Texas Adult Education and Literacy Quarterly

Hello all,

The new, winter issue of the Texas Adult Education and Literacy Quarterly is now available online or free by mail.  It includes such interesting articles as:

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, 

Meet the TRAIN PD Specialists, 

Regional Financial Literacy Initiative Receives Funding From U.S. Institute of Museum & Library Services, 

Tarrant Literacy Coalition Grand Opening, 

Local Libraries Offer Bilingual Learning Program for Children, 

Meaningful Work Supports Students to Achieve Their Goals, Imperative Collaborations, 

TCALL Bits and Bytes, 

Using Tablets and Smart Phones to Help Students Improve Their English, 

Integrating Technology in Classrooms with Limited Access - Part Two, 

Free Online Trainings, 

Meet the TRAIN PD Specialists, and

Welcome to Our Library.


To access this resource, go to: http://www-tcall.tamu.edu/newsletr/pub15.htm 

Kudos to TCALL for offering such an outstanding resource for adult educators.

Rochelle Kenyon, SME




Thank you so much Rochelle, for sharing our newest edition of the Texas Adult Education and Literacy Quarterly. Folks can access archived issues as well by visiting our website at: http://www-tcall.tamu.edu/publicationtoc.htm

We are always looking for new and exciting resources for teachers and volunteers that can be implemented in the classroom. We accept articles from outside Texas, and in some cases, even award a stipend. Please visit our publication information at the web address above for more information.

Thanks again, Rochelle!



Hello Debra,

Thanks for your comment.  I have been a reader of the Texas Adult Education and Literacy Quarterly for many years.  Each quarter, there are always so many articles that I am interested in and that are pertinent to our practice.  I hope that are members who are not already familiar with this publication take the opportunity to check it out.

Rochelle Kenyon, SME


Thanks, Rochelle, for bringing our attention to this resource. I downloaded the pdf and got caught up in reading the practitioner-friendly articles. One I found of especial interest was Glenda Rose's article on working in classrooms that are low on digital resources. In one paragraph Glenda writes:

The final recommendation I would make here is to ask around to get a couple of laptops or computers in your classroom. Some technophiles like myself replace their laptops every year and donate the old ones. (I used to raffle mine off. Students earned raffle tickets every day they were on time for a month before the raffle. It was amazing what that did for attendance.) I also got a laptop for free by talking to the manager of a local electronics store. I got a dozen old desktop computers when the U.S. Treasury in Austin upgraded. They were completely wiped clean, and I had to go to TechSoup ( www.techsoup.org) to purchase operating systems for them, but they lasted for more than ten years. You can also check with programs like EveryoneOn ( http:// everyoneon.org/) to see if discounted computers or Internet Access are available in your area.  http://www-tcall.tamu.edu/newsletr/pdf/15-TAELQWinter.pdf

I was wondering if anyone else has ideas for ramping up the digital access in their classroom?

Miriam Burt

SME, Adult  ELL CoP


It is no news that many students now have smartphones and either have no computer, old virus-ridden ones or ones held captive by other family members.  Smartphones are okay, but I think for those typing documents, for example, it is better to have a device with a keyboard if possible. So it really is crucial for us find ways such as Glenda did to help our students get the use of a laptop.  (Don’t forget to ask if they have tablets. You might be surprised!) If we can’t do what Glenda did, if at all possible, we need to try to work toward a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom.  

I have to share how delighted a teacher was this week to learn just how easy it was to set up a modem with a built-in Wi-Fi router. He plugged in the power cable and waited for devices to pick up the signal. Then he walked through how to connect and add in the password on the side of the modem.  Now he can give Internet access to 10 students in his class.  He was using the CLEAR Hub Express available on everyoneon.org/adulted for teachers and programs for only $39 and $10 dollars a month.  If students have the laptops or tablets, depending on the setting, it can be well worth the dollar a month to give ten students Internet access.

Steve Quann

World Education

Hi Steve,

Thanks for jumping in to this discussion.  I love hearing about success stories - whether they are about our adult education students or our teachers and staff.

For those group users that are not familiar with everyoneon.org/adulted >, will you please tell us more about that website?

Thanks for your participation.

Rochelle Kenyon, SME


Hi Rochelle,

My apologies for not responding sooner. All of a sudden my spam filter decided to capture LINCS postings. Thank you for asking me to share more about Everyone On. 

Everyone On is a non-profit that is working on the digital divide. By putting in your zip code you and adult learners can find:

  • low-cost Internet service
  • desktops, laptops and tablets
  • free digital literacy courses  

What is also key to know is many of these low-cost offers are available to adult educators and programs. Learn more about this arrangement made with OCTAE, by reading their blog

Steve Quann

World Education, Inc