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COABE 2017 Conference:
50 mini grants are available!
Valued at $350, mini grants defray the cost of conference registration. Deadline 11/15/16.
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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!
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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." 

November 2nd at 2PM EST,
Christy Williams

Title: Catapult Your HSE Learner Into College Ready Skills

Description:  Are your students getting closer to success and mastery of their HSE exam? Learn how PrepPath not only supports their academic needs while seeking their HSE but also how we are helping to 'tool' learners as they reach for a college degree. PrepPath uniquely uses customized reporting to determine weaknesses of the learner to catapult them through their academic struggles.

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November 9th at 2PM EST,
Lori Howard

Paired Reading: Developing Critical Literacy, Cross Cultural Awareness and College and Career Readiness

High-interest, paired readings help English learners, at any level, better develop their critical literacy and cross-cultural awareness while expanding their reading strategies--important elements of college and career readiness. In this webinar, participants explore the key steps in creating, preparing and teaching paired reading lessons.

Important note: This is an interactive webinar and has limited seating, which will go to the first 50 registrants. Once you register, you will receive handouts via email by the day prior to the webinar. To take full advantage of the interactive nature of this webinar, please print out the handouts, have them with you, and be ready to volunteer to participate.

November 30th at 2PM EST,
Amy Trawick

: Enhancing Reading Instruction for Adults Using the PIAAC Framework for Literacy

: Come explore the conceptual and assessment tools that guided the international Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) literacy assessment and that can be used by practitioners to inform reading instruction. Participants will engage in hands-on activities and will leave with ideas for planning, finding reading materials, and structuring activities at different levels. Teachers of students at all reading levels are welcome, but teachers at the lower and intermediate levels may find the workshop especially beneficial. 

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Dear Members,

I'm delighted to share that, while our first Fall Virtual Conference has concluded, you can still register if you have not done so already. Sessions have been archived and will be available to registrants to review for the next six months. Register HERE! Additionally, mini grant recipients were announced HERE, so if you applied for a grant, be sure to see if your name is on the list.

Each session was packed with attendees; and our statistics indicate that there were over 2,000 presentation reviews, with participants downloading over 4,000 resources and engaging in chat conversations throughout the sessions.

Nine states (Delaware / DAACE; Texas / TALAE; South Dakota / SDALL; Connecticut / CAACE; Illinois / IACEA; Louisiana / LAPCAE; Maine / MAEA; New Mexico / NMAEA; and Iowa, through the Iowa Department of Education) provided this opportunity to all members in their state. If you are a member of a state association which paid your way, you may automatically access these outstanding professional development sessions!

I would like to thank our corporate partner, McGraw-Hill Education, for sponsoring this professional development activity, as well as our national strand partners HERE, who provided national level presenters and a virtual booth throughout the conference.

On a separate note, plans for our national conference in Orlando, FL, on April 2-5, 2017, are underway! Accommodations will be provided at the beautiful Disney Coronado Springs Resort, and our mini grant registration process is now open HERE.

In the meantime, don't forget to check out our all-new and exciting Research to Practice initiative HERE, which is generously funded by Essential Education.

Now that I have shared professional development opportunities with you, I would like to highlight our leadership opportunities, as five positions are opening up on our board of directors, on July 1, 2017. They are president-elect, secretary, and regional representatives 1, 3, and 5. Learn more HERE. If you or someone you know is interested in serving the field at the national level, join us for an interactive discussion, on 11/11/16, at 2EST. Please contact me to reserve your seat! This and ongoing leadership opportunities are generously funded by GED Testing Service, corporate sponsor of our leadership initiatives.


Sharon Bonney
Executive Director

Deadline is January 31, 2107

COABE Board of Directors 

Are you interested in serving at the national level on our Board of Directors? Join us for an interactive session, led by our board president and select executive committee members, on 11/11/16, at 2PM EST. Register HERE!
Contact sharonbonney@coabe.org for more details.

Job descriptions for each  position, as well as our nominations and elections timeline, can be found HERE.

Open positions are:
  • President-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Region 1 Representative
  • Region 3 Representative
  • Region 5 Representative

Our leadership initiatives are generously sponsored by our corporate sponsor:  
GED Testing Service

COABE Government Relations Report

As you know, Congress is supposed to consider 12 individual appropriations bills each year. Each bill is supposed to be written by an Appropriations Subcommittee, which is responsible for a particular subject area or subject areas (the Labor-HHS-Education-Independent Agencies bill has several subject areas, as the name implies). Thus, the Appropriations Committee is responsible for funding the government's entire discretionary budget each year. While their power has been eroded over the last several decades, Appropriators still wield significant power (Subcommittee Chairs are occasionally still referred to as Cardinals and collectively as The College of Cardinals).

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