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

When: February 15th, at 2PM EST
Presenter: Amanda Bergson-Shilcock

Title: Advocating for Adult Education: How to advance state and federal policies that support your learners.

Description:  Adult educators have a unique perspective to offer when it comes to advocating for adult education -- because educators have on-the-ground experience with adult learners. In this webinar, learn how you can connect the dots between the people you serve and the policies that affect them. Get an overview of key federal and state policies that can provide greater opportunity for adult learners. Find out how you as an adult education advocate can educate policymakers about these issues. Learn about free tools and resources that you can use to advance new policies in your state. And get examples of adult education and skills policy successes that you can build on!

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When: February 21st, 2PM EST
Presenter: Margie McHugh

Title: Ensuring Immigrants' Access to WIOA: Data and Advocacy Tools for Adult Educators

Description: Federally-funded adult basic education and English literacy services are crucial for immigrant and refugee integration. In this webinar, get a detailed overview of issues relating to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), including concerns about how to ensure service to individuals with the lowest levels of education and English proficiency. You'll learn about key challenges created by WIOA and its proposed regulations, and strategies that can be used to help ensure equitable service access for diverse learners. In addition, you'll get a practical demonstration of how to obtain detailed socio-demographic data on learner needs in your community, enabling you to inform policy and planning conversations.
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DOL issues new guidance on serving immigrants
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New policy guidance issued by the US Dept of Labor will be of interest to immigrant advocates and adult educators.

The guidance, known as Training and Employment Notice (TEN), focuses on best practices in serving English language learners, immigrants, and refugees in the public workforce system. It spotlights innovative examples of such services from around the United States.

Learn more in NSC's latest Skills Blog post.


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On January 20th, COABE sent an open letter ( HERE) to President Trump highlighting the importance of adult education. We believe that now more than ever, we must ensure that we continually educate our legislators on the value of adult education.

Less than a week later, on January 26th, COABE and NAEPDC co-hosted an advocacy webinar,  generously sponsored by ETS HiSET, to provide our field with tools and resources for raising awareness and visibility, along with new advocacy skills for use during this new administration. More than 1,500 members registered for the webinar, which received a rating of 4.8 out 5 stars. To view the webinar and resources, click  HERE. Contact advocacy@coabe.org to add your name to our contact network. #adultedtrump #adultedunited

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The Institute for Educational Leadership Welcomes Johan Uvin as New President!

Washington, DC
January 17, 2017
The Board of Directors of the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) announces Dr. Johan Uvin, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the U.S. Department of Education, as the sixth president of the Institute. Uvin succeeds Martin Blank, who served as IEL President, since 2009, and remains the Director of the Coalition for Community Schools.

Be sure to join GED Testing Service for our next Tuesdays for Teachers webinar! Take a deeper dive into strategies and techniques that will help your students pass the GED® test, in this upcoming webinar:
Math Functions - Why Do I Need to Know About Them?
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017
  • 3:30 - 5:00 PM ET / 2:30 - 4:00 PM CT
Join the GEDTS professional development team as they explore the High Impact Indicator of functions in real-world situations. Learn how to make activities real and accessible to students at different points in their mathematical development. From math practices and resources to lesson plans to online professional development opportunities for you to explore, this webinar will provide you with ideas on how to teach the basics of functions in your GED® Prep Math classroom.
Want to get up to date on your professional development? Check out the Tuesdays for Teachers webinar page for archived professional development webinars and the 2017 calendar of events.

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Adults with Disabilities  

At OCTAE's August 2016 State Directors Meeting, Johan noted that "30% of adults without a high school diploma have a disability while only 15% in the general population do." 
The Council of State Governments and the National Conference of State Legislatures have recently published Work Matters:  A Framework for States on Workforce Development for People with Disabilities