TRAIN Professional Development Calendar

This calendar includes TRAIN PD Consortium events () along with other local, state, and national professional development opportunities and events of interest to adult & family literacy practitioners in Texas. If you know of other professional development opportunities or important dates of interest to Texas practitioners, please submit them to our Calendar Committee for consideration. For more information join one of our email discussion groups so you will always hear about the latest training opportunities. Click on "Discussion Lists" to read about these discussion lists and how to join.

July 2016

July 1, 2016: Tech and Tell: ReadWorks Revisited Part 1 (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at 11:30am - 12:30pm. TRAIN PD Specialist AnneMarie Molinari will host this Friday's Tech and Tell. Do your student often struggle to understand what they read especially when reading social studies or science passages? Do your students become frustrated when they are required to write a written response to a piece of text? AnneMarie will revisit and explore a fabulous, free online reading comprehension resource that provides high interest reading passages ad has been recently updated. This session has direct applications for ABE, ASE and ESL teachers who are empowered to provide students opportunities to practice, strengthen and apply reading skills across a wide range of subject areas. To make the most of this session, make sure to create a teacher account at http://digital.readworks.org. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 11:30am Central on Friday, July 1st. Click on the green JOIN button. Please be sure to enter your first and last name as you want it to appear on your certificate of participation when you enter. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print.) Learn more at the Tech and Tell page. Mobile users: Meeting number for Fridays is: 807391210.

July 6-7, 2016: McLennan Summer Mini-Conference (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at McLennan Community College, Michaelis Academic Center, 1400 College Drive, Waco, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. Some of these sessions repeat on both days. Please see session descriptions below.

Session Descriptions

July 6th only:

TEAMS: Building a Foundation & Data Entry
This is a TEAMS training appropriate for date entry personnel. The morning session will include TEAMS: Building a Foundation Module which introduces new users to basic concepts in TEAMS, including its relationship with the National Reporting System, Educational Functioning Levels, Domain of Significance, baseline and progress tests, and educational gains. Participants will learn common TEAMS acronyms, list types of information in TEAMS, locate and use the TEAMS Reference Guide. The afternoon session will include TEAMS: Data Entry Module which explains the process of entering student data into TEAMS, including basic student demographic and profile information, assessment information, how to add students to classes and enter the contact hours. Participants learn how to add students to the Wait List and learn to use the TEAMS Reference Guide and the Help section. If possible, participants will be given an opportunity for hands on practice with the TEAMS training data base. Trainer is Terry Schiemenz.

Repeated Both Days:

Culturally Responsive Classrooms: Perspectives on Culture, Diversity, and Identity
This 6 hour workshop is designed for teachers and will examine the role of culture in the adult education classroom and take participants through three models for addressing issues of culture, diversity, and identity in the classroom: Communities of Respect (COR), Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT), and Social Justice teaching. We will focus on developing an awareness of our own cultural values and identity as a requisite for being truly responsive to diversity. We will learn how the original culture of our students acts as a lens through which they experience the teaching and learning exchange and see how we can address potential dissonance. Finally we will work on activities to address issues of diversity and social justice in the classroom to learn to create a classroom that respects students' culture and is safe for the expression of their identity, different ideas, and points of view. Trainer is Federico Salas-Isnardi.

Entering the 21st Century Classroom: Steps to Integrating Technology
This training will assist educators in the process of integrating technology into their daily instruction. Teachers will learn how to transform an everyday lesson into a 21st century lesson by infusing technology into daily lessons and for a variety of subjects. Educators will be provided with basic technology tools and ideas to help them get started, and then they will have an opportunity to experiment with technology that is of most interest to them. Teachers will leave the training with the knowledge of one technology tool and how to apply this tool in their classroom. Trainer is Ashly Winkle.

July 7, 2016: DL Academy, Module 1 (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at Cook Education Center, Corsicana Campus of Navarro College, 3200 W. 7th Avenue, Corsicana, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Distance Learning Academy, Module 1 (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This session is intended for staff and administrators. Module 1 is an overview of state and federal policy requirements for implementing a distance education program. Trainer is Glenda Rose.

July 7, 2016: Tech and Tell: Overview of CourseSites- Part 1 (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at 8:00pm - 9:00pm. Debbie Purvines will host this week's Tech and Tell. Persistence is a huge issue for distance learning at any academic level. One way to address that problem is to develop a strong community of learners; CourseSites (a FREE online platform) can help you do this! Whether you want to use it to develop a blended learning classroom or for pure distance learning, you can implement this online platform to provide extended resources and experiences for your students. This session will outline how CourseSites is used to support and extend instruction in ABE, ASE, ESL, and Career Pathways programs. To achieve the most out of this session, please create an account at http://www.coursesites.com and sign-up as an instructor. Please note, this is Part I of 2 sessions on CourseSites. Part 2 takes place on July 21 and July 22. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 8:00pm Central on Thursday, July 7th. Click on the green JOIN button. Please be sure to enter your first and last name as you want it to appear on your certificate of participation when you enter. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print.) Learn more at the Tech and Tell page. Mobile users: Meeting number for Thursdays is: 804718128.

July 8, 2016: Tech and Tell: Overview of CourseSites- Part 1 (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at 11:30am - 12:30pm. Debbie Purvines will host this week's Tech and Tell. Persistence is a huge issue for distance learning at any academic level. One way to address that problem is to develop a strong community of learners; CourseSites (a FREE online platform) can help you do this! Whether you want to use it to develop a blended learning classroom or for pure distance learning, you can implement this online platform to provide extended resources and experiences for your students. This session will outline how CourseSites is used to support and extend instruction in ABE, ASE, ESL, and Career Pathways programs. To achieve the most out of this session, please create an account at http://www.coursesites.com and sign-up as an instructor. Please note, this is Part I of 2 sessions on CourseSites. Part 2 takes place on July 21 and July 22. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 11:30am Central on Friday, July 8th. Click on the green JOIN button. Please be sure to enter your first and last name as you want it to appear on your certificate of participation when you enter. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print.) Learn more at the Tech and Tell page. Mobile users: Meeting number for Fridays is: 807391210.

July 8 & 9, 2016: TEAMS for Teachers (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will take place at Eastern Hills High School - room #134, 5701 Shelton St., Fort Worth, TX from 9:00am - noon & 1:00pm - 4pm. This special session will be a combination of two TEAMS modules: TEAMS For Teachers and TEAMS Reports and Tables. Participants will go over the essential reports and tables that are necessary for assessment planning and program performance and an opportunity to look in-depth at participant (student) level information that is collected in TEAMS. Participants become familiar with navigating the side bar menu in TEAMS, gain knowledge on how TEAMS is built, and access participant level data from various points. Trainer is Janis Heebner. Please register here.

July 11, 2016: Customized TEAMS Overview (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will take place at 6101 Grayson Dr. Denison, Tx from 9:00am - 4pm. This is a customized extended overview of TEAMS that will not only cover the Basic concepts of TEAMS but will also provide the participants with an overview of both the Building Foundations and Data Entry modules with some hands on practice in the TEAMS training environment to help the participants be comfortable with the process of setting up TEAMS from the beginning of a program year from assigning providers and sites, to assigning staff and building classes, to entering participants information and enrolling them in classes. Trainer is Wayne Crandall.

July 11, 2016: TRAIN PD Virtual Meeting with PD Coordinators (a TRAIN PD-facilitated event). From 1:00 to 2:00 PM Central Time, the TRAIN PD @ TCALL will have its monthly virtual meeting with Professional Development Coordinators assigned to the Adult Education and Literacy Grant Recipients/Consortia. This day/time is one of two options with the same content for this month; the other option is July 14 at 2:00 PM Central. Details on participation will be shared via the PD Coordinators’ Listserv, or PD Coordinators can email trainpd@tamu.ed​u for more information.​

July 11 & 12, 2016: Questioning Strategies That Promote Higher Order Thinking (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will take place at PDC, 3150 McCart Avenue, Suite 107, Room #243, Fort Worth, TX from 9am-12noon & 5pm-8pm on July 11th, 9am-12noon & 1pm-4pm on July 12th. This session covers questioning strategies that can be used in the adult classroom to increase student engagement with a focus on why increased critical thinking abilities develop students academically. The presenter will also focus on questions at all Depth of Knowledge and Bloom's Taxonomy levels. Ineffective questioning strategies will also be addressed. This will assist instructors prepare students for the new GED 2014. Collaborative activities will provide opportunities for participants to develop their own questions at different DOK and Bloom's levels. This training was originally developed by Rene Coronado. Trainer is Rene Coronado. This session repeats 4 times. Please select which session you want to attend below. Please register here.

July 12, 2016: TEAMS Reports/ Tables & TEAMS for Teacher Combined (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will take place at 6101 Grayson Dr. Denison, Tx from 9:00am - 3pm. This is an introduction to the essential reports and tables that are necessary for AEL staff to understand for assessment planning and program performance. The trainer will teach participants how to run various reports and tables, how to interpret and analyze data on the reports and how to use this information to understand teacher and overall program performance. The reports that will be learned include: Participant Roster, Participant Roster with Latest Assessment, Participants Tested with Less than Minimum Hours of Instruction, Participants Enrolled and Level Completed with Proxy Hours, Table 4, Table 4, Table 4B, and others at the program, class, and participant level. Trainer is Wayne Crandall.

July 12, 13 & 14, 2016: SWTJC Summer Trainings (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). These trainings will take place at SWJTC, 2401 Garner Field , Uvalde, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. Please see session descriptions below and select the trainings you would like to attend on the registration page. Please register here.

Session Descriptions

July 12 (8:30am - 3:30pm)

Distance Learning Academy Module 1
This session is intended for staff and administrators. An overview of state and federal policy requirements for implementing a distance education program. Registration for Module 3 will be completed during the class. Note that Modules 1 and 3 are required for new staff and administrators. If a program is new to distance learning in adult education, an administrator must attend with other staff. Trainer is Mark Sanchez.

July 13 (8:30am - 3:30pm)

Multi-Level Instruction
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. Trainer is Aida Martinez.

July 14 (Half Day Sessions)

Basic Math - Part 1: Teaching Fractions (8:30am - 11:30am)
This training will teach HSE math instructors how to use fraction bars to help their students gain conceptual understanding of fractions. This conceptual understanding will help the student build a strong foundation for a traditional in-depth study of fractions. Participants will use fraction bars to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions. Lessons include student sample problems and practice sets. These lessons are designed to maximize instruction by creating an environment where students actively participate in the learning process. Trainer is Richard Sedillo.

GED/HSE Math - Quadratic Equations & Roots (12:30pm - 3:30pm)
This training will provide GED/HSE instructors with the tools and techniques to teach their adult learners how to solve quadratic equations in one variable using appropriate methods such as the quadratic formula, completing the square, factoring, and by inspection. This workshop will also discuss how to simplify numerical expressions involving square roots and cube roots. Trainer is Richard Sedillo.

July 14 (Full Day)

Beginning Literacy for ESL (8:30am - 3:30pm)
Beginning Literacy for ESL will provide teachers with techniques, strategies, and activities designed to improve the persistence and performance of learners in this lowest level of ESL. Instructors will learn how to promote an environment that builds retention and a sense of community among the learners. Strategies and activities focus on realia found in the learners' environment to help beginning ESL learners develop basic oral communication skills and build emerging reading and writing skills. Trainer is Sandra Schneider.

July 14, 2016: TRAIN PD Virtual Meeting with PD Coordinators (a TRAIN PD-facilitated event). From 2:00 to 3:00 PM Central Time, the TRAIN PD @ TCALL will have its monthly virtual meeting with Professional Development Coordinators assigned to the Adult Education and Literacy Grant Recipients/Consortia. This day/time is one of two options with the same content for this month; the other option is July 11 at 1:00 PM Central. Details on participation will be shared via the PD Coordinators’ Listserv, or PD Coordinators can email trainpd@tamu.ed​u for more information.​

July 14, 2016: Multi-Level Classroom: Best Practices (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at Amarillo College -Washington St. Campus, Ware Student Commons 3rd floor, 2011 S. Washington St., Amarillo, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. 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. Participants must complete a pre-reading assignment and post-training reflection each counting as an additional 1.5 hours of PD Trainer is Amanda Whisonant.

July 14, 2016: Tech and Tell: Schoology: More Ways to Engage Students through your LMS (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at 8:00pm - 9:00pm. TRAIN PD Specialist Glenda Rose will host this week's Tech and Tell. Using Schoology as an example, Glenda will explain and explore how to use other educational resources to engage students in active learning between classes. Participants will see how to embed interactive videos, websites, flashcards, and Google Forms as assessment tools in addition to media albums and discussion boards with audio and video options (particularly useful for English language learners). To get the most out of this presentation, make sure to create a teacher account at www.schoology.com. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 8:00pm Central on Thursday, July 14th. Click on the green JOIN button. Please be sure to enter your first and last name as you want it to appear on your certificate of participation when you enter. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print.) Learn more at the Tech and Tell page. Mobile users: Meeting number for Thursdays is: 804718128.

July 15, 2016: Tech and Tell: Schoology: More Ways to Engage Students through your LMS (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at 11:30pm - 12:30pm. TRAIN PD Specialist Glenda Rose will host this week's Tech and Tell. Using Schoology as an example, Glenda will explain and explore how to use other educational resources to engage students in active learning between classes. Participants will see how to embed interactive videos, websites, flashcards, and Google Forms as assessment tools in addition to media albums and discussion boards with audio and video options (particularly useful for English language learners). To get the most out of this presentation, make sure to create a teacher account at www.schoology.com. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 11:30am Central on Friday, July 15th. Click on the green JOIN button. Please be sure to enter your first and last name as you want it to appear on your certificate of participation when you enter. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print.) Learn more at the Tech and Tell page. Mobile users: Meeting number for Fridays is: 807391210.

July 15, 2016: How to Plan an Effective Lesson (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at McLennan Community College, Michaelis Academic Center, 1400 College Drive, Waco, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. This training is designed to educate ABE/ASE/ESOL teachers on how to plan, develop and write effective lesson plans for evidence-based instruction. There will be hands-on and interactive activities including modeling and guided practice of best practices for the lesson planning process. In the afternoon, participants will have time to plan and develop their own lesson plan to implement in the classroom with students. Trainer is Martin Loa.

July 15 or 16, 2016: Teaching English to Adults in Texas (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at Professional Development Center, 3150 McCart Ave., Fort Worth, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This hybrid, extended professional development opportunity is for Texas adult education instructors who are new to teaching ESL, new to teaching in adult education and literacy (AEL) programs, or who want to review the fundamentals of teaching ESOL in AEL. This training includes an online prerequisite course thorough the PD Portal that covers 4 key areas: the basics of adult learning theory; learning languages as an adult; student recruitment, orientation and assessment; and types of adult ESL classes through state-funded Texas AEL programs. Participants are expected to complete these modules prior to attending the face-to-face (F2F) workshop. Four (4) PD hours are awarded to participants who complete all modules and the final test online. The 6-hour F2F workshop covers creating an effective learning environment, choosing content and resources, teaching methods and strategies, assessing students, and reflective teaching. After the workshop, participants implement one or more of the key concepts and strategies presented, maintain a teaching diary of those activities, and submit a guided reflection about their implementation within four weeks of completing the face-to-face training for an additional 2 hours of PD. Trainer is Carol Speigl. This training repeats on both days. Please register here.

July 18 & 19, 2016: Engaging Instructional Strategies to Promote Persistence (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at Education Service Center Region 11 - Conference Room Create B, 1451 S Cherry Ln., White Settlement, TX from 5:30pm - 8:30pm. ABE/ASE and ESL instructors examine six tenets of Adult Learning Theory in light of the six Drivers of Persistence. The six tenets of Adult Learning Theory (Knowles, 1998) intersect well with the Drivers of Persistence identified in the New England Learner Persistence Project (2008). Instructors use these concepts to design engaging instructional activities and strategies to help adult learners succeed in reaching educational and career goals. This course requires 1 hour of work prior to the face-to-face meeting and 1.5 hours of post-workshop work available through the Texas AEL PD portal at http://tcall.tamu.edu/AEL-Portal.html. Trainers are Elaine and Karnice Caraway. This training repeats on both days. Please select one of the days on the registration form. Please register here.

July 19, 2016: Beginning Literacy for ESL (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at Amarillo College -Washington St. Campus, Ware Student Commons 3rd floor, 2011 S. Washington St., Amarillo, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Beginning Literacy ESL training provides instructors with techniques and strategies to improve the persistence and performance of learners in this lowest level of ESL. Trainer is Carol Spiegl.

July 19, 2016: WIOA at Year 2 – Continuing the Conversation. This national Webinar will be hosted by US Dept. of Labor - Employment & Training Administration from 2:00 to 3:00 PM Central Time. Leaders from U.S. Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services will celebrate the two-year anniversary of the passing of WIOA, answer some questions from the public workforce and education systems on the final rule, and provide a broad overview of what training and technical assistance is coming next. If you do not have a WorkforceGPS account, click here to create your free account. Then you can register here.

July 21, 2016: Best Plus 2.0 (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at Temple College, 2600 South First Street, Temple, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This training is targeted to adult education teachers and other staff who will engage in Best Plus assessment. Upon successful completion of this training, participants will receive certification to administer the BEST Plus. Participants must attend the entire day in order to qualify for certification and demonstrate English language oral proficiency skills. Participants will be provided with a BEST Plus Test Administrator Guide that contains session materials and materials needed for completing their practice tests. Trainer is Denise Guckert. Please register here.

July 21, 2016: Tech and Tell: CourseSites Part 2 (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at 8:00pm - 9:00pm. Debbie Purvines will host this week's Tech and Tell. Are you interested in learning more about CourseSites? Are you an ABE, ASE, ESL or Career Pathways instructor who is looking to provide students with a platform so you can extend instruction and collaboration for your students, online? The Learning Management System (LMS), CourseSites will help you accomplish these goals. During Part 2 of this session, you will learn how to create a class, set the properties for the class, edit the menu in the course, and learn to add content. These items will be demonstrated so you can take notes if you wish. Resources will be provided for extended learning in the use of CourseSites. To achieve the most out of this session, please create an account at http://www.coursesites.com and sign-up as an instructor. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 8:00pm Central on Thursday, July 21st. his session repeats at 11:30-12:30 PM on July 22nd. Click on the green JOIN button. Please be sure to enter your first and last name as you want it to appear on your certificate of participation when you enter. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print.) Learn more at the Tech and Tell page. Mobile users: Meeting number for Thursdays is: 804718128.

July 22, 2016: Beginning Literacy Strategies for the ESL Adult Learner (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at McLennan Community College, 1400 College Drive, Community Services Center-E Wing, Room Number:  E-232, Waco, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. This training will provide instructors with a brief history of the adult learner and present techniques and strategies to improve persistence and performance of learners in this lowest level of ESL. Teachers will learn how to promote an environment that builds retention and community among learners. Strategies and activities focus on realia found in the learners' environment to help beginning literacy ESL learners develop basic oral communication skills and build reading and writing skills. Trainer is Denise Guckert.

July 22, 2016: Tech and Tell: CourseSites Part 2 (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at 11:30pm - 12:30pm. Debbie Purvines will host this week's Tech and Tell. Are you interested in learning more about CourseSites? Are you an ABE, ASE, ESL or Career Pathways instructor who is looking to provide students with a platform so you can extend instruction and collaboration for your students, online? The Learning Management System (LMS), CourseSites will help you accomplish these goals. During Part 2 of this session, you will learn how to create a class, set the properties for the class, edit the menu in the course, and learn to add content. These items will be demonstrated so you can take notes if you wish. Resources will be provided for extended learning in the use of CourseSites. To achieve the most out of this session, please create an account at http://www.coursesites.com and sign-up as an instructor. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 11:30am Central on Friday, July 22nd. Click on the green JOIN button. Please be sure to enter your first and last name as you want it to appear on your certificate of participation when you enter. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print.) Learn more at the Tech and Tell page. Mobile users: Meeting number for Fridays is: 807391210.

July 25, 2016: Distance Learning Academy, Module 1 (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at Victoria College Adult Education, 2200 E. Red River, CEC 208, Victoria, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. Module 1 is an overview of state and federal policy requirements for implementing a distance education program. This session is intended for staff and administrators as an overview of state and federal policy requirements for implementing a distance education program. Modules 1 and 3 are required for new staff and administrators. If a program is new to distance learning in adult education, an administrator must attend with other staff. Registration for Module 3 will be completed during the class. Trainer is AnneMarie Molinari.

July 26, 2016: Engaging Strategies to Promote Student Persistence (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at Amarillo College -Washington St. Campus, Ware Student Commons - 3rd floor, 2011 S. Washington St., Amarillo, TX from 9:00am - noon. ABE/ASE and ESL instructors examine six tenets of Adult Learning Theory in light of the six Drivers of Persistence. The six tenets of Adult Learning Theory (Knowles, 1998) intersect well with the Drivers of Persistence identified in the New England Learner Persistence Project (2008). Instructors use these concepts to design engaging instructional activities and strategies to help adult learners succeed in reaching educational and career goals. This course requires 1 hour of work prior to the face-to-face meeting and 1.5 hours of post-workshop work available through the Texas AEL PD portal at http://tcall.tamu.edu/AEL-Portal.html. Trainer is Karnice Caraway.

July 27, 2016: Ticket to Work and Reasonable Accommodations: Support on Your Journey to Employment. A webinar, “Ticket to Work and Reasonable Accommodations: Support on Your Journey to Employment,” will be held this Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time [2:00 – 3:30 PM Central Time]. If you receive Social Security disability benefits and want to work, Social Security’s Ticket to Work program can help you. The webinar will discuss reasonable accommodationsWork Incentive programs and other employment resources that can get you on a path to employment. Register here or by calling 1-866-968-7842 (TTY: 1-866-833-2967).

July 27, 2016: Distance Learning Academy Module 1 (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at Brazosport College, 500 College Drive, Lake Jackson, TX from 8:30am - 3:00pm. DL Academy Module 1 (6 hours) explains state and federal policy requirements for implementing a distance education program. Note that Modules 1 and 3 are required for new staff and administrators. Trainer is Denise Orand.

July 27, 2016: Tech and Tell: Like a Boss: Making Your Chrome Browser Extensions Work for You (Part 1)! (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at 8:00pm - 9:00pm. Kimberly Gates for the Florida Adult &Technical Distance Education Consortium will host this week's Tech-and-Tell. Have you ever wondered what extensions in regards to the Internet? Extensions are small software programs that can modify and enhance the functionality of the Chrome browser. If you’re not using them, you’re missing out on some powerful tools that are free & easy to get. Come learn about 5 Chrome extensions that’ll make you the boss of your browser. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 8:00pm Central on Thursday, July 27th. This session repeats at 11:30-12:30 PM on July 28th. Click on the green JOIN button. Please be sure to enter your first and last name as you want it to appear on your certificate of participation when you enter. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print.) Learn more at the Tech and Tell page. Please note, this is Part I of 2 sessions on chrome browsers. Part 2 takes place on August 11 and 12. Mobile users: Meeting number for Thursdays is: 804718128.

July 28, 2016: Integrating Technology into the Adult Education Classroom (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at Cook Education Center, Corsicana Campus of Navarro College, 3200 W. 7th Avenue, Computer Science Building Room 121, Corsicana, TX from 9:00am - noon OR 1:00pm - 4:00pm. (ABE/ESL) Various ways of including technology into already existing lessons is introduced. This training repeats in the afternoon. Trainer is Denise Guckert.

July 28, 2016: Tech and Tell: Like a Boss: Making Your Chrome Browser Extensions Work for You (Part 1)! (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at 11:30am - 12:30pm. Kimberly Gates for the Florida Adult &Technical Distance Education Consortium will host this week's Tech-and-Tell. Have you ever wondered what extensions in regards to the Internet? Extensions are small software programs that can modify and enhance the functionality of the Chrome browser. If you’re not using them, you’re missing out on some powerful tools that are free & easy to get. Come learn about 5 Chrome extensions that’ll make you the boss of your browser. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 11:30am Central on Friday, July 28th. Click on the green JOIN button. Please be sure to enter your first and last name as you want it to appear on your certificate of participation when you enter. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print.) Learn more at the Tech and Tell page. Please note, this is Part I of 2 sessions on chrome browsers. Part 2 takes place on August 11 and 12. Mobile users: Meeting number for Fridays is: 807391210.

July 29, 2016: Multi-level Classroom: Best Practices for Teaching Adult Learners (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at McLennan Community College, 1400 College Drive, Community Services Center-E Wing, Room Number:  E-232, Waco, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. 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. Trainer is Martin Loa.

July 30, 2016: FWISD - Fall HSE In-Service (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at Tarrant County College South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive, Fort Worth, TX from 9:30am - 4:30pm. Please see session desctiptions below.

Session Descriptions

Math Training for HSE Teachers (Repeats 2x: 9:30am, 1:30pm)
This training addresses assessment targets and provides guidance, strategies, and sample GED questions for the instruction of number properties, multiples, fractions, ordering and comparison, absolute value, exponents, ratio, percent, scale factor and use of the official TI-30XS calculator. Particular focus will be paid to fractions, percents, exponents and (materials provided) the calculator. Trainer is Gareth Wingfield.

Technologizing Your Classroom (Repeats 4x: 9:30am, 11am, 1:30pm, 3pm)
Integrating technology into instruction is a best practice that is used to enhance student engagement and literacy. This session will help adult educators understand how to incorporate technology in their own instruction. It will provide teachers with solutions to technology challenges, strategies for using technology, and ideas and technology resources for their own lessons. Trainer is Ashly Winkle.

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August 2016

August 1-3, 2016: 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.  Workshop topics will include: Adult Basic Education, English for Speakers of other Languages, GED® preparation, Financial Literacy, Family Literacy, Workplace Skills, Health Literacy, Fund Development/Grant Management, Program Management, Volunteer Recruitment/Retention, Board Development, and more. For more information as plans are finalized, visit the conference web page. http://www.literacytexas.org/resources/annual_conference/

August 3, 2016: TISESL Curriculum Overview (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at Navarro College Corsicana, Gooch Student Center Room 108 , 3200 W. 7th Street, Corsicana, TX from 9:00am - noon. TISESL Overview training provides an outline of the contents and procedures that will allow participants to become familiar with TISESL and develop a basic working knowledge of the curricula. Trainer is Aida Matrinez.

August 3, 2016: TEAMS for Teachers (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at McLennan Community College, 1400 College Drive, Community Services Center-E Wing, Waco, TX from 8:00am - noon & 1:00pm - 5:00pm. In this module the trainer will provide teachers with an opportunity to look in-depth at participant level information that is collected in TEAMS. Participants will have an opportunity to familiarize themselves with navigating the side bar menu in TEAMS, gain knowledge on how TEAMS is built and access participant level data from various points. Additional activities will focus on building knowledge on the Participant Roster, the Performance Report, and Table IV/IV B to monitor class progress towards meeting performance objectives. During this four hour training, teachers will have significant time for hands-on exploration with the various reports in TEAMS. Trainer is Terri Schiemenz.

August 5, 2016: TEAMS for Teachers: Digging Deeper into Participant Level Information Module (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at Region 17, 1601 24th Street, Lubbock, TX from 8:30am - 11:30am. Provides teachers and support staff with an opportunity to look-in-depth at student level information that is collected in TEAMS. Participants become familiar with navigating the side bar menu in TEAMS, gain knowledge on how TEAMS is built, and access participant level data from various points. Additional activities focus on building knowledge on the Participant Roster, the Performance Report, and Table IV/IV B to monitor class progress towards meeting performance objectives. Trainer is Janis Heebner.

August 5, 2016: FWISD - Fall ELA In-Service (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at Tarrant County College South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive, Fort Worth, TX from9:30am - 4:30pm. Please see descriptions below.

Session Description

Building Communities of Respect: Culture in the AEL Classroom
(Repeated twice 9:30am-11am, 1:30pm-3pm)
Participants in this workshop will work through definitions of the concept of culture as it is important for teachers to understand aspects of culture impacting our classrooms. We will engage in two activities designed to consider our cultural values and to understand how our position along Craig Storti's Cultural Values Scales is ever shifting. Then, working in teams, we will define three important concepts needed to create in our classroom a Community of Respect for diverse cultural values, identities, and opinions. Trainer is Federico Salas-Isnardi.

Space, Time, and Gestures: The Silent Language of Culture
(Repeated twice 11am-12:30pm, 3pm-4:30pm)
Participants in this workshop will engage in activities designed to bring awareness of the role physical space, notions of time, and the use of body language and gestures impacts communication among and across cultures. We will review Edward T. Hall's concept of Proxemics, take a moment to understand how different cultures value time, and review the meaning of gestures which in the context of our language may be meaningless but in other languages may convey a completely different meaning. Trainer is Federico Salas-Isnardi.

Technologizing Your ELA Classroom
(Repeated four times 9:30am-11am, 11am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-3pm, 3pm-4:30pm)
Integrating technology into instruction is a best practice that is used to enhance student engagement and literacy. This session will help adult educators understand how to incorporate technology in their own instruction. It will provide teachers with solutions to technology challenges, strategies for using technology, and ideas and technology resources for their own lessons. Trainer is Ashly Winkle.

August 8, 2016: TRAIN PD Virtual Meeting with PD Coordinators (a TRAIN PD-facilitated event). From 1:00 to 2:00 PM Central Time, the TRAIN PD @ TCALL will have its monthly virtual meeting with Professional Development Coordinators assigned to the Adult Education and Literacy Grant Recipients/Consortia. This day/time is one of two options with the same content for this month; the other option is August 11 at 2:00 PM Central. Details on participation will be shared via the PD Coordinators’ Listserv, or PD Coordinators can email trainpd@tamu.ed​u for more information.​

August 9, 2016: Distance Learning Academy, Module 1 (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at Socorro ISD Consortium, Options High School, 12380 Pine Springs Dr., El Paso, TX from 8:30am - 3:30pm. Module 1 is an overview of state and federal policy requirements for implementing a distance education program. This session is intended for staff and administrators as an overview of state and federal policy requirements for implementing a distance education program. Modules 1 and 3 are required for new staff and administrators. If a program is new to distance learning in adult education, an administrator must attend with other staff. Registration for Module 3 will be completed during the class. Trainer is AnneMarie Molinari.

August 10, 2016: Introduction: Distance Learning Academy, Module 3 (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at Socorro ISD Consortium, Options High School, 12380 Pine Springs Dr., El Paso, TX from 9:00am - noon. This is a face-to-face introduction to the Distance Learning Academy (DLA), Module 3 training for teachers, PD coordinators, administrators, and other staff. Module 3 (10 hours) is a 7 module facilitated online course that guides programs through the development of their Distance Learning Plan. Topics including student recruitment, orientation, technology accessibility, teacher roles and instruction, student engagement, assessment, and student retention. The second part of the this training includes an exploration activity that brainstorms DL implementation challenges and solutions; this activity will prove helpful in completing the online DLA Module 3 course. Note that DLA Modules 1 and 3 are required for new staff and administrators. Trainer is AnneMarie Molinari.

August 11, 2016: Tech and Tell: Like a Champ: Getting Even More Out of Chrome’s Browser Extensions (Part 2)! (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at 8:00pm - 9:00pm. Kimberly Gates for the Florida Adult &Technical Distance Education Consortium will host this week's Tech-and-Tell. Kim is back this week, for Part 2 of Chrome Browser Extensions. Think you know all there is to know about extensions? Think again! Extensions are small software programs that can modify and enhance the functionality of the Chrome browser. If you’re not using them, you’re missing out on some powerful tools that are free & easy to get. Come learn about 5 Chrome extensions that’ll make you the boss of your browser. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 8:00pm Central on Thursday, August 11th. This session repeats at 11:30-12:30 PM on August 12th. Click on the green JOIN button. Please be sure to enter your first and last name as you want it to appear on your certificate of participation when you enter. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print.) Learn more at the Tech and Tell page. Please note, this is Part 2 of a two-part webinar on chrome browsers. Part 1 took place on July 28 and July 29. Mobile users: Meeting number for Thursdays is: 804718128.

August 12, 2016: Tech and Tell: Like a Champ: Getting Even More Out of Chrome’s Browser Extensions (Part 2)! (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at 11:30am - 12:30pm. Kimberly Gates for the Florida Adult &Technical Distance Education Consortium will host this week's Tech-and-Tell. Kim is back this week, for Part 2 of Chrome Browser Extensions. Think you know all there is to know about extensions? Think again! Extensions are small software programs that can modify and enhance the functionality of the Chrome browser. If you’re not using them, you’re missing out on some powerful tools that are free & easy to get. Come learn about 5 Chrome extensions that’ll make you the boss of your browser. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 11:30am Central on Friday, August 12th. Click on the green JOIN button. Please be sure to enter your first and last name as you want it to appear on your certificate of participation when you enter. (If you do not have administrator rights on your computer, look for the "run a temporary application" option in small print.) Learn more at the Tech and Tell page.Please note, this is Part 2 of a two-part webinar on chrome browsers. Part 1 took place on July 28 and July 29. Mobile users: Meeting number for Fridays is: 807391210.

August 11, 2016: TRAIN PD Virtual Meeting with PD Coordinators (a TRAIN PD-facilitated event). From 2:00 to 3:00 PM Central Time, the TRAIN PD @ TCALL will have its monthly virtual meeting with Professional Development Coordinators assigned to the Adult Education and Literacy Grant Recipients/Consortia. This day/time is one of two options with the same content for this month; the other option is August 8 at 1:00 PM Central. Details on participation will be shared via the PD Coordinators’ Listserv, or PD Coordinators can email trainpd@tamu.ed​u for more information.​

August 19-20, 2016: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students - Saginaw. This training will be held at First Baptist Church of Saginaw 300 N. Old Decatur Road Saginaw, TX on Friday, August 19 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm and Saturday, August 20 at 9:00am - 3:00pm. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30pm to check in & receive materials. Complete information is available on the event page here. For more information contact Karen Peiser, kpeiser@suddenlink.net or 325-651-7992.

August 19-20, 2016: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students - Marble Falls. This training will be held at 901 La Ventana Drive, Marble Falls, TX on Friday, August 19 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm and Saturday, August 20 at 9:00am - 3:00pm. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30pm to check in & receive materials. Complete information is available on the event page here. For more information contact Blenda Wilson, tbwilson@stx.rr.com.

August 26-27, 2016: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students - San Antonio. This training will be held at San Antonio Baptist Association 5807 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX on Friday, August 26 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm AND Saturday, August 27 at 9:00am - 3:00pm. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30pm to check in & receive materials. Complete information is available on the event page here. For more information contact Steve Payne, 210-525-9954, SteveP@sanantoniobaptist.org.

August 26-27, 2016: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students - Mesquite. This training will be held at Crossing Baptist Church 1060 Clay Mathis Road Mesquite, TX on Friday, August 26 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm AND Saturday, August 27 at 9:00am - 3:00pm. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30pm to check in & receive materials. Complete information is available on the event page here. For more information contact Karen Peiser, kpeiser@suddenlink.net or 325-651-7992.

August 26, 2016: Texas Style TABE Training-of-Trainers (TOT), Paper Based Version (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at Region 20, 1314 Hines, Kinney Room, San Antonio, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This workshop will provide training for TRAINERS who are interested in teaching this content to the AEL field. Experienced testers on the TABE assessment will be prepared to train locally on the administration/scoring of the paper version of TABE, the Texas Assessment Guide as it relates to TABE, putting students at ease, security issues, and how to use TABE results/diagnostics to develop effective lesson plans. There will also be references to accessing the TABE Online videos produced by the publisher. This is not a teacher or staff training, but a training for TRAINERS who are experienced administering the TABE Test. Trainers are expected to bring local TABE Training materials to the training. The materials list will be included in the reply email upon registration. Interested trainers should contact Tracy Hendrix at tracyhendrix@tamu.edu for registration information. Trainer is Jan Whisonant.

August 27, 2016: BEST Literacy Training-of-Trainers (TOT) (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at Region 20, 1314 Hines, Kinney Room, San Antonio, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. This workshop will provide training for TRAINERS who are interested in teaching this content to the AEL field. 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). Interested trainers need to contact Tracy Hendrix for registration information: tracyhendrix@tamu.edu. Trainer is Kay Vaccaro.

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September 2016

September 10, 2016: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic Pronunciation for Teachers of ALL Levels of Adult ESL Students - San Antonio. This training will be held at San Antonio Baptist Association 5807 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX on Saturday, September 10 at 8:30am - 11:30am. Arrive on Saturday before 8:30am to check in & receive materials. Complete information is available on the event page here. For more information contact Dora Parnell at ddparnell@sbcglobal.net.

September 10, 2016: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Teaching Higher Level (Intermediate & Advanced) Adult Students For ESL Teachers - San Antonio. This training will be held at San Antonio Baptist Association 5807 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX on Saturday, September 10 at 12:30pm - 4:30pm. Arrive on Saturday before 12:30pm to check in & receive materials. Complete information is available on the event page here. For more information contact Dora Parnell at ddparnell@sbcglobal.net.

September 12-14, 2016: Adult Education and Literacy September 2016 Business Meeting. Texas Workforce Commission Adult Education and Literacy will host this meeting in Austin. Invited participants will include  AEL Grant Recipient Primary Contact and Fiscal Contact; Professional Development Coordinator for Grantee Program; one staff member from each sub-recipient provider (as determined by the Grant Recipient); and up to two staff from Accelerate Texas, Work-based, TACSI, and other discretionary projects. Draft Agenda includes a New Directors’ Meeting on September 12 from 1:00 to 4:30 PM; a General Session and Professional Development Coordinators’ Session, both on September 13 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM; and a General Session on Finance and Contracting on September 14 from 8:30 AM to noon. Registration is limited. For information on attendance, AEL program leaders should contact the Director of their AEL Grant Recipient or Consortium. If you have questions regarding attendance to this event, please contact: lori.slayton@twc.state.tx.us; 512-463-1005. [More info]

September 16-17, 2016: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students - Cedar Park. This training will be held at Twin Lakes Fellowship 1150 S. Bell Blvd. Cedar Park, TX on Friday, September 16 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm AND Saturday, September 17 at 9:00am - 3:00pm. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30pm to check in & receive materials. Complete information is available on the event page here. For more information contact Beth Avery, beth.heller.avery@gmail.com.

September 21, 2016: 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 (Texas Workforce Commission, Main Building , 101 E. 15TH Street, Room 244, Austin, TX). The committee is required to meet quarterly and report to the TWC Commissioners at least annually, and is charged with advising the Commission on: the development of policies and program priorities supporting the development of an educated and skilled workforce; the development of statewide curriculum guidelines and standards for AEL services that ensure a balance of education and workplace skill development; the development of a strategy for improving student transition to postsecondary education and career and technical education training; the development of a centralized system for collecting and tracking comprehensive data on adult basic education and literacy performance outcomes; the exploration of potential partnerships with entities in the nonprofit business communities and other entities to improve statewide literacy programs; and other issues the Commission considers appropriate.

September 23-24, 2016: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students - El Paso. This training will be held at Christian Women’s Job Corps 900 Arizona Ave., Door #10 El Paso, TX on Friday, September 23 at 5:00pm - 8:00pm AND Saturday, September 24 at 9:00am - 3:00pm. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 5:00pm to check in & receive materials. Complete information is available on the event page here. For more information contact Karen Peiser, kpeiser@suddenlink.net or 325-651-7992.

September 23-24, 2016: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students - Houston. This training will be held at Second Baptist Church 6400 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX on Friday, September 23 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm AND Saturday, September 24 at 9:00am - 3:00pm. Training is sequential so attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Arrive on Friday before 6:30pm to check in & receive materials. Complete information is available on the event page here. For more information contact Kathleen Yarborough, kyarborough@wubc.org.

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October 2016

October 5-7, 2016: National Career Pathways Network Annual Conference. Indianapolis, Indiana will be the site of NCPN’s 2016 Conference. The National Career Pathways Network 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. NCPN is housed at the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD), based in Waco, Texas.

October 17-19, 2016: Annual Families Learning Summit. National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) will host its annual conference for literacy and learning professionals at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan. Concurrent Sessions will span two-generation programming for digital learning and STEM, from early childhood through adult education. EdTech and Funder panels will feature the nation's experts, including Integrating Technology in Early Learning and Family-Strengthening Initiatives (Panel Discussion); and Research, innovations, and free resources from experts at PBS Kids and PNC Grow Up Great. Learn more and register here.

October 27-29, 2016: TexTESOL State Conference. Will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Austin, TX from Oct 27 – 28. The theme of the conference is "Exploring Innovation". Call for proposals are open now. Conference Registration available mid-June. Exhibitor information available mid-June. Hotel information available mid-June. More info here.

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November 2016

November 8-11, 2016: AAACE Annual Conference. The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education will host its 65thAnnual Conference at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque in Albuquerque, NM. For more information, visit the AAACE 2016 Conference page.

November 14-16, 2016: Effective Transitions in Adult Education Conference. The National College Transitions Network will host its 10th Annual Conference at Crowne Plaza at the Crossings, Providence (Warwick), RI. For more information, visit the NCTN Conference page.

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December 2016

December 6, 2016: Adult Education and Literacy Symposium (TENTATIVE DATES). TWC Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) plans to host an AEL Symposium prior to the December 7-9 Annual Texas Workforce Conference. Location will be the Hilton Americas in Houston. Registration will be conducted by TWC as part of their conference registration.

December 7-9, 2016: Annual Texas Workforce Conference. TWC will co-host its 20th Annual Conference with The Texas Chapter of The International Association of Workforce Professionals in in Houston, Texas at the Hilton Americas. TWC is seeking proposals for creative and exciting conference workshops that will broaden horizons, enrich experiences and challenge workforce professional participants.  Deadline to submit is February 29, 2016. Visit the TWC Events page for more information.

December 14, 2016: 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 (Texas Workforce Commission, Main Building , 101 E. 15TH Street, Room 244, Austin, TX). 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.

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