[AAACE-NLA] Register by April 15 for June 24-26 Texas Standards Conference
hsmith at tamu.edu
Thu Apr 12 10:01:41 EDT 2007
Register by April 15 to attend "Texas ... Reaching New Standards", a conference to be held at the Austin Convention Center June 24-26, 2007
The Texas Adult Education Standards and Benchmarks will be unveiled at this statewide conference. We greatly welcome out-of-state attendees who will have the opportunity to learn from Texas' example and to gain insight into the process of designing, developing, and implementing state Standards. All attendees will also leave the conference equipped with a professionally printed and bound copy of the complete set of Standards and Benchmarks along with all of the supporting materials to aid in implementation. Speakers will include trained Standards Specialists and two prominent national speakers.
Registration form and hotel information are available on the Standards Project Web site.
You must register with TCALL by April 15 to attend.
Background: Since 2001, a number of adult education practitioners in Texas have been hard at work to develop standards that accurately describe what adult learners should know and be able to do as a result of instructional content and delivery (standards), as well as to develop the statements of how well learners need to be able to demonstrate levels of proficiency (benchmarks). In early 2004, Texas LEARNS funded the Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and Learning (TCALL) at Texas A&M University to undertake a comprehensive, field-based process of developing the standards and bench marks, identifying and training field testers, field-testing the standards and benchmarks, and modifying them based on the field test outcomes. Those stages complete, the Texas Adult Education Standards Project team is now compiling learning activities from the field and aligning them with the final benchmarks. Standards Project staff will also collaborate with regional professional development centers (Project GREAT) for the development and delivery of professional development for the Fall 2007 implementation of the Texas Adult Education Standards and Benchmarks.
Harriet Vardiman Smith
Clearinghouse Project Director
Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy & Learning
Texas A&M University
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