Adult Basic Literacy

This page lists the confirmed breakout sessions at the 2022 Literacy Texas Annual Conference with the primary topic of HSE, ASE, ABE – any type of Adult Basic Literacy. Secondary topics are listed with each session.

Introducing the TX AEL Family & Civics Content Standards 3.0

Are you wondering about the new Texas AEL Family & Civics Content Standards? Come join us to learn about and review the core anatomy and structure of these relevant and exciting new standards.

Participants will experience a hands-on civics activity using a video; the session will also include short Q&A and pop-up quiz segments for clarification and critical thinking. Leave our session with digital resources and lesson plans addressing Family & Civics.

Presenters: Paula Bauer, AnneMarie Molinari-Sanders
Organization: Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy & Learning (TCALL)

BEGINNER-FRIENDLY SESSION
ALSO COVERS civics & citizenship
ALSO COVERS parent & family literacy
OF MOST USE TO Classroom Instructors

The 3 R's of GED Prep: Recruitment, Retention & Resources = Success!

In this session, participants will learn about GED Prep Connect and GED Manager, as tools to recruit and retain students.

You will also discover additional free resources available to help you teach effectively. All of these added together equal RESULTS!

Presenter: Liz Lanphear
Organization: GED Testing Service

BEGINNER-FRIENDLY but some prior knowledge helpful.
ALSO COVERS ESLELL - English Language Learning
ALSO COVERS library programs
OF MOST USE TO Classroom Instructors
Other info:

This session will cover free access to GED Manager (a data management tool), along with free and fee-based resources from GED Testing Service to supplement instructional support.

The Power of Plickers

Do you ever find yourself wishing you had a quick and simple way of checking for student understanding?

Plickers is an EdTech tool that allows instructors to collect real-time formative assessment data without students needing paper and pencil or their own devices! Not only can Plickers be used for face-to-face instruction, it can now also be used for remote and/or flex models.

BEGINNER-FRIENDLY but some prior knowledge helpful.
ALSO COVERS ESLELL - English Language Learning
OF MOST USE TO Classroom Instructors
Other info:

This will be a demonstration session of Plickers, a free EdTech tool.

TABE Testing Updates and Best Practices to Improve Student Outcomes

In this session you will learn:

  • Best practices for TABE testing including remote proctoring;
  • How use the new TABE Writing Test can help improved HSE testing outcomes.

Participants will also learn about the TABE Off-Line testing platform, and discuss the use of TABE CLAS-E Online for ESL students.

Presenters: Chasity Wright, Mike Johnson
Organization: Data Recognition Corporation

BEGINNER-FRIENDLY but some prior knowledge helpful.
ALSO COVERS ESLELL - English Language Learning
OF MOST USE TO Program Admin
Other info:

This session will focus on TABE & TABE CLAS-E from Data Recognition Corporation.

Taking Contextualized Video Lessons to Your Classroom

Using videos in teaching is a common practice; in this session, participants will learn strategies to incorporate the contextualized Adult Ed Med videos into their classroom.

Techniques will be shared for enhancing lesson plans with videos.

Presenters: Krista Mosher, Ashly Winkle
Organization: Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy & Learning (TCALL)

BEGINNER-FRIENDLY SESSION
ALSO COVERS literacy for work, work readiness
ALSO COVERS ESLELL - English Language Learning
OF MOST USE TO Classroom Instructors
Other info:

This session will introduce participants to the free video series developed right here in Texas: Adult Ed Med.

Teaching Reading is Harder Than I Thought!

Many adult learners have needs in basic reading skills that literacy tutors feel unprepared to address.

In this session, strategies for teaching basic reading skills that reading specialists use will be explained in “plain English” and made usable by tutors who do not have a literacy instruction background.

Presenter: Lara Speights
Organization: Neuhaus Education Center

BEGINNER-FRIENDLY SESSION
ALSO COVERS learning differences & disabilities
OF MOST USE TO Classroom Instructors
Other info:

This session will include examples of best practices from various Neuhaus curriculums, in addition to other resources.

Pre-GED Program for Spanish Speakers in the US? Best Program: Plaza Comunitaria!

The Plaza Comunitaria is a bridge for the academic, social, cultural, and economic integration of a growing population of Hispanic youngsters, adults, and families. Its accredited Adult Basic Education Pre-GED program is available in the US and open to Hispanics from any Spanish-speaking country, and fully accredited by the INEA from the Secretary of Public Education of Mexico.

Come to this session to learn more about the Plaza Comunitaria de Plano, Texas, which has been running successfully for 18 years.

Presenter: Rosa-Maria Crocker
Organization: Collin County Adult Literacy Council

BEGINNER-FRIENDLY SESSION
ALSO COVERS literacy for work, work readiness
ALSO COVERS parent & family literacy
OF MOST USE TO Program Admin

Basic Adult Literacy and Pre-GED for Hispanics

Since 2004, the Mexican Institute for Adult Education has been offering a free curriculum to community-based organizations, schools, churches, associations. The curriculum focuses on helping Hispanics learn how to read and write, and complete Elementary and Middle School education.

The adult literacy program called Plaza Comunitaria can be administered and taught by volunteer tutors. The program provides an educational foundation to all low-literacy Latinos in Spanish.

Presenter: Yolanda Medina
Organization: Collin County Adult Literacy Center

BEGINNER-FRIENDLY SESSION
ALSO COVERS diversity, equity, & inclusion
OF MOST USE TO Decision-Makers
Other info:

This session will introduce participants to Plaza Comunitaria, the Mexican National Institute for Adult Education (INEA) free curriculum.

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