Aberg Center for Literacy receives Dallas Women's Foundation Grant

Aberg Center for Literacy have received a 2016 Dallas Women's Foundation grant. 

Dallas Women's Foundation grantees are chosen because they contribute to a "positive social and economic change for women and girls". This important grant was awarded to Aberg Center in large part as a result of our Early Childhood and Family Literacy Programs, which allow women who have young children to continue their education without the burden and added expense of costly childcare, while providing key support to those mothers through family education. Currently 65% of Aberg Center for Literacy students are women or girls. 

The Dallas Women's Foundation, the largest regional women's fund in the world, is a trusted leader in advancing positive social and economic change for women and girls. The foundation "provides grants to North Texas organizations that drive change in our community, and in our world, by unlocking resources for women and elevating the dialogue around women's issues".

Aberg Center for Literacy is greatly honored to be a recipient of this grant and look forward to implementing the funding to further develop the program to serve more and more women in need with key literacy programs that aim to improve lives, strengthen families, and break the cycle of poverty. 

Aberg Center for Literacy Receives Jack Lowe Sr. Award for Community Leadership from the Dallas Bar Association

Left to Right: Jerry Alexander, Peter Aberg, Shana Harrison, Janet Schoenecker and Katie Anderson

Left to Right: Jerry Alexander, Peter Aberg, Shana Harrison, Janet Schoenecker and Katie Anderson


On Friday, October 14th the Dallas Bar Association presented Aberg Center for Literacy with the prestigious Jack Lowe Sr. Award for Community Leadership during their Education Symposium at the Belo Mansion.

Members of Aberg Center's Staff, Board of Directors, and Advocate Council were on hand to accept the award from Dallas Bar Association President Jerry Alexander (pictured: far left).

The award honors Jack Lowe Sr., founder of TDIndustries and former Salesmanship Club President who served as chairman of the Multiracial Dallas Alliance Education Task Force in the 1970s and led the fight to desegregate Dallas schools.

Past award winners have included:

Past recipients of the Jack Lowe Sr. Award include Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship of Greater Dallas (2013), Vickery Meadow Learning Center (2012), Jubilee Park (2011) and Former DISD Superintendent Linus Wright (2009).

"We are tremendously honored to receive this award," said Aberg Center Executive Director Shana Harrison, "and to be in such prestigious company with those who have won this award in the past."

"We believe that the fight to advance literacy in Dallas is at the core of overcoming such issues as poverty and racial inequality, issues Mr. Jack Lowe Sr. fought passionately against. We would like to thank the Dallas Bar Association and President Jerry Alexander for their advocacy of Aberg Center for Literacy and their support for equality in education here in North Texas."

The event featured a number of speakers and panels, including a discussion with DISD Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa, the Keynote speaker at Aberg Center's Legacy of Literacy Breakfast on October 27th.

Thank you to our Legacy of Literacy Breakfast 2016 Sponsors!


A big thank you to the 2016 Legacy of Literacy Breakfast sponsors for supporting adult and family literacy and for making the event possible. 

We are ecstatic to have Dr. Michael Hinojosa as this year’s keynote speaker and to honor Krys Boyd on Thursday, October 27 at Belo Mansion from 7:30 to 9 a.m.  Yes, we know it’s early, but we promise that the experience is worth getting out of bed extra early! 

Get your tickets NOW!

Presenting Sponsor


Gold Sponsors


Peter and Susan Aberg
John and Mary Beecherl
Sapphire Foundation, Inc.

Silver Sponsors


Trammell S. Crow
Ann Parrish
Rob and Marian Richmond
Andy and Patty Smith
Mike and Mary Terry
Phillip Wiggins

Bronze Sponsors

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Michele Bobadilla
Becky and Randy Clontz   
Holly Greef
Joan D. Hodges
Mignon Jones
Tom and Jennifer Karol
Jim and Candace Krause
Conway and Chris McDanald
Eugene McDermott Foundation
Murchison Capital Partners, L.P.
Scot and Anne O’Brien
Maurice and Diane Purnell
Maury and Kim Purnell
Steve and Cathy B. Saxon
MaryBeth Shapiro
Janet and Marc Schoenecker
Teri Walker
Shannon and Kimberly Wynne

Please join us to celebrate the Legacy of Literacy!

Thursday, October 27
7:30 to 9:00 am

Belo Mansion
2101 Ross Avenue
Complimentary parking

Legacy of Literacy Breakfast 2016 - Reserve your Table Now!


The 2016 Legacy of Literacy Breakfast will be held on October 27, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Avenue, Dallas. 

We are excited to have The Dallas Morning News return as our presenting sponsor and Dallas ISD Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa as our keynote speaker. We will also be honoring longtime Aberg Center supporter KERA 90.1 Think Host Krys Boyd with the Aberg Literacy Advocate Award.

About Dr. Hinojosa - Dallas is home to Dr. Hinojosa. A graduate of Sunset High School, he started his career in education as a teacher and coach at W.H. Adamson High School. He has two sons who graduated from Hillcrest High School. He served an initial term as superintendent in Dallas ISD from 2005-2011, and returned as interim superintendent in July 2015. In October 2015, the Board of Trustees formally approved his return to the district as superintendent.  As someone who has experienced our public schools as a student, parent and leader, his expectations for Dallas ISD are high. He has implemented key initiatives, including the Teacher Excellence Initiative, more Public School Choice opportunities, and expanded Early Childhood and Career and Technical Education programs—all of which impact our Aberg Center families.

About Krys Boyd - Krys has been host and managing editor of the midday talk show Think since 2006. She began her career along the U.S.-Mexico border, working simultaneously at radio and television stations. A graduate of TCU, she returned to North Texas in 1999 and worked at Broadcast.com and Yahoo before joining KERA in 2001. At Think she has been a champion of literacy and has generously shared her time and talent with Aberg Center as a host and supporter of multiple organizational events, such as this Spring's Literacy in Motion.

To purchase your tickets or table for the Legacy for Literacy Breakfast CLICK HERE

For more information about Legacy of Literacy Breakfast please contact Shana Harrison at sharrison@abergcenter.org or 214-826-6501, ext. 105


New Aberg Center Location Approved for this Fall!


Aberg Center for Literacy and Casa Linda United Methodist have teamed up this fall to provide tuition free educational services to the Far East Dallas area.

The church is located at 1800 Barnes Bridge Avenue in Dallas, north-east of White Rock Lake, near the corner of Jupiter and Garland Rd. Casa Linda UMC were one of multiple locations explored over the summer.  Their church leadership, led by Rev. David Rangel, their large Spanish speaking congregation, and their energetic and committed parishioners made them the perfect partner for Aberg Center's second location. In addition, the heavily hispanic Casa Linda neighborhood had a great need for Aberg Center services and will, hopefully, prove fertile ground for it's expansion.

Programs at Casa Linda UMC will start in the Fall with English Fluency (ESL), Health and Financial Literacy classes. In the near future, Aberg Center hopes to add Early Childhood services, Computer Literacy, Employment Readiness, Adult Education in Spanish, and High School Equivalency (GED) in English. 

Registration will be between August 15th and Sept 2nd, from 9am-2pm, with classes starting the following week.

For more information contact Aberg Center for Literacy at 214-826-6501

Board of Directors Officers Elected!

Last week Aberg Center announced our new Board of Directors and Advocacy Council members. This week, we have our new Board Officers! Elections happened last Wednesday, with 2 of the 4 positions welcoming new members, while the other happily stayed status quo. Congratulations to our officers!

Here are our 2016-2017 Officers:

President: Janet Schoenecker

Janet Schoenecker returns as Board President for a second consecutive term. A long-time board member and great supporter of Aberg Center services, we are excited to have her leadership and experience back again.

Vice President: Patricia Camargo Bowles

Patricia Camargo Bowles may be new to the board, but she is not new to Aberg Center. Mrs. Bowles has supported the organization previously as a volunteer and advocate. In 2016-2017 she is taking the plunge into deep water, serving as Vice President in her first term on the board.

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Treasurer: Maury Purnell

Maury Purnell served on the Board of Directors in 2015-2016 and now steps up his involvement taking over as Treasurer. Mr. Purnell will use his extensive background in business development to help maintain the budget for the upcoming year.

Secretary: Ashley Shultz

Ashley Shultz returns for another team as Secretary. The long-time board member brings a wealth of experience and extensive knowledge of the inner workings of the organization to this key position.

We would like to thank exiting officers Mike Carter and Becky Clontz for their exceptional commitment to Aberg Center. Both are moving from the Board to our Advocacy Council where they will remain close to the organization.

New Board of Directors and Advocate Council Announced!

Aberg Center for Literacy would like to formally thank our newly minted Board of Directors and Advocacy Council for 2016-2017.

The Board of Directors works hard behind the scenes to steer Aberg Center, make key decisions, maintain organization's budget, plan events, and raise funds.

The Advocacy Council are ambassadors of Aberg Center, who go the extra mile to spread the word about the organizations programs and services and raise funds four our cause.

Without these two crucial, but often overlooked groups of volunteer supporters Aberg Center would not be able to achieve our goals year-in, year-out. 

For those Board and Advocacy Council members who bid adieu; Peter Aberg, Becky Clontz, Mike Carter and Kiley McGuire; we thank you greatly for your service and are excited to have you all in new roles on the Advocacy Council! 

To those new members of the Board; Andrew Aberg, Patricia Camargo Bowles, Jorge Correa, Elizabeth Kastiel, Monica Ramirez, Kim Simithroaaratchy, and Rachael Singer, welcome to the SPEAK|WRITE|CONNECT family! 

Finally, for our returning board members, we greatly appreciate your continued service, and look forward to your leadership and support again this year!

Here are the new Board of Directors & Advocacy Councils for 2016-2017

Board of Directors

Andrew Aberg
Patricia Camargo Bowles
Erreka Campbell
Jorge Correa
Elizabeth Kastiel
Maury Purnell
Monica Ramirez
Doug Reed
Steve Sale
Janet Schoenecker
Ashley Shultz
Kim Simithraaratchy
Rachael Singer
Evan Stone

Advocacy Council

Peter Aberg
Mary Beecherl
Rita Brooks
Cathy B. Saxon
Mary Carter
Mike Carter
Becky Clontz
Catherine Cuellar
Holly Greef
Mignon Jones
Candace Krause
Jim Krause
Chris McDanald
Michael Moroney
Kiley McGuire
David O'Hara
Jennifer Kinney Parnell
Ann Parrish
Betty Rosenthal
Milo Segner
MaryBeth Shapiro
Candy Slocum
Elizabeth Turner

Our Officers for 2016-2017 will be announced shortly. 

Performer Joaquín Zihuatanejo Reflects on Literacy in Motion


World Slam Poetry Champion and Dallas native Joaquín Zihuatanejo was one of the key contributes to Literacy in Motion, both on stage and behind the scenes where he organized the Aberg Center for Literacy Youth Poetry Contest and worked with event planners to put together the spectacular event. 

Days later, the Zihuantenejo reflected on the amazing experience sharing the stage with the best of the Dallas poetry scene, the up-and-coming young literaries, and of course the U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera.

Here is an excerpt from his blog post on the experience:

Perhaps the highlight of the entire night for me was when JFH preparing to take the stage for his one hour feature said to me backstage minutes before he was scheduled to walk onstage, “Joaquin, there’s a second voice in one of the poems I want to read tonight, will you join me in the poem on stage?” I could not believe. As I said an emphatic “yes” to him I remember thinking to myself, so many years ago I was a skinny mocoso from the barrio with a curse word for the world...how did I get this beauty full life.

The entire reflection, titled "We Gathered in a Flourishing Way" after a Juan Felipe Herrera poem, can be read READ HERE

Aberg Center for Literacy Receives $10,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation


ABERG CENTER for LITERACY Receives $10,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Adult & Family Literacy

Dallas, TX – May 19, 2016 – This week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded ABERG CENTER for LITERACY a $10,000 grant to support adult & family literacy.  This local grant award is part of over $7.1 million in grants awarded to more than 900 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves.

"We are honored to receive such a generous grant from the Dollar General foundation, which will allow us to better serve the community of East Dallas through Adult and Family Literacy programs geared toward promoting multi-generational learning with the ultimate goal of breaking the cycle of poverty." - Shana Harrison, Executive Director of Aberg Center for Literacy.

Aberg Center for Literacy provide tuition free daily ESL, High School Equivalency, and Spanish Education programs as well as a partnering with outside organizations and professionals to provide classes in finance, computer, health, and employment literacy and citizenship.  As part of Aberg Center for Literacy’s multi-generational approach to learning, adult students who have children in the Early Childhood program are required to take a weekly Family Literacy class where they learn parenting skills, share experiences, and are provided with access to resources and information to help empower them as parents and enrich their family life. This year, the Family Literacy program was extended to students who are parents and grandparents of school aged children.

“Consistent with our mission of Serving Others, we are excited to provide these organizations with funding to further literacy and education across the communities we call home,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO.  “It is always so exciting to see the true and meaningful impact the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has on both children and adults looking to improve their lives through literacy."

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $120 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 7.3 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. 

About Aberg Center for Literacy
Aberg Center for Literacy is building richer lives, stronger families, and better communities through programs in English fluency, preparation for high school equivalency in English and Spanish, early childhood education, and family literacy, visit www.abergcenter.org

About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education as part of the company’s mission of Serving Others for over 20 years.  Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $120 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 7.3 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.org.

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years through its mission of Serving Others. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, clothing for the family, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operates 12,483 stores in 43 states as of January 29, 2016. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America's most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg's, General Mills, and PepsiCo. For more information on Dollar General, please visit www.dollargeneral.com.

Dallas Morning News Profiles Juan Felipe Herrera and Literacy in Motion


In anticipation for next Thursday's LITERACY IN MOTION event, and to celebrate his second term as U.S. Poet Laureate, the Dallas Morning News profiled Juan Felipe Herrera today.

Here is an excerpt from the profile, written by staff writer Diana Solis.

Herrera fuses languages of English and Spanish into words like sunluz or speaks ofbendita rainbows. Sometimes he drops in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs that peppers so much of Mexico’s Spanish. Other times, he will sprinkle in Caló, an edgy, inventive slang of the bilingual.

In his poem “Let Us Gather in a Flourishing Way,” he writes, “Let us gather in a flourishing way with sunluz grains abriendo los cantos … to breathe todos en el camino blessing seeds to give to grow maiztlán en las manos de nuestro amor.”

He uses all the languages to expand the alchemy but also to heal.

CLICK HERE to read the entire article.

You can see Juan Felipe Herrera live at the Latino Cultural Center on May 12th @ 7pm along with a host Dallas' most talented poets and performers. TICKETS are on sale now. 

Winner Announced for the 2016 Aberg Center for Literacy Youth Poetry Contest!

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The poems have been processed, the meter measured, and couplets considered - and what has emerged from the days-long deliberation by Aberg Center staff, volunteers, and contest organizer, World Poetry Slam Champion Joaquín Zihuatanejo, is a definitive Winner of the 2016 Aberg Center for Literacy Youth Poetry Contest. 

And that winner is (drum roll.....)

KATRINA CSAKY of Highland Park Middle School

(crowd goes wild) 

Congratulations to Katrina for taking home the $200 grand prize, plus all the bragging rights that go along with being crowned a poetry champion! 

And congratulations to our other finalists for making it through the grueling elimination rounds and placing in the Top 5. The final decision was very difficult and all five finalists should be very proud of their accomplishment. Those finalists in order:

2nd Place - CINDY REN of Highland Park High School (Winner - $100 prize)
3rd Place - JORDAN ALLEN of Skyline High School (Winner - $50 prize)
4th Place - MELISSA PUENTE of A. Maceo Smith High School (Winner - $30 prize)
5th Place - SITA BHANDARI of Conrad High School (Winner - $25 prize)

In addition to prizes, the 5 finalists will have their name and excerpts from their poems published in the official program of LITERACY in MOTION. The top 18 poems will also be on display in the lobby of the Latino Cultural Center during the event, which features U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and KERA's Krys Boyd. 

Congratulations to our winner, finalists, and all contest participants! Dallas certainly has a groundswell of amazing literary talent to look forward to. 


The Mexican Consulate of Dallas and AVANCE-Dallas Award Aberg Center for Literacy 2016 IME BECAS Grant

On Wednesday, May 5th The Mexican Consulate of Dallas (el Consulado General de México en Dallas) and AVANCE-Dallas teamed up to award their 2016 IME BECAS scholarships. 

This year the IME BECAS scholarship pool doubled from the previous year, with 15 organizations awarded the grant of $10,000. This year,  Aberg Center for Literacy was lucky enough to be one of those awardees!


Aberg Center for Literacy Director Shana Harrison was on hand to accept the scholarship from one of the generous corporate sponsors.

From the AVANCE-Dallas website: 

The IME Becas Scholarship Program funds Adult education programs including financial support for Mexican or Mexican origin adult students to enroll in basic literacy programs, Elementary and Junior High, GED preparation courses, computer skills classes or English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, occupational training and job skills certification; and Higher education programs including financial support for outstanding Mexican or Mexican origin students living in the United States and pursuing a bachelor’s degree.
is made possible through the generous support of the North Texas community.  

Univision were also on hand to record the festivities, which included a number of speeches from key leaders of the Hispanic community in North Dallas. 

The event also marked the final for Octavio Tripp as Mexican Consul to Dallas. Mr. Tripp, a great advocate for education during his time as Consul, has been promoted to a new position.

We would like to thank Mr. Tripp, the Mexican Consulate of Dallas, AVANCE-Dallas, and all of the wonderful sponsors for this great gift and hope to use it to carry out their vision! 

Youth Poetry Contest Finalists Announced!


The ballots have been counted and the finalists have been selected for our Youth Poetry Contest from over 50 entries from across DISD and Dallas area schools.

Congratulations to the finalists (In alphabetical order):
- Jordan Allen
- Sita Bhandari
- Katrina Csaky
- Melissa Puente
- Cindy Ren

The winner will be announced May 3rd on www.abergcenter.org!  The top three Finalists will receive cash prizes in the following amounts:

1st Prize- $200
2nd Prize- $100
3rd Prize- $50

Plus the winner's poem will be printed in the official program for Literacy in Motion - An Evening of poetry and performances with U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera - May 12th, 7pm @ Latino Cultural Center - hosted by Krys Boyd of KERA's Think.

The top 18 entries qualified to have their poetry displayed at the event, which will also feature live performances from a group of captivating local poets, including Jason EdwardsJonathan Gno White, and Jason Carney, founder of the DallasPoetrySlam.com and slam champion Clebo Rainey, and World Poetry Slam Champion Joaquin Zihuatanejo

 For more info on this event CLICK HERE


Generous Donors make Literacy in Motion Possible!

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Thank you to the following underwriters and donors for their generous support of our upcoming spring fundraiser LITERACY in MOTION:

Jim and Lynn Moroney Family Foundation

The Perot Foundation  

Peter and Susan Aberg
Mary Ann and Craig Moore
Patty and Andy Smith

Doming A. Garcia Attorney at Law
John and Marty Eisenlohr
Holly Greef
Ann Parrish
Deedie Rose
Evan Stone
Phillip Wiggins

Kate Kingman Interiors
Nell Beck
Charles Hickox
Chris and Conway McDanald
Maurice and Diane Purnell

We would also like to thank our COMMUNITY PARTNERS for their contributions:



Dallas Public Library releases new GED Scholarship


Atmos Energy and the Dallas Public Library have teamed up on a new GED Scholarship for students seeking financial assistance to earn their High School Equivalency. 

The scholarship, which is awarded to worthy students who have proven both their need for financial assistance, and their readiness for the GED test. Interested students must fit the following conditions:

  • Currently or previously enrolled in a Dallas Public Library GED preparation class OR currently or previously enrolled in a community partner’s GED preparation class.
  • GED Ready in the subject or subjects you wish to test in based on practice test results and instructor verification.
  • Plan to take the tests at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library Atmos Energy GED Testing Center.
  • Submit a completed Dallas Public Library GED Test Scholarship Application and email it to literacy@dallaslibrary2.org.
  • Upon review and approval of your Dallas Public Library GED Test Scholarship Application, students will be notified and provided a test voucher number.
  • Please call 214-671-8291 if you have questions.

The GED can be expensive, especially for those students who may be unemployed or living paycheck-to-paycheck. The full GED® test costs $135. Each partial test costs $33.75. What's more, students may be forced to take a module more than once if they fail, potentially increasing the cost of the test.  Not to mention costs associated with study materials, travel to-and-from the study center, and the investment of hundreds of hours that could otherwise be spent working; when you add it all up, the GED can be a costly endeavor. This scholarship will go a long way to mitigate some of the costs associated with getting your high school equivalency.


GED Testing Service Drops Written Response from Social Studies Module

As part of GED Testing Service's spring initiative to make passing the GED Test more attainable goal for those seeking high-school equivalency, GED Testing Service has officially removed the Written portion from the Social Studies module as of March 1st, while reducing the time allotted to complete that module to 75 minutes.

A good article on the changes implemented by GED Testing service, including the reduction of the Social Studies test, can be found HERE.

It should be noted that the Reasoning through Language Arts and Science modules still include a written response portion, so writing remains a crucial skill required to pass the exam. However, removing the written response from the Social Studies Module reduces its complexity, favoring students with high reading & comprehension skills. Students must now rely on their ability to analyze and compare multiple texts, graphs, charts, and maps to synergize information and data, and make relevant conclusions. 


U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera heads "Literacy in Motion" - An Evening of Poetry and Performance benefiting Aberg Center for Literacy

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will headline a lively evening of poetry and performance benefiting Aberg Center for Literacy on Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m.  The event at the Latino Cultural Center will also spotlight prominent poets and spoken word artists from the Dallas community.


“The son of migrant farm workers, Juan Felipe Herrera’s journey to becoming U.S. Poet Laureate epitomizes the power of literacy to transform lives,” says Shana Harrison, executive director for Aberg Center.  “It is what we are all about at Aberg Center.”

A prolific, award-winning poet and writer, Mr. Herrera, who served as California’s poet laureate from 2012 – 2014, is also a cartoonist, teacher, performer and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth.  The first Latino poet laureate, he earned his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop after earning BA and masters degrees in social anthropology from UCLA and Stanford University, respectively. His introduction to poetry came from his mother who sang, told stories and recited poetry to her young son as they worked in fields or traveled from farm to farm through Southern California.

Moderated by Krys Boyd host of KERA 90.1 FM’s midday talk show Think, the evening will include conversation with Mr. Herrera and poetry performances by Mr. Herrera, World Poetry Slam Champion Joaquin Zihuatanejo and others.

“This is going to be an extraordinary thing not only for Latinos in Dallas or poetry lovers in Dallas but I truly feel that this is going to be astonishing for all of Dallas,” says Mr. Zihuatanejo, an award-winning teacher.  Mr. Zihuatanejo is artistic director for the event, working with producer Michael Moroney, a member of Aberg Center’s advocate council. 

Robert Casper, head of the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress says of Mr. Herrera :  “He speaks poetry in a way that I think is super-inspiring. He's the kind of poet who gives you permission to love poetry, to be excited about it, to be energized by it. To think that it's something freeing and fun but also relevant to the issues we face, the challenges we have; to understanding the world we're in." 

Tickets, $40 each, will be available starting April 1 at www.abergcenter.org.  All seating is reserved. The Latino Cultural Center is located at 2600 Live Oak in Dallas.

State Board of Education Approves Proposal for new High School Equivilency Exams

The Texas State Board of Education and the Texas Education Agency have made it official: GED will no longer be the only show in town for High-School Equivalency. The two tests that have been approved are the HiSET, produced by McGraw-Hill and the TASC, offered by ETS. Although, it may take some time for the HiSET and TASC to gain a foothold in Texas, it is still great news for the landscape of Texas literacy. Previously restricted by the limits of the GED, educators and students now have multiple options, with different testing methodology, formats, and pricing. 

For more information here is the official press release by the TEA.

For comparison sake, here is a brief look at the different tests:


GED Testing Service Lowers Passing Score

Since the release of the updated GED test in 2014, educators and students have struggled to compensate for the sizable leap in complexity and difficulty. GED Testing service vowed to make their graduates more "college ready". However, a recent study by GED Testing Service concluded that the test was deemed too competitiveAs a result GED Testing Service has lowered the minimum passing score for each module of the GED from 150 to 145 effective immediately.

Even better, the change has been made retroactive to January 1st, 2014, meaning that thousands of Texans who would have otherwise have been left studying now can proudly say that they are GED Graduates.  

For more information here is the official information page from GED Testing Service. 

Here is a look at the breakdown of the different scoring categories of GED following the change.


"Aberg Center for Literacy offers Classes & Career Fair" - the Lakewood Advocate

Our good friends at the Lakewood Advocate wrote an article on our recent Career & College Week. Here is an excerpt:

The Aberg Center is located behind St. Matthew’s Cathedral at Ross and Henderson, and they offer ESL and GED classes from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. every day. The daily routine begins with a presentation and is followed by an activity where students gain information and skills that promote educational and career advancement. At the beginning of April, the Aberg Center hosted a three-day Career & College Fair for neighbors who live nearby in Old East Dallas.

Click here to read the whole article.