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Outstanding Adult Learner of the Year:
Ismael  Dimas

Outstanding Teacher of the Year: Kitty Head

Outstanding Administrator of the Year: Dom Gagliardi  

The COABE National Awards, Incentive Grants, and Scholarships Program is generously funded by

Welcome aboard, Oklahoma, COABE's newest large group member!

Making Skills
Everyone's Business

The new Department of Education (OCTAE) has released the report and plan for addressing adult education and workforce skills in the U.S. in the coming years. Among the major goals of the plan, called Making Skills Everyone's Business: A Call to Transform Adult Learning in the United States, are to work for equity; increased program access by all adults including the lowest skilled; professional development; and improved quality and accountability.

COABE is seeking a Public Policy Consultant. The job description is here, and other details can be found on our  Employment Bulletin.

AALPD is a strand partner for the COABE 2015 conference. Each year, AALPD provides a full day preconference at COABE for professional developers, specifically addressing current professional development issues. This year the AALPD preconference is entitled, Making a Difference with Professional Development in Adult Education: Research-to-Practice, which will focus on innovative training methodologies that you can use in your PD work.

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Dear Adult Education Colleague,

The 2015 COABE conference is gearing up to be a great event, and you don't want to miss out. We anticipate nearly 1,500 adult educators from across the country to share, network, and learn from the 25 preconference and over 300 concurrent workshop sessions. Our featured keynote presenters include motivational speaker, Carrie Stack; OCTAE Assistant Secretary, Johan Uvin; Dr. Regina Lewis; and our Friday closing session speaker is Dr. Stephen Brookfield.



We have planned a number of events to highlight many of the great attractions in the Denver area. Join us on Tuesday evening for a relaxed time of light fare, beverages, and music, at the "Rocky Mountain Hello" welcome reception. On Wednesday evening, the COABE President's Reception will take place at the History Colorado Museum--where many of the exhibits will be open for viewing. Thursday evening's off-site event, "Rockin' the Rockies," will feature a light dinner, a live band, and dancing at the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre. These events are very popular and are filling up fast! Reserve your ticket when you register, or you can contact to add on to your conference registration. More event details are located here.



COABE has partnered with a local tour company to offer various tours of points of interest within and around Denver. Visit the conference page, at, and click on "Events" to view these off-site event opportunities.



Our conference room block at the Hyatt has sold out; however, we have arranged for overflow rooms at the Hampton Inn, directly across the street. The special conference rate is $189.00 plus tax per night, for single and double occupancy. Call 720-638-0201 and mention the COABE room block, or click here to receive this special conference price. We have arranged a $6.00 discount for round-trip shared airport shuttle transportation, with SuperShuttle. For those preferring dedicated car service, discounted transportation rates have been arranged with Execucar.  Click here for more information about our discounted transportation options and be sure to register for the conference today! 


On behalf of the COABE Conference committee and Board of Directors, we are looking forward to seeing you in Denver!


All the Best,

Kaye Sharbono and Don Finn
2015 COABE Conference Co-Chairs


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The Conference is generously sponsored by
 McGraw Hill  GED Testing Service


As you know, COABE is moving forward with developing a new mission statement and a new, comprehensive strategic plan in order to meet the needs of our growing membership, as COABE has grown exponentially since 2009--from 1,300 members to over 13,000!


Thanks to the input from many of our members in 2014, COABE now has a draft Strategic Plan to share with you. Please take a few minutes to review the draft plan and share your feedback with us here, by March 9, 2015. It's important that we hear from you so that the final plan fully addresses your needs and concerns.


COABE's strategic planning process has been underwritten in part by generous support provided by McGraw Hill Education.
McGraw Hill  

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