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                                   www.coabe.org                                      November 2017
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COABE 2018 Conference  
Mini Grant Available

COABE is pleased to offer 50 mini grants to attend the COABE 2017 National Conference. Valued at $350, mini grants defray the cost of conference registration. 
Deadline to apply: 11/15/17  

Sponsored by Dollar General Literacy Foundation
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We're pairing research and
practice for our members!
Download the full schedule  HERE.
Topics include reading, work-based instruction,
program management, ELA, citizenship,
and much more!

This month's topic is: 
Generou sl y sponsored by

Professional Development Webinars (FREE)

When: Friday, November 10th at 2:00 p.m. EST
Presenter: Carrie Colladay Stell  
Title: Reading, Writing, and Relationships

Description: Reading, 'Riting, and 'Rithmetic-the three R's-are the traditional building blocks for education. Instruction for life, however, requires additional attention to a fourth R: Relationships. In this session, we will demonstrate how adult educators can read aloud selections from engaging fiction and informative non-fiction sources that deal with relationships. Instructors can model for their adult students how to apply their critical thinking and reading skills as they read aloud; instructors can then lead the class to focus on what makes relationships thriving or dysfunctional. Adult students can reflect and respond in writing to what they have been reading and discussing in class (their written responses do not have to be shared with the instructor unless the students want to). Many texts will be recommended and writing prompts suggested which are bound to result in meaningful discussions in the adult education classroom.  


When: Wednesday, November 29th at 2:00 p.m. EST
Presenter: Lori Howard

Title: Developing College and Career Readiness with Paired Reading

High-interest, paired readings help ESOL learners develop their critical literacy and cross-cultural awareness while expanding their reading strategies-important elements of college and career readiness. Participants experience and explore the key steps in creating, preparing, and teaching paired reading lessons. Sample readings and lesson plans provided.

Generously sponsored by   

Research Technologist 2
Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy and the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy at Penn State
More details

May 3 - 5, 2018

P.U.L.S.E. Practice-Based Updates for Literacy Strategies and Education.  Reading Works and Wayne State University's Harris Literacy Program
November 3, 2017 8AM to 4PM (EDT)
Detroit, MI

COABE now has an office in Washington, DC!
444 North Capitol Street,  NW, Suite 422 
Washington, DC 20001

From left to right: Pat Tyler, Executive Director for the National Council of the State Director of Adult Education; Dr. Rachel DeVaughan, Former Adult Student, Program Specialist for Adult Ed in Mississippi; Dr. Michael Wooten, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education; Dr. Kim R. Ford, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management and Planning; Kaye Sharbono, Board President, COABE;
Sharon Bonney, Executive Director, COABE
As a part of our ongoing public relations and advocacy work, COABE leadership has been conducting a number of meetings recently, in Washington, DC. Our recent Capitol Hill Day included meetings with the Office of Management and Business, which capped our 4th successful day on the Hill--with  state presidents, state directors, and students attending  over 110 meetings with legislators. This brings the total number of face to face meetings with legislators to 310!  
Additionally, leaders also met with Dr. Michael Wooten, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education, along with Dr. Kim Ford, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management and Planning.  
You can support advocacy and public relations efforts with 3 quick clicks!
Please contact your legislators to ensure our voice is heard 
and our funding remains stable.   
COABE's Capitol Hill Day and  
legislative updates are brought to you in partnership with: 

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Adult Education Student Shares Value of Program with State Legislators
Maria Alvidrez, a student in the Queen Creek Unified School District's adult education program, advocated for additional funding for adult education with Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (District 9, Arizona) and other Arizona lawmakers last month in Washington, D.C. (Special to the Independent/QCUSD)
Lawmakers have a better idea of how budget cuts to the state's adult education funding could impact local programs, thanks to a whirlwind visit, to Washington, D.C., by adult education students, including a woman representing Queen Creek.
Maria Alvidrez, part of the Queen Creek Unified School District adult education program, was in the nation's capital, on Sept. 26-27, as part of a new, national campaign called "Educate and Elevate."
The campaign pro-actively educates policy-makers about the importance of adult education and how it is an investment in America's future, according to a press release.
Joining the Queen Creek school district in the campaign were the Arizona Association for Lifelong Learning and more than 55,000 adult educators from the Coalition on Adult Basic Education.

Educate & Elevate is brought to you in partnership with: 

COABE's 2017 Virtual Conference took place on October 25 & 26, 2017. We offered 17 sessions by our strand partners,  over the course of two days, 
as well as a virtual exhibit hall, just like last year.   
Here are some of the statistics from our conference:
  • By the end of the live event there were 3,281 viewings of sessions, and as of 10/30/17, there are now 8,094 viewings of sessions.
  • Over 10,300 people registered, to date.
  • 30 states participated in the special state group rate which allowed all their members to participate for FREE.

Additionally, all participants who sign up can access all these sessions, handouts, and more for an additional 6 months. If you missed out, you can still register today and take advantage of this wonderful professional development opportunity.       

This conference showcased our top national presenters and was provided by a partnership with McGraw-Hill Education.

VIP Vendor of the Month
McGraw-Hill Education