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Working together, coalescing around the mantra "Invest in Adult Education" through our six-time award winning national public awareness campaign, adult education received an increase of $35 million - the first increase in more than 15 years! Now, $25 million of additional funding for Title II under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act has been approved by the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee. The bipartisan bill will be voted on after July recess.  
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                                                              July  2018
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DATE: Thursday, July 19, 2018
TIME: 2:00 p.m. EDT

Students are open to making sense in a reading/writing classroom. Most people know that reading/writing classrooms are where students interpret and explain texts. In math classrooms, though, students often just want us to show them how to do it. They want teachers to do the interpreting and explaining, and we need to give that power back to them. In this webinar we will explore how to translate a literacy frame for sense-making into our math classes. 

We'll consider these questions: 
  • How can we harness students' background knowledge and observations to build a collective understanding before our first calculation? 
  • How do we promote close reading of a mathematical text? 
  • How do we engage students who move quickly while supporting students who need more time? 
This webinar is for anyone who believes math should make sense both to ourselves and to our students.

PRESENTED BY: Eric Appleton & Mark Trushkowsky

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DATE: Wednesday, July 25, 2018
TIME: 2:00 p.m. EDT

Mathematics anxiety affects almost half of the learners in our classrooms. Scientists have proven that this fear actually interferes with the part of the brain needed for reasoning and problem solving. Math anxiety can affect teachers as well as students. In this presentation, participants will learn exactly how math anxiety affects learners and specific techniques to help ease and overcome these effects.

PRESENTED BY: Cynthia Bell


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Assistant Principal of Adult Education

Under the supervision of the adult school Director, the Assistant Principal assists in fulfilling the mission of CVACE by providing educational leadership in the planning, coordination, and administration of adult school programs. Duties include identifying adult learner and community needs; developing and implementing programs and courses that effectively address those needs; marketing and community outreach; curriculum development; partnership development; compliance with state, local, and federal funding requirements; measuring, analyzing, and responding to student learning data; and recruiting, hiring, supporting, coaching, and evaluating teaching and classified staff. Deadline to apply is 7/6/2018.


Adult Education Services Instructor II - Corrections  (#7185)

Cuyahoga County Public Library and Aspire Greater Cleveland are seeking candidates to teach an Adult Education Services curriculum that will help adult learners successfully pass the high school equivalency test, improve their English and basic skills and enter postsecondary education or obtain/retain employment. The working title for this position is AES Corrections Instructor. Successful candidates must be knowledgeable of adult education best practices and demonstrate ability to implement lesson plans using sound instructional practices, integrate technology into classroom instruction, and teach/evaluate/provide guidance to students to promote their educational development.

2018 NCTN Conference  

The National College Transition Network (NCTN) at World Education, Inc. is a national leader in designing and providing professional development to strengthen college and career readiness services and career pathways for adult learners. By promoting evidence-based practices and innovation, the NCTN strengthens the policy and best practice needed to help nontraditional learners, such as veterans, dislocated workers, and under and unemployed adults earn a family-sustaining income.
Join us at our 12th annual NCTN conference to be held November 12 - 14, 2018 in Cambridge, MA. The conference theme is Advancing College and Career Readiness: Preparing Adult Learners for the Future of Work.
The 2018 conference continues our tradition of providing a forum for adult education, workforce development, and postsecondary educators, advisors, and administrators to learn from experts and each other, and to affirm a shared commitment to educational and economic opportunity for adult learners.
Our featured keynote, The Future of Work: Some True News, will be delivered by Paul Osterman, the NTU Professor of Human Resources and Management at the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management. Dr. Osterman has authored and edited several books on the American youth labor market, partnerships among labor, management, and government, and changing patterns in the American labor market. His books include: Who Will Care For Us? Long Term Care and the Long Term Care Workforce and Good Jobs America: Making Work Better For Everyone.
Learn about new best practices and receive targeted training from national level presenters. We offer twelve strands comprised of more than 60 breakout sessions, providing innovative, valuable, state-of-the-art training that you can implement in your program and incorporate into your practice.
Our early bird registration rate ends on July 15th. Register today!
Please contact Conference Coordinator, Priyanka Sharma with questions at (617) 385-3788 or .
NCTN is a strand partner of COABE 

Highlights From the June Newsletter

Quizzes in Google Forms
With six new features, we're leveraging the power of Machine Learning to introduce more intelligent features in Quizzes in Google Forms - bringing the paperless classroom to life and saving more time than ever before. Learn more and create a smarter quiz today!

National AfterSchool Toolkit Launch
While a majority of teachers increasingly assign homework that requires the internet, millions of students-primarily those from low-income and rural communities-don't have access at home. This is known as 'the homework gap' and it's causing too many students to fall behind. To help close this gap, the National AfterSchool Association, with support from Google, has created a free, online Afterschool Tech Toolkit that guides afterschool professionals through the effective integration of tech into their programs. The toolkit covers topics like how to identify technology needs, how to creatively gain access to devices and connectivity, and how to train afterschool staff. Become a digital learning champion by checking out the Afterschool Technology Toolkit today!

Brand New One-Hour Applied Digital Skills Lessons
If your students are on the hunt for summer jobs - or graduating and preparing to launch their careers - the newest Applied Digital Skills video lesson will help them take that critical first step. The Create a Resume activity can be completed in under an hour - perfect for keeping high school students engaged during these last weeks of the school year and preparing them for their futures.

Lessons from Teachers of the Year on YouTube
Looking for some mid-week inspiration? Check out the 'Lessons from Teachers of the Year' series and hear from state Teachers of the Year on topics like the future of education, partnerships in teaching, and their mentors

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By Amy Linn
COABE and NASDAE Executive Directors were interviewed in the following article. Read more here
Connie Flores never wanted to drop out of school, let alone leave in eighth grade. But like thousands of other teenagers who never graduate high school in New Mexico - a state with one of the highest dropout rates in the nation - Flores didn't think she had a choice.
She'd been an A student in her early school years in Santa Clara, the small village near Silver City where she grew up.
"I loved school," she says. But when Flores reached fifth grade, she says her mother, an alcoholic, began to rage out of control. She alternately kicked Flores out of the house or disappeared on lengthy drinking sprees, leaving Flores in charge of her siblings. "I had to stay home from school to take care of my younger sisters," she says. "My littlest sister was still in diapers."
At 13, Flores moved in with her boyfriend to avoid the abuse at home. She ended up pregnant. At 14, she had a son and dropped out of school. Years of chaos, depression and meth addiction followed. Continue reading  here


Adult Learner/COABE Ambassador, Sam Vega, Selected as One of Two Participants for the Allegany County Summer Fellowship Program!

On Thursday, Allegany County government announced the selection of students from Frostburg State University and Allegany College of Maryland as the first participants of the Commissioners' Fellowship Program.
Cranston Carter Imes and Samantha Vega will join county government during their summer break.  
"We are thrilled to have these two talented students join Allegany County government this summer," said Brandon Butler, county administrator. "This program is yet another way that the county commissioners are continuing to invest in workforce development."
The Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved the launch of the program, which provides summer internship opportunities for students at Frostburg State University and Allegany College of Maryland, during its March 22 meeting.
Imes is a senior at FSU majoring in political science and law and society.
Vega is a second-year human services student at Allegany College, and is a student ambassador with the Coalition on Adult Basic Education, a national organization dedicated to advancing adult education and literacy opportunities. She is also a part of the Peace Studies Club and Democracy Commitment at the college.

Companies Can Address Talent Shortages by Partnering with Educators

By Timm Runnion &  Ivana Gibson

Although unemployment is now lower than it's been in more than 15 years, 6.7 million Americans remain unemployed and many more are underemployed in low-paying jobs. Meanwhile, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are currently 6.3 million job openings, which companies are struggling to find the right talent to fill. While many of these jobs are low-paying, many are not, which begs the question: What can be done to better align the unemployed or underemployed with employers who offer good jobs? And how can companies help to address their own skills shortages to remain competitive in the future? One approach that has proven to be successful in recent years consists of targeted partnerships between business and education. To facilitate these, companies typically begin by assessing their human capital needs and job requirements, and then collaborating with schools to produce workers with the needed skills. If U.S. companies are going to be competitive in the future, they need to be more proactive about training tomorrow's workforce today.

Click  here  for the full story.


Congresswoman Bonamici Honored by COABE Affiliate Oregon Adult Basic Skills Association


The Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) gave Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici its highest honor at Portland Community College.

On Tuesday, May 29, local members of COABE, which includes Portland, Chemeketa, Clatsop, and Mt. Hood community colleges, handed Bonamici the Champion of Adult Education Award in front of adult basic education and English Speakers of Other Languages students at the Rock Creek Campus (177705 NW Springville Road).

The organization honored the congresswoman for her work on the PARTNERS Act, which promotes registered apprenticeships and other work-based learning programs for small and medium-sized businesses within in-demand industry sectors. Along with the PROSPER Act (which prepares students through expanded access for careers and degree completion), adult basic education students are able to find pathways to living-wage jobs and degree completion.

Read the full story here!

State Conferences and Professional Development

July 16-18, 2018
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South Dakota Adult Educator Summer Summit
July 18-20, 2018
Click HERE for more information!


Washington State Conference - Rendezvous 2018 Guided Pathways
July 23-25, 2018
Click HERE for more information!

Deadline extended to 7/6/18. Get the details HERE.
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Legislative News: We are Making a Difference
The Senate Labor-HHS subcommittee met on 6/28/18 to consider FY 2019 appropriations for Labor-HHS-Education programs which include an additional $25 million for adult education.  
Additionally, the Senate HELP Committee passed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education Act for the 21st Century. This bill, which reauthorizes the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, would provide $1.2 billion annually to improve career and technical education programs for secondary and postsecondary students, especially those with low incomes. More than 5,000 contacts were made by COABE members calling on legislators to support this bill. We are making progress! 
Stay in touch with legislators to let them know that adult education matters! Click HERE now.
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