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                                   www.coabe.org                                      September 2017
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Watch our videos designed to promote and advocate for adult education and literacy.


We're pairing research and
practice for our members!
Download the full schedule  HERE.
Topics include reading, work-based instruction,
program management, ELA, citizenship,
and much more!

This month's topic is: 
Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA)
Generou sl y sponsored by

Professional Development Webinars (FREE)

When: Wednesday, September 13th at 2:00 p.m. EDT
Presenter: Cynthia MacLeay Campbell

Title: Preparing Yourselves and Your Adult Students for Success in WIOA: Teaching Best Career Practices with WorkWise!

The world of work has changed drastically in the last ten years! Even for us seasoned professionals, the changes in job searching and implementing WIOA make us wish we had fairy dust. In this workshop, you will learn some of the latest best practices in career exploration, job searching, and job success that can help both you and your adult students. You will learn ways to build your learners' reading, writing, and critical thinking skills while learning key job readiness principles. Adult education students may think that finding the career of their dreams is a magical process. In reality, there are steps that learners can take. Even without magic, we can help our adult learners work to make their dreams come true.

Generously sponsored by   
When: Wednesday, September 20th at 2:00 p.m. EDT
Presenters: Judy Mortrude & Lauren Walizer

Title: Ability to Benefit: Connecting WIOA and Student Financial Aid to Educate Low-Skilled Students

Description: Ability to Benefit (ATB) reduces barriers to accessing higher education for individuals without a high school credential. It also allows institutions to reach and serve these individuals by partnering with adult basic education and better integrate their provision of financial aid with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) efforts the institution may already be undertaking. This session will explain when financial aid can be awarded to ATB students, show how ATB unites student aid (like Pell Grants), WIOA, and Perkins Act activities, and provide examples of how it is being leveraged in institutions and states.  
Generously sponsored by    

Social Media Specialist

Workforce Support Specialist
The Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center

e-Learning Support Specialist
The Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center

Penn State University

Data and Technology Support Specialist
Penn State University

National Partner

NAEHS's goal is to see adult education students' achievements receive recognition. This is done by the local NAEHS chapter, through an induction ceremony. Honorees receiving such recognition fulfill the program's purpose of building the students' self esteem and assisting them to find jobs or pursue higher education. Click here to learn more.  

James P. Pappas Scholarship

The James P. Pappas Scholarship honors Dr. James P. Pappas for his dedication to and support of the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame and for his contributions to the field of continuing education. The scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, is an annual award made by the Hall of Fame to an adult education major (undergraduate or graduate student) working toward the completion of a higher education degree.

For eligibility requirements, application with recommendation forms, and other information about the scholarship, visit the Hall of Fame website.
Application deadline: September 15, 2017
September 24 - 30, 2017

National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week is an opportunity to come together as a field to celebrate adult education! There are a number of tools below that have been developed to assist you in your efforts.
  • Issue a proclamation in honor of Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. 
  • Join the dedicated social media channels on Twitter and Facebook and campaign hashtags #educate&elevate and #AEFLWeek to support National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week in September 2017.
  • Access super easy tools to contact your legislator, reminding them about the importance of Adult Education HERE.
  • Arrange or conduct a site visit with a legislator. Access easy tools to support your efforts HERE.
  • Send a quick email to your legislator HERE.

There are many additional tools available on our Educate and Elevate national public awareness website HERE.

Do you know someone who is outstanding
in the field of adult education?

COABE recognizes the following areas of excellence:
    • Outstanding Teacher - $10,000 Award
    • Outstanding Administrator - $10,000 Award
    • Outstanding Adult Learner - $10,000 Award
    • Outstanding Workplace - $2,000 Award
    • State Innovations (new this year) - $2,000 Award

Get the details, and nominate someone today!

COABE's 2017 Virtual Conference will take place on October 25 & 26, 2017. We plan to have 16 - 20 sessions offered by our strand partners, 
over the course of two days,  as well as a virtual exhibit hall, just like last year.  

State associations and state directors can purchase registration for the entire state, for just $500. Individuals may register at $25 per day or $50 for both days. Register today!

Additionally, w e will provide 50 mini grants to current members. The deadline for applications is September 15, 2017. Click below to apply.

This conference will showcase our top national presenters and is provided by a partnership with McGraw-Hill Education.
New Fact Sheets: Immigrants & Middle-Skill  
Jobs in TX & AR
Immigrant workers play an important role in meeting the demand for middle-skill workers. NSC's new fact sheets highlight the importance of investing in workers' skills to ensure that they can fill in-demand positions in two states: Texas and Arkansas.
Both states have robust immigrant populations. Texas is a longtime gateway for newcomers, with nearly 5 million immigrant residents. Arkansas is a newer destination state that has seen its foreign-born population quintuple in recent years.
Read more in our latest Skills Blog post here

The Employment Strategies for Low-Income Adults Evidence Review 

Funded by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Employment Strategies for Low-Income Adults Evidence Review (ESER) is a web-based, systematic review of the effectiveness of employment and training programs and strategies for low-income adults. ESER aims to provide practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and the general public with a transparent and systematic assessment of the research evidence for effectiveness of programs designed to improve the employment-related outcomes of low-income adults.
The interactive website allows users to search for results by program studied, by target populations, and in other ways. The website also includes a series of briefs focused on synthesizing and examining employment strategies topics.

To learn more, visit ESER here.

VIP Vendor of the Month

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