2014 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.

September 2014

September 5-6, 2014: Basic TEX Training For New Volunteer ESL Teachers. This training will be held at San Antonio Baptist Association 5807 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX, 78201 on Friday, September 5 at 6:30 pm - Saturday, September 6 at 3:00 pm. Complete information is included on the Events page at www.literacyconnexus.org. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30pm to check in & receive materials. For more info contact Dora Parnell at 210-659-1420 or email ddparnell@sbcglobal.net.

September 5-6, 2014: Basic ESL Training For New ESL Teachers of Adult Students. This training will be held at College Park Baptist Church, 7887 Beechnut, Houston, 77074 on Friday, September 5 at 6:30 pm - Saturday, September 6 at 3:00 pm. Complete information is included on the Events page at www.literacyconnexus.org. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30pm to check in & receive materials. For more info contact Martha McDade at eagermcdade@yahoo.com.

September 6, 2014: Basic TEX Training For New Volunteer ESL Teachers. This training will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 3000 W. Golf Course Rd. in Midland, Texas on Saturday, September 6 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Complete information is included on the Events page at www.literacyconnexus.org. For reservations contact Karen Peiser, kpeiser@suddenlink.net or 325-651-7992

September 10, 2014: TRAIN PD Informational Webinar. Join the TRAIN PD Consortium at TCALL for an informational webinar for TWC-funded local provider leaders and PD Coordinators, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. For more information, email trainpd@tamu.edu.

September 12, 2014: Distance Learning Overview. This training will be held at McLennan County Community College on Friday, September 12, 2014 from 9 am to 12 pm.  Distance Learning Overview is a broad view of the distance learning requirements for all staff members, including classroom at distance learning teachers, coordinators, data entry staff and administrators.  Contact Glenda Rose at Glenda.Rose@cehd.tamu.edu for more information.

September 12-13, 2014: Basic TEX Training For New Volunteer ESL Teachers. This training will be held at First Baptist Church 801 W. Avenue D Garland, TX, 75040 on Friday, September 5 at 6:30 pm - Saturday, September 6 at 3:00 pm. Complete information is included on the Events page at www.literacyconnexus.org. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30pm to check in & receive materials. For more info contact Karen Peiser at 325-651-7992 or email kpeiser@suddenlink.net.

September 12-13, 2014: Basic ESL Training For New ESL Teachers of Adult Students. This training will be held at Arcadia Baptists Church, 14826 Highway 6, Santa Fe, TX 77517 on Friday, September 12 at 6:30 pm - Saturday, September 13 at 3:00 pm. Complete information is included on the Events page at www.literacyconnexus.org. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30pm to check in & receive materials. For more info contact Martha McDade at eagermcdade@yahoo.com, Connie Anthony at connie@literacyconnexus.org, or Kathleen Yarborough at kyarborough@wubc.org or call 325-651-7992.

September 12-13, 2014: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students. Literacy Connexus will host this training from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday at Arcadia First Baptist Church, 14826 Highway 6 in Santa Fe, Texas. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Cost is $35 including notebook manual; participants are to bring their own sack lunch for Saturday. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED: Contact Martha McDade at eagermcdade@yahoo.com by Friday, September 5 with “ESL Training” in the subject line.

September 13, 2014: Transitions for ABE and ASE. This training will be held at Lonestar College, North Harris, on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 9 to 12. Transitions for ABE and ASE focuses on the Transitions Integration Framework with multiple classroom strategies and resources provided for helping students move from ABE to college, certificate programs or other career pathways.  Contact Glenda Rose at Glenda.Rose@cehd.tamu.edu for more information.

September 13, 2014: Transitioning from the Beginning. This training will be held at Lonestar College, North Harris, on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 1 to 4.  Transitioning from the Beginning focuses on cross-cultural and academic content requirements, including writing, that facilitate successful transitions for ESL students into ABE, College, Certificate Programs or other career pathways.  Contact Glenda Rose at Glenda.Rose@cehd.tamu.edu for more information.

September 19, 2014: "Digging In" to the Texas AEL Contract Trainer & Training Database. TWC-funded local AEL PD Coordinators and program leaders are invited to join the TRAIN PD Consortium at TCALL from 2:00 to 3:00 PM Central Time for a virtual tour of this important new resource for planning and implementing locally-delivered Tier 1 Training. For more information, visit the TRAIN PD Webinar Page.

September 20, 2014: TEX Teaching English with Excellence - Basic Training for New Ministries. This training will be held at First Baptist Church of Whitehouse, Fellowship Hall 801 E. Main Str. Whitehouse TX, 75791 on Saturday, September 20. Complete information is included on the Events page at www.literacyconnexus.org. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before TIME to check in & receive materials. For more info contact Ella Moore at 903-312-4377 or email ellamoore62@gmail.com.

September 23, 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.

September 30, 2014: Leadership Excellence (LEA) Academy Cohort 7, Meeting #1: The new cohort of LEA participants will have a full-day meeting in Austin at the Texas Workforce Commission. 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.

October 2014

October 2, 2014: "Digging In" to the Texas AEL Contract Trainer & Training Database. TWC-funded local AEL PD Coordinators and program leaders are invited to join the TRAIN PD Consortium at TCALL from 10:00 to 11:00 PM Central Time for a virtual tour of this important new resource for planning and implementing locally-delivered Tier 1 Training. For more information, visit the TRAIN PD Webinar Page.

October 2, 2014: TABE Training of Trainers (TOT): (Target Audience, To Become TABE Trainers) Training will be facilitated by the publisher, CTB McGraw-Hill, and held in Richardson, Texas at Region 10 ESC, 400 E. Spring Valley Road, Richardson, Texas 75081 from 9am-12pm CST. TABE is an NRS approved assessment published by the CTB McGraw-Hill Companies for Adult Basic Education (ABE, grade levels 0 - 8) and Adult Secondary Education (ASE, grade levels 9 - 12) students. Programs may choose to use either the TABE Complete Battery or the TABE Survey. The purpose of the TABE is to assess adult basic skills in vocabulary, reading, language, language mechanics, mathematics, and spelling. TABE sub-test subject areas are Reading, Math, and Language. For more information email searhart@tamu.edu or call 800-441-7323. Hotel information available upon registration. Attendees must Register here.

October 8-10, 2014: TWC Adult Education and Literacy Symposium. Texas Workforce Commission Adult Education and Literacy will host this 3-day symposium in Austin, details to be announced.

October 12-14, 2014: National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) Annual Conference. Theme of this conference in Orlando, FL will be Building Capacity – Aligning for the Future. 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 including registration and schedule, visit: http://www.ncpn.info/2014-ncpn-conf.php

October 13, 2014: ESL Strategies: Music for Enhancing Learning in ESL. This training will be held at Austin Community College, Highland Business Center on Monday, October 13, 2014 from 1 to 4.  Music for Enhancing Learning in ESL is a theory- and strategy-based workshop that includes foundations of encoding, storage and retrieval of information through music association, addressing affective factors to improve learner capacity to receive new information, and engaging learners with music to improve reading, writing, listening, speaking and cultural knowledge skills.  Contact Glenda Rose at Glenda.Rose@cehd.tamu.edu for more information.

October 13, 2014: Write from the Start. This training will be held at Austin Community College Highland Business Center on Monday, October 13, 2014 from 6 to 9 pm.  Write from the Start reviews writing strategy instruction and classroom activities to move novice writers  in English from basic words to complete compositions in preparation for transitions to ABE, college, certificate programs or other career pathways.  Contact Glenda Rose at Glenda.Rose@cehd.tamu.edu for more information.

October 30-31, 2014: National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE) Annual Conference. Theme of this conference in Pittsburgh, PA will be Casting Relationships, Forging Partnerships. Strands will include: Best Practices in Workforce Education; Stackable Credentials, Completion Agenda and Prior Learning Assessment Strategies; Grant Outcomes, Deliverables, and Sustainable Solutions; Employer Engagement Strategies and Innovative Partnerships; and Community Colleges’ Role in Economic Development and Community Revitalization. For more information including registration, speakers, and schedule, visit: http://www.ncwe.org/?page=2014_conference

November 2014

November 4-7, 2014: American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) 63rd Annual Conference. Theme of this conference in North Charleston, SC will be Adult Educators: Making a Difference! The mission of AAACE is to provide a unifying leadership for this vision and to make a difference in shaping organizational and social contexts that support lifelong learning. Conference sessions provide an opportunity to showcase past, present, and future examples of how adult and continuing educators make a difference and "contribute to human fulfillment and positive social change." For more information, visit here.

November 12-14, 2014: National Conference on Effective Transitions in Adult Education 2014. The National College Transitions Network (NCTN) will host its eighth annual conference in 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 by organizing a transition strand at the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) annual conference (scheduled for April 22-25, 2015 in Denver, CO). In 2013, over 550 adult and postsecondary administrators and educators from 42 states, representing postsecondary institutions, school districts, and community based organizations participated in the annual conference. For more information, including registration and the Call for Presenters (due June 1, 2014), visit: http://www.collegetransition.org/conferences.national2014.html

November 13-15, 2014: TexTESOL 2014 State Conference. The San Marcos Embassy Suites Hotel will be home of TexTESOL's annual conference comprising five regional affiliates throughout Texas. Pre-Conference will be November 13, with General Sessions November 14 and 15. For more information, visit the conference web page. http://www.textesol2014.org/

November 19-21, 2014: 18th Annual Texas Workforce Conference. Save the Date for the Texas Workforce Commission’s annual conference, to be held at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine. Details will be posted on the TWC Events page as plans develop.

December 2014

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.