**Remember to read our featured adult education success stories and innovations for December. You can submit your own success story at our award-winning Education and Elevate campaign website. All submissions will be considered for our 2019 National Adult Learner of the Year. The winner will receive $10,000 at the COABE 2019 Conference.**
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Manager Mondays for Local Program Administrators

In response to requests from the field, COABE is holding a series of leadership training webinars (5 one-hour training events) for local program administrators on a variety of high-need topics. These Manager Mondays will feature state and local practitioners who are tackling the same issues you face each day. Additionally, each webinar will include OCTAE recommended resources. Register today!

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DATE: Tuesday, December 4, 2018
TIME: 2:00 p.m. EDT

Out-of-school youth who are not engaged in school or employment are more likely to engage in destructive behaviors and less likely to support themselves financially. Preparing out-of-school youth for a successful transition to the workforce is essential to ensuring a successful transition to employment and financial stability. Developing a work readiness program for this population can help to ensure workplace success. This webinar discussion will share strategies for infusing work skills into programs for out-of-school youth. Through an interactive webinar discussion, participants will learn about challenges and strategies as well as discuss cultural and economic barriers and implications.

DATE: Friday, December 7, 2018
TIME: 2:00 p.m. EDT

As one of the fastest growing companies on earth, Amazon has made it a priority to offer quality, entry-level positions that can lead to either a career in management or participation in our tuition prepayment program for a certification or associate's degree. To demonstrate our commitment to our hourly workforce, we recently increased our minimum wage to $15 per hour for all entry-level positions across the country, irrespective of location. Whether your students are looking for a long-term career or just to earn extra money, we offer full-time, part-time, seasonal, and flexible schedules for a variety of jobs in urban, suburban, and rural areas. Our basic hiring requirements are only to be at least 18 years old and have a GED ® certificate  or equivalent.

Join us on December 7th, as we discuss hourly employment opportunities and career growth at Amazon, as well as Amazon's Career Choice Program that prepays tuition for degrees in high-demand fields.
DATE: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 
TIME: 2:00 p.m., EST
If you have ever worked with an I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education Skills Training) program, you will know that I-BEST students fast track through both GED® testing and skills training through this nationally recognized instructional model. I-BEST students are quicker than their traditionally enrolled contemporaries to improve their basic skills in reading, writing, and math, complete their GED ® exam, and arrive at a career entry point. The downside to I-BEST is that it's expensive. Heather has taught 4 I-BEST programs and has come to realize that there are ways to replicate components of I-BEST at very low or no additional cost to your program. This webinar will look at how, by making a few simple changes, we can help our traditionally enrolled students also get the best that our programs can offer.

Our Best from I-BEST webinar
sponsored by Burlington English



DATE: Wednesday, December 19, 2018
TIME: 2:00 p.m., EST
David J. Rosen, Ed.D., will describe English language learning circles in public libraries and ESL/ESOL programs and focus on a new kind of learning circle whose focus is helping adult English language learners to use their smartphones for English language learning. "App to Speed" learning circles use free or low-cost online apps designed for low-literacy adult English language learners who may be on waiting lists for classes or who may want to supplement their classroom English language instruction with online learning in language learning sprints in the time they have available during their busy workdays, evenings, and weekends. The webinar is for adult ESL/ESOL teachers and program managers who want to understand what learning circles are and do, how they can learn more about them, and specifically how they can organize learning circles that will help English language learners, whether currently enrolled in classes or not, to use their smartphones to improve their English. Following David's presentation there will an opportunity for questions and comments.
App-to-Speed Learning Circles in Public Libraries and ESL/ESOL Programs webinar
sponsored by Learning Upgrade

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COABE National Award Nominations
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The COABE Journal: Prison Literacy Articles Needed
Have you downloaded the "go-to" resource that more than 11,000 COABE members have accessed? This is the new and improved research to practice adult education journal that is available online to you free of charge. Get your copy of the special Career Pathways edition of the COABE Journal HERE.
The next edition of the journal will focus on prison literacy. We encourage submissions from our members. Manuscripts are due by 1/15/19. Please contact journal@coabe.org if you have questions. 

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