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.

July 2015

July 7, 2015: Building Student Persistence and Motivation (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at McClennan College, 1400 College Drive, Waco, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. 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 Irene Ramos. Please register here.

July 7, 2015: Classroom Management (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at McClennan College, 1400 College Drive, Waco, TX from 12:30pm - 3:30pm. This training will help teachers to establish and teach class norms that set expectations for behavior, build structure and establish routines to help guide students in a wide variety of situations, reinforce positive behavior using praise and other means consistently impose consequences for behavior and build and maintain student engagement by teaching interesting lessons that include opportunities for active student participation. Trainer is Jennifer Hernanadez. Please register here.

July 8, 2015: Building Student Persistence & Resilience PM (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Alamo College, Center of Excellence St. Philips College SW Campus, 800 Quintana Road San Antonio, TX from 7:10pm - 8:10pm. This training reviews Alamo College Campuses and the culture of each of the six campuses. Also participants are introduced to Adult 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 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. Trainer is Irene Ramos.

July 8 - August 18, 2015: TESOL International ToTs. Training of Trainers: Strengthening Your English Language Programs. This online course, facilitated by TESOL International, prepares trainers to help administrators build and sharpen a continuous improvement professional development plans for English Language Acquisition programs.  Topics include conducting a needs assessment, identifying techniques, tools and resources, delivering engaging workshop, evaluating instructional change, growing PD capacity, and creating collaborative communities of practice. The course is by invitation only.  For more information, contact Dr. Glenda Rose at Glenda.Rose@cehd.tamu.edu.

July 8, 2015: McLennan Regional Teacher Training Institute (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at McClennan College, 1400 College Drive, Waco, TX from 9:00am - 3:30pm. See below for Session Descriptions. Select a morning session and an afternoon session on the form. Please register here.

9:00am - 12:00pm

ESL BEST Literacy
This training provides new ideas for instructors to understand the BEST Literacy test for use 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 learning activities. Trainer is Sherry Smith Dennis.

Effective Lesson Planning For Multilevel GED
This training models effective instructional practices and strategies for use in the Adult Education class where students are spread across ABE and ASE 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 Laura Barrera.

12:30pm - 3:30pm

Effective Lesson Planning For Multilevel ESL
This training models effective instructional practices and strategies for use in the Adult Education class where students are spread across ESL 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 the varying levels within the lowest class including degreed individuals and those that lack literacy in their original language. Trainer is Laura Barrera.

GED Math
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. Trainer is Anthony Chan.

July 9, 2015: Goal Setting for Community Colleges (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at McClennan College, 1400 College Drive, Waco, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. 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 Olga Escamilla. Please register here.

July 9, 2015: Building Student Persistence & Resilience AM (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Alamo College, Center of Excellence St. Philips College SW Campus, 800 Quintana Road San Antonio, TX from 11:10am - 12:10pm. This training reviews Alamo College Campuses and the culture of each of the six campuses. Also participants are introduced to Adult 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 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. Trainer is Irene Ramos.

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/

July 13, 2015: TRAIN PD Virtual Meeting with PD Coordinators (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). From 3:00 pm to 4:00 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.

July 14, 2015: 2015 AEL Business Meeting (Make-Up). For AEL Grant Recipient leaders unable to attend the AEL Business Meeting on June 24, 2015, Texas Workforce Commission Adult Education and Literacy will host this make-up meeting in Austin. Attendance is by invitation only. Topic will be a comprehensive review related mainly to year two contract implementation. Pre-registration is 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.

July 17, 2015: Distance Learning Training for I-BEST (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Alamo College, WETC, 563 SW 40th. Street San Antonio, TX from 12:30pm - 3:30pm. This training event guides program staff through the process of introducing Distance Learning to students and setting up classes and related topics including student recruitment, orientation, technology accessibility, teacher roles and instruction,student engagement, assessment, and student retention. Trainer is Donald Graybill.

July 17, 2015: TEAMS for Teachers. This training will be held at Navarro College, Gooch Student Center, Room 109, 3200 W 7th Ave., Corsicana, TX 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 Ruth Larson.

July 17, 2015: Hybrid Class Training for Distance Learning (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Alamo College, WETC, 563 SW 40th. Street San Antonio, TX from 8:30am - 11:30am. This training introduces a process for evaluation of the numerous curricula options available on the Approved List of Distance Curriculum. This course is not an endorsement of any specific software or curriculum. Trainer is Gilbert Centeno.

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

July 18, 2015: BEST Plus Test Administration (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Navarro College at Midlothian, 899 Mt. Zion, Midlothian 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. Trainer is Aida Morossini Martinez. Please register here.

July 21, 2015: Strategies for Creating Meaningful Learning (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This workshop will be held at Socorro ISD, 12380 Pine Springs Road, El Paso, TX from 8:30am - 11:30am. The workshop will provide teachers with teaching techniques that will purposefully heighten their students’ engagement while maximizing their students' interest in each of the content areas. Trainer is Anthony Chan. Please register here.

July 21, 2015: Creating Lessons for Meaningful Learning (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This workshop will be held at Socorro ISD, 12380 Pine Springs Road, El Paso, TX from 12:30pm - 3:30pm. The workshop will provide strategies for creating meaningful learning lessons that will motivate students to learn by engaging and maximizing their interest in each of the content areas. Trainer is Anthony Chan. Please register here.

July 23, 2015: TEAMS for Teachers (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Socorro ISD, 12380 Pine Springs Road, El Paso, TX from 8:30am - 11:30am. This training will provide an introduction to using TEAMS at the program level for teachers with an emphasis of understanding NRS, in order to make use of TEAMS reports for program Improvement. Trainer is Octaviano Garza. Please register here.

July 23, 2015: TEAMS DATA Dectective (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Socorro ISD, 12380 Pine Springs Road, El Paso, TX from 12:30pm - 3:30pm. This training will show participants how to analyze TEAMS data at the program level for Administrators, Managers, coordinators and teachers with an emphasis of State assessment policy, and adult education performance measures in order to make use of TEAMS reports for program Improvement. Please register here.

July 24, 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 24, 2015: TEAMS for Administrators (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Grayson College, 6101 Grayson Dr. Denison, TX from 8:30am - 11:30am. An introduction to using TEAMS at the program level for Administrators, Managers, and coordinator with an emphasis of understanding NRS, State assessment policy, and adult education performance measures in order to make use of TEAMS reports for program Improvement. Trainer is Wayne Crandall.

July 24, 2015: Del Mar In-House Training (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Del Mar College, 485 Airport Road, Corpus Christi, TX from 8:30am - 3:35pm. These four round-robin workshops repeat throughout the day. See below for descriptions. Please choose your preferred workshop times on the registration form. Please register here.

Workshop Descriptions:

Awareness of Distance Learning
The participants of this session will understand the overall importance of Distance Learning and how it ties to program performance and accountability. Trainer is Robert Martinez.

Using Your Instructional Resources
The session will help participants tailor their lessons by using available instructional resources. Also participants will be made aware of resources that can be shared with students for classroom work or at-home learning and to enhance learning. Trainer is Dan Zamora.

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 Anne Cunningham.

Introduction to Contextualized Instruction
The session will focus on helping students learn academic skills by showing participants how to introduce the skills by using authentic contexts in which students must use those skills in the real world. Trainer is Cynthia Orta.

July 24, 2015: Teaching in the Multi-level ESL Classroom (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Houston Community College Adult Ed. Program, 3100 Main St., Admin. Bldg./ Room BD 20, Houston, TX from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. This training is for ESL instructors. Participants will gain insight into the nature and challenges of multilevel ESL classes. They will explore some general principles that can guide multilevel instruction in ESL and make it more manageable. Participants will also engage in selected activities that could serve as a springboard for motivating students and promoting active learning in a multilevel ESL environment. Trainer is Lorraine Romero. Please register here.

July 24, 2015: NRS/TWC Assessment Policy Overview (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Grayson College, 6101 Grayson Dr. Denison, TX from 1:30pm - 4:30pm. An overview of NRS function levels, current TWC assessment policies, and adult education performance measures as it applies to the AEL classes. Trainer is Wayne Crandall. Please register here.

July 24, 2015: Instructional Strategies, ESL Writing (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This session will be held at Navarro College, Gooch Student Center, Room 108, 3200 W 7th Ave., Corsicana, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. 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 Alex Baez.

July 25, 2015: Literacy Strategies for ABE/ASE (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at FWISD PD Center, 3150 McCart Ave, Fort Worth, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. This session is designed as a review for current ABE/ASE teachers. 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. Trainer is Jan Whisonant.

July 25, 2015: Lesson Planning for the Adult Ed. Class (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at HGAC San Jacinto College, SJC South Campus, 13735 Beamer Rd., Houston, 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. Trainer is Martin Loa. Please register here.

July 25, 2015: Using Multiple Group Strategies (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at HGAC San Jacinto College, SJC South Campus, 13735 Beamer Rd., 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 for effective learning. Trainer is Martin Loa. Please register here.

July 25, 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 Workshop will provide instructors with activities and strategies to improve the communication, reading, and writing skills of low level ESL students. Trainer is Sandra Schneider. Please register here.

July 31, 2015: Writing for GED 2014 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This session will be held at Navarro College, Gooch Student Center, Room 108, 3200 W 7th Ave., Corsicana, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. This topic is relevant to ABE/GED instructors. 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 Carol Speigl.

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 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 West 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 West 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 West 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 West 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, 2015: TEAMS for Teachers (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This workshop will be held at HGAC Region 6, 3332 Montgomery Rd., Huntsville, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. This workshop helps teachers understand how to use the TEAMS Participant Roster report to monitor student progress and improve program performance. First, we will review the NRS educational functioning levels and minimum program performance targets. Then we discover relationships between retention, performance and assessment from TEAMS data. Trainer is Alicia Aviles. Please register here.

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 7-8, 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. 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: Community Action, Inc. Training Day (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Community Action Inc., Kyle Learning Center, Saddle Creek Apts., 21393 IH 35 North , Kyle 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 A
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 B
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 14-15, 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: Writing for GED 2014 and Beyond (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 - 12:00pm. 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. Please register here.

August 15, 2015: Engaging Instructional Strategies to Promote Persistence (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at (HGAC) for College of the Mainland, Technical Vocational Bldg., 1200 Amburn Rd., Texas City, 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.

August 15, 2015: GED Extended Response (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at (HGAC) for College of the Mainland, Technical Vocational Bldg., 1200 Amburn Rd., Texas City, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. 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.

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 18, 2015: Enhance Your Students' Workplace English (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Houston Community College Adult Ed. Program, 3100 Main St., Admin. Bldg./ Room BD11, Houston, TX from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. This training is for ESL instructors. Participants will be able to help students develop the right workplace language and/or enhance employability skills for students seeking to enter the workplace or an occupation. This workshop will also help instructors develop lesson plans that will be learner-centered to meet students' workplace communication needs. Trainer is Patricia Solomon. Please register here.

August 21, 2015: 2015 Fall Convocation for Adult Education and Literacy Program at Houston Community College. 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.

Graphic and Math Skills for GED Science, Math 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 the Start
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 21-22, 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: 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 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: 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.

September 2015

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

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

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

September 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 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 29, 2015: TENTATIVE DATE for Leadership Excellence Academy Workshop #1 (a TWC-directed, TRAIN PD-facilitated event). A new LEA Cohort is tentatively planned to begin in fall 2015 with this face-to-face workshop, location and details to be determined. For more information about the Leadership Excellence Academy, see the Texas LEA Web page.

September 30, 2015: TENTATIVE DATE for Leadership Excellence Academy Workshop #4 (a TWC-directed, TRAIN PD-facilitated event). The LEA Cohort that began in fall 2014 continues the two-year process with this face-to-face workshop, location and details to be determined. 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 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 28-30, 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 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.