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Topics include Reading, Work-Based Instruction, Program Management, ELA Citizenship,
and much more!
This month's topic is  
ELA Citizenship   
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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: March 15th, at 2PM EST
Presenter: Alisa Belzer, Dr. Margaret Patterson

Title: Making Connections Between Research and Practice  

Description:  Often adult educators want to incorporate research findings or ideas into practice but aren't sure where to find current research, how to evaluate it, or how to actually use it. If 2017 is your year to get even more out of research to benefit your work in adult education, then make plans to join Dr. Alisa Belzer (Rutgers University) and Dr. Margaret Patterson (Research Allies for Lifelong Learning) on a March 15 webinar on connecting research with practice. This webinar follows up on a Winter 2016 forum piece in the Journal of Research and Practice. Both Drs. Belzer and Patterson are current researchers and former instructors in adult education. They are eager to share insights on locating and evaluating adult education research and to encourage the field to make stronger connections between research and practice.

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When: March 24th, 2PM EST
Presenter: Laura Blom

Title: Pathways to Citizenship: Teaching Civics to English Language Learners

Description: Do you know who wrote the Federalist Papers? Do you know who was the first Postmaster General of the United States? Can you name two cabinet-level positions in the U.S. Government? Learning Civics is essential for English language learners trying to live, work, and study in the United States. Civics classes can provide learners with the opportunity and information they need to be successful in our competitive society. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn and practice methods for increasing learner retention in ESL Civics and Citizenship courses. Participants will discuss how to design an ESL civics course and what topics to include in the curriculum. Participants will review the skills and vocabulary required to pass the U.S. Citizenship reading, writing, and civics exams. They will examine how to incorporate activities and technology into the classroom that utilize those skills and terms. Participants will also review a multitude of civics print, video, and online resources for instructors and learners.
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With funding from the US Department of Education, Social Finance and Jobs for the Future are holding a competition to select four sites across the country that want to develop PFS projects to expand or launch high-quality CTE programs to serve high-need, under-served youth. Selected sites will receive fully-funded feasibility studies to determine the viability of launching or expanding the proposed CTE program through Pay for Success financing. At the close of the feasibility studies, up to three applicants will receive additional technical assistance to structure and launch their PFS project. [Application deadline: March 17, 2017]

RSU #14
Career Pathways Coordinator/Instructor   - This is a full time, year round, benefits eligible position. Must hold or be in the process of obtaining an approved Maine Criminal History Records Check (CHRC).

 Deadline: Open until suitable
candidate is found.



March 8-10, 2017
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March 15, 2017
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April 11-13, 2017
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April 26-28, 2017
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July 31-August 2, 2017

Jmath.net is a FREE math resource for HSE/GED teachers and students. The website includes 49 math videos, two worksheets & keys for each video, 109 power point math lessons, and a 50 question practice test with review for incorrect answers. Enjoy your math journey!
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There were many outstanding candidates for our national-level COABE Awards. Congratulations to this year's Awards, Incentive Grant, and Scholarship winners--representing the best in our field! Each winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize, as well as recognition at our national conference.

Adult Learner of the Year
Megan Linzy
Eastern Iowa Community College
Scott Community College

Teacher of the Year
Lynn Taylor
Adult Basic Education and Digital Literacy
Taylor Made Careers

Administrator of the Year
Vicki Bauer
Adult Education Director
Nebraska Department of Education

Incentive Grant Winner 
Shannan Cvitanovic
Director, YMCA Educational Services
Literacy Concierge-Connecting jobseekers to
education and workforce training

Scholarship Winner 
Pamela Ritter
Director, YWCA Adult Literacy & Learning

National Institute for Literacy Scholarship Winner
Sandra Michele
Echols, NY 
Special thanks to the Awards, Incentive Grants, and Scholarship Committee for their work reviewing the many applications! The committee was led by Deb Bomaster, a board member who hales from the state of Maine!

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Vote for the Board of Director's
Candidates of Your Choice! 
This year's slate of candidates for open positions on the board of directors is impressive! Candidates will have the opportunity to campaign for votes at the 2017 COABE/ACE National Conference, in Orlando, FL, and beyond. You will also have the opportunity to meet the candidates throughout the conference. 

Click the pictures below to watch each candidate's interview.

The winners of the elections will be announced at the closing session of the COABE conference, on April 5th.

Don Finn, VA
Hector Martinez, KS President-Elect


Debbie Faubus-Kendrick, AR
Kim Olson, SD

David Downes, CT
Region 1 Rep
Jesse Roylance, NY Region 1 Rep

Danielle Miles, AL Region 3 Rep
Jeff Arnott, FL
Region 3 Rep

     Alex Harris, IA      Region 5 Rep
Kelly Winchester, MO Region 5 Rep

          Applications for the          2017 Literacy Awards


Applications must be received no later than midnight on March 31, 2017, Eastern Time.

Foundational Skills in the Service Sector

The report is based on PIAAC data (aka the OECD Survey of Adult Skills).

It focuses on: 
  • Adults, ages 16-64
  • Currently employed
  • Working in retail, hospitality, or healthcare 
  • Scoring below Level 2 for literacy, Level 2 for numeracy, or Level 1 for technology-related skills
Part 1 of the report is the data findings; Part 2 highlights employer interventions that can help their employees upskill; and Part 3 focuses on federal and state policy recommendations. 

Does Your Left Hand Know What Your Right Hand is Doing?


Tyton Partners is a partner with COABE
Research Allies for Lifelong Learning has just published the fourth (and last) report in its series of final-year evaluation reports on Adult Learner Leadership in Education Services (ALLIES).

This latest report, Outstanding Leaders, reveals how being in the program, making a difference, and personal growth matters to new and experienced adult learner leaders.
Numerous leaders were designated as outstanding by program staff or by high self-ratings of leadership. The report investigates characteristics and attendance of new and experienced outstanding leaders, as well as contributions they made to their adult education programs. Topics in this report include ways in which outstanding leaders benefited adult education programs, workplaces, and communities; outstanding leaders' growth in personal attributes associated with leadership; and their assessed growth in critical thinking and writing approaches.