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2024 Mid-West Literacy Symposium

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The 2024 Mid-West Literacy Symposium is co-presented by the Literacy Coalition of the Permian Basin and Literacy Texas.

The symposium has the theme “Reading is Power” and will be held on

Tuesday, April 23, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

at Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center 1310 Farm to Market 1788, Midland TX 79707

Check-in for registered participants will open at 9:00 am and a working lunch will be provided.

This symposium is offered free of charge to Texas educators, volunteer tutors, ESL teachers, and other library and nonprofit professionals who work in the fields of adult and family literacy.

Registration for this event has now closed.


See the schedule outline below.

Schedule

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM: CHECK-IN, NETWORKING

9:30 AM – 9:40 AM: WELCOME

John Trischitti, Executive Director, Permian Basin Literacy Coalition

Don Evans, Former US Secretary of Commerce

9:40 AM – 10:10 AM: Opening Keynote (30 min)

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM: Session 1 (75 min)

Health Literacy (Discovery Room)
Dr. Kristene Chen, TTUHSC
Taylor Wiendenfeld, Midland Health

Early Childhood (Executive Room)
Shelby Smith, EPPB
Leslie Goodrum, Midland College

Adult Education (Auditorium)
Dr. Glenda Rose

Financial Literacy (Boardroom)
DaLacy Sleeper, Frost Bank

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: WORKING LUNCH & PANEL DISCUSSION (60 min)

Development and Funding of Literacy Programs
Mark Palmer, Abell-Hanger Foundation
Joni Hires, FMH Foundation
Tracee Bentley, Permian Strategic Partnership
Mayra Lovas, Maddox Foundation
Ashley Colquitt, Diamondback Energy

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM: Session 2 (45 min)

Texas Workforce – Integrating Employability Skills (Discovery Room)
Willie Taylor, Workforce Solutions Permian Basin

Financial Literacy (Executive Room)
Lisa Wyman, CCFCU

Adult Education Part 1 – Fun & Effective Strategies for the ESL Classroom (Auditorium)
Martin Loa, TCALL

Early Childhood (Boardroom)
Leslie Goodrum, Midland College
Shelby Smith, EPPB

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM: Session 3 (45 min)

Early Childhood (Discovery Room)
Leslie Goodrum, Midland College
Shelby Smith, EPPB

Texas Workforce – Integrating Employability Skills (Executive Room)
Willie Taylor, Workforce Solutions Permian Basin

Adult Education Part 2 – Fun & Effective Strategies for the ESL Classroom (Auditorium)
Martin Loa, TCALL

Health Literacy (Boardroom)
Dr. Kristene Chen, TTUHSC
Taylor Wiendenfeld, Midland Health

3:00 PM: FAREWELL

Schedule will be kept as current as possible but is subject to change; check back here for updates

Someone who attends the entire symposium will qualify for 4.25 hours of PD credit.


Special thanks to:

Literacy Coalition of the Permian Basin

The Texas Center for Advancement of Literacy & Learning (TCALL)

The Texas Workforce Commission


Read more about the annual regional literacy symposia here.

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