South Central Project GREAT
To Provide Professional Development for Texas
The Project GREAT Adult Education and Family Literacy Regional Centers of Excellence provide regional professional development support for adult education and literacy in Texas. GREAT Centers are funded as adult education State Leadership activities, one in each of eight service regions in the state. The centers are managed by the grantees under the leadership of Texas Workforce Commission Adult Education and Literacy, with input from each region's adult education directors.
Description. The purpose of this service is to provide the operation of professional development services to improve the quality of instruction provided pursuant to local activities required under Title II, Workforce Investment Act, §231(b), including:
instruction incorporating the essential components of reading instruction and instruction provided by volunteers or by personnel of a State or outlying area; the provision of technical assistance to eligible providers of adult basic skills and family literacy education services for development and dissemination of scientific research-based instructional practices in reading, writing, speaking, math, and English language acquisition products; the provision of technology assistance, including staff training to eligible providers of adult basic skills and family literacy education services, including distance learning activities, to enable the eligible providers to improve the quality of such activities; the development and implementation of technology applications or distance learning, including professional development to support the use of instructional technology.
The Project GREAT Centers will be professional development centers that serve all areas of Adult Education and Family Literacy, English Literacy and Civics Education (EL Civics), Correctional Education (Corrections), Adult Education for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Recipients Program, and Even Start Family Literacy (Even Start). These Project GREAT Centers will provide training for, but not limited to, Adult Education (ABE) and English as a Second Language (ESL), Texas Curriculum Framework, literacy and basic skills, workforce literacy training, learning disabilities, and all statewide training needs, e.g., Basic English Skills Tests (BEST), Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), Adult and Continuing Education System (ACES), Texas Even Start Program Information Reporting System (TESPIRS), etc.
In addition to training activities, the Project GREAT Centers will schedule trainings including, but not limited to: maintaining a South Central GREAT Center Calendar of Trainings, collaborating with the Texas Workforce Commission to implement the framework for the Texas Adult Education Credential Model, managing payment to trainers, notifying local services about trainings, conducting quarterly planning meetings with the region's adult education directors, conducting training evaluation with local adult education directors twice yearly, and providing reports to the Texas Workforce Commission.
Project GREAT Centers, through collaborative planning with all adult education administrators/coordinators, will ensure that all regional training is customized to meet the region's needs and follows the Adult Education Indicators of Program Quality (IPQs) for Professional Development.
Project GREAT Centers will be responsible for ensuring that all training developed for the region includes scientific research-based instructional practices in all trainings for the region for reading, writing, speaking, math, and English language acquisition (Adult Education and Family Literacy Act - Title II, Workforce Investment Act, P.L. 105-220, Section 223, State Leadership Activities).
South Central Region Project GREAT is housed in San Antonio, Texas and is hosted by Education Service Center, Region 20. The South Central Region provides services to the following Cooperatives:
- Beeville Independent School District
- City Of San Antonio
- Cuero Independent School District
- Education Service Center, Region 20
- Fort Bend Independent School District
- Harlandale Independent School District
- Judson Independent School District
- Lamar Consolidated Independent School District
- North East Independent School District
- Northside Independent School District
- Odem-Edroy Independent School District
- San Antonio Independent School District
- Seguin Independent School District
- Victoria College
- Victoria Independent School District
- Wharton County Junior College