference (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This conference will be held at Region One--McAllen Learning Center, 4305 North McColl Road, McAllen, Texas from 8:30am - 3:30pm. These four round-robin workshops repeat throughout the day. See below for descriptions. Register on this form for these four sessions. Once you arrive at the location, you will need to select a time for each session.

Session Descriptions

The TI-30XS Calculator for Math
The training highlights the most effective methods and time-efficient skills needed in completing Math exercises of various concepts consistent with the required GED standards. Trainer is Marsha Hosang.

GED 2014 Reading Language Arts (RLA) Overview
This training provides instructional practices and strategies for use in the GED 2014 Reading Language Arts (RLA) class. Trainer is Jan Whisonant.

TABE Success in Math
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. Trainer is Robert Orta.

Best Practices for Multilevel ABE Instruction
This training provides instructional practices and strategies for use in the Adult Education class where students are spread across ABE and ASE NRS Levels and with varied degrees of ability. Trainer is Tresa Pokorski.

August 4, 2015: Region 1 2015 Annual Opening Conference (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This conference will be held at Region One--McAllen Learning Center, 4305 North McColl Road, McAllen, Texas from 8:30am - 3:30pm. These two workshops repeat in the morning and afternoon. See below for descriptions. Register on this form for these two sessions. Once you arrive at the location, you will need to select a time for each session.

Session Descriptions

Strategies for Teaching ESL
Participant will strategies to learn new vocabulary also included are ideas and samples for instructors to aid the ESL students to fill in different types of forms, checks, envelopes etc.. A list of all skills that learners need to know per Level of learning will be provided together with games and hands on activities. Trainer is Beatriz Gutierrez.

Speaking Up in the ESL Classroom
This interactive session will provide teachers with skills and activities to integrate conversation into their classroom instruction. The teachers will examine various approaches for developing conversation particularly with their ESL students. Trainer is Liliana Black.

August 5, 2015: Region 1 2015 Annual Opening Conference (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This conference will be held at Region One--McAllen Learning Center, 4305 North McColl Road, McAllen, Texas from 8:30am - 3:30pm. These three round-robin workshops repeat throughout the day. See below for descriptions. Register on this form for these three sessions. Once you arrive at the location, you will need to select a time for each session.

Session Descriptions

Integrating Career Awareness
This training will provide tools and strategies to help adult educators to incorporate career awareness and planning into their instructional activities. They will learn how lessons can be adapted for a range of students and skill levels. Trainer is Olga Escamilla.

Instructional Strategies to Promote Persistence
Participants will be given useful tools and strategies for increasing student retention and persistence which in turn will facilitate students' learning and success. Trainer is Jan Whisonant.

Building Community in the Culturally Diverse Classroom
This workshop shows how knowledge and respect for students' cultures can engage adult learners in new ways and increase student retention. Participants will practice creative strategies to increase cultural awareness, work together, and create a community of learners. Trainer is Liliana Black.

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 4, 2015: Practical Instructional Strategies for Contextualized Lesson Planning (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Houston Community College Adult Ed. Program, 3100 Main St., Admin. Bldg./ Room BD 12, Houston, TX from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. This session is for ABE and ASE instructors. Participants will learn about designing a broad range of core knowledge and skills using contextualized lesson plans, with cross-disciplinary standards to include math, science, and social studies contents. This workshop will help instructors identify the tools students must have to be able to successfully prepare for and pass the GED tests. Trainer is Patricia Solomon. Please register here.

August 6, 2015: Making a Plan for the Adult Education Classroom (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Industrial Technology Training Center, 1100 Lakewood Drive, Mt. Pleasant, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. This training takes a look at the process of creating/ adopting a "schedule of planned instruction" for the AEL classroom from the general framework of the learning cycle through selecting, developing, and modifying lessons to meeting the instructional goals and objectives of the learning cycle and supporting the desired learner out comes. Trainer is Wayne Crandall. Please register here.

August 6, 2015: Engaging Instructional Strategies to Promote Persistence (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This workshop will be held at Industrial Technology Training Center, 1100 Lakewood Drive, Mt. Pleasant, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. This workshop for ABE/ASE and ESL instructors examines six tenets of Adult Learning Theory in light of the six Drivers of Persistence. The six tenets of Adult Learning Theory (Knowles, 1998) intersect well with the Drivers of Persistence identified in the New England Learner Persistence Project (2008). Instructors use these concepts to design engaging instructional activities and strategies to help adult learners succeed in reaching educational and career goals. Trainer is Dr. Glenda Rose. Please register here.

August 7, 2015: Alamo College TABE (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). These sessions will be held at WorkForce Solutions Alamo Region from 9:00am - 4:00pm.

Session Descriptions

TABE - Paper (9:00am - 12:00pm)
This training will give test administers and overview of TABE and how to administer TABE following the guidelines set forth by McGraw Hill. The training will also focus on the different scoring methods for the locator and survey. The training will also highlight pre-test and post-test policies set forth by TWC. This training will meet the TWC requirement that all TABE administers need to be certified. Trainer is Karen Cook.

TABE-Online (1:00pm - 3:00pm)
In this training we will learn how to incorporate TABE online as a resourceful tool in your Adult Ed program. We will discuss the various ways to set up accounts and manage sessions. We will demonstrate how to create testing sessions and register students. We will also look at how to interpret and export results to fit the needs of your program. Trainer is Leticia Gonzalez.

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 8, 2015: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students. Literacy ConneXus will host this training in Whitehouse, Texas from 6:30 PM to 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday. Reservations are required. For more information, see the Literacy ConneXus Events page. http://www.literacyconnexus.org/events/

August 8, 2015: Instructional Strategies (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Victoria College, Continuing Education Building, 2200 E. Red River, Victoria, TX from 8:30am - 11:30am. This training models effective instructional practices and strategies for use in the Adult Education. Strategies for instruction will be those that are best utilized by the Adult Education instructors for the population we tend to serve. Participants will be actively engage in modeled lessons which demonstrate proper differentiation for levels. Trainer is Olga Escamilla.

August 8, 2015: College & Career Readiness and Contextualization (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Victoria College, Continuing Education Building, 2200 E. Red River, Victoria, TX from 12:30pm - 3:30pm. This training introduces the cross disciplinary standards for the Career and College Readiness Standards. The participants will be engaged in activities that help them understand and unpack the standards. Also the standards will be incorporated into Contextualized instruction lesson planning. Trainer is Olga Escamilla.

August 8, 2015: DL Academy Module 1 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This session will be held at Industrial TCC Opportunity Center, 5901 Fitzhugh Ave., Fort Worth, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This session is intended for staff and administrators. An overview of state and federal policy requirements for implementing a distance education program. Registration for Module 3 will be completed during the class. Note that Modules 1 and 3 are required for new staff and administrators. If a program is new to distance learning in adult education, an administrator must attend with other staff. Trainer is Dr. Glenda Rose and Dr. Debra Hargrove. Please register here.

August 11, 2015: Instructional Strategies for ESL Low Literacy (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This session will be held at Austin Community College, Highland Business Center, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Best practices for Beginning ESL Learners will provide instructors with techniques and strategies to help 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. Trainer is Sandi Schneider. Please register here.

August 11, 2015: Instructional Strategies for ESL Low Literacy (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This session will be held at Austin Community College, Highland Business Center, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Best practices for Beginning ESL Learners will provide instructors with techniques and strategies to help 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. Trainer is Sandi Schneider. Please register here.

August 11, 2015: Teaching Mathematical Reasoning and Most Missed Items on GED 2014 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This session will be held at Austin Community College, Highland Business Center, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Training on mathematical reasoning to help instructors better prepare for the Math module of the GED 2014 test. This training will also feature the most missed items on the GED 2014 test. Trainer is Anthony Chan. Please register here.

August 11, 2015: Teaching Mathematical Reasoning and Most Missed Items on GED 2014 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This session will be held at Austin Community College, Highland Business Center, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Training on mathematical reasoning to help instructors better prepare for the Math module of the GED 2014 test. This training will also feature the most missed items on the GED 2014 test. Trainer is Anthony Chan. Please register here.

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 on sessions, agenda-at-a-glance, or to register, see the Tex-BEST 2015 Website. https://www.alamo.edu/tex-best/. Early bird registration will be open until July 15, 2015. Adult learners need to register at VALUEUSAʼs website with this link.

August 13, 2015: Basic TEAMS Training (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Fort Worth ISD Consortium, Arlington ISD Learning Center, 600 New York Ave, Arlington, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. For Adult Education and Literacy staff who enter or manage data in TEAMS (Texas Educating Adults Management System), this training covers basic information and procedures for: the TEAMS environment; log-in roles and permissions; the data entry process; orders of operations; data validation and data sign-off (DSO); performance measures; assessments; and reports generated by TEAMS. Trainer is Janis Heebner. Please register here.

August 13, 2015: Community Action, Inc. Training Day (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Dunbar Recreation Center, 801 W. Martin Luther King Drive, San Marcos, TX from 12:30pm - 3:30pm. Please choose a morning and afternoon session below. Both session repeat at 12:30pm - 2:00pm & 2:00pm - 3:30pm.

Building Student Persistence and Motivation
This training reviews Adult Education student behaviors and trends as they tend to move through adult education. Participants will be introduced to the Drivers of Persistence developed by World Ed. These drivers can be useful tools for increasing student retention through attention and redirection of classroom dynamic based on these drivers of student persistence. Trainer is Laura Barrera.

Effective Multi-level Instruction
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. Trainer is Sandra Schneider.

August 14, 2015: Effective Lesson Planning for the Multilevel Classroom (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Howard College, 3501 North US Hwy 67, San Angelo, TX from 11:00am - 3:30pm. This training models effective instructional practices and strategies for use in the Adult Education class where students assessment scores are spread across NRS Levels and classes where the students in a leveled class are at varied degrees of ability. Participants will be actively engage in modeled lessons which demonstrate proper differentiation for levels. Trainer is Laura Barrera.

August 14, 2015: Learning to Achieve: A Professional Guide to Educating Adults with Disabilities (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at TCALL Riverside Campus, 3100 State Highway 47, Building 7751 (corner of 4th and Bryan Streets), Classroom D, Bryan, TX from 11:00am - 12:30pm. This presentation gives an overview of six of the main topic areas covered by the Learning to Achieve project and gives professional developers and administrators a resource that they could take back to the program and strategies to use right away. Trainers are Beth A. Ponder and Tim Ponder. Please register here.

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 15, 2015: TEAMS for Teachers (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at HCDE, Irvington Learning Center, 626 Lindale, Houston, TX from 8:30am - 11:30am & 12:30pm - 3:30pm. This training provides teachers and other AE staff with an oveview fo TEAMS, how to access it and utilize it to improve program performance. The session includes a review of the National Reporting System. Trainer is Bill Medina.

August 15, 2015: Fall 2015 Instructor Institute (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Lone Star College - North Harris Campus, 2700 W W Thorne Dr., Houston, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This institure offeres several options. Please read carefully below. One option is to attend an all-day event, OR you can choose a morning session and an afternoon session. See session descriptions below. Room numbers will be announced at the event. Please register here.

Morning (9:00am - 12:00pm)

TEAMS for Teachers
This workshop helps teachers understand how to use the TEAMS Participant Roster report to monitor student progress and improve program performance. We will review the NRS educational functioning levels & minimum program performance targets. Then we will analyze a sample TEAMS Participant Roster report to discover relationships between retention, performance and assessment. Trainer is Terri Schiemenz.

Writing for GED 2014 and Beyond
Taking a step-by-step approach to teaching writing and writing strategies, this session targets the needs of GED 2014, but also encourages teachers to think beyond the test. Brainstorming and lesson plan-sharing is included with feedback from the facilitator and the true experts: the other GED teachers. Trainer is Barry Williams.

Cell Phones, Smart Phones & Mobile Devices
Offers teachers an overview of ways phones and mobile devices can be utilized in heir classrooms, instead of being an annoyance or distraction. Computers with Internet and cell phones are necessary. Participants should have average computer skills and a more-than-basic cell phone to get the most out of these sessions. Trainer is Denise Guckert.

Afternoon (1:00pm - 4:00pm)

TEAMS for Teachers
This workshop helps teachers understand how to use the TEAMS Participant Roster report to monitor student progress and improve program performance. We will review the NRS educational functioning levels & minimum program performance targets. Then we will analyze a sample TEAMS Participant Roster report to discover relationships between retention, performance and assessment. Trainer is Terri Schiemenz.

Social Media and the Internet as a Medium for Learning
There are clear advantages to using social media and social networking in the classroom and for distance learning. With social media services on-line, ASE/GED/ESL Instructors and learners can experience new and better types of communication and interaction. Participants will understand digital generations and explore the use of many forms of social media. Trainer is Kristi Parker.

Integrating Technology into AE Classroom
Whole Group - for ESL/ABE: This interactive workshop introduces various ways of including technology into already existing lessons. Participants should have average computing skills in order to get the most out of this session. Trainer is Denise Guckert.

All Day (9:00am - 4:00pm)

Multi-level Classroom: Best Practices
This interactive training focuses on appropiate lesson planning strategies, group strategies, and effective multi-level activities for ESL, ABE and ASE classrooms. Classroom management techniques, test preparation, orientation procedures, and multi-sensory lesson planning will be presented. Two 3 hour sessions. Trainer is Tresa Pokorski.

BEST PLUS
Participants attending will receive certification to administer the BEST Plus assessment upon successful completion of this training session. Local programs must purchase the participant's Test Administrator Guides prior to the session through the Center for Applied Linguistics: http://calstore.cal.org/Store/ProductDetails.aspx?productId=80. Trainer: Becky Collet.

TABE 9/10
This training will provide the CTB/McGraw-Hill certification requirements on the best practices of administering, scoring, and interpreting the TABE 9/10. Trainer: Angela Kaldro.

August 15, 2015: College of the Mainlands Training Day (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). These trainings will be held at College of the Mainland, Technical Vocational Bldg., 1200 Amburn Rd., Texas City, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. See training descriptions below.

Training Descriptions

Engaging Instructional Strategies to Promote Persistence
This workshop for ABE/ASE and ESL instructors examines six tenets of Adult Learning Theory in light of the six Drivers of Persistence. The six tenets of Adult Learning Theory (Knowles, 1998) intersect well with the Drivers of Persistence identified in the New England Learner Persistence Project (2008). Instructors use t hese concepts to design engaging instructional activities and strategies to help adult learners succeed in reaching educational and career goals. Trainer is Dr. Glenda Rose.

GED Extended Response
Some basic strategies to use to teach the evidence based, read and respond, constructed responses on the RLA. Social Studies, and Science modules of the GED test including an overview of the scoring rubric used for the three writing task on the 2014 GED test. Trainer is Wayne Crandall.

GED Algebra
The purpose of this session is to help remove students' fear of algebra. This session will give our teachers the tools they need to show their students that elementary algebra is in the real world and that the use of patterns helps to discover the basic principles of Algebra. Trainer is Anthony Chan.

Structure of the English Language
This presentation will help literacy providers better understand the structure of the English language so that they can teach their students, whether those students are ELL/ASE/GED/ESL or struggling readers. Included in this presentation will be the phoneme inventory (26 letters in the alphabet with 44 sounds), the six syllable types, and syllable division. These are the necessary skills that unlock words for reading. Trainer is Mary Yarus.

August 15, 2015: Teaching English to Adults in Texas (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at HGAC San Jacinto College, SJC Central Campus, 8060 Spencer Hwy., Pasadena, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. The 6-hour face to face training covers creating an effective learning environment, choosing content and resources, teaching methods and strategies, assessing students, and reflective teaching. This is a hybrid course with online pre-requisites of 3 hours and online follow-up of 2 hours. Trainer is Martin Loa. Please register here.

August 15, 2015: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students. Literacy ConneXus will host this training in Stephenville, Texas from 8:30 AM to 4:00 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 19, 2015: TRAIN PD Virtual Meeting with PD Coordinators (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). From 2:00 pm 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.

August 19, 2015: Strategies for Creating Meaningful Learning (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Ysleta ISD, 121 Padres, El Paso, TX from 8:00am - 11:00am. The workshop will provide teachers with teaching techniques that purposefully heighten their students' engagement while maximizing their students' interest in each of the content areas. Trainer is Anthony Chan. Please register here.

August 19, 2015: Creating Lessons for Meaningful Learning (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Ysleta ISD, 121 Padres, El Paso, TX from 12:00pm - 3:00pm. The workshop will provide strategies for creating meaningful learning lessons that will motivate students learn by engaging and maximizing their interest in each of the content areas. Trainer is Anthony Chan. Please register here.

August 20, 2015: Write from the Start - ESL (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Amarillo College, Byrd Bldg. Rm. 214, 2011 S Washington St., Amarillo, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. This session is designed for new and experienced ESL teachers and will cover theory and practice for getting new writers writing. It includes a host of established activities as well as addressing special situations such as pre-literate, non-literate and semi-literate students. Special needs are also addressed if time permits. Trainer is Dr. Glenda Rose. Please register here.

August 21, 2015: 2015 Fall Convocation for Adult Education and Literacy Program at Houston Community College (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). These trainings will be held at HCC Central Campus, San Jacinto Bldg., 1300 Holman, Houston TX at 6:00pm - 9:00pm. See session descriptions below.

Session Descriptions

Using Multiple Group Strategies
This training is designed to help ABE/ASE/ESOL teachers identify key traits that influence how groups can be implemented and organized in a multilevel classroom. Through hands on and interactive activities teachers will differentiate among using pairs, small groups, and large groups for effective learning. Trainer is Martin Loa.

2014 GED: Preparing Students for Mathematical Reasoning
This workshop provides strategies and resources to help instructors prepare students for the Mathematical Reasoning module of the 2014 GED test. Trainer is Dirk Hodges.

Beginning Literacy ESL
Modules 1 and 2 of Beginning Literacy ESL training provide instructors with techniques and strategies to improve the persistence and performance of learners in this lowest level of ESL. Teachers will learn how to promote an environment that builds retention and community among learners. Strategies and activities focus on realia found in the learners' environment to help beginning literacy ESL learners develop basic oral communication skills and build reading and writing skills. Module 1 is a prerequisite for Module 2. Trainer is Aida Martinez.

Writing for the GED 2014 and Beyond
Taking a step-by-step approach to teaching writing and writing strategies, this session targets the needs of GED 2014, but also encourages teachers to think beyond the test. Brainstorming and lesson plan-sharing is included with feedback from the facilitator and the true experts: the other GED teachers. Trainer is Barry Williams.

Reading and Interpreting Data: The Mathematics of Science and Social Studies
This training for ABE/ASE teachers will include techniques and strategies for preparing students to take the 2014 GED. Trainer is Cheryl Sanders.

Engaging Instructional Strategies to Promote Persistence
This workshop for ABE/ASE and ESL instructors examines six tenets of Adult Learning Theory in light of the six Drivers of Persistence. The six tenets of Adult Learning Theory (Knowles, 1998) intersect well with the Drivers of Persistence identified in the New England Learner Persistence Project (2008). Instructors use these concepts to design engaging instructional activities and strategies to help adult learners succeed in reaching educational and career goals. Trainer is Irene Ramos.

Cell Phones, Smart Phones and Mobile Devices
This session offers teachers an overview of ways phones and mobile devices can be utilized in their classrooms, instead of being an annoyance or distraction. Computers with Internet and cell phones are necessary. Participants should have average computer skills and a more-than-basic cell phone to get the most out of this session. (If they have no cell phone, or one restricted only to calls, they many not enjoy this session very much.) Trainer is Denise Guckert.

Questioning Strategies That Promote Higher Order Thinking
This session covers questioning strategies that can be used in the adult classroom to increase student engagement with a focus on why increased critical thinking abilities develop students academically. The presenter will also focus on questions at all Depth of Knowledge and Bloom's Taxonomy levels. Ineffective questioning strategies will also be addressed. This will assist instructors prepare students for the new GED 2014. Collaborative activities will provide opportunities for participants to develop their own questions at different DOK and Bloom's levels. This training was originally developed by Rene Coronado. Trainer is Rene Coronado.

Reach Them Teach Them
Reach Them to Teach Them is an interactive workshop that introduces teachers to online tools to keep students engaged outside of the classroom using smart phones, tablets and Apps. Workshop participants will be presented with current statistics on smart phone and social media usage, as well as be introduced to the SAMR Model of Technology Integration. Who said you couldn't pair levels of Bloom's Taxonomy or Webb's Depth of Knowledge with an APP? Learners will engage with Pedagogy Wheel, and leave with the Wheel and SAMR model to use in their class the next day! Trainer is Debra Hargrove.

Social Media and the Internet as a Medium for Learning
There are clear advantages to using social media and social networking in the classroom and for distance learning. With social media services on-line, ASE/GED/ESL Instructors and learners can experience new and better types of communication and interaction. Participants will understand digital generations and explore the use of many forms of social media. Trainer is Kristi Parker.

TEAMS for Teachers
This workshop was developed to help teachers understand how to use the TEAMS Participant Roster report to monitor student progress and improve program performance. First, we will review the National Reporting System educational functioning levels and minimum program performance targets. Then we will analyze a sample TEAMS Participant Roster report to discover relationships between retention, performance and assessment. Trainer is Alicia Aviles.

Write from Day One
This session is a combination of theory and practice for getting new writers writing. It was initially designed for ESL students, but it turned out to be useful for our lowest level ABE students as well. It includes a host of established activities as well as addressing special situations such as pre-literate, non-literate and semi-literate students. Special needs are also addressed it time permits. Trainer is Patricia Solomon.

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, 2015: DL Academy Module 1 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This workshop will be held at Amarillo College, Byrd Bldg. Rm. 214, 2011 S Washington St., Amarillo, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This session is intended for staff and administrators. An overview of state and federal policy requirements for implementing a distance education program. Registration for Module 3 will be completed during the class. Note that Modules 1 and 3 are required for new staff and administrators. If a program is new to distance learning in adult education, an administrator must attend with other staff. Trainer is Dr. Glenda Rose. Please register here.

August 21, 2015: How to Plan an Effective Lesson Plan (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This workshop will be held at Houston Center for Literacy Demonstration Center At Magnolia, 7037 Capital St. Suite A, Houston, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. This training is designed to help ABE/ASE/ESOL teachers focus on how to 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. Trainer is Martin Loa.

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 22, 2015: TEAMS for Teachers (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This workshop will be held at WCJC Wharton Campus, LaDieu Technology Center, 911 Boling Highway, Wharton, TX 77488 from 9:00am - 12:00pm. This workshop was developed to help teachers understand how to use the TEAMS Participant Roster report to monitor student progress and improve program performance. First, we will review the National Reporting System educational functioning levels and minimum program performance targets. Then we will analyze a sample TEAMS Participant Roster report to discover relationships between retention, performance and assessment.Trainer is Janis Heebner. Please register here.

August 22, 2015: Using Multiple Grouping Strategies (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This workshop will be held at Eastside Village Learning Center, 3614 Holman Street, Houston, 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 organized in a multilevel classroom. Through hands-on and interactive activities, teachers will differentiate among using pairs, small groups, and large groups to foster effective learning. Trainer is Martin Loa. Please register here.

August 22, 2015: Beginning ESL Literacy Instruction (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Alpine Public Library, 805 W Ave E, Alpine, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. The Beginning ESL Literacy Instruction will be a follow-up workshop for instructors who attended the PD in July and will provide participants an opportunity to discuss the outcome of application of ideas with their students and to learn additional activities and strategies or modifications thereof to improve the communication, reading, and writing skills of low level ESL students. Trainer is Sandra Schneider. Please register here.

August 22, 2015: Engaging Instructional Strategies to Promote Persistence (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at West Central Texas Adult Education, 1929 South11th, Abilene, TX from 8:30am - 11:30am. This workshop for ABE/ASE and ESL instructors examines six tenets of Adult Learning Theory in light of the six Drivers of Persistence. The six tenets of Adult Learning Theory (Knowles, 1998) intersect well with the Drivers of Persistence identified in the New England Learner Persistence Project (2008). Instructors use these concepts to design engaging instructional activities and strategies to help adult learners succeed in reaching educational and career goals. Trainer is Dr. Glenda Rose. Please register here.

August 24, 2015: SWITCH (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at ESC Region 20, Room TBA, 1314 Hines, San Antonio, TX  from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. See below for details. The intro is mandatory for the second training, which is an online 5 week continued facilitation, for a total of 18 hours. Trainer is Laura Barrera.

Book Study Intro F2F: SWITCH
This training is an introduction book study of SWITCH. This course is a study of the book Switch by Chip Heath & Dan Heath a book study reflection on change and contemplation of how to change things when change is hard. So, why is it so hard to make lasting change in our companies, in our communities, and in our own lives?

Book Study Online: SWITCH
This training is an online book study that provides guided on-line discussion and driving questions for five weeks for SWITCH. This course is a study of the book Switch by Chip Heath & Dan Heath a book study reflection on change and contemplation of how to change things when change is hard. So, why is it so hard to make lasting change in our companies, in our communities, and in our own lives?

August 24, 2015: Strategies for Creating Meaningful Learning (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at El Paso ISD, 1216 Olive, El Paso, TX  from 8:00am - 11:00am. The workshop will provide teachers with teaching techniques that purposefully heighten their students' engagement while maximizing their students' interest in each of the content areas. Trainer is Anthony Chan. Please register here.

August 24, 2015: Creating Lessons for Meaningful Learning (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at El Paso ISD, 1216 Olive, El Paso, TX from 12:00pm - 3:00pm. The workshop will provide strategies for creating meaningful learning lessons that will motivate students learn by engaging and maximizing their interest in each of the content areas. Trainer is Anthony Chan. Please register here.

August 26 & 27, 2015: Dallas Consortium (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Arcadia Park, 911 N. Morocco Avenue, Dallas, TX from 8:30am - 3:00pm. Dallas Consortium is hosting two trainings. Please see descriptions below and select one or both trainings on the registration form below. Please register here.

August 26th
Building Student Persistence and Resilience with Motivational Lessons and Practices
This training reviews Adult Education student behaviors and trends as they tend be identified while students move through adult education. Participants will be introduced to the Drivers of Persistence developed by World Ed and to the idea of Resilience Building to aid student retention. The drivers can be useful tools for increasing student retention through attention and redirection of classroom dynamic based on these drivers of student persistence. Resilience can see students through to the college-going culture and builds soft skills for careers. Trainer is Irene Ramos.

August 27
Integrated Career Awareness (ICA) Training
This training will provide tools and strategies to help adult educators to incorporate career awareness and planning into their instructional activities. They will learn how lessons can be adapted for a range of students and skill levels. Trainer is Dr. Glenda Rose.

August 27, 2015: Multi Level Instruction For ESL/ABE/ASE (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Houston Center for Literacy Demonstration Center At Magnolia, 7037 Capital St. Suite A, Houston, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. This 3 hour interactive training focuses on appropriate lesson planning strategies, group strategies, and effective multi-level activities for ESL, ABE, and ASE classrooms. Classroom management techniques, test preparation, orientation procedures, and multi-sensory lesson planning will be presented. Trainer is Dr. Martin Loa.

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/

August 28, 2015: Teaching English To Adults in Texas (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at HCC Consortium HCL, 7037 Capitol St., Suite A - Computer Lab, Houston,TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This 6-hour face to face training covers creating an effective learning environment, choosing content and resources, teaching methods and strategies, assessing students, and reflective teaching. This is a hybrid course with on-line pre-requisites of 3 hours and on-line follow-up of 2 hours. Trainer is Martin Loa.

August 28, 2015: Math Strategies for Teaching GED 2014 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Grayson College, 6101 Grayson Dr., Denison, TX from 9:00am - 4:30pm. This presentation introduces strategies designed for dispelling common math fears and creating greater enthusiasm for math. Through active involvement, participants will also learn how to lead students to discover math through patterns, through everyday life applications. Trainer is Anthony Chan. Please register here.

August 28, 2015: Basic Strategies for ESL (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Grayson College, 6101 Grayson Dr., Denison, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. This workshop for Basic ESL Strategies will be a highly interactive workshop which provides a variety of hands on activities that can be used immediately in the ESL classroom. Trainer is Tresa Pokorski. Please register here.

August 29, 2015: BEST Plus Test Administration (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 3601 Altamesa Blvd, Fort Worth, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. 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. Participants must bring a NEW BEST Plus Test Administrator Guide (TAG) to the training. Trainer is Aida Morossini Martinez.. Please register here.

August 29, 2015: TABE Success in Math (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Grayson College, 6101 Grayson Dr., Denison, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Participants will learn strategies to increase TABE success in Math in working with integers, fractions, and percent. The learning experience will be hands-on and visual. Participants will learn about FREE technology that can be used in their classroom to review TABE skills daily including the use of LiveBinder. Trainer is Robert Orta. Please register here.

August 29, 2015: Math for ESL (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Grayson College, 6101 Grayson Dr., Denison, TX from 9:00am - 4:30pm. The primary focus of Math for ESL 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. Trainers are Tresa Pokorski and Anthony Chan. Please register here.

August 28, 2015: Engaging Instructional Strategies to Promote Persistence (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Literacy Council of Tyler, 1530 SSW loop323,Tyler, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. This workshop for ABE/ASE and ESL instructors examines six tenets of Adult Learning Theory in light of the six Drivers of Persistence. The six tenets of Adult Learning Theory (Knowles, 1998) intersect well with the Drivers of Persistence identified in the New England Learner Persistence Project (2008). Instructors use these concepts to design engaging instructional activities and strategies to help adult learners succeed in reaching educational and career goals. Trainer is Dr. Glenda Rose.

August 29, 2015: TEAMS for Teachers (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at HCDE, Irvington Learning Center, Room 211, 626 Lindale, Houston, TX from 8:30am - 11:30am and 12:30pm - 3:30pm. This training provides teachers and other AE staff with an overview of TEAMS, how to access it and utilize it to improve program performance. The session includes a review of the National Reporting System. Afternoon PD session at Annual Fall Conference for Harris County Department of Education, Adult Education Division. Trainer is Bill Medina.

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 11, 2015: Engaging Instructional Strategies to Promote Persistence (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Grayson College, 6101 Grayson Dr., Denison, TX , from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. This workshop for ABE/ASE and ESL instructors examines six tenets of Adult Learning Theory in light of the six Drivers of Persistence. The six tenets of Adult Learning Theory (Knowles, 1998) intersect well with the Drivers of Persistence identified in the New England Learner Persistence Project (2008). Instructors use these concepts to design engaging instructional activities and strategies to help adult learners succeed in reaching educational and career goals.Trainer is Dr. Glenda Rose. Please register here.

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 12, 2015: Integrated Career Awareness for Low Level ESL (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Austin Community College, Highland Business Center, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX from 9:00am - 12:00am. This workshop looks at lessons out of the ICA Guide adapted for literacy and beginning level ESL students. After reviewing the "hows and whys" of the adaptations and experiencing them, participants will choose a lesson to adapt and have time to prepare at least one lesson from the ICA Guide original. Trainer is Dr. Glenda Rose. Please register here.

September 12, 2015: AEL Alamo Consortium Trainings (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Region 20, 1314 Hines Blvd, San Antonio, TX from 9:00am - 12:00am & 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Please see below for training descriptions. Please register here.

9:00am - 12:00am

Beginning Low Literacy ESL Learners: Best Instructional Practices
The training will provide teachers with techniques, strategies and activities to improve the persistence and performance of learners in this lowest of ESL. Instructors will learn how to promote and environment that builds retention and community among learners. Strategies and activities focus on realia found in the learners' environment to help beginning ESL learners develop basic oral communication skills and build reading and writing skills. Trainer is Sandra Schneider.

Reading Comprehension and Critical Thinking Strategies for the Adult Learner
The training is designed for instructors of adult students who ultimately will benefit from strategies that teach looking for clues in or generating questions about a text, to learn how to summarize and draw inferences in order to address higher-level literacy demands; such as GED 2014 and beyond. Participants will actively engage the Reading Process to better understand the Purposes of Reading. Trainer is Douglas Franklin.

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Cell Phones, Smart Phones and Mobile Devices
This session offers teachers an overview of ways phones and mobile devices can be utilized in their classrooms, instead of being an annoyance or distraction. Computers with Internet access and cell phones are necessary. Participants should have average computer skills and more-than-basic cell phone to get the MOST out of this session. (If they have not cell phone, or one restricted only to calls, they may not enjoy the session very much.

Implementing College and Career Readiness in Adult Education
This training provides adult educators an introduction to three key advances in instruction: focus, coherence, and rigor. Research indicates that focus within mathematics standards, curricula, and instruction is crucial to student performance. Coherence refers to linking topics within a single level or more levels to lay out a progression increasing knowledge and skill. Rigor is exemplified by the pursuit of conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency and rigorous application in real world content. It is the interaction of these three key advances that will prepare adult learners for college and careers. Trainer is Douglas Franklin.

September 15, 2015: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students. Literacy ConneXus will host this training in Stephenville, Texas from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Reservations are required. For more information, see the Literacy ConneXus Events page. http://www.literacyconnexus.org/events/

September 21-26, 2015: National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. This week is an opportunity to raise public awareness of adult education and family literacy, assist adult learners in need of literacy services, leverage local resources, and support increased access to adult education and family literacy programs. For more information, visit: http://national-coalition-literacy.org/adult-education-and-family-literacy-week/ 

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 - November 3, 2015: TESOL International ToTs. Training of Trainers: Teaching and Assessing Adult English Language Learners. This online course, facilitated by TESOL International, prepares trainers to lead a training that discusses appropriate methods and techniques for teaching language skills, vocabulary, and grammar to adult learners while considering different learning styles.  The course is by invitation only.  For more information, contact Dr. Glenda Rose at Glenda.Rose@cehd.tamu.edu.

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.

September 25, 2015: DL Academy Module 1 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Grayson College, 6101 Grayson Dr., Denison, TX , from 9:00am - 4:30pm. DL Academy Module 1 explains state and federal policy requirements for implementing a distance education program. this training is required for new staff and administrators. If a program is new to distance learning in adult education. Trainer is Jose Garcia. Please register here.

September 29, 2015: Leadership Excellence Academy Workshop #1 (a TWC-directed, TRAIN PD-facilitated event). A new LEA Texas Cohort 8 will hold its first face-to-face workshop in San Antonio. For more information about the Leadership Excellence Academy, see the Texas LEA Web page.

September 30, 2015: Leadership Excellence Academy Workshop #4 (a TWC-directed, TRAIN PD-facilitated event). The LEA Cohort that began in fall 2014 (Texas Cohort 7) continues the two-year process with this face-to-face workshop in San Antonio. For more information about the Leadership Excellence Academy, see the Texas LEA Web page.

October 2015

October 3, 2015: GED Science (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Howard College, 3501 North US Hwy 67, San Angelo, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. This training provides information about activities that will guide instructors on what they need to help ABE and ASE students with the various skills they will need to pass the GED Science test. The participants will receive ideas for how to best prepare their students to take the new test and pass the first time including DOK level 1, 2 and 3 with constructed response and short answer for Science. Emphasis will be placed on the scientific method, science processes and the skills needed for passing the Science GED test. Trainer is Laura Barrera.

October 3, 2015: GED Social Studies (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Howard College, 3501 North US Hwy 67, San Angelo, TX from 12:30pm - 3:30pm. This training provides information about activities that will guide instructors on what they need to help ABE and ASE students with the various skills they will need to pass the GED test. The participants will receive ideas for how to best prepare their students to take the new test and pass the first time including DOK level 1, 2 and 3 with constructed response and extended response. Emphasis will be placed on the foundations for passing the Social Studies such as historical text and source documents. Trainer is Laura Barrera.

October 8-9, 2015: I-BEST Training Overview and Implementation (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Washington IBEST, El Centro West Campus, B149 Community Room, 3330 N. Hampton, Dallas, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. I-BEST Overview is an administrative-led presentation that begins with an overview of the history of I-BEST and its implementation in the state of Washington. Topics covered include team teaching and collaborative planning, pathway models, wraparound services, recruitment, education and employment outcomes, funding, and return on investment. Trainer is William Durden. Please register here.

October 10 - December 1, 2015: Navigating Pathways to Opportunity: Comprehensive Student Supports (a TRAIN PD supported event for Texas Adult Educators). This online course will be facilitated for a nationwide audience by World Education. Explore ways to provide the supports that enable adults to succeed in an integrated career pathway program. For more information on support available from TRAIN PD for the $289/person course fee, PD Coordinators for TWC-funded AEL Providers can contact Harriet Smith (hsmith@tamu.edu) no later than October 1, 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 16-17, 2015: Bridges to Success Summit.Victoria College invites adult educators to its first Bridges to Success Summit, which will offer conference sessions in the areas of P16, college and career readiness, instructional strategies, and career pathways. Location is the Victoria College Conference and Education Center. Registration fee is $125. To register by September 1, 2015 deadline or for more information, visit http://www.victoriacollege.edu/bridgestosuccesssummit.

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 - December 9, 2015: Helping Students Stay: Exploring Program and Classroom Persistence Strategies (a TRAIN PD supported event for Texas Adult Educators). This online course will be facilitated for a nationwide audience by World Education. Examine a wide range of successful persistence strategies and identify the ones that might have the most impact in your own programs. For more information on support available from TRAIN PD for the $289/person course fee, PD Coordinators for TWC-funded AEL Providers can contact Harriet Smith (hsmith@tamu.edu) no later than October 1, 2015.

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 Frameworkand 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 5 - December 17, 2015: College Readiness for Adults: Beyond Academic Preparation (a TRAIN PD supported event for Texas Adult Educators). This online course will be facilitated for a nationwide audience by World Education. Identify, organize, and reflect on the broad array of readiness skills and abilities that adults need to be successful in postsecondary education and training. For more information on support available from TRAIN PD for the $289/person course fee, PD Coordinators for TWC-funded AEL Providers can contact Harriet Smith (hsmith@tamu.edu) no later than October 1, 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 15 - 17, 2015: 34th Annual Research to Practice Conference in Adult and Higher Education. In conjunction with the November 1-20 Annual AAACE Conference, American Association for Adult and Continuing Education will host this Research to Practice (R2P) Conference for practitioners, academic scholars, and students on the theme of “Accessibility and Sustainability”. For more information, click here.

November 17 - 20, 2015: 64th Annual AAACE Conference. American Association for Adult and Continuing Education will host its annual conference in Oklahoma City. A diverse array of professional concurrent sessions, roundtables, and posters will illustrate the theme, “Evolutions and Revolutions in Adult Learning”. For more information, the latest updates, hotel information, or to register for the conference, click here.

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 17-18, 2015: Fall AEL Business Meeting. Texas Workforce Commission Adult Education and Literacy will hold this meeting in conjunction with the 19th Annual Texas Workforce Conference in Dallas. Attendance at the AEL Business Meeting will be by invitation only. Pre-registration will be required and will be managed by TRAIN PD at TCALL. For questions about this event, accessibility or to request accommodations please contact Blanca Saldivar at 512-936-6089 or blanca.saldivar@twc.state.tx.us at least two weeks advance of the event. The 19th Annual Texas Workforce Conference on November 18-20, 2015 will have an AEL topic strand and AEL Awards Ceremony. Register separately for The 19th Annual Texas Workforce Conference here.

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. Conference will include an Adult Education and Literacy topic strand and AEL Awards Ceremony. Register separately for The 19th Annual Texas Workforce Conference here. 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.