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COABE Capitol Hill Day, September 28, 2016
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Deadline 10/31/16  

 Topic for October 2016:

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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."
October 14th, at 2PM EST  
Featuring: S. Michele Echols

Title: Learning in the Cloud: Teaching Digital Literacy to ABE/ESL Learners for Successful College and Career Transitions. 

Generously sponsored by 

COABE Regional Institute  
2016 GED/HSED & Adult Literacy Conference

October 25-27, 2016
Appleton, WI

Click here for information.


October 17-19, 2016
Detroit, MI

Register here.
COABE will be presenting an
 Adult Education strand at this conference, and NCFL is a strand partner for the COABE 2017 conference.


Instructional Design Service Course: Gain Experience for Good
Sep 12 - Dec 4, 2016
Enroll here 
  • Cost: FREE
  • Prerequisites: NONE
  • Required resource purchases: NONE
Contact Dr. Jennifer Maddrell at

Through the LINCS ESL Pro project, funded by OCTAE, three suites of resources on the following topics have been developed and can be accessed here:
  • Meeting the Language Needs of Today's Adult English Language Learner
  • Integrating Digital Literacy into English Language Instruction
  • Preparing English Learners for Work and Career Pathways
LINCS is a 2017 Conference Strand Partner.

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) recently published three new "WIOA Opportunities for Action" memos. 

For more information


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"Reconnecting Reentry through Education and Training"
10/28 12-3EST

On October 28, join the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) for "Reconnecting Justice: Pathways to Effective Reentry though Education and Training," a public forum exploring the intersection between criminal justice reform and postsecondary education and employment.

Register HERE


Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), local areas are required to develop four-year plans for addressing local workforce needs. 
NSC's new fact sheet highlights how adult educators can get involved and provides resources to help inform comments on local WIOA plans.

COABE has also developed a number of fact sheets about the need for adult education and how to effectively implement WIOA (HERE).

Dear Members,

COABE hosted its second Capitol Hill Day, on September 28, 2016, during Adult Ed and Family Literacy Week.
With special thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, COABE brought together state association leaders from around the country in an effort to impact our legislators in a more meaningful way. Over 120 visits with legislators were made, and state leaders received training and materials that they can bring back to their state associations and professional development agencies. You can join the discussion and share the joy of advocating for our teachers and students on our App (HERE) and social media channels (HERE). A short video about this exciting Capitol Hill Day will be released soon.

Plans are already underway for our next Capitol Hill Day which will take place early next year in collaboration with the National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium, also known to many as the state directors. Stay tuned for more details! 


Sharon Bonney
Executive Director

Many of our members report working part time jobs without benefits, and so we have begun the process of exploring offering a health, dental, and life term insurance program to our members. We are in the beginning stages of talks with some of the larger health carriers and need to gather a little information to ensure we can provide our members with the most competitive rates. If you are interested in this potential new membership benefit, please take a couple minutes to answer the questions in our brief survey below.


October 25th & 26th

For more information on registration click HERE.

For more information on presentations click HERE

For more information on our conference strands click HERE

For more information on our Guest Speaker, Judy Mortrude, click HERE.

Panel Presentation Showcase
WIOA Compliant Innovations, Strategies, and Partnerships
Join us for an exciting panel presentation, led by Patricia Thomas, on October 26th, from 9:00 AM- 10:30 AM, as we showcase the trendsetting WIOA compliant, innovative, and collaborative work of SW ABE and its partners in Marshall, MN! Each panel participant will share their role and how our collaboration is a win-win for the customer in a wide variety of services. They will also discuss best practices and adjustments they have made along the way.


Mini-Grants Available  

50 mini grants are available!
Valued at $50.
Deadline 10/15/16.
our website
VIP Vendor of the Month:
Essential Education 

Practitioner Research Project

The Adult Numeracy Network (ANN) will sponsor two practitioner research projects, to begin this fall and conclude before our annual meeting next spring. We would like practitioners to familiarize themselves with the ANN Teaching and Learning Principles and base their research project on some aspect of these principles. Selection of projects will be based on how well the practitioner follows the four components for practitioner
research listed here and utilizes an idea or multiple ideas from the Teaching and Learning Principles. 
If interested, please submit your proposal electronically (preferred) to the Adult Numeracy Network (annpractitionerproject@gmail.com) or a send hard copy to:  Libby Serkies, 1113 W Jackson St., Bloomington, IL 61701.

The deadline for submission is October 31st. Two practitioners will be selected, and each will receive a $500 stipend at the completion of their projects and sharing of their findings. Selected practitioners will be
asked to join ANN, if they are not already members.

ANN is a 2017 Conference Strand Partner.

13 Barriers to Employment

The new WIOA legislation identifies 13 barriers to employment. It also recognizes the significance of these barriers to education and economic success. The law increases the focus on serving the most vulnerable workers.

Victor's Story
Victor's Story

After dropping out of school at the age of 15, Victor decided to return and finish school. Upon obtaining his High School Equivalency Diploma, he enrolled in mechanical engineering classes. He is pursuing his dreams and now feels that many doors have opened up for him.