November 28, 2016

DFW Symposium


Elia Moreno is the author of Living Intentionally, a book that depicts her own personal journey and hard-earned insights on how to impact the lives of others in just 90 seconds. She acts as the Community Engagement Manager for Cal Farley's, one of America's largest privately-funded child and family support providers specializing in both residential and community-based services. In addition to her role with Cal Farley's, Elia serves as the Director of Community Outreach for the No Excuses University Network of Schools, a growing network of 250 schools who promote college readiness for all students, especially those living in poverty. Elia serves on many boards and committees including a state board, Texas Christian Community Development Board. Elia is bilingual, and a master at assisting organizations and individuals who seek to implement fresh ways to connect with those living in poverty. Elia was recently selected as a 2015 USA Unites Award Winner, by USA Network and Suddenlink.


Attendees will spend the morning learning with Elia, who will discuss the following topics in literacy:

  • What is the link between low literacy and poverty?
  • How does this impact our work with adult learners and their children?
  • How can we use this knowledge in the classroom to help students succeed?
  • How should we use this information to recruit volunteers to help in this work?
  • How do we reach out to those at the lowest levels of literacy to bring them into our programs and offer them services?

Elia will also be sharing nine principles of interacting with others that will change your program, your students, and you.

The luncheon speaker is Karen Guida, Director of Adult Basic Literacy Education at Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT). After lunch, the remainder of the symposium will be spent in groups, identifying strategies from the presentation and discussing how they can be used to enhance literacy instruction in the DFW area.

Please note that this event is free, but space is limited and registration is required.
On-site lunch is available for $10; payment may be completed during registration.

Date & Location

Saturday, February 11, 2017
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Lighthouse Student Building
First Baptist Church Arlington
300 S Center St, Arlington, TX 76010

Parking: Park in the parking lot across from the Student Building, which you may enter from either UTA Blvd. or Center Street (see map). Then walk across to the Student Building. BE SURE you park in a spot that is designated for First Baptist Church Arlington. If you park in an undesignated space, you may receive a ticket.

A detailed map of the campus is available here.