2014 - 2015 TRAIN Professional Development Calendar
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This calendar includes local, state, and national professional development opportunities and events of interest to adult & family literacy practitioners in Texas. If you know of other professional development opportunities or important dates of interest to Texas practitioners, please submit them to our Calendar Committee for consideration. For more information join one of our email discussion groups so you will always hear about the latest training opportunities. Click on "Discussion Lists" to read about these discussion lists and how to join.

January 2015

January 5, 2015: GED Social Studies. Will be held at the Ysleta Community Learning Center in El Paso, Texas from 8:15am - 4:15pm. The presentation will have hands on activities including creating an interactive notebook. The interactive notebook will be modeled for the participants while making connections to students' point of view. The session will incorporate political cartoons and writing development to ensure interdisciplinary studies of content. An academic vocabulary routine will be modeled to support explicit instruction in delivery of vocabulary.

January 5, 2015: Using Science Experiments in the Adult Education Classroom. Will be held at the Ysleta Community Learning Center in El Paso, Texas from 8:15am - 4:15pm. The presentation will inform participants as to the enhancement of science instruction through the use of science experiments based on scientific inquiry.  The objectives of this presentation are to show that (1) using science experiments provides students with needed prior scientific knowledge as well as increased scientific vocabulary, (2) teaching in a content area easily allows for integration of other content areas, and (3) using a collaborative approach allows for differentiated instruction. The presentation includes a modeled science experiment and hands-on practice with several science experiments. The presentation is interactive and encourages active participation.

January 7 & 8, 2015: GED Administrators and State Adult Education Directors Webinar. These webinars will take place at 2pm on both Wednesday the 7th and Thursday the 8th of January. Join us for one of the informational webinars that will include: a preview of the promotions, what you can do to get your state ready and answers to any questions you have about the promotions. These are in preparation for the two promotions on January 26th, which will be announced soon. These webinars are for GED Administrators and State Adult Education Directors and key invites only and registration is required. Once you register, you will receive an email confirmation with instructions for joining the webinar. Please click here to register.

January 9, 2015: TWC Adult Education and Literacy Webinar – Career Pathway and Transition to College Implementation (Part 2). Part 1 was offered on December 5, 2014. Texas Workforce Commission will host this webinar from 11:00 a.m. to noon (CST) for a target audience of Adult Education Grant Recipients and their partners. The purpose is to assist with program implementation and management. Dates and time are subject to change. Please check with your local Grant Recipient for updates. For more information, contact your Program Specialist at TWC.

January 16-17, 2015: Basic ESL Training For New ESL Teachers of Adult Students. This training will be held at Mayfield Road Baptist Church (1701 E. Mayfield Road, Arlington, TX 76014) on Friday, January 16 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm AND Saturday, January 17 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Complete information is included on the Events page at www.literacyconnexus.org. Training is sequential; therefore, attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30 pm to check in and receive materials. For more info contact info@literacyconnexus.org or 817-696-9898.

January 19 - 20, 2015: Standards Based Instruction - Workshop A. Will be held at 5pm - 8pm for two nights in Brownsville, Texas. Trainer is Anthony Chan. These Texas standards were developed by Texas adult educators between 2004 and 2007 and have been utilized widely. Clear standards allow educators to understand where to focus their efforts and shape overall instruction. Standards then are translated into curriculum and lessons for teaching the content of the standards to students. Classroom activities, assignments, and a range of formative and summative assessments all help determine whether or not students are absorbing the essential skills and knowledge included in the standards. Introductory session is 6 hours. Register here.

January 20, 2015: What’s Happening in State Professional Development Part 1. The National LINCS Evidence-Based Professional Development (EBPD) group will host this series of expert-led webinar events on for focused examinations of what different states are doing in adult literacy professional development. Featured presenters will share their work, explore successes and challenges, and dive into pressing issues in supporting basic skills educators need to effectively deliver quality instruction. Part 1 is scheduled for January 20 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM Central Time and Part 2 will be February 9 at 2:30 to 4:00 PM Central Time.

January 20, 2015: Standards Based Instruction - Workshop B. Will be held at 8:30am to 3:30pm in Brownsville, Texas. Trainer is Anthony Chan. These Texas standards were developed by Texas adult educators between 2004 and 2007 and have been utilized widely. Clear standards allow educators to understand where to focus their efforts and shape overall instruction. Standards then are translated into curriculum and lessons for teaching the content of the standards to students. Classroom activities, assignments, and a range of formative and summative assessments all help determine whether or not students are absorbing the essential skills and knowledge included in the standards. Introductory session is 6 hours. Register here.

January 21, 2015: PD Coordinators - TRAIN PD Webinar. This webinar will provide guidance and training guidance to PD Coordinators at TWC-funded Adult Education and Literacy Grantees/Consortia about needs and expectations for planning on-site TRAIN PD events. TRAIN PD leadership will host the conference call from 2 to 3 pm Central Time (1 to 2 PM Mountain Time). See the TRAIN PD Webinar instructions page for more information.

January 22, 2015: Leadership Excellence Academy (LEA) Cohort 7, Meeting #2: The new cohort of LEA participants will have a full-day meeting in Houston. LEA is a national leadership development and program improvement initiative developed by the National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium and ProLiteracy. Successful completers of the two-year program earn the nationally-recognized professional designation of Certified Manager of Program Improvement (CMPI). For more information about the Leadership Excellence Academy, see TCALL's LEA web page for Texas.

January 23, 2015: TWC Adult Education and Literacy Webinar – Update on the AEL Grant Recipient Monitoring Process. Texas Workforce Commission will host this webinar from 11:00 a.m. to noon (CST) for a target audience of Adult Education Grant Recipients and their partners. The purpose is to assist with program implementation and management. Dates and time are subject to change. Please check with your local Grant Recipient for updates. For more information, contact your Program Specialist at TWC.

January 24, 2015: Effective Instruction for Multi-level Classroom ASE/ABE/ESL. This training will be held from 9:00am - 4:00pm at 301 Loop 11, Wichita Falls, TX. This workshop explores using appropriate multi-sensory lesson planning strategies, group strategies, differentiated instruction, and integration of transitional career awareness in ESOL, ABE and ASE classrooms. Classroom management techniques include brief interviews, goal setting, multi-sensory lesson planning, and appropriate theory and strategies to use in teaching listening, speaking, reading, writing, science, social studies, and math. A pre-reading assignment and post-training reflection are available, each counting as an additional 1.5 hours of PD to be monitored and documented locally by the AEL program PD Coordinator.

January 24, 2015: Incorporating Job Skills in the Classroom. This training will be held from 9:00am - 12:00pm at Wharton County Jr College, 14004 University Blvd. Sugar Land, Texas. Participants will explore essential employability skills. Participants will be given an overview of the transferable skills needed by an individual to make them "employable". After learning/reviewing background information on employability the workshop will build on that information by introducing activities to incorporate in the classroom including ways of assessing evidence of learning both in and out of the classroom.

January 24, 2015: 2014 GED Social Studies & Science. This training will be held from 8:30am - 11:30am at Irvington Learning Center, 626 Lindale, Houston, Tx. 77022. This training is a review of the content and context of the 2014 GED Social Studies & Science test with strategies for integrating Social Studies and Scienc content and practice in to the classroom.

January 26, 2015: D-Learning in Texas. This online course guides programs in developing their state Distant Learning Plan in compliance with state policy. DL Module 1, Nuts and Bolts, is a prerequisite. This TRAIN PD course will be facilitated by Dr. Deb Hargrove and Dr. Glenda Rose. An orientation webinar will be given on 1/22 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Subsequent weekly modules will be completed online culminating with the submission of a program Distance Learning Plan by 3/23/2015. Contact Glenda.Rose@cehd.tamu.edu. for more information. Register here.

January 26, 2015: GED Testing Service Texas Professional Development Roadshow. South Texas College will host this event in McAllen, Texas from approximately 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Registration will be required. See location details, agenda and register here. Topics will include an overview of the GED® Program; in depth view of content areas to include best practices, lessons and strategies; mathematical reasoning; constructed responses on Reading Language Arts, Social Studies and Science tests, educator tools, and Q&A. Additional dates in mid-February 2015 are to be announced, at sites in Austin and the west-central Texas area – possibly Amarillo, Lubbock, or Midland-Odessa. Register here.

January 27, 2015: GED Testing Service Texas Professional Development Roadshow. Region 20 Education Service Center will host this event in San Antonio, Texas from approximately 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Registration will be required. See location details, agenda and register here. Topics will include an overview of the GED® Program; in depth view of content areas to include best practices, lessons and strategies; mathematical reasoning; constructed responses on Reading Language Arts, Social Studies and Science tests, educator tools, and Q&A. Additional dates in mid-February 2015 are to be announced, at sites in Austin and the west-central Texas area – possibly Amarillo, Lubbock, or Midland-Odessa. Register here.

January 28, 2015: GED Testing Service Texas Professional Development Roadshow. Tarrant County College will host this event in Fort Worth, Texas from approximately 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Registration will be required. See location details, agenda and register here. Topics will include an overview of the GED® Program; in depth view of content areas to include best practices, lessons and strategies; mathematical reasoning; constructed responses on Reading Language Arts, Social Studies and Science tests, educator tools, and Q&A. Additional dates in mid-February 2015 are to be announced, at sites in Austin and the west-central Texas area – possibly Amarillo, Lubbock, or Midland-Odessa. Register here.

January 29, 2015: GED Testing Service Texas Professional Development Roadshow. Houston Community College will host this event in Houston, Texas from approximately 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Registration will be required. See location details, agenda and register here. Topics will include an overview of the GED® Program; in depth view of content areas to include best practices, lessons and strategies; mathematical reasoning; constructed responses on Reading Language Arts, Social Studies and Science tests, educator tools, and Q&A. Additional dates in mid-February 2015 are to be announced, at sites in Austin and the west-central Texas area – possibly Amarillo, Lubbock, or Midland-Odessa. Register here.

January 29, 2015: NRS Training and Performance Indicators. This workshop will be held at Dallas Community College District Office in Dallas, Texas at 8:30am - 11:30am. The workshop will discuss the NRS performance indicators (primary and secondary measures) and explain the impact of these measures on program performance. Participants will learn how to look at data to determine if corrections are needed. For more information, contact Nancy McGruder, nancy.mcgruder@region10.org, (972) 348-1404.

January 29, 2015: TEAMS Data Detective Training. This training will be held at Dallas Community College District Office in Dallas, Texas at 12:30pm - 3:30pm. The training was developed to help programs understand how to utilize the data in TEAMS Reports to accurately and effectively assess students and to improve program performance. For more information, contact Nancy McGruder, nancy.mcgruder@region10.org, (972) 348-1404.

January 30, 2015: GED Testing Service Texas Professional Development Roadshow. El Paso Community College will host this event in El Paso, Texas from approximately 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Registration will be required. See location details, agenda and register here. Topics will include an overview of the GED® Program; in depth view of content areas to include best practices, lessons and strategies; mathematical reasoning; constructed responses on Reading Language Arts, Social Studies and Science tests, educator tools, and Q&A. Additional dates in mid-February 2015 are to be announced, at sites in Austin and the west-central Texas area – possibly Amarillo, Lubbock, or Midland-Odessa. Register here.

February 2015

February 4, 2015: 2015 Winter Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Business Meeting. Texas Workforce Commission AEL will host this all-day meeting in Houston as a Pre-Conference to the February 5-7 TALAE Annual Conference. The target audience is limited to specific leadership roles in AEL Grant Recipients and Sub-recipients. Pre-registration with TWC AEL is required. For more information on the Business Meeting, contact your TWC Program Specialist or Diana Lomas (512-936-6089 diana.lomas@twc.state.tx.us). PLEASE NOTE that registration for the TALAE Conference itself is a completely separate process. See the TALAE Conference website for conference registration and hotel information.

February 5-7, 2015: TALAE 2015 Annual Conference. Texas Association for Literacy & Adult Education will hold its annual conference February 5-7, 2015 at the Westin Galeria in Houston. For more information as plans are finalized, Visit the Conference page.

February 6-7, 2015: Basic ESL Training For New ESL Teachers of Adult Students. This training will be held at San Antonio Baptist Association (5807 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX 78201) on Friday, February 6 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm AND Saturday, February 7 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Complete information is included on the Events page at www.literacyconnexus.org. Training is sequential; therefore, attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30 pm to check in and receive materials. For more info contact info@literacyconnexus.org or 817-696-9898.

February 9, 2015: What’s Happening in State Professional Development Part 2. The National LINCS Evidence-Based Professional Development (EBPD) group will host this series of expert-led webinar events on for focused examinations of what different states are doing in adult literacy professional development. Featured presenters will share their work, explore successes and challenges, and dive into pressing issues in supporting basic skills educators need to effectively deliver quality instruction. Part 1 is scheduled for January 20 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM Central Time and Part 2 will be February 9 at 2:30 to 4:00 PM Central Time. Register now!

February 12-13, 2015: TEAMS for Teachers - Group 1 (Part Time Teachers). This workshop will take place at 5pm - 8pm on both February 12th and 13th at the B.I.S.D. Central Administration Building in Brownsville, Texas. 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. Register now!

February 13, 2015: TEAMS for Teachers - Group 2 (Full Time Teachers). This workshop will take place at 8:30am - 3:30pm on February 13th at the B.I.S.D. Central Administration Building in Brownsville, Texas. 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. Register now!

February 15-17, 2015: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Winter Grantee Meeting. THECB will host this meeting in Austin for Accelerate Texas grantees. For more information, contact Dr. Linda Munoz.

February 17, 2015: GED Testing Service Texas Professional Development Roadshow. Austin Community College - Highland Business Center, 5930 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752. Topics will include and overview of the GED Program; in depth view of content areas to include best practices, lessons and strategies; mathematical reasoning; construct responses on Reading, Language Arts, Social Studies and Science Tests, educator tools, and Q&A. Register here.

February 18, 2015: GED Testing Service Texas Professional Development Roadshow. Region 17 ESC, 1111 West Loop 289 Lubbock, TX 79416. Topics will include and overview of the GED Program; in depth view of content areas to include best practices, lessons and strategies; mathematical reasoning; construct responses on Reading, Language Arts, Social Studies and Science Tests, educator tools, and Q&A. Register here.

February 19, 2015: GED Testing Service Texas Professional Development Roadshow. Region 16 Educational Center, 5800 Bell Street Amarillo, TX 79109. Topics will include and overview of the GED Program; in depth view of content areas to include best practices, lessons and strategies; mathematical reasoning; construct responses on Reading, Language Arts, Social Studies and Science Tests, educator tools, and Q&A. Register here.

February 20, 2015: GED Testing Service Texas Professional Development Roadshow. Region 10 ESC, 400 E. Spring Valley Rd. Richardson, Texas 75081. Topics will include and overview of the GED Program; in depth view of content areas to include best practices, lessons and strategies; mathematical reasoning; construct responses on Reading, Language Arts, Social Studies and Science Tests, educator tools, and Q&A. Register here.

February 20, 2015: Pronunciation Training for New Teachers of Adult ESL Students (All Levels). This training will be held at Houston’s Second Baptist Church (6400 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77057) from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Reservations are required and a fee is charged. Complete information is included on the Events page at www.literacyconnexus.org or contact Martha McDade, eagermcdade@yahoo.com.

February 21, 2015: Pronunciation Training for New Teachers of Adult ESL Students (Higher Level). This training will be held at Houston’s Second Baptist Church (6400 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77057) from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Reservations are required and a fee is charged. Complete information is included on the Events page at www.literacyconnexus.org or contact Martha McDade, eagermcdade@yahoo.com.

March 2015

March 16-18, 2015: 2015 Families Learning Summit and National Conference on Family Literacy. Houston, Texas will be the site of this annual event hosted by National Center for Families’ Learning. Formerly known as National Center for Family Literacy, NCFL has helped more than one million families make educational and economic progress by pioneering - and continuously improving - family literacy programs since 1989. For more information as plans are finalized, visit http://www.familieslearning.org/.

March 25-28, 2015: TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo. Toronto, Ontario will be the site of this convention, which offers professional development opportunities to English language educators at all levels from around the world. Interactive sessions enable educators to develop a global perspective through the exchange of ideas and practices, and to integrate knowledge of current trends in the field while developing a professional network. For more information, visit the Convention website.

March 25, 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.

April 2015

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

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

May 2015

May 28, 2015: Adult Education and Literacy Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting. Texas Workforce Commission’s AEL Advisory Committee will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the agency’s Austin headquarters. The committee is required to meet quarterly and report to the TWC Commissioners at least annually, and is charged with advising the Commission on: the development of policies and program priorities supporting the development of an educated and skilled workforce; the development of statewide curriculum guidelines and standards for AEL services that ensure a balance of education and workplace skill development; the development of a strategy for improving student transition to postsecondary education and career and technical education training; the development of a centralized system for collecting and tracking comprehensive data on adult basic education and literacy performance outcomes; the exploration of potential partnerships with entities in the nonprofit business communities and other entities to improve statewide literacy programs; and other issues the Commission considers appropriate.

June 2015

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July 2015

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

August 2015

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September 2015

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

October 2015

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

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

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

November 2015

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

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

December 2015

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.