Find special session outlines and schedule details below.
Conference Check-In & VIP Reception – Sunday, July 31
Conference check-in opens at 2pm on July 31 at the Hilton College Station & Conference Center.
All conference attendees are invited to the Conference VIP Reception:
Sunday, July 31, 5:30pm – 7pm
Exhibitor Hall, Hilton College Station & Conference Center
The Conference VIP Reception is sponsored by Essential Education.
Conference Opening Session – Monday, August 1
The State of the State in Adult Education
What’s going on in Adult Education and Literacy across Texas? What’s changed – or still changing – due to the pandemic, and what role do community-based organizations play in meeting the literacy challenges of the state?
Mahalia Baldini was named the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) State Director in September 2020 after serving as the program’s supervisor for over six years. She earned her B.A in Journalism from the University of Kentucky and her Master’s in Education from Texas State University. Mrs. Baldini has spent the last fifteen years integrating workforce and economic development with educational solutions that center on outcomes for low and middle skill workers. She believes in and values a system that supports equitable education and learning opportunities that focus on an individual’s academic preparedness and advancement as well as the social and emotional intelligence needed to contribute to a positive work culture aligned to employer needs.
Keynote – Monday, August 1
The Foundation of Adult Reading
Neuroscience research has identified the foundation for effective instruction of adult reading – the critical ingredient. The ingredient activates a region in the brain that is required for people to try something new and to maintain focus. Also, the critical ingredient enables individuals to take on challenges and believe that they can succeed. Anyone can be trained to possess this key ingredient and have greater success in teaching adults how to read.
Horacio Sanchez is a highly sought-after speaker and educational consultant, helping schools learn to apply neuroscience to improve educational outcomes. He presents on diverse topics such as overcoming the impact of poverty, improving school climate, engaging in brain-based instruction, and addressing issues related to implicit bias. He is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on resiliency and applied brain science.
Vendor Lightning Rounds – Monday, August 1
Join us in the Oakwood Ballroom on Monday afternoon for Vendor Lightning Rounds! Visit vendors at their tables for a lightning-fast (1o min) presentation on the latest and greatest – and then listen for the bell to move to the next table.
But choose wisely! You only get to visit 3 vendors and then we’re done. Every Lightning Round you take part in gets you a chance to win door prizes. Snacks and drinks will be provided along with a fun, relaxing time!
Previous winners pictured above – 2022 winners announced August 2
Lunch & Awards – Tuesday, August 2
Student Achievement & Volunteer Excellence
It’s a multi-year tradition to recognize excellence among adult students and literacy volunteers on the second day of the conference.
Nominations are open until June 3 for:
Adult Student Achievement – HSE/ABE
Adult Student Achievement – ESOL
Volunteer Instructor Excellence
Winners who are able to attend the conference will get the chance to tell their story after receiving their award. Find all the details here.
Special Networking Sessions – Tuesday, August 2
In response to requests to provide more time at the conference to learn from one another, Special Networking Sessions made their debut in 2021. Our topics then were Immigration, Family Literacy, and Marketing.
Our topics in 2022 are TBD, but the format remains the same – choose a topic, and join a facilitated, round-table discussion on that subject. Learn from others’ ideas, experiences, successes – and cautionary tales.
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 2022 Annual Conference collection.