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.

March 2015

March 4, 2015: Webinar – Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Vision and System Update. This 90-minute Webinar begins at noon Central Time. Join U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for an update on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Agency leadership will share the federal vision for the workforce system under WIOA, discuss urgent actions states and local workforce areas are taking to support implementation, and take questions. They encourage core partners at the state and local level to participate together where possible, and to use this as an opportunity to advance collaboration around this landmark piece of workforce legislation. Go to their website.

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: TWC Webinar - Career Pathway Series: Follow-up to TALAE: Q&A on Career Pathways and Transitions. 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.

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. Session registration is closed.

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. Session registration is closed.

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. Session registration is closed.

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. Session Registration is Closed.

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 - 11:30am. 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. Session Registration is Closed.

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. Session Registration is Closed.

March 21, 2015: Multi-level Classroom: Best Practices for Teaching Adult Learners. This training will be held at Literacy Council of Tyler in Longview, 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. A pre-reading assignment and post-training reflection are available as well, each counting as an additional 1.5 hours of PD, to be monitored and documented locally by the AEL program PD Coordinator.

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. Session Registration is Closed.

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. Session Registration is Closed.

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 25, 2015: TRAIN PD Virtual Meeting with PD Coordinators. From 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Central Time, the TRAIN PD Consortium will have a monthly virtual meeting with Professional Development Coordinators at the Adult Education and Literacy Grant Recipients. Topics will include the Tier 2 Tier 3 PD options available through TRAIN PD. Details on participation will be shared via the PD Coordinators’ Listserv, or email trainpd@tamu.edu for more information.

March 26, 2015: ESL for Hispanic Speakers. This training will be held at Brownsville ISD, 708 Palm Blvd., Brownsville, TX from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. This training session will focus on implementing strategies to meet the unique needs of Hispanic students. The participants will learn how to engage students in a way that encourages their students to persist in what for many English language learners can be a difficult undertaking. The participants will also see how the students’ mother tongue represents a powerful resource that can be used in a number of ways to enhance learning English. Please register here.

March 27, 2015: GAMES and EDUCATION. This training will be held at Austin Community College, Austin, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. People learn better in a challenging and positive environment. Learn some activities that can be used in all sorts of situations. Perfect for substitute teachers without a lesson plan or instructors who promote a growth mindset. Please register here.

March 27, 2015: TWC Webinar - Career Pathway Series: Outreach and Recruitment for New Customers. 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.

March 27, 2015: TRAIN PD Regional Teacher Training Institute - TCC South Campus, Fort Worth, TX. This Teacher Training Institute will be held at the Tarrant County College South Campus (5301 Campus Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76119, SACA, SACB, and SACD buildings) from 9:00am - 4:00pm. 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).

Morning Sessions: (9:00am - 12:00pm)

Writing for GED 2014 and beyond
Taking a step-by-step approach to teaching writing and writing strategies, this session targets the needs of GED 2014, but also encourages ABE/GED teachers to think beyond the test. Brainstorming and lesson plan-sharing is included with feedback from the facilitator and the true experts: the other GED teachers.

Math Institute, Most Missed in GED Algebra
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. This session will focus on Quantitative and Algebraic Reasoning including information on most commonly-missed questions.

TEAMS for Teachers (Morning session will be repeated in afternoon; register for just one.)
Teachers understand how to use the TEAMS Participant Roster to monitor student progress and improve program performance. Review of NRS 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.

Curriculum Frameworks for ABE/ASE Transition (Morning session will be repeated in afternoon; register for just one.)
This workshop looks at the concept of "transition" as both a process and a moment.
This workshop looks at the Transitions Integration Framework and specific activities to include in the classroom to help students develop the skills they will need beyond the GED, whether for further training and education or the workplace.

Multi-Level Strategies for the ABE/ESL Classroom (Morning session will be repeated in afternoon; register for just one.)
Interactive training on appropriate lesson planning strategies, group strategies, and effective multi-level activities for ESL, ABE and ASE classrooms. This topic is relevant to ABE/ESL instructors. Classroom management techniques, test preparation, orientation procedures, and multi-sensory lesson planning will be presented.

Afternoon Sessions: (1:00pm - 4:00pm)

Write from the Start, ESL
Theory and practice for getting new writers writing with a host of activities as well as addressing special situations such as pre-literate, non-literate, and semi-literate ESL and low ABE students. Special needs are also addressed if time permits. This topic is relevant to ABE/ESL instructors.

Math Institute, Most Missed in the GED 2014
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. This session will focus on the transition to new topics and types of questions in the GED 2014.

TEAMS for Teachers (Afternoon session repeats the morning; register for just one.)
Teachers understand how to use the TEAMS Participant Roster to monitor student progress and improve program performance. Review of NRS 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.

Curriculum Frameworks for ABE/ASE Transition (Afternoon session repeats the morning; register for just one.)
This workshop looks at the concept of "transition" as both a process and a moment.
This workshop looks at the Transitions Integration Framework and specific activities to include in the classroom to help students develop the skills they will need beyond the GED, whether for further training and education or the workplace.

Multi-Level Strategies for the ABE/ESL Classroom (Afternoon session repeats the morning; register for just one.)
Interactive training on appropriate lesson planning strategies, group strategies, and effective multi-level activities for ESL, ABE and ASE classrooms. This topic is relevant to ABE/ESL instructors. Classroom management techniques, test preparation, orientation procedures, and multi-sensory lesson planning will be presented.

March 27, 2015: ESL for Hispanic Speakers. This training will be held at Brownsville ISD, 708 Palm Blvd., Brownsville, TX from 8:30am - 11:30am. This training session will focus on implementing strategies to meet the unique needs of Hispanic students. The participants will learn how to engage students in a way that encourages their students to persist in what for many English language learners can be a difficult undertaking. The participants will also see how the students’ mother tongue represents a powerful resource that can be used in a number of ways to enhance learning English. Session registration is closed.

March 27, 2015: Student Persistence and Motivation. This training will be held at Bowie Adult Learning Center, 439 Arbor Pl, San Antonio, Texas from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. This training event is based on the work of various researchers (such as Alan Quigley) that presents the latest information on when, why and what we can do about students leaving our program. Participants will gain insight into the most recent research on the critical first encounters with students how to contextualize for Adult Education basic skills students and classes. Please register here.

March 27, 2015: Contextualized Instruction. This training will be held at Southwest Texas Junior College, Uvalde, Texas from 8:30am - 3:30pm. 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 how to contextualize for Adult Education basic skills students and classes. Please register here.

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: Cell Phones, Smart Phones and Mobile Devices. This training will be held at HGAC (HCDE) in Houston, Texas from 12:30pm - 3:30pm. This training provides participants with strategies and techniques to use cell phones , smart phones and mobile devices as instructional tools for enhancing instruction in the adult literacy classroom. This training is part of the Digital Literacy and Integration of Technology into the Adult Classroom series. Please register here.

March 28, 2015: Instructional Strategies for the ESL Classroom. This training will be held at Austin Community College, Austin, TX from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Interactive training on appropriate lesson planning strategies, group strategies, and effective multi-level activities for ESL classroom. 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.

March 28, 2015: Integrating Technology in the Classroom: Ideas for Daily Activities. This training will be held at Austin Community College, Austin, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Innovative training on technologies to be used in both ESL and GED classrooms Learn how to make videos, surveys, polls, recordings, and presentation software via smart-phones, tablets, or computer. Experience the technology first as a student and then as an instructor. Please register here.

March 28, 2015: Instructional Strategies for AEL. This training will be held at Church Hill Middle School, 1298 Church Hill Drive, New Braunfels, Texas from 12:00pm - 2:00pm. This training provides AEL instructors a primer and foundation of instructional strategies for use in the Adult Education classroom. Androgogical foundations will be established for understanding the Adult Learner needs and learning styles and lessons utilizing strategies will be modeled. Please register here.

March 28, 2015: Effective Instruction for Multi level Classes. This training will be held at Church Hill Middle School, 1298 Church Hill Drive, New Braunfels, Texas from 2:00pm - 4:00pm. 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. Please register here.

March 31- May 12, 2015: Helping Students Stay: Exploring Program and Classroom Persistence Strategies. This World Education E-Learning PD course will begin March 31, 2015 and conclude approximately May 12, depending on completion of course assignments. Estimated completion time is 3-4 hours per week (24 hours total). TRAIN PD will fund a Texas cohort to participate in this course. PD Coordinators of TWC-funded programs can nominate participants by Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 5:00 PM Central Time; contact Deb Hargrovefor more information (dhargrove@cehd.tamu.edu).

April 2015

April 2, 2015: What I Know Now That I Wish I Had Known Then: Lessons Learned from Successful Accelerate Texas (ATX) Programs. This Webinar from 9:30 to 11:30 am 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. Hear from leading Accelerate Texas practitioners about important lessons learned and how they overcame key challenges in implementing their integrated pathway programs. 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.

April 9, 2015: Strategies for Teaching SLN Students (Part Time Staff). This training will be held at the Brownsville ISD, Brownsville, TX from 5:00pm - 8:00pm.The morning session repeats in the afternoon. Please select one training when you register. This presentation includes strategies, modeled lessons, and information for working with special learning needs students. Please register here.

April 10, 2015: Strategies for Teaching SLN Students (Full Time Staff). This training will be held at the Brownsville ISD, Brownsville, TX from 5:00pm - 8:00pm.The morning session repeats in the afternoon. Please select one training when you register. This presentation includes strategies, modeled lessons, and information for working with special learning needs students. Please register here.

April 10, 2015: Regional Institute McAllen. This training will be held at the TRAIN PD -- Regional Institute, McAllen, TX from 10:00am - 3:00pm. Please choose a session from the list on the registration page. Please register here.

Math Strategies for Teaching the GED 2014
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.

Instructional Strategies for Beginning ESL Literacy
This Beginning Literacy ESL training provides instructors with techniques and strategies to help beginning literacy ESL learners develop basic oral communication skills and build reading and writing skills. The strategies and activities focus on realia found in the learners’ environment for meeting the needs of these students at the beginning ESL literacy level.

Effective Instruction for the Multilevel 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.

April 10, 2015: TWC Webinar - Career Pathway Series- Using Comprehensive Assessment for College and Career Readiness. 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.

April 10, 2015: Houston Center for Literacy Conference. TRAIN PD will offer an array of professional development workshops for adult literacy educators at this event hosted by Houston Center for Literacy at 50 Waugh Dr., Houston, Texas from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Below are the descriptions for morning and afternoon sessions. Each attendee must preregister, making their selection from the options for morning and for afternoon. Registration coming soon.

Morning session is from 9:00am - 12:00pm

Distance Based Learning.
Training explains the critical components of the TWC state policy for distance education Review the rules for counting Contact hours, Present and explain numerous distance learning tools and best practice.

Using Google Apps.
Introduces Google Apps for Education for administration and instructional purposes. Covered topics include how to set up and make the best use of a Google account, Gmail, Google Groups and Google Calendar. Collaborative instructional activities using Googles office productivity suite will also be introduced as time events.

GED 2014 Overview.
An overview of the 2014 GED Modules to help Instructors better prepare students to pass the 2014 GED test.

Components of Numeracy.
Participants will receive strategies on how to teach Components of numeracy .
including hands on activities to enhance the students' learning in ESL, ABE, and ASE classes.

Afternoon session is from 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Mathematical Reasoning for the 2014 GED.
Training on mathematical reasoning to help instructors better prepare for the Math module of the GED test.

Write from the Start.
ESL instructors review writing strategies, writing instruction, and classroom activities to move novice writers in English as a Second Language from basic words to complete compositions in preparation for transitions to ABE, college, certificate programs, or other career pathways.

Project Based Learning.
Workshop to understand the principles of project based learning, how to integrate into the classroom and enhance teaching effectiveness

Incorporating Job Skills into the Classroom.
Training on Exploring essential employability skills. gives overview of the transferable skills, learn/review background information for “Employability”, including activities for classroom,as well as ways of assessing evidence of learning both inside and outside the ESL, ABE, ASE classroom.

April 11, 2015: TRAIN PD Regional Teacher Training Institute. This Teacher Training Institute will be held at the Alamo University Center, 8300 Pat Booker Rd, Live Oak, TX 78233 from 10:00am - 3:00pm. Below are the descriptions for morning and afternoon sessions. Each attendee must preregister, making their selection from the options for morning and for afternoon. Please register here.

Morning session is from 10:00am - 12:00pm

Math Institute Algebra Modules.
Algebra is often one of the most missed areas on the GED test. This presentation introduces strategies designed for dispelling common algebra fears and creating greater enthusiasm for math while encouraging better assimilation and retention of problem solving skills. 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. Participants are asked to bring a tablet, laptop, smart phone or any medium for accessing resources on-line.

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.

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.

ESL Best Practices.
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 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.

Afternoon session is from 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Math Institute Algebra Modules.
Algebra is often one of the most missed areas on the GED test. This presentation introduces strategies designed for dispelling common algebra fears and creating greater enthusiasm for math while encouraging better assimilation and retention of problem solving skills. 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. Participants are asked to bring a tablet, laptop, smart phone or any medium for accessing resources on-line.

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.

Instructional Strategies for Adult Education.
This training models effective instructional strategies for use in the Adult Education class. Whether you are working with a Beginning level ESL or a higher level of ABE, all adult students can best learn when instructors vary lesson delivery using numerous tried and true strategies. Participants will be actively engage in modeled lessons which demonstrate proper differentiation for levels.

ESL Best Practices.
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 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.

April 11, 2015: ESL Instructional Strategies. This training will be held at the Laredo Community College, West End Washington Street, Laredo, TX 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 15-16, 2015: BEST PLUS Training of Trainers (TOT). This training will be held at the Harris County Department of Education, North Post Oak location, Houston, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm (on both days). For staff who administer the BEST Plus assessment who want to become trainers. Participants must pre-register with TRAIN PD and must attend both days from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The training is not complete after these two days, there are further assignments to complete in the process to become a Certified Trainer. More information and registration here.

April 17, 2015: Texas Style TABE Training of Trainers (TOT) Paper Version. This training will be held at the Temple College, Temple, TX, Room ISC 131 (Instructional Services Center) from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Training on the administration/scoring of the paper version of TABE, the TWC Assessment Policy as it relates to TABE, putting students at ease, security issues, and how to use TABE results/diagnostics to develop effective lesson plans. This training is not designed or recommended for first time users of the TABE Test. Please register here.

April 17, 2015: Effective Instruction for Multi level Classes. This training will be held at the Bowie Adult Learning Center, 439 Arbor Pl, San Antonio, TX from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. 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. Please register here.

April 17, 2015: GED Math. This training will be held at the Region 10 (Hunt Room), 400. E Spring Valley Rd., Richardson, Texas, from 9:00am - 4:00pm. For staff who administer the BEST Literacy assessment test and want to become Trainers. Using the BEST Literacy Test Manual, participants will identify, review, and train on proper test administration and scoring procedures. Activities will include scoring of reading portions, writing samples to evaluate and score, scoring writing samples, and determining the rationales for scores given. Each trainer must bring their own copy of the BEST Literacy Test Manual (2008). Please register here.

April 17, 2015: BEST Literacy Training of Trainers (TOT). This training will be held at the Harris County Dept of Ed, Adult Ed Learning Center, Houston, TX, from 9:00am - 4:00pm. For staff who administer the BEST Literacy assessment test and want to become Trainers. Using the BEST Literacy Test Manual, participants will identify, review, and train on proper test administration and scoring procedures. Activities will include scoring of reading portions, writing samples to evaluate and score, scoring writing samples, and determining the rationales for scores given. Each trainer must bring their own copy of the BEST Literacy Test Manual (2008). Please register here.

April 18, 2015: The TI-30XS Calculator and the New GED Exam. This training will be held at the Victoria College Adult Education Center, 802 E. Crestwood Drive, Victoria, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. In today's Adult Education math classes time and accuracy are both significant. Much of our students' success hinges on how well we deliver and how well they receive and manage information. The TI-30XS hand held calculator along with its online version provide basic and multifunctional calculations that are essential for success on the New GED exam. Please register here.

April 18, 2015: Math Institute - Most Missed Indicators. This training will be held at the Howard College, 3501 North US Highway 67, San Angelo, TX from 9:00am - 3:30pm. This workshop will summarize the 14 Mathematical Reasoning most missed indicators and Geometry most missed indicators for GED Teachers. It will be an interactive presentation highlighting the formulas for perimeter, area, surface area and circumference of circles, polygons and two dimensional composite shapes. Activities will be presented that teachers can immediately implement in the classroom. Please register here.

April 18, 2015: Preparing Students for Successful Transitions. This training will be held at the Literacy Council of Tyler Consortium, Trinity Valley CC, 100 Cardinal Drive, Athens, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This workshop looks at research-based strategies for helping ESL, ABE, and ASE students successfully transition into postsecondary education and/or career pathways. Participants look at transitions from a process and event perspective and align their current teaching practices to proven research-based models and recommendations made by the Higher Education Coordinating Board. 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 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 25, 2015: Texas Style TABE Training of Trainers (TOT) Paper Version. This training will be held at the Center for Economic Development, Corpus Christi, TX, Room 106 from 8:30am - 3:30pm. Training on the administration/scoring of the paper version of TABE, the TWC Assessment Policy as it relates to TABE, putting students at ease, security issues, and how to use TABE results/diagnostics to develop effective lesson plans. This training is not designed or recommended for first time users of the TABE Test. Please register here.

April 28, 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.

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 1, 2015: Leveraging Resources to Support Underprepared Learners. 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 about strategies to map and leverage campus and community resources to support the diverse needs (academic, social, financial) of underprepared learners. 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.

May 2, 2015: TEAMS Data Detective. This training will be held at the Region 10 - Abrams Location, Richardson, Texas from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Data Detective will help programs understand how to utilize the data in TEAMS Reports to accurately and effectively assess students and to improve program performance. Please register here.

May 2, 2015: GED Social Studies Instructional Strategies. This training will be held at the Laredo Community College, West End Washington Street, Laredo, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. 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 2, 2015: GED Math. This training will be held at the Richardson ISD Professional Development Center, 701 W Belt Line Rd., Richardson, TX, Building C, from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Participants will obtain teaching strategies and tools to help their students discover the basic principles of algebra and geometry, and to show them how these disciplines are used throughout their everyday lives. Also, participants will learn, through the use of patterns, how to teach math as a continuum rather than fractioning it into separate branches. Please register here.

May 6 - June 10, 2015: Navigating Pathways to Opportunity: Comprehensive Student Supports. This World Education E-Learning PD course will begin May 6, 2015 and conclude approximately June 10, depending on completion of course assignments. Estimated completion time is 3-4 hours per week (24 hours total). Instructor is Sandy Goodman. TRAIN PD will fund a Texas cohort to participate in this course. PD Coordinators of TWC-funded programs can nominate participants by March 31, 2015; contact Harriet Smith for more information (hsmith@tamu.edu).

May 8, 2015: ESL Best Practices. This training will be held at the Bowie Adult Learning Center, 439 Arbor Pl, San Antonio, Texas from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. 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 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. 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 16, 2015: Math For 2014 GED. This training will be held at NEISD Adult Education at 107 West Rampart Drive (Ferrari Center, room 102) in San Antonio, Texas from 8:00am - 3:00pm. This session emphasizes how to teach the most-missed math items on the 2014 GED® and also the skills that are news to 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.

May 21, 2015: Free Technology Tools For The ABE Classroom. This training will be held at Brownsville ISD, 708 Plam Blvd, Brownville, TX from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Teachers will learn about free but valuable technology tools that will energize adult education classrooms. Please register here.

May 22, 2015: Free Technology Tools For The ABE Classroom. This training will be held at Brownsville ISD, 708 Plam Blvd, Brownville, TX from 8:30am - 11:30am. Teachers will learn about free but valuable technology tools that will energize adult education classrooms. Please register here.

May 26, 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.

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.

May 29, 2015: Contextualizing Instruction to Career Pathways. 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. Explore strategies to increase students’ academic skills and enhance their motivation by integrating occupational content and engaging instructional strategies into your adult education and developmental education courses. 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.

June 2015

June 23, 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.

June 26, 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 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 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.

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 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.