We’re overjoyed to be welcoming to the 2023 conference:
Felicia C. Smith, Ed.D.
A lifelong educator and national thought leader for teaching and learning, Dr. Felicia C. Smith brings decades of valuable experience to advance NCFL’s mission of working to eradicate poverty through education solutions for families. Having served in a variety of leadership roles in P-12, higher education, nonprofit, and philanthropy, her career has allowed her to experience leading systems and develop a unique vantage point of a learner’s educational trajectory from preschool to adulthood.
Smith holds an Ed.D. in education leadership and administration from the University of Kentucky, and an M.A. in elementary education with an emphasis on K-12 literacy development and B.S. in elementary education from the University of Louisville.
We can’t wait to see you for #LitTX23, when we’ll gather again at the Hilton College Station & Conference Center.
Dates for the 2023 Literacy Texas Annual Conference:
Monday, July 31 – Arrival, check-in, exhibitor set-up, VIP Reception & Grand Opening
Tuesday, August 1 – Conference Day 1
Wednesday, August 2 – Conference Day 2
That’s right, we’re trying something a little different, and we’ve chosen dates to help you avoid having to travel on a Sunday. Same two days of training, just one day later in the week!
The theme of the 2023 conference is “Literacy Unleashed“. We’ll be exploring what could truly be possible for Texas adults and families, when literacy providers focus on innovation and creativity.
More about the conference:
We’re at the Hilton College Station & Conference Center again in 2023, after overwhelmingly positive feedback in 2022. Scholarship applications will open in February 2023 to non-federally funded adult and family literacy programs, and general registration will open shortly after that.
Keep this section of our website as your go-to source for all conference updates and information: Get here easily via LiteracyTexas.org/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: 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 2023?
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 non-federally funded programs.
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 2023. Details will follow as we build the 2023 program.
Q: Didn’t the conference use to be three days?
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.
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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.
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