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"Thank you for the workshop. Your speaker was terrific, giving very specific examples which I could understand and use in my classroom."

July 20th, 
at 2PM EST,
Featuring: Julie Anbender, Steve Hirsh, and Sharon Bonney

Title: Engage the Media! Make your case for funding and prepare now to tell your story during Adult Ed and Family Literacy Week and throughout the year.

The work of adult educators and your successes remain largely unsung - yet your stories are compelling, compassionate and highly relevant to the communities you serve. Take advantage of the slower pace of summer to prepare to showcase your programs, teachers and students to the news media in your area, for September's Adult Ed and Family Literacy Week and year-round. This webinar, with the team that's led COABE's communications outreach, will help you become an even more powerful voice for funding, strengthening, and celebrating basic adult education in your community and state. 

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August 19th, at 2PM EST, 
Featuring: Mitch Rosin and Robert Painter

Title: Developing Human Capitol in the Age of WIOA  
As states are moving forward with developing unified and combined state plans under WIOA, the needs of adult education classrooms are evolving. This presentation focuses on the high-level details of WIOA, why the law was written to include a customer focus, the influences globally, on the workforce and the importance of career pathways. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the WIOA legislation and what drivers led to the passing of the act, as well as practical applications and strategies for implementation.  
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Welcome aboard, Wisconsin Literacy, COABE's newest large group member!
Look for our next Social Media Campaign celebrating why #AdultEduMatters!
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hashtag in your posts! 

July 31-August 3, 2016 

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September 26th, 2016 

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COABE Capitol Hill Day 
September 28, 2016 
Washington, DC

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November 14 - 16, 2016 

Dear COABE Members, 
As we kick off the summer, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our dedicated, outgoing board members who have contributed their time and talent to COABE and the field of adult education:
Debbie Phillips, outgoing VP for Membership; Kim Roush outgoing Region 2 Representative; and Debbie Faubus-Kendrick, outgoing Region 6 Representative.

It is also my privilege to welcome our new members to the Board of Directors whose terms begin today, July 1st:
Jody Angelone, VP for Membership; Tracy Noles, Region 2 Representative; Sara Gutting, Region 4 Representative; and Martin Loa, Region 6 Representative.

We are grateful to our many members who participated in our open election process, both at the national conference and via electronic ballot.

I would like to welcome the following staff members to our growing team:
Gene Sofer, Public Policy Consultant
Christine Heinrich, Project Coordinator
Chris Binnix, Social Media and App Coordinator

Each of these individuals brings a wide variety of skills and expertise to the team, which will support our strategic plan and a number of new initiatives which we will be sharing soon.

I'm looking forward to another exciting year as president, working towards the betterment of the field of Adult Education. If you would like to become more involved in COABE' s work, serving on one of our many committees, please reach out to me at

Tom Nash Signature
Tom Nash
Board President

New WIOA Regulations Released! 
Learning for Life: An Illinois Perspective


Grand Victoria Foundation, Polk Bros. Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Macon County commissioned a survey of adult education and workforce development program administrators and practitioners, to better understand the conditions for using digital learning to advance education outcomes for adults in Illinois.

This survey drew upon a 2014 national survey, Learning for Life, completed by the Joyce Foundation and Tyton Partners, which highlighted the role and opportunity for digital learning to transform adult education programs. In partnership with COABE, the Illinois survey took place in February 2016 and generated responses from more than 330 adult education and workforce development professionals. Learn more here.  
COABE will hold a fall virtual conference in October 2016 to provide additional professional development opportunities for our members. This conference will showcase our top national presenters and is thanks to a partnership with McGraw-Hill Education. More details will be shared soon!
McGraw Hill

Competency-Based Learning Community of Practice Discussion Group for Adult Education

Competency is defined as an ability or skill; proficiency infers ability or aptitude; while mastery indicates the ability to do, use, or understand something very well. Whatever word you prefer to use, being college and career ready implies assurance that all adult education students are competent, proficient and have mastered the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) and are self-directed learners--before moving on to their next steps beyond ESOL, ABE, and ASE. To do this, adult educators must focus attention on what the students have learned, not on what we think we taught them, and use all the available tools to do this. Competency-based education is experiencing renewed interest and, in some learning communities, is proving to be central to the "how" in creating the instructional shift needed for CCRS implementation.

An online Competency-Based Learning Community of Practice Discussion Group for Adult Education has been formed, facilitated by David Rosen and Donna Chambers.  The group is comprised of members who have experience in competency-based education dating back to the 1970's, those who are new to CBE and want to learn more about it, and those in between. If you would like to join the group, email either David ( or Donna ( This is collaboration at its best!
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Save the Date for COABE 2017

Thank you to all of our members who participated in a short survey on efforts to improve outcomes of adult learners in developmental education leading to post-secondary degrees and credentials.  All survey participants were entered into a drawing for a $500 Amazon gift card. The drawing closed on June 15
th, and the winner is 
Diana Keathley from Tulsa, OK!