Literacy Texas 2017 Conference

31 July - 02 August Embassy Suites by Hilton San Marcos Hotel Conference Center & Spa

Speakers

Sponsors

Exhibitors

App Sponsor

Schedule

  • 30 July
  • 31 July
  • 01 August
  • 02 August
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Dr. Ida Acuna-Garza

South Texas Literacy Coalition
Dr. Ida Acuna-Garza is the CEO for the South Texas Literacy Coalition and has been involved in outreach and adult education for over 40 years through various agencies.

31 July

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Cameron Allen

The SEED Adult & Family Learning Community
Cameron Allen is the founder of The SEED Adult and Family Learning Community, a program striving for full democracy. He holds an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

01 August

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Kathryn Bauchelle

Program Director
Literacy Advance of Houston
Kathryn has degrees in language acquisition, literature, and education, and has been the Program Director at Literacy Advance since 2011.

31 July

31 July

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Paula Bauer

TRAIN PD @ TCALL
Paula Bauer, Program Coordinator - Library & Information Sciences at TRAIN PD @ TCALL provides development, management, procurement & circulation of TCALL’s library collection for TRAIN PD events.

01 August

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Ann Beeson, M.Ed.

Adult Education Specialists; New Readers Press
Ann Beeson has 16+ years of experience working with adult ed programs in 10 states. Ann has a Master’s degree from the Univ. of MN in Curriculum & Instructional design.

31 July

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Susan Berg

Next Chapter Book Club
Susan is leading the expansion of Next Chapter Book Club. She has spent more than 20 years guiding fundraising, marketing and communications campaigns for nonprofit organizations.

01 August

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Susan Bernard

I'm Not Afraid Publications, Inc.
Susan is the author and publisher of “I’m Not Afraid… Anymore!” for Math and English as well as an Oklahoma HSE Coordinator. It has been her great pleasure to lead students out of fear and into success.

01 August

01 August

01 August

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Julie Brown

Literacy Instruction for Texas
Julie Brown holds graduate degrees in library science and adult education and is TESOL certified. She currently serves as the ESL/ELA Program Director and curriculum advisor for LIFT.
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David Bustamante

El Buen Samaritano
Health Literacy and Promotion Manager at El Buen Samaritano. Masters in Wellness Management with a minor in Gerontology from Ball State University. He has 8 years of health care experience.

31 July

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Clinton K. Chamberlain

Dallas County Community College District
After a successful stint in archaeology, Clint leveled to an academic librarian. When he is not finding and organizing things, Clint does permaculture and slays the evil hordes as a Dwarf Barbarian.

01 August

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Wendy Christensen

Education Service Center 20

01 August

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Wayne Crandall

TCALL
Wayne Crandall is a PD Specialist for TCALL. He assists in identifying training needs of local providers; provides a variety of TRAIN PD services to local providers; delivers training as needed.
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Rosa-Maria Crocker

Adult Literacy and Plaza Comunitaria of Plano Program at FEGS-Plano ISD
Rosa Maria M. Crocker is the Coordinator for Adult Literacy Programs at FEGS-Plano ISD. For the past 21 years, Rosa Maria taught classes. Rosa Maria graduated with a BS in Rural Engineering, completed a year of Master’s on Entomology, and currently is pursuing a Master’s in Education.

01 August

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Vicki Clark

Building the Capacity of Organizations

31 July

31 July

31 July

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Jennifer Edwards

Literacy Texas
With over 15 years of extensive nonprofit leadership experience, Jennifer uses her talents to lead Literacy Texas in a time of dynamic growth, exploring and strengthening partnerships, and supporting hundreds of literacy organizations across Texas who help to ensure that all Texans can read.
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Dr. Olga Escamilla

TRAIN PD @ TCALL
Olga M. Escamilla, Ph.D. has over 20 years' experience in adult education. She has worked in various positions, starting as a Workforce Case Mgr. Instructor, Supervisor, P.D. Specialist and AEL Director.

31 July

31 July

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Melanie Fisk

Literacy Advance of Houston

02 August

02 August

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Arlene Gale

Texas Authors Association
Arlene Gale is an international award-winning, best-selling author with 30 years' writing & speaking experience ranging from keynote speaker to workshop leader at conferences around the United States.

31 July

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Gabriel Garcia

Parents Alliance: Under Our Wings
Chemical Engineer, MBA, Expert Game Developer & Gamifier, Gabriel Garcia learned how to read at a functional level at age 24 and read his first book in 2016. Learn techniques applied and created.

31 July

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Sylvia Gomez

Burlington English, Inc.
Sylvia Gomez, Burlington English Customer Manager for South Texas. With over 10 years' experience in Adult Education, she will show you how to help your Low level ESL students with Burlington Basics.

31 July

31 July

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Anson Green

Texas Workforce Commssion
For over 20 years Texas State Director Anson Green has been a leader in adult education, workforce development, and community college instructional design.

01 August

01 August

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Karen Green

El Buen Samaritano
Family Literacy Manager at El Buen Samaritano. Masters degree in International Education Management from the School for International Training. 10 years administering adult education programs.

31 July

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Karen Guida

Literacy Instruction for Texas
Karen Guida, Certified Academic Language Therapist and Director of Adult Basic Literacy at LIFT, is pursuing an MA in Teaching and sits on the Dallas International Dyslexia Association Board.

31 July

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Karen Haggard

Hood County Adult Literacy Program
Karen is the founder and director of the Hood County Adult Literacy Program. She is a Dyslexia Consultant, certified in the Barton System and owner of Literacy Consulting Specialties.

01 August

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Debra Hargrove

TRAIN PD @ TCALL
Debra is the Director of PD for TRAIN PD and has 25 years of experience in designing & delivering engaging & effective PD. She oversees the PD Portal and loves to share new tech tools with colleagues.

31 July

01 August

01 August

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Carolyn Heath

Each One Teach One
Carolyn serves as Founder and Executive Director of Each One Teach One Adult and Family Literacy Program of San Antonio. In 2016 EOTOSA implemented a workplace literacy program with local employers.

31 July

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Tracy Hendrix

TRAIN PD @ TCALL
Tracy Hendrix is a PD Specialist for TRAIN PD @ TCALL. She has 22 years of experience as an AEL Counselor, Coordinator, Chief GED Examiner and statewide as a Grant Manager.

01 August

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Sarah James

Intercambio Uniting Communities
Sarah James has over 10 years training and teaching adults in ESL and cross- cultural topics. She holds a M.A. in TESOL and Intercultural Studies and lives in Boulder, CO with her husband.

31 July

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Mike Johnson

Data Recognition Corporation
As the National Sales Director for Adult Assessments, Mike is responsible for supporting and working with the product development teams for TABE and TASC.

01 August

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Dr. Nikki Josephs

Manhattanville College
Currently works as a full time faculty member in the School of Education at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. It is there that she devotes her time to teacher training.

01 August

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Alvin Le Blanc, III

Pearland Adult Reading Center
Alvin Le Blanc is a Lead Instructor at the Adult Reading Center in Pearland, Texas. He has been teaching Adult students for over 15 years.

31 July

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Zachary Lindsey

Manos de Cristo
Zachary is an English as a Second Language teacher at Avance Austin and citizenship class coordinator at Manos de Cristo. He has taught with the SEED Austin, Workers Defense Project, and AmeriCorps.

31 July

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Norma Lopez

Education Service Center 20
Norma Lopez has been teaching English as an ESL instructor for 14 years.She has a BA in Secondary Education with concentrations in Educational Psychology and Counseling.

31 July

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Jonna McDonough

Educational Testing Service (ETS®)
Jonna McDonough, HiSET State Director, coordinates training and outreach to programs supporting Texans in pursuit of their TXCHSE. Prior to ETS, she was an ELA MS teacher and Department Chair.

01 August

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Christopher McGilvery

Give More HUGS
Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit Give More HUGS. 10 years of combined experience in teaching ESOL, education methodology, communication, freshman seminar, and technology courses.

01 August

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Yolanda Medina

Centro Latino de Educación para Adultos Dallas Norte
Twelve years' experience in adult education, MLS and MPA. Executive Director and Founder of the Centro Latino de Educación para Adultos; ProLiteracy member; Pres. Collin County Adult Literacy Council.

31 July

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Lester Meriwether

Literacy Connexus
Lester Meriwether has served as Executive Director of Literacy Connexus for more than 13 years. Through this organization he helps churches help people with literacy needs.

31 July

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Emily Miller Payne

The Education Institute
Emily Payne, EdD, is an associate professor and a member of the graduate faculty in developmental and adult education at Texas State University and has worked with grant-funded projects.

01 August

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AnneMarie Molinari

TRAIN PD @ TCALL
Ms. Molinari brings eighteen years of experience in AEL as an ABE and ASE instructor, statewide PD trainer and developer and consultant. AnneMarie’s passion is helping students with learning disabilities achieve their academic and career goals.

31 July

01 August

02 August

02 August

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Krista Mosher

TRAIN PD @ TCALL
Krista Mosher has been an ABE/ASE teacher for 24 years, and is currently working as a Professional Development Specialist with TRAIN PD.

31 July

02 August

02 August

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Sarah Motola

National Geographic / Cengage
Sarah has worked in English Language Development/ESL in California for 20 years. She has been teaching ESL at Visalia Adult School for the past 10 years, and also teaches at College of Sequoias.
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Sunpreet Narang

StudentNest Foundation
Sunpreet Narang is the education director at the StudentNest Foundation. He has strong interest in technology integration and distance learning.

01 August

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Karen Peiser

Southland Baptist Church ESL Ministry
Karen has 21 years' experience teaching ESL and leads workshops with Literacy Connexus in Dallas/ Fort Worth & Southwest Texas. She is the director of ESL at Southland Baptist Church in San Angelo, TX.

01 August

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Jennifer Peters

Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Jennifer Peters is the Community Engagement Administrator at TSLAC. She has over twenty years' experience in libraries, nonprofits, and partnership development.

31 July

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Beth Ponder

TRAIN PD @ TCALL
Beth Ponder is the Program Manager for PD Field Services for TCALL. Ms. Ponder assists in identifying training needs for local service providers and delivers and develops professional development.

01 August

02 August

02 August

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Sarita Portillo

Region 17 Education Service Center
Sarita is a part-time Adult Education ESL teacher with Region 17. Entrepreneurship is implemented to allow students to develop social skills with a variety of experimentation to become good Samaritans.

31 July

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Ysabel Ramirez

The Education Institute
Ysabel Ramirez is the Grant Director of the Texas Success Initiative Professional Development Program (TSI-PD) grant.

01 August

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Larry Randolph

CommonTeri Services
Larry Randolph currently works as an Account Manager with Commonteri Services, but has previously worked in the nonprofit world helping low-income neighborhoods increase literacy rates.

31 July

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Gayla Rawlinson Maynard

Harris County Department of Education
Gayla Rawlinson Maynard, a certified grant professional with 20 years of grants experience, is the Director of the Center for Grants Development division with Harris County Department of Education.

31 July

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Arcella Reyes

Bilingual Education Institute
Before serving as Student Advisor, Arcella coordinated ESL programs for vulnerable populations. She earned a MA from the American University of Beirut and has taught English in four countries.

31 July

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Aaron Reyna

Restore Education
Aaron Reyna is a program coordinator and instructor for Restore Education in San Antonio. His research interests include postsecondary access, retention, and success for underrepresented students.

01 August

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Kerri Rhodes

Restore Education
Kerri Rhodes is the C&I Director at Restore Education. She and other teachers created programming for students that best meets their needs and prepares them for success in college and the workplace.

31 July

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Dr. Glenda Rose

TRAIN PD @ TCALL
Dr. Glenda Rose is a professional development specialist with 30 years of experience in adult education.

01 August

02 August

02 August

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Robert Rosell

South Texas Literacy Coalition
Robert Rosell is the corporate compliance officer for BBVA Compass Bank in McAllen, Texas and president of the South Texas Literacy Coalition
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Melissa Sadler-Nitu

Alamo Colleges
Melissa Sadler-Nitu is the Integrated Basic Education Skills Training (I-BEST) Director in San Antonio, Texas. Providing training/employment assistance to students requiring basic skill development.

31 July

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Tammy Sagastizado

I'm Not Afraid Publications, Inc.

01 August

01 August

01 August

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Federico Salas-Isnardi

TRAIN PD @ TCALL
Adult educator, trainer, ESL author, consultant, and diversity professional for almost 30 years, Federico helped write the new naturalization test.

01 August

02 August

02 August

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Amber Sarker

The Education Institute
Amber is entering her third year as a doctoral student in developmental education at Texas State University where she has worked with TEI on several grant projects.

01 August

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Brian Smith

GED Testing Service
Brian Smith is a State Relationship Manager for GED Testing Service and has been with the organization since 2012. He will be presenting on the latest information from GED Testing Service.

31 July

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John Stevenson

Texas Workforce Commission
John Stevenson a program specialist at the Texas Workforce Commission, Adult Education & Literacy. His interests include content standards alignment, ESL, distance learning, technology integration, and professional development.

01 August

01 August

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Rosa Tapia

Restore Education
Rosa Tapia is a Spanish/English GED tutor serving Restore Education's students since July 2016. She was a leading team member in the creation of the programs serving Spanish speaking students.

31 July

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Dr. Lynn Taylor

TaylorMade Closet
Dr. Lynn Taylor completed a post-doc from Syracuse University. Her research examined the impact of organizational change on teacher professional development and teacher effectiveness in Adult Ed.

01 August

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Erin Taylor

Austin Community College
Erin Taylor is an ESL instructor and Career Pathways instructor with a background in computers and linguistics. She has worked in a Worksite Literacy capacity for hotels in Austin, TX.

31 July

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Lewis Thompson

National Geographic Learning
Lewis is an editor for National Geographic Learning. He holds undergraduate, master’s degrees in TESOL and a postgraduate degree in teaching. Former ESL/EFL teacher and teacher trainer.
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Connie Tobe

Each One Teach One
Connie serves as Site Coordinator for EOTOSA. She is the lead staff person on the workplace literacy program implemented in 2016 with area employers. Connie is responsible for service development.

31 July

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Kimberly Vinton

Education Service Center 20
Ms. Kimberly Vinton is the Director of Adult Education in the Alamo region, overseeing eight Adult Education and Literacy providers in rural and urban areas.

31 July

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Katarina Vukasinovic

Baker Ripley
Katarina Vukasinovic is an Adult ESL Lead Teacher at Baker Ripley (formerly NCI). She's been in Adult Education for 7 years, and has a Master's degree in TESOL and a CELTA teaching certificate.

01 August

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Teri Walker

CommonTeri Services
A trickster, not a fighter, Teri spends her days taming dragons, i.e. software for nonprofits. Then she heads home to cook some tasty food & casts a few confusing spells as a soap-making Gnome Cleric.

01 August

02 August

02 August

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Ashly Winkle

Literacy Council of Tyler
Ashly has worked with the Literacy Council of Tyler for the last four years. She is passionate about adult education, technology, teaching, and training.

31 July

01 August

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Wes Young

Arlington Public Library
Wes Young is the Literacy Coordinator for the Arlington Public Library and has overseen all adult education programs for the past 3 years. He holds an MLS from the University of North Texas.

31 July

01 August

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Michelle Yzaguirre

Education Service Center 20
Michelle is a GED recipient. She started working for ESC-20 as an instructor in 2009. She is now an Educational Specialist and part of the AEL Alamo Consortium grant management team.

01 August

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Heather Keane

Program Manager
Literacy Advance of Houston
Heather is Program Manager for Literacy Advance of Houston, which offers free adult ESL and ABE classes. She has worked at adult education centers in the US and abroad, and has vast experience in teaching, curriculum development, and program administration.

01 August

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Kevin Kling

Award-winning playwright and monologist Kevin Kling is known for his hilarious recounts of true events on NPR’s All Things Considered. His autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life: hopping freight trains, getting hit by lightning, performing his banned play in Czechoslovakia, growing up in Minnesota, and eating things before knowing what they are.
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Royal Brown

Pearson
Royal has worked for Pearson for three years, and has helped ESL customers find solutions to their curriculum needs. She currently helps English Language Learning customers in Texas and Oklahoma.

31 July

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Jennifer Campbell

Workforce Alignment & Advocacy Intern
Literacy Texas
Jennifer is currently earning her MS in Social Work at UT and is Outreach and Communications Intern at Literacy Texas. Previously, she oversaw reading intervention to K-5th graders through AmeriCorps.

31 July

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Janet Roznos

National Geographic Learning
Janet Roznos, National Geographic Learning Consultant and former teacher, has worked with instructors at all levels to facilitate implementing research-based best practices.

31 July

31 July

01 August

Texas Workforce Commission

Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is the state agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers of Texas. TWC strengthens the Texas economy by providing the workforce development component of the Governor's economic development strategy.

The major functions of TWC include developing the workforce, providing support services including child care for targeted populations participating in workforce training and adult education and literacy services, providing services for people with disabilities to obtain training and employment, and administering the unemployment benefits and tax programs. TWC also provides information and analysis on shifts in occupations and industries within the state and seeks to reduce discrimination in employment and housing through education and enforcement of state and federal laws.

TRAIN PD @ TCALL

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

CenterPoint Energy

DEAR Texas

The DEAR Texas concept started with an annual event created in 2014 and then implemented in 2015 when Texas authors were distributed around the state in bookstores, libraries, and schools over a two-day period in April to spotlight their works to readers. The overwhelming response from this event demonstrated that it needed to be its own separate organization; thus, Texas Authors, Inc., moved it out from under its organization and set it up as a separate 501(c)3 in Texas.

During the first year of operating, DEAR was able to arrange for Texas authors to get into Blackshire Elementary school, a Title I School, to do reading programs with children. A total of 6 authors were able to read and talk with over 200 students during the year.

Over the past two years, over 115 authors have been able to reach out to the Texas community during the annual event. This outreach has been in over 36 cities across Texas, and with each passing year the goal is to increase the number of authors and cities participating.

Burlington English

Burlington English offers a unique program for English language acquisition. It combines face-to-face classroom activities with any time-anywhere access to state-of-the-art online interactive courses. BurlingtonEnglish understands the requirements under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) and provides a system for adult education providers to implement relevant online curriculum for ELAA learners. The Burlington English solution gives adult learners the opportunity to attain basic skills and the English language skills necessary to succeed in career and postsecondary education.

San Marcos Convention & Visitor Bureau

Aztec Software

Founded by educators, not technologists, Aztec Software has been in the business of improving adult and young adult lives through computerized skills remediation from its inception.
With an industry-leading understanding of the way in which its student population learns using a computer, the company has expanded its product set beyond academic material.

Brain Hive

Brain Hive offers a robust reading platform that allows educators to integrate print and digital content seamlessly into daily classroom instruction. Educators, students and parents have access to over 16,000 high quality fiction and nonfiction titles for K-12 students from leading educational publishers at school or home. Brain Hive’s intuitive, engaging eBook formats and digital tools reinforce strong reading habits and increase digital literacy and stamina while preparing students for online high stakes testing. Brain Hive’s innovative features such as text-to-speech gives all students including emergent readers, students with special needs and English Language Learners the ability to learn and interact with text digitally. Teachers can easily differentiate instruction with unlimited classroom group organization, assign authentic reading tasks including graphic organizers and comprehension activities, and monitor daily student progress with detailed reporting. All eBooks are simultaneous, multi-user access making classroom novel studies a breeze for all students to read the same book at the same time on any device with ability to read offline using Brain Hive’s free iOS and Chromebook apps. Lastly, optimize your school’s literacy resources with Brain Hive’s free literacy resource manager. Search for all classroom resources in one location, check titles in and out, create favorites list and quickly assign books from one easy-to-use app powered by Digital Bookroom Solutions (DiBS).

Burlington English

Burlington English offers a unique program for English language acquisition. It combines face-to-face classroom activities with any time-anywhere access to state-of-the-art online interactive courses. BurlingtonEnglish understands the requirements under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) and provides a system for adult education providers to implement relevant online curriculum for ELAA learners. The Burlington English solution gives adult learners the opportunity to attain basic skills and the English language skills necessary to succeed in career and postsecondary education.

Cambridge University Press

Cambridge University Press, a non-profit organization, is the world’s oldest and continuously operating printing press. Because we are a non-profit we are able to offer cost affordable student ESL products and many free products such as the Ventures Arcade. Not only that, but our ESL products are backed by the world’s leading and most prestigious research institution Cambridge University and we put together the best author teams such as the Ventures authors to deliver what the market is demanding. Our mission is to unlock people’s potential with the best learning and research solutions. Our vision is a world of learning and research inspired by Cambridge. Please stop by the booth for your complimentary copy of our recent catalog, to check out new samples, and meet your Texas District Manager – Robin Graybill.

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