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.

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 4, 2016: Tech and Tell: Exploring GoToMeeting (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at 8:00pm - 9:00pm. Have you ever wanted to learn more about the webinar software, GoToMeeting? Are you a distance learning (DL) teacher who needs to improve the productivity and persistence of your DL students and increase their direct contact hours? Are you a classroom ASE, ABE, or ESL teacher who wants to engage your students using an interactive virtual platform? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please join Yazmin Flores from San Jacinto College as she hosts this week's Tech and Tell. Real time feedback and best practices gathered from piloting GoToMeeting with students will be discussed. Yazmin will explore and explain the important the connection between creating online communities for students and the students' participation in virtual, live lectures. The target audience for this session is both DL and regular ASE, and ESL teachers. The target audience for this session is both DL and regular ASE, ABE, and ESL teachers. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 8:00pm Central on Thursday, August 4th. This session repeats at 11:30-12:30 PM on August 5th. 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.

August 5, 2016: Tech and Tell: Exploring GoToMeeting (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at 11:30am - 12:30pm. Have you ever wanted to learn more about the webinar software, GoToMeeting? Are you a distance learning (DL) teacher who needs to improve the productivity and persistence of your DL students and increase their direct contact hours? Are you a classroom ASE, ABE, or ESL teacher who wants to engage your students using an interactive virtual platform? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please join Yazmin Flores from San Jacinto College as she hosts this week's Tech and Tell. Real time feedback and best practices gathered from piloting GoToMeeting with students will be discussed. Yazmin will explore and explain the important the connection between creating online communities for students and the students' participation in virtual, live lectures. The target audience for this session is both DL and regular ASE, and ESL teachers. The target audience for this session is both DL and regular ASE, ABE, and ESL teachers. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 11:30am Central on Friday, August 5th. 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.

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 8, 2016: HGAC AEL Symposium Summer 2016 (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at Workforce Solutions Office, Astrodome Location, 9315 Stella Link Rd., Houston, TX from 9:00am - 3:00pm. This training is for AEL Directors and key local capacity building staff. The training will be focused on the new intake process and developing a referral system for the new intake requirements. Speakers from Veteran Services, DARS department, and managers from the Career Offices will be available to contribute to the intake/referral system development. Trainer is Beth Ponder.

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: 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 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 13, 2016: Principles of Adult Learning (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at Brazosport College, 500 College Drive, Lake Jackson, TX from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. This interactive session will review the basic principles of adult learning theory and practice. We will talk about ways to use these principles in the classroom to get to better know your students and assist them in overcoming barriers. We will discuss learning outcomes and lesson planning that incorporate these principles and instructional methods that lead to learner success. Trainer is Wayne Crandall.

August 18, 2016: Tech and Tell: Developing Virtual Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) for your Adult Education Program (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at 8:00pm - 9:00pm. Denise Orand from San Jacinto College will host this week's Tech-and-Tell. Do you want to develop a rigorous professional learning community in your program, but are having trouble coordinating schedules and resources in a way that makes collaboration ongoing and meaningful? Denise will provide participants with resources and information regarding how to develop, dynamic and effective Professional Learning Communities Online. Various strategies and ideas for developing a strong virtual community will be discussed including: Grouping and pairing instructors and/or staff members, Sharing effective instructional strategies, Options for sharing resources, Ensuring resources are utilized. This session's target audience includes directors, program coordinators and teachers. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 8:00pm Central on Thursday, August 18th. This session repeats at 11:30-12:30 PM on August 19th. 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.

August 19, 2016: Tech and Tell: Developing Virtual Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) for your Adult Education Program (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at 11:30am - 12:30pm. Denise Orand from San Jacinto College will host this week's Tech-and-Tell. Do you want to develop a rigorous professional learning community in your program, but are having trouble coordinating schedules and resources in a way that makes collaboration ongoing and meaningful? Denise will provide participants with resources and information regarding how to develop, dynamic and effective Professional Learning Communities Online. Various strategies and ideas for developing a strong virtual community will be discussed including: Grouping and pairing instructors and/or staff members, Sharing effective instructional strategies, Options for sharing resources, Ensuring resources are utilized. This session's target audience includes directors, program coordinators and teachers. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 11:30am Central on Friday, August 19th. 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.

August 19-20, 2016: TEAMS Overview & TEAMS for Teachers Modules - Dallas Mini-Conference (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at Bill J. Priest Campus (DCCD), 1402 Corinth Street, Room 2730, Dallas, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Participants will learn the relationship between TEAMS, the National Reporting System, Educational Functioning Levels, Domain of Significance, baseline and progress tests, and educational gains. The trainer will provide participants with an opportunity to look in-depth at participant level information that is collected in TEAMS. Additional activities focus on building knowledge on the Participant Roster, Table 4, and Table 4B will be highlighted to monitor class progress towards meeting performance objectives. Trainer is Lupe Schneider. This training repeats 4 times over the two days. Please select which time you would like to attend on the registration form. Please register here.

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 24-25, 2016: TRAIN PD Central Texas Regional In-Service (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at Austin Community College, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX from 1:00pm - 9:00pm on the 24th & 9:00am - 9:00pm on the 25th. Please see session descriptions below. Please register here.

Session Descriptions

Principles of Adult Learning for Level 0-1 ESL Teachers
Participants will learn how to plan and teach engaging, effective lessons in the critical first four days of a literacy level ESL class. These first days can make or break the rest of the term... and determine whether a student drops out or continues in the program. Trainer is David Borden.

Principles of Adult Learning: The First Three Weeks in an ESL Classroom
Studies show that the first three weeks of instruction are integral to adult learner retention. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn techniques to enhance student motivation as well as methods to create a positive classroom environment. At the end of the session, participants will receive a booklet of lesson plans to use in their classrooms to keep students actively engaged and motivated during those critical first weeks. Trainer is Amber Miller.

Principles of Adult Learning for ABE / HSE Teachers: The First Three Weeks of Class
This 3-hour session will cover key engagement and retention strategies for the ABE/HSE classroom. Attendees will leave this workshop with resources to foster community, collaboration and success. We will offer techniques they can use during the initial three weeks of class that will set students on a course of progress and persistence. Trainer is Dawn Closson.

Evidenced Based Writing
This workshop addresses writing for GED test prompts, focusing on how to locate, analyze, and evaluate evidence from text arguments, "unpack a test prompt," determine an argument's superior position based on text evidence, and writing a convincing response using supporting evidence from the text. Participants will learn strategies for each of these steps that will help them prepare students for writing the RLA extended response, and discuss how they will incorporate workshop content in the classroom. Trainer is Griselda Valerio.

Teaching Oral Communication
If you're talking, you're probably talking too much. How do you get away from lecture and reduce teacher talk? How do you create interactive activities for boring grammar lessons? These questions and more will be answered in this interactive workshop. Participants will leave with new activities and techniques to implement in their next class. Trainer is David Borden.

Calculator Use for HSE Math
The use of the TI 30XS calculator is an important part of successfully passing the math portion of the HSE. However, many learners, and instructors, are not sufficiently comfortable with utilizing the calculator to realize its full potential for math problem solving. Come join us as we explore the ways to maximize computational accuracy when using this time saving device. Trainer is Vaaron Juarez.

Ways to Make Math More Concrete for Your Students
This hands-on session explores how to teach math beginning with concrete representations. Participants will be shown examples of how to teach in the concrete to semi-concrete to abstract progression. Instructors will also have time to brainstorm and practice concrete approaches to math topics they might find themselves teaching their students. Attendees should expect that they will be active participants, engaged in "learning by doing." The approaches that will be introduced can be applied to all levels of our math instruction for the GED, so stay tuned for future sessions that will further deepen the application of these strategies!" Trainer is Cindy Joy.

Writing in the ESL Classroom - Part 1
In this workshop, participants explore many techniques that combine speaking, listening, reading, critical thinking and physical activity with writing. Participants will also review some sample lesson plans and work toward creating plans that can be used in class right away. Trainer is Amber Miller.

August 25, 2016: Tech and Tell: Get Ready…Get Set…Get Twiducated!!!! (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at 8:00pm - 9:00pm. Kristi Parker, a former distance learning instructor for Beaumont ISD Adult Education, will host this week's Tech-and-Tell. Please join Kristi as she explains Twiducate which is a free digital tool that allows teachers to develop a classroom web page for learning, collaboration, and communication. During this live training, participants will create their own Twiducate Page for sharing ideas and posting discussions, deadlines, and homework. In addition, participants will learn tips on how to implement this safe 21st Century social media tech tool into the classroom. This session's target audience includes directors, program coordinators and teachers. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 8:00pm Central on Thursday, August 25th. This session repeats at 11:30-12:30 PM on August 26th. 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.

August 26, 2016: Tech and Tell: Get Ready…Get Set…Get Twiducated!!!! (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at 11:30am - 12:30pm. Kristi Parker, a former distance learning instructor for Beaumont ISD Adult Education, will host this week's Tech-and-Tell. Please join Kristi as she explains Twiducate which is a free digital tool that allows teachers to develop a classroom web page for learning, collaboration, and communication. During this live training, participants will create their own Twiducate Page for sharing ideas and posting discussions, deadlines, and homework. In addition, participants will learn tips on how to implement this safe 21st Century social media tech tool into the classroom. This session's target audience includes directors, program coordinators and teachers. No registration is required. Simply go to http://tcall.webex.com at 11:30am Central on Friday, August 26th. 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.

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 26, 2016: TEAMS: Data Entry Module (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley, 3991 East 29th Street, Bryan, TX from 9:00am - noon. The target audience for this session is data entry staff. In this module, the trainer will explain the process of entering student data into TEAMS. It will include the basic student demographic and profile information, as well as assessment information. In addition, the trainer will demonstrate how to add students to classes and enter the contact hours. The trainer will also show how to add students to the Wait List. The trainer will go over the TEAMS Reference Guide and the Help section of TEAMS. *If possible, participants will be given an opportunity for hands on practice with the TEAMS training data base. Participants will need to complete the TEAMS Overview online prior to the training. Trainer is Terry Schiemenz.

August 26, 2016: HCC 2016 Fall Convocation (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at Houston Community College, 1300 Holman Street, Houston TX from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Please see session descriptions below.

Session Descriptions

GED® 2014 Reading Language Arts (RLA) Overview
GED® 2014 Reading Language Arts (RLA) Overview – This session identifies the content of the RLA module of the 2014 GED® Test, including the shifts in college and career readiness standards. Participants will gain an in-depth overview of the evidence-based scoring rubric, along with a sample anchor paper. Participants will leave equipped with resources and a variety of research-based strategies for integrating reading and writing skills that can be easily implemented in the classroom. Trainer is Denise Johnson.

GED 2014® Mathematics Overview
This session identifies the content of the Mathematics module of the 2014 GED® Test and explores essential mathematical practices and behaviors. Participants will gain an in-depth overview of the 2014 Mathematics module and will leave equipped with effective questioning techniques, quantitative reasoning and geometric reasoning strategies and resources that can be easily implemented in the classroom to help prepare students for the 2014 GED® Mathematical module. Trainer is Anthony Chan.

TEAMS Data Entry Module with Overview
In this module the trainer will explain the process of entering student data into TEAMS. It will include the basic student demographic and profile information, as well as assessment information. In addition, the trainer will demonstrate how to add students to classes and enter the contact hours. The trainer will also show how to add students to the Wait List. The trainer will go over the TEAMS Reference Guide and the Help section of TEAMS. *If possible, students will be given an opportunity for hands on practice with the TEAMS training data base. The trainer will integrate the content from the TEAMS overview which will introduce new users to basic concepts in TEAMS, including its relationship with the National Reporting System. Trainer is Bill Medina.

Integrating Career Awareness for Beginning ESL
This is a look at lessons out of the ICA Guide adapted for literacy and beginning level ESL students. After reviewing the "hows and whys" of the adaptations and experiencing them, participants will choose a lesson to adapt and have time to prepare at least one lesson from the ICA Guide original. (Most ICA GUIDE lessons are several ESL lessons.) The other participants and I will provide feedback. Ideally, participants create a network through which they can share ideas. I also give them access to my ICA for Beginning ESL folder with more electronic resources for them to use after the session. Trainer is Martin Loa.

Integrating Technology into the Adult Education Classroom-Whole Version for both ABE/ESL
In this session, various ways of including technology into already existing lessons is introduced for the ABE and ESL classroom. Computers and Internet connection for participants is necessary for this workshop. Participants should have average computing skills in order to get the most out of this session. Trainer is Denise Guckert.

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 8, 2016: TRAIN PD Virtual Meeting with PD Coordinators (a TRAIN PD-facilitated event). From 2:00 to 3:00 PM Central Time on the second Thursday of each month, the TRAIN PD @ TCALL will host its monthly virtual meeting with Professional Development Coordinators assigned to the Adult Education and Literacy Grant Recipients/Consortia. Details on participation will be shared via the PD Coordinators’ Listserv, or PD Coordinators can email trainpd@tamu.ed​u for more information.​

September 9, 2016: Contextualized Instruction: Making it Work for your Customers and You (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at Alamo University Center; 8300 Pat Booker Rd; Live Oak, TX; Room #136 from 9:00am - 4:00pm. During this six-hour, interactive workshop, participants will learn about and explore best practices for contextualizing lesson plans around several career clusters, and develop and write contextualized lesson plans for career pathways courses. The target audience includes ABE, ASE, and IET instructors. The workshop will also integrate career skills to help improve basic skills using authentic specific career curriculum. This session may also benefit ESL teachers who want to integrate contextualized curriculum into instruction to support career exploration. Trainer is Martin Loa.

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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 16-17, 2016: TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students - The Woodlands. This training will be held at 11801 Grogans Mill, The Woodlands, TX on Friday, September 16 at 6:00pm - 9:00pm 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 Martha McDade, martha@literacyconnexus.org.

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.

September 24, 2016: Contextualized Instruction: Making it Work for your Customers and You (a TRAIN PD @ TCALL event). This training will be held at Victoria College, Continuing Education Center,107D; 2200 East Red River; Victoria, TX from 9:00am - 4:00pm. During this six-hour, interactive workshop, participants will learn about and explore best practices for contextualizing lesson plans around several career clusters, and develop and write contextualized lesson plans for career pathways courses. The target audience includes ABE, ASE, and IET instructors. The workshop will also integrate career skills to help improve basic skills using authentic specific career curriculum. This session may also benefit ESL teachers who want to integrate contextualized curriculum into instruction to support career exploration. Trainer is Martin Loa.

This training event has been scheduled in the PD Portal. Please share the following information with those who need the information.
Registration for this event can be done inside the PD Portal by clicking on the Training Calendar button located in the bottom half of the screen. A “How do I” video on how to register for the training events inside the PD Portal can be located on our TRAIN PD YouTube channel. If you do NOT have a PD Portal account, visit the PD Portal Information page to enroll. You must have a PD Portal account in order to register for any face to face training that TRAIN PD sponsors. If you have any issues, please contact pdportal@tamu.edu.

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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 13, 2016: TRAIN PD Virtual Meeting with PD Coordinators (a TRAIN PD-facilitated event). From 2:00 to 3:00 PM Central Time on the second Thursday of each month, the TRAIN PD @ TCALL will host its monthly virtual meeting with Professional Development Coordinators assigned to the Adult Education and Literacy Grant Recipients/Consortia. Details on participation will be shared via the PD Coordinators’ Listserv, or PD Coordinators can email trainpd@tamu.ed​u for more information.​

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 10, 2016: TRAIN PD Virtual Meeting with PD Coordinators (a TRAIN PD-facilitated event). From 2:00 to 3:00 PM Central Time on the second Thursday of each month, the TRAIN PD @ TCALL will host its monthly virtual meeting with Professional Development Coordinators assigned to the Adult Education and Literacy Grant Recipients/Consortia. Details on participation will be shared via the PD Coordinators’ Listserv, or PD Coordinators can email trainpd@tamu.ed​u for more information.​

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 8, 2016: TRAIN PD Virtual Meeting with PD Coordinators (a TRAIN PD-facilitated event). From 2:00 to 3:00 PM Central Time on the second Thursday of each month, the TRAIN PD @ TCALL will host its monthly virtual meeting with Professional Development Coordinators assigned to the Adult Education and Literacy Grant Recipients/Consortia. Details on participation will be shared via the PD Coordinators’ Listserv, or PD Coordinators can email trainpd@tamu.ed​u 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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