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Our mission is to inspire educators so adults succeed and communities thrive. 
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In This Issue
Our July VIP Vendor Is:  

Mathematical Freedom: Remove Rules and Conformity to Achieve Engagement and Freedom for Your Students 
Date: Monday, July 15, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
Presented by:  Brooke Istas
"Core-4 Cyber Future Workforce Education: Preparing Adult Education Students for Careers of the Future"
Date: Friday,  July 19th 
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
Presented by:  Melissa Sadler-Nitu

This webinar is being generously sponsored by:

Click   HERE  to submit your article for our next edition of the COABE Journal which will focus on the topic of leadership. 

The  COABE Journal seeks to be the resource that adult educators turn to for learning and inspiration. Since the
COABE Journal rebranded and began using a theme format -- first with career pathways and most recently with prison literacy --  we have seen a tremendous response and are hearing from our members that this new practitioner focused theming has been incredibly useful to our members. We are proud to share that over 11,000 readers now download and use the COABE Journal. Get the details and access your copy today HERE

Enroll Your Learners in the 
Adult Literacy XPRIZE Communities Competition
Enroll your learners into the XPRIZE-winning app, Learning Upgrade, at no cost when you use the COABE XPRIZE Code 1177.  
The adult literacy program that is able to onboard and get the most adults up and running on the app via their android phone, will receive $500. Winners will be selected each month. 

Click  HERE for more details or contact for more details. 

COABE and Amazon are partnering to remove barriers to employment for adult learners. At one time, a high school diploma was essential to be considered for employment at Amazon. But now, thanks to this partnership, adult learners can apply for positions with a wage between $15-$19 per hour, plus retirement package and Career Choice, a program that pays for 80% of their college education. Two years after their hire date, the requirement for a bachelor's degree to obtain a management position will be removed.  
Amazon will also conduct field trips should you wish to bring your adult learners to an Amazon site. Contact for more details.  
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Dear COABE Members,
I am so grateful and humbled by the recent appointment of the Board of Directors to the newly crafted position of Chief Executive Officer for the Coalition on Adult Basic Education! As you may know, I have worked with and for COABE in some capacity for twenty years, first in a contracted administrative position for ten years, followed by seven years as COABE's full time manager, and then serving in the recent role of executive director for three years prior to this appointment.   
With the change in my title from Executive Director to Chief Executive Officer, my focus will shift as well. I will now tackle building foundation support for adult education, building business partnerships, and representing our field on the national stage.
I have appointed Michelle Chiles to the Chief of Staff position to run the internal operations of the organization, and I know that she will execute this new role beautifully!   
We are also building capacity internally with a number of new hires to ensure the work of the organization runs smoothly as our exponential growth continues. An announcement with more details will be shared shortly.  
I am also delighted to welcome our member-elected board president, Dr. Don Finn, and the following new board members: President Elect, Jody Angelone: Vice President, Debbie Faubus-Kendrick; Secretary, Jeff Arnott;  Region 2 Representative, Shaketta Thomas; Region 4 Representative, Michael Matos; and Region 6 Representative Olga Escamilla! 
As we work together to transform the field of adult education, we will continue to seek your input and to look for ways that we can ensure that COABE stays mission driven, member focused, and results oriented.  
With this in mind, I would like to encourage you to take action for adult education with 3 quick clicks. Get the details HERE
Thank you again for your membership in COABE, and I look forward to serving you and our field in this new capacity!
Sharon Bonney
Chief Executive Officer
Coalition on Adult Basic Education 
Congratulations to Michelle Schallmo at Triton College, Winner of $1,000!
COABE and Google are partnering to deliver Applied Digital Skills Boot
Camps in all 50 states over the next year. The Boot Camps will be held in partnership with COABE's large group members, which are primarily state associations. Check the schedule here to find out when your state is hosting a Boot Camp and to save your seat today!
COABE will continue to award $1,000 each month for the next 10 months, so if you have begun using the curriculum in your classroom, be sure to share your success story with us here.
"As the technology coordinator for the Adult Education Department atTriton College, I was looking for curriculum that would enable my students to gain skills necessary for post-secondary and workplace placement. Google's Applied Digital Skills affords students this opportunity. My students are working independently with no prior coding background, and the majority have English as their second language. This curriculum has helped them to develop maps with locations using coding. Additionally, these students have very limited computer backgrounds, some of whom had no prior computer experience before taking classes with me. Now, these students are writing papers, and working in small groups to complete projects that they would in the workforce and in post-secondary education. Everyone is amazed at how adept these students are at creating something from nothing just by using the Applied Digital Skills curriculum and with minimal assistance from me! They have increased their confidence with computers and their self-efficacy is evident from their stories and presentations."

New Adolescent/Adult Form 

research underway!

Pearson is validating a new form of the Shaywitz DyslexiaScreen™ for adolescents and adults. Individuals 14-65 years old--with and without dyslexia--are needed to participate.
Pearson is hoping for clinical cases--those with a diagnosis of dyslexia or suspected dyslexia--across the age range.

Testing is scheduled at the examinee's convenience. The testing will be done on a video call at a computer with a professional at another location. You will need to use a desktop or laptop computer with a camera (webcam) and good, reliable internet access. 

If you have friends or family members who may be interested, please share the letter(s) with them as well. Parents of adolescents (ages 14-17) as well as adults ages 18-65 can use the same link provided in the letters to apply for the study.  
Click here or below to Learn MORE.
Register HERE !

Join us for the first-ever Minds That Move Us Adult Career Pathway Festival in Miami, Florida, August 6-8, 2019, where ten teams from around the country will pitch innovative education and training models that create social equity and economic mobility for youth and adult learners for a chance to win $100k!

The Festival will be hosted by the Institute for Educational Leadership in partnership with COABE and NASDAE and promises to be an entertaining cross between Shark Tank and America's Got Talent, in which teams will present to a panel of judges and an audience comprised of adult learners, employers, practitioners, policy makers, funders, friends, and family will vote for their favorite idea.

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WES Global Talent Bridge is now a COABE national strand partner.  DED immigrants fully use their talents and education in the United States and Canada. Global Talent Bridge partners  with national and community-based organizations as well as policymakers to help skilled immigrants leverage their training and achieve their academic and professional goals. As a national strand partner, Global Talent Bridge will work with COABE to support its membership through the provis ion of information and expertise around developing programs and resources for highly-skilled immigrants.  
"We have for years worked to provide tools and resources helpful to practitioners from various segments of the skilled immigrant professional integration field," says Debra Means West, Director Network Development and Knowledge Management at Global Talent Bridge. "I think our work on behalf of immigrants speaks to many of the issues that COABE members care about. We welcome anyone interested in learning more to sign up to receive our newsletter, The Bridge. 

Recently a bipartisan group of House members introduced H.R. 3497, the Jumpstarting our Businesses by Supporting Students (JOBS) Act. This bill is identical to a Senate version of the JOBS Act (S.839), offered by Senators Kaine (D-VA) and Portman (R-OH) earlier this year.
This bill has the potential to make a real difference for adult education , as it would greatly expand the use of Pell Grant funding by allowing its use for high quality, short term, certificate programs in high demand professions - allowing jobseekers to gain the credentials they need now to move up the career ladder.
This is a bipartisan issue - along with the JOBS Act bills introduced in Congress, the Administration has also been supportive of expanding Pell Grants for short term certificates.
Please contact your Members of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor the JOBS Act to help adult education participants gain the skills they need and employers demand to be competitive in our 21st century economy.

Click HERE to take action with 3 quick clicks.
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