2022 South Plains Literacy Symposium

About This Year's Sessions

Building Retention and Persistence

This interactive session will introduce participants to research on student persistence. Participants will be provided strategies for addressing areas identified by research that likely impact student persistence. 

This session will explore the Six Main Characteristics of Adult Learners and will allow participants to share in a discussion on resilience, how to build and cultivate resilience and how it impacts Adult Education students.

Trainer: Dr. Olga Escamilla

Dr. Olga Escamilla has over 20 years of experience in adult education. She currently serves as a PD Specialist with [email protected] She has served as a teacher’s aid, ABE Instructor, AEL Supervisor, PD Grant Coordinator, AEL Director, Job Coach, Workforce Case Manager, and Senior Lecturer.

PD category: Literacy Instruction (LIT)

Understanding the Language of Donors

Outcome measurements ensure that a nonprofit’s staff, board members, and volunteers successfully follow their mission and goals. It’s important to communicate what you discover and use those lessons to improve performance. We are responsible for the individuals and communities we all serve to be as effective as possible. In an environment of increasingly limited resources, those nonprofits that can demonstrate that they are genuinely making an impact will be the ones most likely to attract resources and talent and therefore be most sustainable.

Trainer: Dr. Linda Johnson

Dr. Linda Johnson is the President & CEO of Aspire. Prior to joining LIFT (now Aspire) as CEO in 2017, she led College and Career Readiness programs for the Dallas ISD and held leadership positions in educational nonprofits.

Ring! Ring! Smart Phones for Smart Learning

From basic phone features to free interactive apps, come and explore ways to digitize your classroom with smartphones! Together, we will navigate the use of smartphone tools (iOS and Android) to improve learning transfer.

This session will provide participants with practical instructional activities that can be utilized for any AEL classroom. For the best outcome, participants should come prepared to use their smartphones equipped with the internet.

Trainer: Liz Moya

Liz Moya is a Professional Development Specialist for TRAIN PD. Liz is a nationally certified ProLiteracy Manager in Program Improvement. She holds a master’s degree in Adult Education and Training. Liz has served in a variety of adult education and literacy positions including assistant director, professional development coordinator, curriculum specialist, teacher, and course designer.


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Trainer: Elizabeth Laughlin

Elizabeth Laughlin is Director of Operations and Development at Literacy Lubbock.

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