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.

June 2016

June 2, 2016: Tech and Tell: Exploring History through a Digital Lense: Focus on Primary Sources (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 8:00pm - 9:00pm. TRAIN PD's AnneMarie Molinari will host this week's Tech-and-Tell demonstrating several excellent websites for teaching history and introducing students to primary source documents. Direct applications for supporting ABE and GED exam instruction will be discussed. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 8 pm Central on Thursday, June 2nd. Click on the green JOIN button. Please be sure to enter your first and last name as you want it to appear on your certificate of participation when you enter. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print.) Learn more at the Tech and Tell page. This training repeats on June 3rd. Mobile users: Meeting number for Thursdays is: 804718128.

June 3, 2016: Tech and Tell: Exploring History through a Digital Lense: Focus on Primary Sources (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 11:30pm - 12:30pm. TRAIN PD's AnneMarie Molinari will host this week's Tech-and-Tell demonstrating several excellent websites for teaching history and introducing students to primary source documents. Direct applications for supporting ABE and GED exam instruction will be discussed. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 11:30 am Central on Friday, June 3rd and click the green "JOIN" button. Please be sure to enter your first and last name as you want it to appear on your certificate of participation when you enter. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print!). Learn more at the Tech and Tell page. Mobile users: Meeting number for Fridays is: 807391210.

June 3, 2016: TWC Adult Education and Literacy Regional Convening in Bryan. Developing a Quality Model for Student Success (QMSS) will be the purpose of this event hosted by Texas Workforce Commission. The first event in Austin is by invitation. Other QMSS regional events throughout Texas are scheduled in May and June. See details on TWC invitation flyer. Register to attend the May and June QMSS events here.

June 4, 2016: Teaching English to Adults in Texas (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 201 W. University Ave., Deaderick Hall, Room 216, Odessa, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This training includes an online prerequisite course thorough the PD Portal that covers 4 key areas: the basics of adult learning theory; learning languages as an adult; student recruitment, orientation and assessment; and types of adult ESL classes through state-funded Texas AEL programs. Participants are expected to complete these modules prior to attending the face-to-face (F2F) workshop. Four (4) PD hours are awarded to participants who complete all modules and the final test online. The 6-hour F2F workshop covers creating an effective learning environment. After the workshop, participants implement one or more of the key concepts and strategies presented, maintain a teaching diary of those activities, and submit a guided reflection about their implementation within four weeks of completing the face-to-face training for an additional 2 hours of PD. Trainer is Glenda Rose. Please register here.

June 6, 2016: Master Teacher Academy for ASE, RLA Strand, Session 3 of 3 (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at DCCCD, El Centro, Bill J. Priest Bldg., 1402 Corinth, Room 2200, Dallas, TX from 9:00am - 3:30pm. This session will focus on two areas which are often problematic for adult education instructors – social studies and science. Participants will understand the importance of focusing instruction within specific domains in each of the content areas. In social studies, participants will focus on the domain of civics and government. In science, participants will learn how to incorporate hands-on learning activities to build student understanding of scientific investigation. Participants will receive resources and research-based strategies that can be used in the classroom. Trainer is Monica Stansberry. For more information, please contact Dana Grieb at dana.grieb@region10.org.

June 8, 2016: TEAMS: Data Entry Training (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at Temple College, 2600 South 1st, Temple, TX from 9:00am - noon. Participants will learn how to enter student data, demographics, and profile information, as well as assessment information, and contact hours into TEAMS. The trainer will explain how to add students to classes and to the Wait List. Participants will learn how to access the TEAMS Reference Guide and the Help Section. Participants will be given an opportunity for hands on practice with the TEAMS training Data Base. Trainer is Susan Gusler. Please register here.

June 9, 2016: Tech and Tell: Operation OER- Part 2! Exploring OER Attribution (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 8:00pm - 9:00pm. Penny Pearson from the Outreach Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) will host this week's Tech-and-Tell. In Part 2 of Operation OER, Penny will continue to explore in more depth Open Educational Resources (OER); including the importance of Creative Commons Licensing, what OER attribution means; and sharing free online repositories that can help teachers and programs can save money and revise and refresh curriculum. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 8 pm Central on Thursday, June 9th. Click on the green JOIN button. Please be sure to enter your first and last name as you want it to appear on your certificate of participation when you enter. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print.) Learn more at the Tech and Tell page. This training repeats on June 10th. Mobile users: Meeting number for Thursdays is: 804718128.

June 10, 2016: Tech and Tell: Operation OER- Part 2! Exploring OER Attribution (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at 11:30pm - 12:30pm. Penny Pearson from the Outreach Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) will host this week's Tech-and-Tell. In Part 2 of Operation OER, Penny will continue to explore in more depth Open Educational Resources (OER); including the importance of Creative Commons Licensing, what OER attribution means; and sharing free online repositories that can help teachers and programs can save money and revise and refresh curriculum. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 11:30 am Central on Friday, June 10th and click the green "JOIN" button. Please be sure to enter your first and last name as you want it to appear on your certificate of participation when you enter. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print!). Learn more at the Tech and Tell page. Mobile users: Meeting number for Fridays is: 807391210.

June 9, 2016: TWC Adult Education and Literacy Regional Convening in Mt. Pleasant. Developing a Quality Model for Student Success (QMSS) will be the purpose of this event hosted by Texas Workforce Commission. The first event in Austin is by invitation. Other QMSS regional events throughout Texas are scheduled in May and June. See details on TWC invitation flyer. Register to attend the May and June QMSS events here.

June 9, 2016: TWC Adult Education and Literacy Regional Convening in Dallas. Developing a Quality Model for Student Success (QMSS) will be the purpose of this event hosted by Texas Workforce Commission. The first event in Austin is by invitation. Other QMSS regional events throughout Texas are scheduled in May and June. See details on TWC invitation flyer. Register to attend the May and June QMSS events here.

June 10, 2016: Write From the Start for ELA Training-of-Trainers (TOT) (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held at ACC Highland Business Center (HBC), 5930 Middle Fiskville Rd., Room 301.0, Austin, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This workshop will provide training for TRAINERS who are interested in helping teachers in the AEL field with instructional strategies for including writing from the lowest level of English Language Acquisition classes (formerly "ESL" classes). Experienced ELA instructors and trainers will be prepared to train teachers to consider what good writers need to know and know how to do, include different types of writing activities in instruction, teach students to develop and organize ideas for writing, guide students in editing and revising their writing, and empower students to express themselves in publishable writings within the context of their lives. Trainers will also guide teachers in planning classroom writing activities that are aligned with learning objectives and how to adapt those activities to meet the needs of individual students, including students with special learning needs.. This is not a teacher or staff training, but a training for TRAINERS who are experienced as ELA (ESL) writing instructors. Trainers are Alex Baez and Glenda Rose. If interested in attending this TOT event, please contact Tracy Hendrix at tracyhendrix@tamu.edu.

June 11, 2016: Best Plus Certification Training (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This training will be held atLiteracy Council of Fort Bend County, 12530 Emily Court, Sugar Land, TX from 9:00am – 4:00pm. This session will train participants to administer the BEST Plus tests to adult English language learners. Trainer is Kay Vacarro. Please register here.

June 15, 2016: Texas Style TABE TOT Refresher Webinar (a TRAIN PD Consortium event). This Webinar will take place from 3:00pm - 4:00pm and will provide the latest updates made to the Texas Style TABE training. Trainers who participated in a Texas Style TABE TOT in 2015 will receive the revised power point, expanded trainer notes, Facilitator Guide and other important information relating to TABE 9/10. Any current Texas Style TABE Trainer who wishes to remain listed in the Contract Trainer Database and obtain the current PPT must attend the webinar. Trainers who attended a Texas Style TABE TOT in 2016 will not need to attend the webinar. An invitation will be sent to trainers who attended a Texas Style TABE TOT in the 2015 program year. Trainer is Jan Whisonant. By invitation only.

June 16, 2016: TWC Adult Education and Literacy Regional Convening in Victoria. Developing a Quality Model for Student Success (QMSS) will be the purpose of this event hosted by Texas Workforce Commission. The first event in Austin is by invitation. Other QMSS regional events throughout Texas are scheduled in May and June. See details on TWC invitation flyer. Register to attend the May and June QMSS events here.

June 17, 2016: TWC Adult Education and Literacy Regional Convening in San Antonio. Developing a Quality Model for Student Success (QMSS) will be the purpose of this event hosted by Texas Workforce Commission. The first event in Austin is by invitation. Other QMSS regional events throughout Texas are scheduled in May and June. See details on TWC invitation flyer. Register to attend the May and June QMSS events here.

June 17, 2016: TWC Adult Education and Literacy Regional Convening in McAllen. Developing a Quality Model for Student Success (QMSS) will be the purpose of this event hosted by Texas Workforce Commission. The first event in Austin is by invitation. Other QMSS regional events throughout Texas are scheduled in May and June. See details on TWC invitation flyer. Register to attend the May and June QMSS events here.

June 24, 2016: TWC Adult Education and Literacy Regional Convening in Houston. Developing a Quality Model for Student Success (QMSS) will be the purpose of this event hosted by Texas Workforce Commission. The first event in Austin is by invitation. Other QMSS regional events throughout Texas are scheduled in May and June. See details on TWC invitation flyer. Register to attend the May and June QMSS events here.

June 24, 2016: TWC Adult Education and Literacy Regional Convening in Temple. Developing a Quality Model for Student Success (QMSS) will be the purpose of this event hosted by Texas Workforce Commission. The first event in Austin is by invitation. Other QMSS regional events throughout Texas are scheduled in May and June. See details on TWC invitation flyer. Register to attend the May and June QMSS events here.

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July 2016

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August 2016

August 1-3, 2016: 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.  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 19-20, 2016: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students - Saginaw. This training will be held at First Baptist Church of Saginaw 300 N. Old Decatur Road Saginaw, TX on Friday, August 19 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm and Saturday, August 20 at 9:00am - 3:00pm. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30pm to check in & receive materials. Complete information is available on the event page here. For more information contact Karen Peiser, kpeiser@suddenlink.net or 325-651-7992.

August 26-27, 2016: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students - San Antonio. This training will be held at San Antonio Baptist Association 5807 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX on Friday, August 26 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm AND Saturday, August 27 at 9:00am - 3:00pm. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30pm to check in & receive materials. Complete information is available on the event page here. For more information contact Steve Payne, 210-525-9954, SteveP@sanantoniobaptist.org.

August 26-27, 2016: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students - Mesquite. This training will be held at Crossing Baptist Church 1060 Clay Mathis Road Mesquite, TX on Friday, August 26 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm AND Saturday, August 27 at 9:00am - 3:00pm. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30pm to check in & receive materials. Complete information is available on the event page here. For more information contact Karen Peiser, kpeiser@suddenlink.net or 325-651-7992.

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September 2016

September 10, 2016: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic Pronunciation for Teachers of ALL Levels of Adult ESL Students - San Antonio. This training will be held at San Antonio Baptist Association 5807 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX on Saturday, September 10 at 8:30am - 11:30am. Arrive on Saturday before 8:30am to check in & receive materials. Complete information is available on the event page here. For more information contact Dora Parnell at ddparnell@sbcglobal.net.

September 10, 2016: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Teaching Higher Level (Intermediate & Advanced) Adult Students For ESL Teachers - San Antonio. This training will be held at San Antonio Baptist Association 5807 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX on Saturday, September 10 at 12:30pm - 4:30pm. Arrive on Saturday before 12:30pm to check in & receive materials. Complete information is available on the event page here. For more information contact Dora Parnell at ddparnell@sbcglobal.net.

September 16-17, 2016: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students - Cedar Park. This training will be held at Twin Lakes Fellowship 1150 S. Bell Blvd. Cedar Park, TX on Friday, September 16 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm AND Saturday, September 17 at 9:00am - 3:00pm. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30pm to check in & receive materials. Complete information is available on the event page here. For more information contact Beth Avery, beth.heller.avery@gmail.com.

September 23-24, 2016: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students - El Paso. This training will be held at Christian Women’s Job Corps 900 Arizona Ave., Door #10 El Paso, TX on Friday, September 23 at 5:00pm - 8:00pm AND Saturday, September 24 at 9:00am - 3:00pm. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 5:00pm to check in & receive materials. Complete information is available on the event page here. For more information contact Karen Peiser, kpeiser@suddenlink.net or 325-651-7992.

September 23-24, 2016: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students - Houston. This training will be held at Second Baptist Church 6400 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX on Friday, September 23 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm AND Saturday, September 24 at 9:00am - 3:00pm. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30pm to check in & receive materials. Complete information is available on the event page here. For more information contact Kathleen Yarborough, kyarborough@wubc.org.

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October 2016

October 5-7, 2016: National Career Pathways Network Annual Conference. Indianapolis, Indiana will be the site of NCPN’s 2016 Conference. The National Career Pathways Network 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. NCPN is housed at the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD), based in Waco, Texas.

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November 2016

November 8-11, 2016: AAACE Annual Conference. The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education will host its 65thAnnual Conference at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque in Albuquerque, NM. For more information, visit the AAACE 2016 Conference page.

November 14-16, 2016: Effective Transitions in Adult Education Conference. The National College Transitions Network will host its 10th Annual Conference at Crowne Plaza at the Crossings, Providence (Warwick), RI. For more information, visit the NCTN Conference page.

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December 2016

December 5-6, 2016: Adult Education and Literacy Symposium (TENTATIVE DATES). TWC Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) plans to host an AEL Symposium for one or possibly two days prior to the December 7-9 Annual Texas Workforce Conference. Location will be the Hilton Americas in Houston.

December 7-9, 2016: Annual Texas Workforce Conference. TWC will co-host its 20th Annual Conference with The Texas Chapter of The International Association of Workforce Professionals in in Houston, Texas at the Hilton Americas. TWC is seeking proposals for creative and exciting conference workshops that will broaden horizons, enrich experiences and challenge workforce professional participants.  Deadline to submit is February 29, 2016. Visit the TWC Events page for more information.

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