Schedule & Program

2023 Conference Outline

The schedule below is subject to change and this page will be kept as current as possible.

Conference schedule outline, Day 1, 2023

We currently plan to offer around 50 breakout sessions over 8 timeslots.

Conference attendees who participate in all 8 breakout sessions, as well as attending the opening session and keynote, will earn 11.5 hours of professional development.

Download the schedule displayed above as a PDF.

2023 Program

The full conference program is coming soon.

Conference Check-In & VIP Reception – Monday, July 31

Conference check-in opens at 4pm on July 31 at the Hilton College Station & Conference Center.

All conference attendees are invited to the Conference VIP Reception:
Monday, July 31, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Exhibitor Hall, Hilton College Station & Conference Center

Mahalia Baldini

Mahalia Baldini
AEL State Director
Texas Workforce Commission

Opening Speaker – Tuesday, August 1:
“The State of the State in Adult Education”

What’s new in Adult Education and Literacy across Texas? 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.

Cumings Smith, Felicia

Felicia C. Smith, Ed.D.
President & CEO
National Center for Families Learning (NCFL)

Keynote Speaker – Tuesday, August 1

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.

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Vendor Lightning Rounds – Tuesday, August 1

Join us in the Exhibitor Hall on Tuesday afternoon for Vendor Lightning Rounds and your chance to WIN! Visit vendors at their tables for a lightning-fast (well, 6 or 7 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 before we all head out to dinner.

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2023 winners announced August 2

Lunch & Awards – Wednesday, 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. 

Awards are given in these categories:
Adult Student Achievement – HSE/ABE
Adult Student Achievement – ESOL
Volunteer Instructor Excellence
Volunteer 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 and submit your nominations before May 19.

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.

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