2014 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.

December 2014

December 5, 2014: DL Academy - Module 1: Nuts and Bolts. The training will be held at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at 1400 College Dr, Waco, TX 76708 E Building (Community Services Center). MCC Computer Lab, 2nd Floor. MCC, Waco, TX. Module 1 is the Nuts and Bolts training, which explains state and federal policy requirements for implementing a distance education program. Attendees must register here.

December 5, 2014: TWC Adult Education and Literacy Webinar – Career Pathway and Transition to College Implementation (Part 1). Part 2 will be offered on January 9, 2015.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.

December 6, 2014: TEAMS for Teachers. The training will be held at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Howard College - San Angelo, Room B105. 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. Registration is closed.

December 6, 2014: ESL Strategies: Teaching Communication through Scenarios. The training will be held at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at ESC Region 20 in San Antonio. Presenter is Irene Ramos. Why is it that some ESL students can practice their English in class and make great strides yet still do poorly on progress assessments? This 3-hour training provides ESL instructors with a sample of best practices for teaching the often overlooked portions of literacy that are crucial to the development of oral communication skill and fluency while increasing the comfort level of ESL students, allowing them to get over the reluctance of practicing English outside the classroom and during testing settings. Sample lessons and instructional models for teaching scenarios provided. Attendees must register here.

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

December 9, 2014: Google Hangout: Using Google Docs. The training will be held at 10:00 - 11:00am. Join PD Center Specialist Glenda Rose in a hands-on Google Hangout.  Google Hangout is a free web-conferencing platform that allows participants to share and collaborate in many ways.  In this session, we will go over some of the Google Hangout features, including Google Drive, and work collaboratively on a Google Doc.  Google Hangout can be accessed on mobile devices as well as from web browsers. (Chrome is preferred.)  A GMAIL account is highly recommended, but this includes Google Apps for Education GMAIL accounts.  Registration is limited to the first twelve participants, so make sure to register early here!

December 10, 2014: TWC Adult Education and Literacy Webinar – TEAMS Quarter 2 Data Sign Off Expectations. 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.

December 13, 2014: Preparing Students for the GED®2014 Mathematical Reasoning Test. Will be held at 9am - 12pm at ESC Region 20 in San Antonio. The 2014 GED® Mathematical Reasoning Test covers mathematical skills that are new to the GED®. The GEDTS states that for students to be successful in mathematics, adult education programs will need more in-depth instruction. This session provides examples and simple strategies for teaching these math skills and also for helping students develop logical thinking skills. Attendees must register here.

December 13, 2014: TISESL: Texas Industry Specific Curriculum: Sales and Service. Will be held at 8:30am - 3:30pm at the Irvington Learning Center in Houston, Texas. In this session, program administrators and teachers receive in-depth training on the industry-specific TISESL: curriculum for sales and service. Teachers are afforded hands-on practice using actual curriculum materials. Participants identify necessary factors for successful implementation and plan for appropriate technical assistance.

December 13, 2014: GED 2014 Geometry. Will be held at 8:30am - 11:30am at the Irvington Learning Center in Houston, Texas. This training is designed to provide teachers with creative teaching techniques for units of measurement in different systems to assess the characteristics of lines and geometric figures. The training includes a review on how to convert from metric and customary measures; interpret lines and graphs (e.g., coordinates, perpendicular, parallel, intersections, slope); analyze geometric figures (e.g., angles, congruence, Pythagorean Theorem); and solve problems (e.g., length, perimeter, area, surface area, volume, weight).

December 13, 2014: I-Best. Will be held at 12:30pm - 3:30pm at the Irvington Learning Center in Houston, Texas. In this session, participants learn the history of Washington State's Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training. Nine modules of the Integrated Teaching Training present the collaboration necessary between the skills' teacher and the basic education teacher, cultural differences in the classroom and strategies necessary to effectively address teaching styles and student learning styles and to move students from dependence to independence.

January 2015

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