What Is Project GREAT?
The Project GREAT (Getting Results Educating Adults in Texas) Adult Education and Family Literacy Regional Centers of Excellence are Texas LEARNS' answer to the professional development needs of Adult Education and Family Literacy practitioners in Texas.
Eight (8) Project GREAT Centers are funded as federal State Leadership activities by the Texas Workforce Commission. The Coastal Region GREAT Center provides many types of training:
- Adult Basic Education (ABE)
- General Education Development (GED)
- English as a Second Language (ESL)
- Literacy and basic skills
- Workforce literacy
- Learning disabilities
- Cross-cultural communication
- All state training needs as identified by Texas LEARNS
The goals of the Coastal Region GREAT Center are to:
- Coordinate regional training activities for Adult Education and Family Literacy programs;
- Meet the local professional development needs for technical assistance, technology assistance, and scientific-research based instruction;
- Collaborate with the local workforce development system to meet the Adult Education professional development needs of workforce staff;
- Implement, in conjunction with Texas LEARNS and the other GREAT Centers, a model for the development of master teachers that includes a process for mentoring other teachers, and the development of action research and project based initiatives,
- Facilitate and coordinate the regional implementation of statewide initiatives, including, but not limited to: the implementation of Adult Education Content Standards, BEST Plus and TABE assessment training, TEAMS training and training on the use of data for program improvement, and training on cross-cultural communications.
The Coastal Region GREAT Center serves regional Adult Education Co-op Affiliates, Adult Education for TANF Recipients Programs, Corrections Education Programs, EL Civics Programs, Even Start Programs, Faith-Based Literacy Programs, Literacy Texas -ProLiteracy America Affiliates, Local Literacy Councils, and many other Adult Education and Family Literacy Programs.
You can read more in this article, "Project GREAT to Provide PD for Texas," by Frederico Salas, Assistant Director, Texas LEARNS, via this link: Literacy Links, Vol. 8 No. 1, December 2003.
The purpose of the Coastal GREAT Center of Excellence is to carry out coordination activities for regional training for Adult Education and Family Literacy Programs in collaboration with Texas LEARNS, Texas Workforce Commission, local Adult Education Directors, TCALL, and the Texas Family Literacy Resource Center, with the goal of meeting the local professional development needs of Adult Educator and Family Literacy providers while driven by national initiatives.