THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING!
It was a joy to welcome around 300 (!!) literacy folks from across the state – and a few from even further afield. Didn’t we learn a lot?!
We hope you’ll post your pics and thoughts – please use our hashtag #LitTX23 for all conference-related posts on social media.
2024 conference information is coming soon and will be posted here.
Complete the 2023-24 Needs Assessment to have your say on the 2024 conference theme, and tell us which topics we should prioritize next year.
More about the conference:
Q: Who is the annual conference for?
A: Anyone interested in adult and family literacy in Texas is welcome at the conference. We believe that the people who will gain the most are instructors and program administrators at all levels, at community-based adult and family literacy organizations and nonprofits.
We use the broadest definition of “literacy”, to include all of Adult Foundational Education: adult basic education, English as an additional language, high school equivalency, digital literacy, and workforce readiness, along with other kinds of teaching and learning.
Q: Isn’t children’s literacy important too?
A: YES, 100%. And there are many wonderful organizations focused on children’s literacy. Literacy Texas exists to champion literacy for adults and families, who will remain the core focus of the conference and other other efforts.
Q: Should volunteer teachers and tutors attend?
A: Volunteers are welcome at the conference and we aim to create a schedule that has something for everyone, but the primary events we hold for volunteers are our free regional symposia – read more here. The primary audience for the conference is staff from community-based literacy organizations.
Q: Will you be offering scholarships again in 2024?
A: Yes! The generous funding from the Texas Workforce Commission that has made scholarships possible in the past has been renewed for another grant cycle. Scholarships are limited in number and restricted to those in Texas literacy 501(c)(3)s. Applications will open in Q1 2024 and will follow a similar process to 2023.
Q: What about professional development credit?
A: Yes, we offer PD credit in conjunction with TCALL every year. Each conference attendee receives a personalized email within a week or two following the conference with the details of their professional development, including session titles and hours. Certificates can also be provided to those who need them, upon request.
We’ll be offering PD credit again in 2024. Find more information on the schedule page.
Q: Wasn’t the conference three days, a few years back?
A: Literacy Texas has offered leadership training for many years. For a while, it was a stand-alone, in-person training day – then for a while, it was offered as an optional third day of the conference.
After feedback from participants, we separated the leadership training day from the conference once again. “What Leaders Need” is now an online event, on multiple days spread throughout the year, intended as a more flexible and accessible alternative.
Haven’t attended before and want to get an idea of what the conference is like? Take a look at some of the highlights of our most recent conferences here, including pics and the schedule of breakout sessions and presenters.
Don't forget your conference swag!
Caps, t-shirts in multiple styles, mugs, travel mugs, stationery, and more… all available in the Literacy Texas online store. All profits support literacy in Texas AND you can rep the literacy cause in style!
Browse the whole store here, or click on the images below to see the 2023 Annual Conference collection.