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TCALL History & Purpose

Our Mission
(The reason we exist):

To provide a centralized resource for collaborative networking, knowledge, and service for those meeting the literacy needs of adult learners and their families.

(The Future We Aspire to):

We want to be recognized in Texas and nationally as a resource, service, and research center for literacy educators and leaders.

Core Values
(Our Strongly Held Beliefs):

  • Service
  • Leadership
  • Collaboration
  • Research Quality
  • Responsiveness

TCALL was created in 1989 by the Board of Regents at Texas A&M University with the purpose of helping to reduce the incidence of adult illiteracy in Texas. As the state literacy resource center, TCALL's purpose has evolved into responding to the needs of those who provide literacy services to Texas’ adult education and family literacy learners.

The primary funded project at TCALL from 1989 through mid 2014 was the Adult Literacy Clearinghouse, an adult education state leadership activity funded for 14 years under Texas Education Agency, then under Texas Workforce Commission beginning in fall 2013.

In June 2014 and again in June 2016, Texas Workforce Commission selected TCALL through competitive procurement processes to be funded as the statewide Adult Education and Literacy Professional Development Center, while continuing its role as the resource and communication hub as well. (See TRAIN PD @ TCALL project activities here.)

Results (The Difference We Make/Who We Serve and How):

  • As your state Adult Education and Literacy Professional Development and Resource Center, we provide access to research-based training, knowledge, services, information, and resources for the field of adult education and literacy.
  • We support the field’s pursuit of excellence by anticipating and responding to their needs and national trends.
  • We enable practitioners to connect with each other as well as with state leadership by providing a central communication network.
  • We support quality Adult Education and Literacy programs by facilitating and supporting other statewide capacity building and innovation initiatives.

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