~The Texas Adult and Family Literacy Statewide Clearinghouse~
What is the Clearinghouse Project?
The Adult Literacy Clearinghouse Project was TCALL's first adult literacy project. Prior to September 1, 2013, when Texas Workforce Commission became the agency home for Texas Adult Education, the Clearinghouse Project was funded by the Texas Education Agency. Because of its central role in providing resources to the adult literacy field in Texas, the Clearinghouse functions as Texas' official state literacy resource center, and Clearinghouse staff represent Texas in national activities such as those of the National LINCS. See History of The Adult Literacy Clearinghouse.
So, it all began in 1989, with the creation of TCALL?
Actually, it all began in 1988 when the state was looking for a new repository for its adult literacy materials collection. Through a competitive bid process, Texas A&M University, College of Education was awarded this special project. The materials collection was moved to TCALL in late 1988, and the Texas A&M University Board of Regents officially approved the creation of TCALL as a Center in 1989.
How has the Clearinghouse changed since its inception?
In 1989, the primary function of the project was to acquire and disseminate adult literacy materials to practitioners across the state. The target audience, and thus the Clearinghouse Library resources, have expanded to include the early childhood and parenting education components included in family literacy programs. In 2006, the Clearinghouse Project's name became The Texas Adult and Family Literacy Statewide Clearinghouse. In addition to that name change, services of the Clearinghouse Project have expanded considerably beyond the Library and a quarterly publication.
What does the Clearinghouse Project Do Now?
Clearinghouse services today include:
resources and information for adult and family literacy educators in Texas
this website gateway to information about adult and family literacy education, resources, initiatives, and collaboration
a free practitioner-oriented publication, Texas Adult Education & Literacy Quarterly
a comprehensive Directory of Non-profit Adult and Family Literacy Providers in Texas
email discussion lists, including Adult Education Administrators, Teachers, Family Literacy, and Workforce Literacy, as well as other special purpose discussion lists
research projects relevant to the adult and family literacy community in Texas
event planning and registration for statewide meetings
support of statewide professional development initiatives
Literacy Volunteer Training Initiative to provide support for professional development of community-based literacy program volunteers and leaders
Basic English Skills Test (BEST) dissemination at state discount price
an information and referral hotline for adults seeking literacy services statewide
represents Texas in the Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) and other appropriate national and regional initiatives