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					                                                                         South Region GREAT Center
                                                                        MSC 147, 700 University Blvd
                                                                         Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
                                                                  (361) 593-4183 Fax (361) 593-4263

                               Advisory Committee Meeting
                               South Region GREAT Center

                                          May 5, 2004

The advisory committee meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. at the Texas A&M University-
Kingsville Student Union Building, room 221 A& B by the South Region GREAT Center training
coordinator, Dr. Rebecca Davis. The following Advisory Committee Members attended the meeting:

      Ms. Lydia Alvarez                 Adult Education SW Texas Junior College
      Ms. Deborah Arnold                Workforce 1 – Corpus Christi
      Ms. Jan Ayliff                    Workforce 1 – Corpus Christi
      Ms. Alma Barrera                  Tuloso-Midway Even Start
      Ms. Sylvia Cantu                  Region 1 ESC – Adult Education
      Mr. Jose Cardenas                 SER-Jobs of Progress of SW Texas
      Mr. Anthony Chan                  Texas LEARNS
      Dr. Rebecca Davis                 South Region GREAT Center
      Mr. Hector Galvan                 Rio Hondo ISD-EL Civics
      Ms. Diana Perez Garcia            Adult Education SW Texas Junior College
      Mr. Robert J. Garcia              Corpus Christi ISD – Adult Learning Center
      Ms. Cynthia Garza                 Laredo Community College - ESL
      Mr. Josue (George) Garza          Adult Education SW Texas Junior College
      Ms. Edna Gonzalez                 Rio Hondo ISD – EL Civics
      Ms. Trisha Horan                  South Region GREAT Center
      Mr. Richard Jackson               Medina Valley ISD – Even Start
      Mr. Lupe Maldonado                Literacy Services – EL Civics
      Ms. Chris Palacios                Adult Education – Del Mar College
      Dr. Tadeo Reyna                   Director – Center for Distance Learning (TAMUK)
      Ms. Carmen Seibert-Martinez       Adult Education – Laredo Community College
      Ms. Teresa Steed                  Laredo Community College – EL Civics
      Ms. Pilar Trevino                 Lyford ISD – Even Start
      Ms. Sandra Valdez                 Adult Education – Del Mar College

Each attendee was given a notebook that contained the meeting agenda, a map of the 8 GREAT Centers
by region, a general information sheet that listed contact information for the South Region GREAT
Center, a copy of the powerpoint presentation explaining the GREAT Center concept, a copy of the
South Region GREAT Center webpage, a reproduction of the Literacy Links, December 2003 article by
Federico Salas regarding the GREAT Centers, a copy of the Texas LEARNS webpage, a review draft of
the South Region GREAT Center Training Request Form, a review draft of the South Region GREAT
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Center Teacher Professional Development Needs Assessment instrument, and a copy of the map of the
Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) Center for Distance Learning Wireless Network.

The meeting began with a short ice-breaker activity. The committee members were asked to “interview”
another member whom they did not know and then introduce that member to the group. The
“interview” consisted of the member’s name, literacy affiliation and their dream car. This brief ice-
breaker set the stage by creating an informal, comfortable environment necessary for productive
interaction during the remainder of the meeting.

A powerpoint presentation was then given by Dr. Rebecca Davis that outlined the agenda of the
meeting. The first portion of the presentation was an introduction to the Project GREAT Center
Program, beginning with an overview of the GREAT Centers and their mission, who the Centers serve,
what the Centers provide, and how the Centers will provide training. The second section of the
powerpoint included the guidelines for the identification of immediate program needs, discussion of the
professional development survey for literacy teachers, the state-wide initiatives, and the recruitment of
trainers from the current cadre of teachers.

The mission of the GREAT Centers throughout Texas is to provide regional centers of excellence for the
professional development needs of the literacy teachers in Texas. This will be accomplished through the
assignment of 8 regional areas in the state. Each area will serve all areas of Adult Education, Family
Literacy, English Literacy, English Language (EL) Civics, Correctional education, TANF programs, and
Even Start Programs. The Centers will also provide training for the Texas Curriculum Framework, the
Teacher Credential Model and the various data management systems used by Texas literacy programs.
Training will be provided through a variety of formats including on-site one-day workshops, on-site
multi-day workshops, on-line instruction, video conferencing, and individualized professional
development plans that foster self-directed learning and mentoring.

In order to determine the immediate training needs of the adult literacy programs in the South Region
the advisory committee members were asked to form groups according to their geographic areas. Each
group was charged with identification of immediate needs for their program and/or area. They were
asked to write these needs on post-its and place them at a central location for discussion with the entire
group. The results from each of the groups were then compiled and lead to a general discussion within
the entire group. The topics that were identified as the most urgent were:

     Continuous update on all subject areas
     Workshop on the culture of poverty

Classroom Management
      Sensitivity training for the classroom teacher
      Techniques for teacher multitasking at different levels
      Classroom Management in the Adult Education Classroom

Teaching Strategies
      Teaching Strategies – ESL vs Bilingual
      Multi-level instructional Strategies
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      Technology integration into every aspect of ABE
      Reading Strategies for students plateauing at ABE High Intermediate Level
      Test Taking Strategies with a focus on TABE

      Training to blend ABE curriculum with workforce initiatives (i.e., nurses aid training,
       construction, manufacturing, and retail sales).
      Workplace literacy – how to connect with business partners
      The Texas Curriculum Framework

Program Management
     TESPIRS Training
     AEGIS Training
     Training for site coordinator on personnel management
     Utilization of BEST and TABE results to plan instruction
     Utilization of ACES and TESPIRS to improve the program
     Support staff training on time management and work organization
     Pre-Service for new Teachers – paperwork, understanding the adult learner
     Professional ethics/leadership/ behavior – relative to employment

     Update on the TABE – what is the difference between 7/8 and 9/10
     Learning disabilities – what are you assessing?

Family Literacy
      Family literacy curriculum for 0-3
      Family literacy curriculum for infants to toddlers

These topics will be used to begin planning for summer professional development offerings at the local
adult education programs. The program directors will be contacted to determine the time, date and
topics they would like to have addressed first. Additionally, each of the advisory committee members
were given a copy of the Training Request Form (a sample is attached to the minutes). This form will
help to expedite individualized training for all adult literacy programs within the South Region GREAT
Center. In an effort to make the submission of this form more efficient, the webpage designer for the
South Region is currently working to make the Training Request Form an on-line document which can
be submitted directly from the webpage.

The next agenda item was a discussion of the state initiatives. The state initiatives include the Teacher
Credential Model, the Texas Curriculum Framework, and tracking and accountability. The general
consensus was that there was interest in implementing the Teacher Credential Model, there needs to be
more training for teachers for the implementation of the Texas Curriculum Framework, and more
training is needed to be able to fully utilize the different types of tracking and accountability software
available (ACES, AEGIS, and TESPIRS).

The next order of business was to solicit potential trainers for professional development from the
different literacy programs. Each committee member was asked to think about which teachers in their
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staff could be a mentor and/or trainer. The first state-wide initiative to train-the-trainer will be held in
San Marcos for the New Teacher Orientation. The goal is to standardize the information that is given to
those new to the field. Nominations for veteran teachers to attend the August workshop and become
New Teacher Orientation trainers are being accepted and are open for each of the adult literacy
programs. Programs are asked to call or email Dr. Rebecca Davis with any nominations for New
Teacher Orientation trainers and trainers in other areas (teaching strategies, ESL instruction, TABE,
BEST, ACES, innovative practices, PACT time, etc..).

Dr. Tadeo Reyna addressed the group with information about the new wireless network that is being
installed by TAMUK in the South Region. Dr. Reyna indicated that this network will allow access to
more remote sites for instruction. The target completion date is Fall 2004. Members with questions
regarding the wireless network may contact Dr. Reyna at the Center for Distance Learning at TAMUK
(361) 593-2861.

The final committee task was to review a draft of the Teacher Professional Development Needs
Assessment survey. This assessment tool will enable the teacher to give direct input to the South Region
GREAT Center training coordinator as to how she may best help them to achieve their personal
professional development goals. These goals will be correlated to the Teacher Credential Model using
the CreDits software. (A revised copy of the assessment instrument is attached for further committee
review and input.)

The next meeting of the South Region GREAT Center will be held on August 5, 2004 at the
Student Union Building, room 221 A&B on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville. A
reminder will be sent to the committee members in July.

Items that were tabled for further discussion at the August 5th meeting include:
       The Teacher Credential Model
       Program interaction with workforce development
       Data analysis of ACES
       Refresher courses of ACES
       Location of training sites and scheduling of any multi-day trainings
       Cooperative Learning Workshops
       Professional development for support staff

Committee members are encouraged to submit any agenda items they would like addressed to the South
Region GREAT Center. Submissions for agenda items and nominations for trainers may be sent to:

      Dr. Rebecca Davis
      Training Coordinator
      South Region GREAT Center
      MSC 147
      700 University Blvd.
      Kingsville, TX 78363

      Office Phone: 361-593-4257                      Office Fax: 361-593-4263 or 2859