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.

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, 2015: TEAMS for Teachers - Group 1 (Part Time Teachers). This workshop will take place at 5pm - 8pm on February 12th 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 12, 2015: TEAMS for Teachers. This workshop will take place at 9am - 12pm on February 12th in Cleburne, TX. 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.

February 13, 2015: TEAMS for Teachers - Group 2 (Full Time Teachers). This workshop will take place at 8:30am - 11:30am 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 13, 2015: Counseling to Careers. This training will be held at Fannin School (4800 Ross Ave, Dallas TX 75204) from 9:00am to 4:00pm. This training is designed to help identify and better connect students in adult education programs to "best bet" postsecondary pathways that align with employer demand and student interest. The training also teaches how to conduct local research on the job market, training opportunities and requirements and develop recruitment materials for at least one "best bet" career pathway.

February 14, 2015: Contextualized Teaching and Learning. This workshop will be held in Laredo, Texas from 8:30am to 3:30pm. This workshop was developed to help teachers integrate in their teaching and practicing of academic skills the use of the context of employability skills. This Contextualized Teaching and Learning training will also give the instructors techniques and specific hands on examples that can be readily used in the classroom and in all content areas. Please register here.

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 19, 2015: Tutor Ready Webinar. This one-hour Webinar begins at 1:00 PM Central Time and will be hosted by Portland State University's Literacy, Language and Technology Research group. The webinar will demonstrate Tutor Ready, a freely available online resource for literacy tutors. Using Tutor Ready learning plans tutors can work at their own pace, access material anywhere and anytime as they prepare to work with learners. Tutor Ready presents research-based information in manageable chunks based on tutor questions using text, images, audio and video to illustrate tutoring techniques. Tutor Ready can be part of pre- and in-service training as well as being available at any time that tutors have questions. Questions and discussion will follow the presentation. Register for the Webinar 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.

February 25, 2015: Webinar - Advancing Career Pathways with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. This one-hour Webinar for a nationwide audience will be hosted by CLASP – Center for Law and Social Policy from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Central Time. Learn how you can realize the promise of career pathways in your work under WIOA from national policy experts, as well as a team of education and workforce development practitioners, who will share their strategies for promoting individual prosperity and economic development through career pathway partnerships. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

February 26, 2015: Adult Education 101 and Assessment Policy Training. This training will be held in Dallas Texas from 12:30pm - 3:30pm. Learn the basics of the Adult Education regarding the Assessment Policy, Professional Development, pre-instruction in-service and in-service, Orientation, and Classroom Management Processes. For more info, please contact Nancy McGruder, nancy.mcgruder@region10.org, (972) 348-1404.

February 27, 2015: Contextualized Instruction. This training will be held in the Bowie Adult Learning Center in San Antonio, Texas from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. This training event will review and model various methods to Contextualize class offerings for use in the ESL or ABE/ASE programs. Participants will gain insight into the most recent research on Chow to contextualize for Adult Education basic skills students and classes. Please register here.

February 27, 2015: Texas Style TABE Training of Trainers (TOT). Texas Style TABE Training of Trainers (TOT): (Target Audience, To Become TABE Trainers) A more in-depth Texas Style TABE TOT has been developed by TRAIN PD, and will be held in Richardson, Texas at Richardson ISD Professional Development Center, 701 W Belt Line Rd, Richardson, TX 75080, Building C, Room C101A from 9am-4pm 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. Please register here.

February 28, 2015: Metroplex Literacy Conference. Hope Literacy, Inc., Tarrant Literacy Coalition, Literacy ConneXus, and the Dallas Baptist Association will host this annual conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Dallas Baptist University’s Pilgrim Chapel (3000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75211). Conference attendees may choose from several workshop offerings planned to enhance their ESL, ABE, or GED instruction in church-based or other community-based settings. Cost is $35 per person. For more information or to register, visit the conference web page.

February 28, 2015: Math for the GED. This training will be held at the College of the Mainland (200 Parker Court Rm 106, League City, Texas 77573) from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Based on national research that identified commonly-missed areas of the GED® mathematics test, Texas Adult Education leaders developed this initiative to raise scores on the GED® mathematics test. Please register here.

March 2015

March 5, 2015: Webinar on Tutor-Facilitated Digital Literacy in Hard-to-Serve Populations. In this one-hour Webinar beginning at 12:00 noon Central Time,  Portland State University's Literacy, Language and Technology Research group will present preliminary findings from an Institute of Museum and Library Services funded research project, Tutor-Facilitated Digital Literacy in Hard-to-Serve Populations. Presenters will share insights gleaned from conducting and analyzing 100 participant interviews. Attendees will learn about successful learner experiences and key program features. Open discussion to follow the presentation. Register for the Webinar here.

March 5, 2015: Webinar - WIOA: Expanding Opportunities for Low-Income and Out-of-School Youth. This one-hour Webinar for a nationwide audience will be hosted by CLASP – Center for Law and Social Policy from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Central Time. WIOA offers new opportunities to focus on the most vulnerable workers—low-income adults and youth who have limited skills, lack work experience, and face other barriers to economic success. It requires that at least 75 percent of youth funds available to local areas be spent on workforce investment services for out-of-school youth ages 16 to 24. Learn about important changes to the law and how you can maximize opportunities for low-income and out-of-school youth. Hear from national, state, and local experts about strategies to help shape your state plan and make important connections to your local workforce board, as well as examples of effective education and employment interventions for this population. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

March 6, 2015: TRAIN PD Regional Teacher Training Institute - Austin Community College, Austin, TX. This Teacher Training Institute will be held at the Austin Community College Highland Learning Center (6101 Airport Blvd., Rooms 1307, 1421 and 1422) from 10:00am - 3:00pm. Below are the descriptions for morning and afternoon sessions. There is no registration fee charged, but each attendee must preregister, making their selection from the options for morning and for afternoon. Please register here.

Morning Sessions: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Math Transitioning to the GED 2014. Mathematical reasoning is often one of the weakest content areas for students. This presentation introduces strategies designed for dispelling common math fears and creating greater enthusiasm for math while encouraging better assimilation and retention of math skills. Through active involvement, participants will also learn how to lead students to discover math through patterns, through everyday life applications, and by substituting variables with familiar objects.Participants will be given specific examples with real-life applications and teaching techniques to enhance their students' learning of these skills.

Writing for GED. This training provides information about activities that will help ABE and ASE students with the writing skills they will use on the GED test. The participants will receive ideas for how to best prepare their students to take the new test and pass the first time using constructed response and extended response as well as short answer models! Emphasis will be placed on the foundations of literacy.

Effective Instruction for the Multi-level Classroom. 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.

Afternoon Sessions: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Math Transitioning to the GED 2014. Mathematical reasoning is often one of the weakest content areas for students. This presentation introduces strategies designed for dispelling common math fears and creating greater enthusiasm for math while encouraging better assimilation and retention of math skills. Through active involvement, participants will also learn how to lead students to discover math through patterns, through everyday life applications, and by substituting variables with familiar objects.Participants will be given specific examples with real-life applications and teaching techniques to enhance their students' learning of these skills.

Integrating Technology into the AE Classroom. This training provides ideas and information for Adult Education programs to integrate technology int their classes and programs. The participants will view cutting edge websites, "apps" and software as well as ideas on lessons that integrate the technology into lessons and more.

Writing for ESL. This training provides new ideas for writing in the English as a Second Language Classroom. The participants will receive ideas for instructional strategies and processes the get ESL students active in purposeful writing activities. Presenter will model a variety of sample lessons.

March 7, 2015: Algebra. This training will be held at the College of the Mainland (200 Parker Court Rm 106, League City, Texas 77573) from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Based on national research that identified commonly-missed areas of the GED® mathematics test, Texas Adult Education leaders developed this initiative to raise scores on the GED® mathematics test. Please register here.

March 7, 2015: Math GED Professional Development . This training will be held at the ABE Center, 1601 24th St., Lubbock, TX from 8:30am - 4:00pm. These two 3 hour trainings will take place simultaneously, two times during the day. You can choose to go to either one in the morning, and then the other one in the afternoon. Please register here.

GED 2014 Mathematical Most Missed Questions.
The workshop will focus on the Most Missed GED 2014 Math questions and will provide problem solving strategies for teachers with the goal of improving GED test outcomes.

Using Math Manipulatives.
The workshop will focus on the use of Manipulatives for solving GED 2014 Math problems and will use hands-on activities that teachers can implement with the goal of improving GED test outcomes.

March 16-18, 2015: 2015 Families Learning Summit. Houston, Texas will be the site of this annual event hosted by National Center for Families Learning. Anson Green, State Director of Adult Education and Literacy at Texas Workforce Commission, will co-present a keynote session with Cheryl Keenan, Director of Adult Education and Literacy for the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education. 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, visit http://www.familieslearning.org/ or email summit@familieslearning.org.

March 19, 2015: Most missed Math Targets for 2014 GED. This session will be held at Brownsville ISD in Brownsville, Texas from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Mathematical reasoning is often one of the weakest content areas for students. This session emphasizes how to teach the most-missed math items on the 2014 GED®. Participants will be given specific examples with real-life applications and teaching techniques to enhance their students’ learning of these skills. Please register here.

March 20-21, 2015: Basic ESL Training For New ESL Teachers of Adult Students. This training will be held at Center of Hope-East Parkway County (9901 East Bankhead Highway, Aledo, TX, 76008) on Friday, March 20 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm AND Saturday, March 21 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. For complete information and to make your reservations, visit the Literacy Connexus 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.

March 20, 2015: Instructional Strategies for Most Missed 2014 GED Math Targets. This session will be held at Brownsville ISD in Brownsville, Texas from 8:30am - 3:30pm. This session emphasizes how to teach the most-missed math items on the 2014 GED® and introduces strategies designed for dispelling common math fears and creating greater enthusiasm for math while encouraging better assimilation and retention of math skills. Participants will be given hands on specific examples with real-life applications and teaching techniques to enhance their students’ learning of these skills. Please register here.

March 20, 2015: Effective Instruction for the Multilevel Classroom. This training will be held at Region 10 (Burnet Room) in Richardson, Texas from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This interactive training focuses on appropriate lesson planning strategies, group strategies, and effective multi-level activities for ESL, ABE, and ASE classrooms. Classroom management techniques, test preparation, orientation procedures, and multi-sensory lesson planning will be presented. Please register here.

March 21, 2015: Writing for GED. This training will be held at Victoria College in Victoria, Texas from 8:30am - 11:30am. GED 2014 requires various forms of writing from constructed response to the short answer and extended response. This session targets the needs of GED 2014 and will help teachers discover the differences in the required writing for the new test as well as provide modeled lessons to aid them in lesson planning for efficacy and results. Please register here.

March 21, 2015: GED Math Skills. This training will be held at Victoria College in Victoria, Texas from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. This training will demonstrate a variety of skills, and instructional strategies that can be utilized by instructors to help students prepare for the new GED Math test. Participants will be presented with examples and will be able to practice their problem solving skills as well. Please register here.

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.

March 28, 2015: Writing for GED. This training will be held at Region 20 - Alamo Consortium in San Antonio, Texas from 8:30am - 11:30am. GED 2014 requires various forms of writing from constructed response to the short answer and extended response. This session targets the needs of GED 2014 and will help teachers discover the differences in the required writing for the new test as well as provide modeled lessons to aid them in lesson planning for efficacy and results. Please register here.

March 28, 2015: The TI-30XS Calculator and the New GED Exam. This training will be held at Laredo Community College in Laredo, Texas from 8:30am - 11:00am. The TI-30XS Calculator training will highlight the most effective methods in completing problems of various concepts consistent with the required GED math standards. It will offer teachers time efficient skills needed to help students when using the calculator to answer the question on the new GED test, and provide them with practice worksheets and a pocket calculator card that students can use in the classroom. Please register here.

March 28, 2015: Most missed Math Targets for 2014 GED. This training will be held at Laredo Community College in Laredo, Texas from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Mathematical reasoning is often one of the weakest content areas for students. This session emphasizes how to teach the most-missed math items on the 2014 GED®. Participants will be given specific examples with real-life applications and teaching techniques to enhance their students' learning of these skills. Please register here.

April 2015

April 11, 2015: ESL Instructional Strategies. This training will be held at the Laredo Community College, West End Washington Street, Laredo, TX 7804 from 8:30am - 3:00pm. This session will provide teachers with strategies for 30 different lessons incorporating all four components, speaking, listening, reading and writing to expand on students' skill and get them more involved in the class. Please register here.

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 25, 2015: GED 2014 Science Reasoning Teaching Strategies. This training will be held at the Laredo Community College, West End Washington Street, Laredo, TX 7804 from 8:30am - 3:00pm. Participants will hear a brief overview of the test including content, question types, & skills tested. The workshop will emphasize teaching strategies and activities so that science can be effectively taught in any GED classroom. Some basic information about experimentation terminology will be presented for those teachers who have a limited science background. Participants will engage in lab activities, note-taking examples, and short answer writing. They will be provided with some ready-to-go activities that can be incorporated immediately into their own classrooms. Please register here.

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 2, 2015: GED Social Studies Instructional Strategies. This training will be held at the Laredo Community College, West End Washington Street, Laredo, TX 7804 from 8:30am - 3:00pm. Participants will learn how to use ongoing formative assessments to collect data in order to make decisions about how to provide immediate support for students who are struggling in the social studies class. This session will provide teachers with strategies for embedding literacy instruction, small group instruction, and appropriate scaffolding to meet the needs of individual students and make social studies content accessible to all learners. Please register here.

May 9, 2015: Contextualized Teaching and Learning Part 2. This training will be held at Laredo Community College in Laredo, Texas from 8:30am - 3:30pm. This workshop was developed to help teachers integrate in their teaching and practicing of academic skills the use of the context of employability skills. This Contextualized Teaching and Learning training will also give the instructors techniques and specific hands on examples that can be readily used in the classroom and in all content areas. The teachers will be Discussing and sharing lessons from the assignment from Part 1. Please register here.

 

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

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/

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.