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An Overview of the Literacy Texas Conference

Dear readers,

Time flies when you’re traveling around a state as large as ours, but we’re still a little shocked to see that it’s already May! Springtime at Literacy Texas means that preparation for our annual conference is in full swing, and this year is no different. We’ve opened registration, announced our keynotes, and are in the process of finalizing the schedule. There is much left to do, but for now, we’d like to offer an overview of the conference, why you should go, and what changes you can expect for 2017.

We aim to provide two very valuable things at our conference: professional development and networking. For years, this meant bringing adult educators together for two days of training sessions and networking luncheons — components that are still integral to our event. In 2016, we added an optional third day to the schedule, offering a range of full-day, intensive workshops on a variety of subjects.

This year, we’re continuing to change things in order to provide the best possible experience for you. We took last year’s feedback into account, shortening breaks and increasing the number of breakout sessions. We’ve also changed the format of our Wednesday workshops, splitting them into morning and afternoon sessions. During registration, you’ll be able to select which two workshops you’d like to attend for the day.

We’re also planning a number of special events throughout the conference — ones we hope will be not only educational, but inspirational and fun. As an attendee, you’ll have the opportunity to attend a special evening workshop with award-winning playwright and monologist Kevin Kling and engage with our new mobile app. You’ll also be able to kick back with popcorn and board games, tell your favorite classroom story over cookies and coffee, and scour the San Marcos Outlets for our scavenger hunt. Our conference has always provided invaluable training, but this year, it will also be a place where you can make memories, build new friendships, and just have fun.

We’ll be speaking in depth about all of these features over the coming months, starting with spotlights on some of the sessions we think you’ll be eager to attend. Check back next Wednesday to learn more!

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