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New this year, candidates for positions on the COABE Board of Directors will have the opportunity to campaign for votes, at the COABE 2015 conference and beyond.

Join us at the COABE Awards Luncheon, on April 22, at 12:00 p.m., where each candidate will be introduced. You will also have the opportunity to meet the candidates at your regional meetings and throughout the conference.

You can view their bios in advance of the conference here. Voting opens on April 22, 2015!

Meet the Candidates for President Elect

Kaye Sharbono

Polly Smith
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Meet the Candidates for Secretary

Don Finn

Kathi Medcalf 

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Meet the Candidates for Region 7 Representative

Stephanie Moran

Rhea Watson

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Meet the Candidates for Region 8 Representative

Branka Marceta

Nancie Payne

Framing Effective Advocacy Messages
Using PIAAC Data

Strengthen your ability to advocate for adult education using the most recent data on U.S. adults' skills, from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies.

This webinar series will provide information and strategies for use at local, state, and national levels. Each webinar will
combine a focused presentation on the research findings with a segment on effective messaging and a research-to-practice response by a local adult education advocate.

Register here


What will WIOA mean?

Download this helpful presentation (here), by Debbie 
Debbie Moller, Oregon 
Community Colleges and Workforce Development.

Research Assistant

Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy and the Adult Education Program at Penn State-University Park invite applications for a Senior Research Assistant to begin July 1, 2015.
Visit our Employment Bulletin for details.


During the fall, many COABE members participated in a survey exploring the current and potential role for instructional technologies in adult education. We'd like to follow up and share the final publication, as well as invite you to help us share the data and findings with the full field of adult education stakeholders.


"Learning for Life: The Opportunity for Technology to Transform Adult Education" is the first of two papers exploring the effective use of advanced learning technologies in adult education and presents findings from the national survey. Published by Tyton Partners (formerly Education Growth Advisers) with support from the Joyce Foundation and in partnership with the Commission on Adult Basic Education, the paper is available for free download here.




Not Going to Conference? Join the "App Chat" With Acting Assistant Secretary Johan Uvin
Participate--from your location--in the first ever "App Chat" using COABE's App! Join us for this follow-up session to Acting Assistant Secretary Johan Uvin's keynote address. Dr. Uvin will be joined by Cheryl Keenan, Director of Adult Education and Literacy, to discuss the federal policy and legislative initiatives that impact the adult education-eligible population (the federal skills agenda, the Upskill America initiative, WIOA, etc.) and answer questions.  

This is a unique opportunity to have your questions answered and to participate with all COABE Members joining us virtually through the App. Download this handout for tips on how to involve students and staff at your program (30 minutes prep time). See you on the App!


The COABE App is generously sponsored by Aztec Software.   

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Countdown to the COABE 2015 Conference, in Denver, CO, on April 21-24, 2015! 

Join over 1,500 adult educators and colleagues from around the country, in the Mile High City, on April 21-24, 2015 for outstanding professional development, national level keynote speakers, and many networking opportunities.  



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The Conference is generously sponsored by
 McGraw Hill  GED Testing Service
We would like to invite you to consider submitting articles (research, practitioner-based, and personal viewpoints) to the Journal of Research and Practice For Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education. Published by The Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) and Rutgers University, the journal aims to advance the adult basic education field by facilitating the exchange of research, ideas, and consideration of experiences. The journal seeks to publish research of all types--critical essays, philosophical and theoretical pieces, and other scholarly work of relevance to individuals in the adult basic education and literacy field. Specific guidelines for authors and steps for submission can be found here.


If you have any questions, please contact one of the co-editors: Amy D. Rose, Alisa Belzer, and Heather Brown at 


The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will be releasing a report on adult competencies in problem-solving using digital devices. OECD Senior Analyst William Thorn will present the findings at the COABE 2015 conference, on Thursday, April 23, at 1:45 p.m., in L3 Agate A. The report uses data from the 2012 Survey of Adult Skills (a product of the OECD Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, PIAAC).


The report finds that 5% (10 million) of U.S. adults, ages 16 to 65, reported that they had never used a computer and 4% (8 million) failed a very basic information and communications technology test (for example, they were not able to use a mouse or to highlight text on a page). In addition, 16% (32 million) of U.S. adults, ages 16 to 65, scored at the lowest level of proficiency on the scale used to assess problem-solving using digital devices. Younger Americans (16- to 24-year-olds) lagged their peers in other countries in terms of their skills, in this domain. Only 38% of U.S. 16- to 24-year-olds performed at the highest levels, compared to 51% of 16- to 24-year-olds, on average, across the 24 OECD countries involved in the study. In contrast, older U.S. adults performed relatively well. The U.S. had the highest proportion of 55- to 65-year-olds (20%) performing at the highest levels of proficiency in problem-solving using digital devices (compared to an average of 11.7% of older adults across the participating countries). 



Given the recent changes in the format and requirements of the General Education Development (GED) test and Career Pathways, instructors have been asked to change their approaches to providing instruction to their students.  


The purpose of this study is to explore the experiences of GED/Career Pathways instructors as they received professional development in preparation for the new exams and requirements. The following will be examined: the types of professional development being offered, the experiences of the instructors in those offerings, and how new skills and information provided in the professional development was incorporated into instructors' performances.  Volunteers are needed participate in an interview during the COABE 2015 conference.  The interview will last no more than an hour.  If you are interested, please contact the researchers Jim Berger or Regina O Smith.