2014 Calendar
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This calendar includes local, state, and national professional development opportunities and events of interest to adult & family literacy practitioners in Texas. If you know of other professional development opportunities or important dates of interest to Texas practitioners, please submit them to our Calendar Committee for consideration. For more information join one of our email discussion groups so you will always hear about the latest training opportunities. Click on "Discussion Lists" to read about these discussion lists and how to join.

November 2014

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

November 8, 2014: BEST Plus Test Administration and Refresher Trainings. Region 9 Education Service Center in Wichita Falls is hosting this six-hour, locally-funded Tier 1 Trainings, and they have a limited number of spaces available for neighboring programs. Additional attendees must cover their own travel expenses and bring their own BEST Plus Test Administrator Guide. Interested program leaders must email Octaviano Garza at Octaviano.Garza@esc9.net to inquire about participation, times and location details.

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

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

November 17-18, 2014: BEST Plus Training of Trainers in Fort Worth. TRAIN PD is offering this Training of Trainers (TOT) to help local Adult Education and Literacy Programs build their capacity to provide training for staff who administer the BEST Plus assessment. Participants must pre-register with TRAIN PD and must attend both days from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Particularly if you are in an area of the state with few BEST Plus trainers available, it may be worth investing the time and resources to have a staff member become a certified BEST Plus trainer. COST TO LOCAL PROGRAMS: The publisher charges a $500.00 initial BEST Plus trainer certification fee for each participant, which will be billed by TRAIN PD to the sponsoring local program after the event. Local programs are also responsible for all travel expenses of the participants they send. For more information, contact your local PD Coordinator or email TRAIN PD’s Tracy Hendrix at tracyhendrix@cehd.tamu.edu.

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

November 20-21, 2014: BEST Plus Training of Trainers in San Antonio. TRAIN PD is offering this Training of Trainers (TOT) to help local Adult Education and Literacy Programs build their capacity to provide training for staff who administer the BEST Plus assessment. Participants must pre-register with TRAIN PD and must attend both days from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Particularly if you are in an area of the state with few BEST Plus trainers available, it may be worth investing the time and resources to have a staff member become a certified BEST Plus trainer. COST TO LOCAL PROGRAMS: The publisher charges a $500.00 initial BEST Plus trainer certification fee for each participant, which will be billed by TRAIN PD to the sponsoring local program after the event. Local programs are also responsible for all travel expenses of the participants they send. For more information, contact your local PD Coordinator or email TRAIN PD’s Tracy Hendrix at tracyhendrix@cehd.tamu.edu.

November 22, 2014: Multi-level Classroom: Best Practices for Teaching Adult Learners. Will be held from 8:30am-3:30pm (6 hours) at Harris County Department of Education, Irvington Learning Center, 626 Lindale, Houston, Texas 77022. Interactive training focuses on appropriate multi-sensory lesson planning strategies, group strategies, differentiated instruction and integration of transitional career awareness and post-secondary studies. Classroom management techniques include GED test preparation, orientation procedures, including brief interviews, goal setting, speaking, reading, writing and math to a multi-level ESOL, ABE or ASE class.  Trainer: Tresa Pokorski

November 22, 2014: GED® 2014 Reasoning Through Language Arts Response Rubric Overview. Will be held from 8:30am-11:30am (3 hours) at Harris County Department of Education, Irvington Learning Center, 626 Lindale, Houston, Texas 77022. Participants learn the evaluation process for scoring the extended response and explore the scoring traits for arguments and use of evidence, development of ideas and structure , clarity and command of standard English conventions.  Trainer: Denise Johnson

November 22, 2014: Distance Learning: Using Applications and Interactive Websites. Will be held from 12:30pm-3:30pm (3 hours) at Harris County Department of Education, Irvington Learning Center, 626 Lindale, Houston, Texas 77022. In this technology in the classroom series, participants learn to use apps and websites to enhance classroom instruction.   Trainer: Denise Guckert

November 24, 2014: Master TEAMS TOT. Will be held from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM in Austin Texas. By invitation only.

December 2014

December 5, 2014: DL Academy - Module 1: Nuts and Bolts. The training will be held at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at 1400 College Dr, Waco, TX 76708 E Building (Community Services Center). MCC Computer Lab, 2nd Floor. MCC, Waco, TX. Module 1 is the Nuts and Bolts training, which explains state and federal policy requirements for implementing a distance education program. Attendees must register here.

December 6, 2014: TEAMS for Teachers. The training will be held at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Howard College - San Angelo, Room B105. This workshop was developed to help teachers understand how to use the TEAMS Participant Roster report to monitor student progress and improve program performance. First, we will review the National Reporting System educational functioning levels and minimum program performance targets. Then we will analyze a sample TEAMS Participant Roster report to discover relationships between retention, performance and assessment. Registration is closed.

December 6, 2014: ESL Strategies: Teaching Communication through Scenarios. The training will be held at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at ESC Region 20 in San Antonio. Presenter is Irene Ramos. 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 with 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. Attendees must register here.

December 8, 2014: Adult Education and Literacy Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting. Texas Workforce Commission’s AEL Advisory Committee will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the agency’s Austin headquarters. The committee is required to meet quarterly and report to the TWC Commissioners at least annually, and is charged with advising the Commission on: the development of policies and program priorities supporting the development of an educated and skilled workforce; the development of statewide curriculum guidelines and standards for AEL services that ensure a balance of education and workplace skill development; the development of a strategy for improving student transition to postsecondary education and career and technical education training; the development of a centralized system for collecting and tracking comprehensive data on adult basic education and literacy performance outcomes; the exploration of potential partnerships with entities in the nonprofit business communities and other entities to improve statewide literacy programs; and other issues the Commission considers appropriate.

December 13, 2014: Preparing Students for the GED®2014 Mathematical Reasoning Test. The 2014 GED® Mathematical Reasoning Test covers mathematical skills that are new to the GED®. The GEDTS states that for students to be successful in mathematics, adult education programs will need more in-depth instruction. This session provides examples and simple strategies for teaching these math skills and also for helping students develop logical thinking skills. Attendees must register here.