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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 Development 
Generously sponsored by

Professional Development Webinars (FREE)

"Thank you for the workshop. Your speaker was terrific, giving very specific examples which I could understand and use in my classroom." 

When: December 7th, at 2PM EST
Presenter: Wendy Scheder-Black

Title:  I-Better: Successes and Lessons Learned through Implementing I-BEST Programs

Description:  This webinar will focus on what we learned through implementing two different Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) pilot programs, one for ABE/ASE students and one for English language learners.  Through implementation of these two pilot programs, we learned what to do, and what NOT to do, in program identification, student recruitment, co-planning and co-teaching, assessment of progress, and transitioning to employment. Join us to learn from our mistakes and successes and make your I-BEST program I-Better!

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When: December 16th, 2PM EST
Presenters: Judy Mortrude, Eric Nesheim, Karen Wolters

Title: Adult Education and WIOA:  How to Work Effectively with State and Local Workforce Boards  

Description:  Join us to discuss the value of working with your local and state workforce investment boards. With the new WIOA authorization, ABE (Adult Basic Education) has become a more important player in the workforce world. Learn about the spectrum of career pathway work required under WIOA, the role of local WDBs (Workforce Development Board) and how ABE can play a key role in career pathways integrated education and training. Representatives from both a local and a state WDB in Minnesota will share thoughts on the process of securing representation, what it has meant to the field and some successes and challenges that they have experienced through the partnership  



March 8-10, 2017
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April 26-28, 2017
Call for Presenters




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COABE Virtual Conference 
This conference showcased some of our top national presenters and was provided by a partnership with McGraw-Hill Education.

You may still purchase a registration and access the archived presentations for up to six months after the event which took place on October 25-26, 2016. Only $25 a day for current members.  Register today (HERE)!

Our local Adult Basic Education agency has received national attention. An official with the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) invited Pat Thomas, director of Southwest ABE, to present to a national forum on how her agency is able to help more people by collaborating with a variety of community partners. COABE's virtual conference took place October 25 and October 26.


Math Talk
offers online interactive 
math tutorials for Adult Education students through social media. The program guides students and potential high school equivalency testers through algebra, geometry, word problems, and everyday math, preparing them for the HSE Exam. SubscribeLike or Follow.

Conference Mini Grant Winners Announced!

Over 500 members from around the country applied for one of fifty mini grants to attend the COABE 2017 conference, in Orlando, FL, on April 2-5, 2017. With special thanks to our mini review grant committee--comprised of Rhea Watson, Brooke Istas, Jolea Bryant, Angela Day, Natasha Murray, Cindy Siratt, DeAnn Gatlin, and Michael Matos--the winners of the mini grants have been selected. Click (HERE) to find out if you were selected and to review the winners' names! Contact info@coabe.org, if you have any questions. 

Registration is OPEN!
Attendees              Exhibitors 
The conference is generously sponsored by:
McGraw Hill GED Testing Service

Conference Presentations Accepted!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a proposal. Also, a special thanks to our presentation committee reviewers--comprised of Don Finn, Sara Gutting and Kim Olson. We received an overwhelming amount of presentation proposals this year for our upcoming COABE 2017 conference, in Orlando, FL, on April 2-5, 2017.  The initial session schedule should be out around 12/15/16.  Please be sure to watch out for emails so that you can confirm your presentation date, time, and descriptions.  Please remember that all presenters must be registered by December 31, 2016 in order to guarantee their presentation slot.  Also, all presenters must have current membership with COABE.  If you are unsure of your membership you can contact info@coabe.org.  
Deadline is January 31, 2107

COABE Board of Directors 

Are you interested in serving at the national level on our Board of Directors?

Open positions are:

Our leadership initiatives are generously sponsored by our corporate sponsor:
GED Testing Service   

COABE Government Relations Report

The 2016 national election results are in, and Donald J. Trump is President-elect and Governor Mike Pence is Vice President-elect. In addition--since the Republicans maintained their majorities in both the Senate and the House--for the first time since 2010, one party will control both the White House and Congress. 

U.S. Department of Education Launches
$680,000 Challenge for Virtual and
Augmented Reality Learning Experiences
The U.S. Department of Education today launched the EdSim Challenge, a $680,000 competition to design the next-generation of educational simulations that strengthen career and technical skills. The Challenge calls upon the virtual reality, video game developer, and educational technology communities to submit concepts for immersive simulations that will prepare students for the globally competitive workforce of the 21st century.

"This initiative is an exciting example of how virtual reality and game technologies can be applied to give students everywhere the tools to prepare for future success," said Johan Uvin, Acting Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education. "We encourage developers from all disciplines to answer our call and help define the future of applied learning."


The Dollar General Literacy Foundation and the Ad Council launched new public service ads (PSAs) on behalf of the Finish Your Diploma campaign. The ads provide adults with the information and encouragement needed to earn a high school equivalency diploma. The new PSAs celebrate adult learners and reinforce the idea that no one does it alone.
As literacy champions, we wanted to share the campaign materials and toolkit with you. We hope the toolkit and fun social media opportunities are useful for your organization's efforts to inspire others and increase awareness for the cause. We also hope that, like us, you are inspired by the stories of the four individuals featured in the campaign who recently finished their high school educations.
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