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The 2016 elections were  interesting in many ways!  We are interested in hearing from our members on the subject of encouraging students to vote and providing related materials.

Did your program encourage voter registration or provide any resources or services to students? 

Click HERE to complete our short survey for programs.


We're pairing Research and
Practice for our members!

Download the full schedule 

Topics include reading, work-based instruction, Program Management, ELA Citizenship, and much more!

This month's topic is  
Program Management
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: January 13th, at 2PM EST
Presenter: David Rosen

Title:  Blended Learning for Adult

Description:  We will look at models that integrate face-to-face and online learning and we will discuss the opportunities and challenges involved with implementing them. We will look at "turnkey" models that provide the online presence content in full, with software for class registration, instruction, assessment and progress reports. We will also look at build-it-yourself models that provide a platform for teachers who want to perfectly align what happens in class with online assignments, flipped learning presentations, and supplementary instruction.

Generously sponsored by

When: January 26th, 2PM EST

Title: The Trump Administration and Adult Education: A View from Washington, DC

Description: COABE and the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education invite you to participate in a webinar to discuss what the new Administration may mean for Adult Education. Early signs suggest that we may well face a struggle.
When: January 27th, at 2PM EST 

We will discuss:

* Funding Adult Education in the coming years
* Making the case for Adult Education
* Working together to mobilize our resources to protect, and even grow, Adult Education
* Adult Education on the Hill and in your community
* Media
* Coalition building

We will share:

* Resources
* Tips for effective advocacy
* Best practices

Join us as we gear up to protect Adult Education!

Our advocacy initiatives are generously sponsored by 

Presenter: Janet Slayden 

Title:  The Blended Classroom in
Rural Communities: How to Pull Together Resources on a Small Budget 
Description: Are you an instructor at a small, rural program? Are you looking for new ways to introduce your students to technology but aren't sure how? Does your program run on a tight budget? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this webinar is for you! Learn how to blend free and low-cost resources for your classroom. We will also include a list of resources, lesson plans, and access to an online learning community with ongoing support.



March 8-10, 2017
Save the Date
Call for Presentations

April 11-13, 2017
Click here for details

April 26-28, 2017
Call for Presentations

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 only $25 a day,  for current members.
Register today,  HERE!

Online Resources on Disconnected Youth and Young Adults
The Annie E. Casey Foundation is hosting online resources on disconnected youth and young adults.
Meet IssueLab: Your New Go-To Resource on Disconnected Youth

Casey teamed up with Foundation Center to create a new collection of online resources focused on the millions of youth who are not in school or working. This special IssueLab brings together nearly 140 publications with promising practices, insights, and research focused on helping disconnected youth succeed.
Congratulations to long-time
COABE group member,
Nine Star Education &
Employment Services
on their 40 years of service
to the field of adult education!
Watch this video to take a look at their work and service over the years.

Dear Members,

As we head into the new year, I wanted to share a few important announcements with you!  

After much discussion, due to our strategic planning efforts and input from the field, we have changed our name from  the Commission on Adult Basic Education to the Coalition on Adult Basic Education. We believe that this underscores the true nature of our organization, as our membership base is primarily comprised of state memberships. Additionally, our national and regional conferences are co-hosted by state associations; and our professional development is delivered, in part, by our more than 25 strand partners. Finally, many of our VIP vendors and sponsors provide much needed support to our association, enabling us to provide the level of services we do, at incredibly reduced fees. 

Over the next six months we will continue to roll out our new branding and related promotional items related to this change. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at info@coabe.org.

On another note, as you may recall, earlier this year we asked our members to let us know if they had access to medical and dental insurance benefits, as we understand that many members work on a part-time basis. We heard from nearly 400 members, most of which do not have benefits of any sort. With this in mind, we have worked with Careington, a well-known provider, to offer a health care savings plan for our members. COABE will receive a small commission when members sign up, which we will set aside to customize and increase the options we are able to offer our members. We will be sharing more about this exciting option, and we hope that if you are currently without insurance, this low-cost health savings option will be of value to you as we head into the new year!


Sharon Bonney, Executive Director

Registration OPEN!
Attendees            Exhibitors 
The conference is generously sponsored by:

McGraw Hill GED Testing Service 


Conference Presentations Update

Watch your inbox for your presentation date, time, and description. All presentation change requests must be made by January 15, 2017.  All presenters, including co-presenters, must be registered for the conference and have current membership with COABE.  If you are unsure of your membership status, you can contact info@coabe.org.  
Deadline is January 31, 2107

COABE Board of Directors 

COABE is growing exponentially! Our organization is led by our Executive Director and national Board of Executive Directors. The following positions are open; however, all applications and nominations must be received by 1/15/17.

Open positions are:

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

Adult Learners Campaign

We recently participated in USA Today's Adult Learners campaign, where we united with like minded industry leaders to call attention to the struggles older and non-traditional students are faced with in today's education system and economy, and to help connect adults who are thinking of going back to school with the tools, resources and knowledge they need to achieve the success they deserve. The campaign was distributed through USA TODAY, on December 23, 2016, and is published online.  
Ravi - Keynote Speaker for 2017 COABE Conference

Millennial Mojo - How to bridge the generational
gap though empathy by Ravi Hutheesing,
Global Keynote Speaker - RaviUnites.com

Classroom Grant
Applications Available

At Steelcase Education, we have a strong passion for understanding how learning takes place and how smarter, more active learning spaces can help. That's why we're offering a third cycle of the ALC Grant to provide funding and research for up to 15 Active Learning Centers each year.
After being awarded an Active Learning Center Grant, South Carolina's Saluda Trail Middle School transformed one of its classrooms. Now, teachers tell us their students don't want to leave class.
This site was c reated by several organizations, including Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC, Center for Community Change, FWD.us, National Immigration Law Center, SEIU, United We Dream, and others.

InformedImmigrant.com  features guidance, in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and legal resources, to help immigrants and their families during these uncertain times. The site will be continuously updated with additional guidance and information, as it becomes available.

What you'll find:
- Legal information/FAQs in English & Spanish;
- A list of over 600 immigrant rights/immigrant-serving organizations and their donation links for when allies are looking for places to volunteer/donate;
- A legal resource pdf, with known and regularly-used legal services look up tools;
- Know your rights materials.
How you can help:
- If you notice missing organizations, please submit in the form at the top of the organizations page.
- If you are getting frequently asked questions from community members that are not addressed, please let us know.
Coming soon:
- Know your rights video tutorials
- Full site in Spanish & Korean  
- Toolkit on creating healing spaces from UWD