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 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: 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 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 17-18, 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 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: 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 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.

August 2015

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 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 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 as plans are finalized and registration begins, see the Tex-BEST 2015 Website. https://www.alamo.edu/tex-best/

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. Please register here.

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 14-15, 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 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 21-22, 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/

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, 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 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 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 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

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: AEL Fall Business Meeting. Texas Workforce Commission Adult Education and Literacy will hold its Fall Business Meeting in conjunction with the Annual Texas Workforce Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dallas. Attendance is by invitation only. Pre-registration is required and will be managed by TRAIN PD at TCALL. For questions about this event, AEL program leaders should contact their Program Specialist at TWC.

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. 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.