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2017 COABE Board Elections

February 15, 2017

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Click the "Vote" button below to cast your ballot. You can read the full bios for candidates here. Voting closes by 12:00pm CST on April 4, 2017, and the election results will be made public at the closing session of the COABE conference in Orlando, Florida on April 5, 2017. If you have any questions, or if you need assistance voting, please contact coordinator@coabe.org.


GOVERNMENT RELATIONS REPORT: February 2017

February 9, 2017

Washington is trying to acclimate to the Trump Administration. The president is acting through a spate of executive orders. The Senate is slowly making its way through confirmation hearings and discussing how to consider the president's nominee for the Supreme Court. The foreign policy establishment is trying to weigh the impact of the president's remarks on our relationships with Mexico, Australia, and Israel, among other countries. Information about the budget and other administration policies has not been revealed. Like so much else with the new administration, including its views on education policy, details will be forthcoming. However, it is definitely not business as usual in the nation's capital!


COABE Membership Update February 2017

February 1, 2017

Stay up-to-date on what is happening with COABE by reading the February issue of the membership update. In this issue, you can register for the the COABE 2017 Conferencesign up for a FREE Professional Development Webinar, find out about Tuesdays for Teachers, learn more about the February VIP Vendor-Up and Running Software Development, read COABE’s Government Relation Report, find out more about the Research to Practice Initiative, and much more!


CAREER PATHWAYS COORDINATOR/INSTRUCTOR

February 1, 2017

WINDHAM  RAYMOND SCHOOL DISTRICT
RSU 14 serves the beautiful Sebago Lakes communities of Windham and Raymond, which are located twenty minutes from Portland and thirty minutes from the cities of Lewiston/Auburn. The seven schools that comprise our district are dedicated to the success of all, including the 750 staff members and the 3400 students. Our school community hires only the most committed teachers who embrace the use of technology and 21st century teaching and learning standards to ensure the highest quality education. We seek to support, engage and develop high expectations for all students and staff members, and offer multiple opportunities for a rich and individualized educational experience. New and experienced teachers are provided multiple opportunities for professional growth, and partnerships with four local universities foster the belief that we are a community of learners. Our students consistently test above State averages, exceed graduation rates and 86% of our students continue with post-secondary study.

 Please refer to the Windham Raymond Web Site www.windhamraymondschools.org for complete instructions on the application process.


Johan Uvin Appointed New IEL President

February 1, 2017

IEL's board of directors appointed Dr. Johan E. Uvin as IEL's sixth president. Uvin was the Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the U.S. Department of Education. He succeeds Martin J. Blank, who served as IEL president since 2009 and remains the director of IEL's Coalition for Community Schools.

“Building on IEL's long-standing commitment to linking education and workforce development systems, Dr. Johan Uvin’s appointment signals IEL’s renewed commitment to cross-boundary leadership to create equitable opportunities and improve outcomes for all young people, from childhood through their transition to adulthood. Johan brings entrepreneurialism, strategy, and interdisciplinary expertise to expand the organization’s reach by strengthening ongoing IEL initiatives and creating new opportunities,” stated Dr. C. Kent McGuire, IEL board chair and president of the Southern Education Foundation. Read full article...


Foundational Skills in the Service Sector

By Amanda Bergson-Shilcock

Across the United States, millions of men and women with limited reading, math, or digital problem-solving skills are holding down jobs across the service sector. Employed in retail shops and restaurants, hotels and hospitals, these workers not only help fuel the country’s economy — they keep daily life in America humming smoothly along. In the course of their jobs, these workers often need to read vital directions, follow safety protocols, calculate prices, supervise colleagues, and oversee budgets. All of these tasks are made dramatically more challenging for workers who don’t have strong literacy or numeracy skills. Many resort to creative work-arounds in an attempt to compensate for their lack of skills, but others struggle in silence. Their skill gaps carry heavy consequences for themselves, their co-workers, their employers, and our society as a whole. Read the full report.


Tuesdays for Teachers

February 1, 2017

Be sure to join GED Testing Service for our next Tuesdays for Teachers webinar! Take a deeper dive into strategies and techniques that will help your students pass the GED® test, in this upcoming webinar:
 
Math Functions - Why Do I Need to Know About Them?
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
3:30 - 5:00 PM ET / 2:30 - 4:00 PM CT
 
Join the GEDTS professional development team as they explore the High Impact Indicator of functions in real-world situations. Learn how to make activities real and accessible to students at different points in their mathematical development. From math practices and resources to lesson plans to online professional development opportunities for you to explore, this webinar will provide you with ideas on how to teach the basics of functions in your GED® Prep Math classroom.

Want to get up to date on your professional development? Check out the Tuesdays for Teachers webinar page for archived professional development webinars and the 2017 calendar of events.


Does Your Left Hand Know What Your Right Hand is Doing?

February 1, 2017

Tyton Partners is a partner with COABE


Webinar: PIAAC Prison Study: An Overview of the Skills of U.S. Incarcerated Adults

February 22, 2017

11am - 12pm EST

On February 22nd, the American Institutes for Research will host a presentation and discussion on a recently released report using data from the Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) titled Highlights from the U.S. PIAAC Survey of Incarcerated Adults: Their Skills, Work Experience, Education, and Training (PDF). This report provided information on skills and competencies of the incarcerated adults, comparing to that of adults in U.S. households. The report also reported on the extent of inmates’ participation in formal education, empowerment classes (such as parenting or personal finance management), and job training programs.

Compared to the household population, the incarcerated population is disproportionately male, Black, and Hispanic, relatively younger, and has lower levels of educational attainment. About 30 percent of U.S. incarcerated adults performed at low levels of literacy (below Level 2) and about half of them at low levels of numeracy (below Level 2), compared to about 20 percent and 30 percent of adults in U.S. households, respectively. A large majority of incarcerated adults (94 percent) have either a high school degree or below. About 20 percent of incarcerated adults are currently studying for a formal degree, with 70 percent expressing desire to do so to advance their education.

Links to more information about the report are available at the PIAAC Gateway.


News, Views, and Clues

January 21, 2017

Adults with Disabilities
 
At OCTAE’s August 2016 State Directors Meeting, Johan noted that “30% of adults without a high school diploma have a disability while only 15% in the general population do.” 
 
The Council of State Governments and the National Conference of State Legislatures have recently published Work Matters:  A framework for states on workforce development for people with disabilities.  The full report can be found at:


It provides numerous examples of state policies and programs to support workforce services for the disabled. 
One section reminds us of the value of entrepreneurship as an employment option. Below are links to a few of those resources.

You can also find the following entrepreneurship resources on LINCs:

 
All NAEPDC News, Views, and Clues are archived at:


Opinion: Trump should make adult education a priority
Thousands of people are on waiting lists in Pennsylvania alone to get the training they need to make a decent living

By Don Block

Daniel Marsula/Post-Gazette

Daniel Marsula/Post-Gazette

Donald Trump was elected president with the votes of millions of disenfranchised and unemployed workers who feel that they are not sharing in the country’s economic prosperity. One method of bringing this group back into the mainstream of working America is as old as the American dream itself, and that is education.

While the value of higher education is widely understood, our nation has overlooked another part of the educational pipeline for far too long. I’m referring to adult basic education. Higher education is out of reach for the 12 percent of adult Americans who do not have a high school diploma. In Pennsylvania, there are more than 1 million people between the ages of 18 and 65, the prime working years, who lack this basic credential.

Due to changes in the workplace, it’s nearly impossible to find any kind of family-sustaining employment without a high school diploma. Job opportunities for the poorly educated are disappearing, as manufacturing becomes more technology-driven. A high school diploma and some postsecondary education are required to begin a conversation about a low-level position in today’s job market.


Where Research Meets Practice

January 15, 2017

COABE Journal for Research and Practice for Adult Education

Since 1977 COABE's Journal of Research and Practice has provided adult educators with new ideas for teaching adult learners. Now this great tool is online and paired with professional development webinars to focus on best practices in adult education.

Each month we will focus on a topic of high interest for the field. This month we are sharing journal articles, archived webinars, and resources highlighting Program Management. Learn more...


DOL issues new guidance on serving immigrants

January 15, 2017

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The Department of Labor recently issued a Training and Employment Notice (TEN 28-16) on best practices, partnership models, and resources for serving English language learners, immigrants, and refugees.

The TEN was sent to stakeholders across the public workforce system, including state labor departments, state and local workforce boards, and American Job Centers (formerly known as one-stop centers).

The TEN emphasizes the importance of ensuring that all customers have meaningful access to the public workforce system, and describes notable requirements for federally funded workforce providers under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Sec. 188 and its associated nondiscrimination/Equal Employment Opportunity regulations.


Alexander N. Charters Adult Education Grant-In-Aid Program

January 5, 2017

Since 1949 Syracuse University has assembled historical documents and University records, including manuscript, print, visual, and media materials, related to adult education. This material is known collectively as the Alexander N. Charters Library for Educators of Adults, in recognition of Dr. Charters' efforts in promoting and expanding our adult education holdings. Through the generosity of Dr. Charters, we are also able to offer annual grants to one or more scholars or practitioners wishing to do research in our adult education collections. 

RESEARCH POSSIBILITIES
History of adult education as a discipline: themes, research, developments over time, focus areas, needs, and programs. Literacy efforts: like those reflected in the Laubach Literacy International and Literacy Volunteers of America collections. Training of adult educators: special requirements and needs of teachers of adults. Adult education organizations: history, projects and purposes, and problems and achievements.

HELPFUL LINKS

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 15, 2017
To apply, submit a letter of intent outlining the proposed research topic, plan, term of stay, and budget, as well as a current résumé and a professional reference letter.

Applications should be sent to: 
Charters Grants-in-Aid Program
Special Collections and Archives Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, New York 13244-2010

Notification of awards will be given by March 15. 


The Big Reveal

January 1, 2017


Coalition on Adult Basic Education

January 1, 2017

Dear Members,

As we head into the new year, I wanted to share a few important announcement with you!  After much discussion, due to our strategic planning efforts and input from the field, we have changed our name from the Commission on Adult Basic Education to the Coalition on Adult Basic Education. We believe that this underscores the true nature of our organization as our membership base is primarily comprised of state memberships. Additionally, our national and regional conferences are co-hosted by state associations and our professional development is delivered, in part, by our more than 25 strand partners. Finally, many of our VIP vendors and sponsors provide much needed support to our association, enabling us to provide the level of services we do at incredibly reduced fees. 

Over the next six months we will continue to roll out our new branding and related promotional items related to this change. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at info@coabe.org.

On another note, as you may recall, earlier this year we asked our members to let us know if they had access to medical and dental insurance benefits, as we understand that many members work on a part time basis. We heard from nearly 400 members, most of which do not have benefits of any sort. With this in mind, we have worked with Careington, a well-known provider to offer health care savings plan for our members. COABE will receive a small commission when members sign up, which we will set aside to customize and increase the options we are able to offer our members. We will be sharing more about this exciting option, and we hope that if you are currently without insurance, this low cost health savings option will be of value to you as we head into the new year!

Sincerely,
 
Sharon Bonney, Executive Director 


MEMBERSHIP UPDATE January 2017

January 1, 2017

Stay up-to-date on what is happening with COABE by reading the January issue of the membership update. In this issue, you can register for the the COABE 2017 Conferencesign up for a FREE Professional Development Webinar, nominate someone for a COABE National Award, learn more about the January VIP Vendor-Steelcase, read COABE’s Government Relation Report, find out more about the Research to Practice Initiative, and much more!


Adult Learners Campaign

December 31, 2016

We recently participated in Mediaplanet’s Adult Learners campaign where we united with likeminded industry leaders to call attention to the struggles older and nontraditional students are faced with in today’s education system and economy, and help connect adults who are thinking of going back to school with the tools, resources and knowledge they need to achieve the success they deserve. The campaign was distributed through USA TODAY on December 23rd 2016 and is published online. For the full campaign, visit: educationandcareernews.com


VIP VENDOR JANUARY 2017–UP AND RUNNING SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

December 31, 2016

We are community focusedThe design of our organization is and was shaped by our concern for our people, our community, and our environment. We think locally, nationally, and internationally as well. Every year, we donate our time, money, and thought to solving problems and helping others, and we have since the beginning. Not only do we do this because we think it's the right thing to do, a good portion of Up and Running's team members have children, including the principles. We want the world to be a good one for them too, and we have chosen to make that happen.


Ravi–Keynote Speaker for 2017 COABE Conference

December 30, 2016

Ravi Hutheesing (Rah-vee Hut-tee-sing) is an entrepreneur who has built his brand as a keynote speaker, writer, and musician. Having spent his life being a bridge between baby-boomers and millennials, his integrity-centric philosophies have influenced businesses, educators, and over a million people throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Additionally, the US Department of State engages Ravi as a cultural diplomat to promote cultural exchange and mutual understanding around the world, and he partners with non-profits globally to promote education, the arts, and cultural awareness.


Informed Immigrant

December 29, 2016

This site was created by several organizations, including Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC, Center for Community Change, FWD.us, National Immigration Law Center, SEIU, United We Dream and others, InformedImmigrant.com  features guidance in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and legal resources to help immigrants and their families during these uncertain times. The site will be continuously updated with additional guidance and information as it becomes available.

What you'll find:
- Legal information/FAQs in English & Spanish;
- A list of over 600 immigrant rights/immigrant-serving organizations and their donation links for when allies are looking for places to volunteer/donate;
- A legal resource pdf with known and regularly used legal services look up tools;
- Know your rights materials.
 
How you can help:
- If you notice missing organizations, please submit in the form at the top of the organizations page.
- If you are getting frequently asked questions from community members that are not addressed, please let us know.
 
Coming soon:
- know your rights video tutorials
- full site in Spanish & Korean
- toolkit on creating healing spaces tool-kit from UWD


Online Resources on Disconnected Youth and Young Adults

December 29, 2016

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is hosting online resources on disconnected youth and young adults.
 
Meet IssueLab: Your New Go-To Resource on Disconnected Youth
Casey teamed up with Foundation Center to create a new collection of online resources focused on the millions of youth who are not in school or working. This special IssueLab brings together nearly 140 publications with promising practices, insights and research focused on helping disconnected youth succeed.


Nine Star Education & Employment Services

December 28, 2016

Congratulations to long-time COABE group member, Nine Star Education & Employment Services on their 40 years of service to the field of adult education! Watch this video to take a look at their work and service over the years.


GOVERNMENT RELATIONS REPORT:
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER

December 15, 2016

Last Friday night, Congress passed a second short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) ensuring that federal programs are funded at current levels, through April 28, 2017.  This action effectively ends the 115th Congress.  This CR includes a 0.19 percent across-the-board cut. The new Congress will be sworn in on January 3rd, and the new President will be inaugurated on January 20, 2017. 

When the Congress reconvenes, it will have a full plate. Committees will reconstitute themselves, Senate Committees will hold confirmation hearings on prospective Cabinet members, the Budget and Appropriation processes for Fiscal Year 2018 will begin, while the Congress finally completes work on funding FY 2017, and the debt ceiling will expire--potentially raising the threat of a government shutdown.

 

COABE's Legislative Center generously sponsored by ETS HiSET


MEMBERSHIP UPDATE December 2016

December 1, 2016

Stay up-to-date on what is happening with COABE by reading the December issue of the membership update. In this issue, you can register for the the COABE 2017 Conferencesign up for a FREE Professional Development Webinar, learn more about the December VIP Vendor-PrepPath, read COABE’s Government Relation Report, find out more about the Research to Practice Initiative, and much more!


NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN!

December 1, 2016

We're committed to honoring the best of the best in our field! That's why we recently sought additional funding for our national award program. We are pleased to announce that thanks to generous funding provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, our award stipend for each of the three categories (Adult Learner of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Administrator of the Year) has been raised from $1,000 each to $10,000 each! 

Each year at our annual conference, COABE gives the following awards:

  • Adult Learner of the Year
  • Administrator of the Year
  • Outstanding Teacher of the Year

Award recipients in each of these categories are recognized at the annual COABE national conference during the awards luncheon and receive a $10,000 financial award to help defray costs associated with conference attendance, including transportation and hotel accommodations. As an added bonus the successful nominators receive a complimentary conference registration for the conference where the award is presented.

Additionally, scholarships and incentive grants are available. Scholarship recipients receive a $2,000.00 financial award. Incentive grant recipients receive a $1,500.00 financial stipend and $750.00 travel stipend to present on his/her project at the annual conference. 

The deadline to submit an award is January 31, 2017. Winners will be honored at the COABE national conference at Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida on April 3, 2017.

Sponsored by Dollar General Literacy Foundation


VIP VENDOR DECEMBER 2016–PREPPATH

December 1, 2016

PROVIDING SUPPORT TO MILLIONS OF TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

Castle Software Inc., the maker of PrepPath, has provided online instructional support to millions of teachers and students over the past 25 years. We’re passionate about supporting teachers in efforts to teach, inspire, and empower their students.  

PrepPath is born out of the belief that all people have the ability to achieve and succeed. Our HSE preparation platform incorporates our vast experience and supportive material in all core academic areas and Spanish. We go to work every day to empower students at every learning level to confidently move down the path toward their high school equivalency and career goals.

PrepPath is born out of the belief that all people have the ability to achieve and succeed. Our HSE preparation platform incorporates our vast experience and supportive material in all core academic areas and Spanish. We go to work every day to empower students at every learning level to confidently move down the path toward their high school equivalency and career goals.


BENEFITS OF USING PREPPATH FOR TEACHERS:

  • Assessment preparation material for all major components of the HSE exam.
  • Over 1500 educator-designed assignments designed to pinpoint target deficiencies identified in the GED™ Exam.
  • Statistics on individual student growth to provide valuable, just in time insight and quickly identify growth opportunities for students.
  • Live support team available via chat or phone.

Finish Your Diploma Campaign

November 26, 2016

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation and Ad Council launched new public service ads (PSAs) on behalf of the Finish Your Diploma campaign. The ads provide adults with the information and encouragement needed to earn a high school equivalency diploma. The new PSAs celebrate adult learners and reinforce the idea that no one does it alone.
 
As literacy champions, we wanted to share the campaign materials and toolkit with you. We hope the toolkit and fun social media opportunities are useful for you organization's efforts to inspire others and increase awareness for the cause. We also hope that like us, you are inspired by the stories of the four individuals featured in the campaign who recently finished their high school.

 
 

Integrated Education and Training Model Survey

November 20, 2016

The National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium (NAEPDC), CLASP, the Center for Law and Social Policy, and the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) have teamed up to find examples of how states and local areas are implementing the integrated education and training (IET) model in the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, including how IET is provided under the Integrated Education and Training English Literacy and Civics program. 

We want to hear from practitioners on the kinds of  Integrated Education and Training (IET) Models they have in their adult education programs.  If you are a classroom teacher, administrator, or partner, your work is important in defining IET.  Please take a few minutes to share your work via this survey and build up a network of peer learning to support one another as we undertake IET under WIOA. 
 
Results from this survey are intended to support the implementation of IET in areas where efforts are just underway and to share practices with those already implementing. Results submitted may be used in publications (after permission is received), to support professional development efforts supported by the NAEPDC, and to support the development of future guidance and policy.  

This survey is designed for local adult education programs to complete. Please complete as much of the survey as you are able and skip questions for which you do not have information. Providers with IET programs in multiple occupations may repeat the survey. State program staff may complete this with information from local programs.


We Need YOUR Help to Ensure Adult Education is Funded

November 14, 2016

Congress will shortly reconvene in a "lame duck session" to determine spending levels for FY 2017. We need to do whatever we can to ensure that, at a minimum, Adult Education funding is not cut, in the best of possible worlds, gets the increase Congress assumed when it passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
 
The next years are going to be challenging - pressure to cut federal funding will grow, while demand for Adult Education services is likely to increase. We need to work together to protect and grow funding for Adult Education so that more under educated and/or disadvantaged adults are able function effectively and get family supporting jobs or access post-secondary education.
 
In March, the new Administration will unveil its first budget. We need to make sure that it adequately funds Adult Education. Then, in April the Congress will begin the annual Appropriations process. Congress also needs to gets the message that Adult Education is a key component to any growth agenda.
 
We are asking you to weigh in now with Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees who will be making these decisions in the weeks and months to come. Please click HERE for a letter that you can use to send to your Senators and Representatives.
 
We are convinced that if we continue to work together, we can make good on COABE's mission of advocating for more services, more funding, and less waiting.

If you are interested in helping out with this, please notify us by clicking HERE.


COABE GOVERNMENT RELATIONS ELECTION DAY UPDATE

November 11, 2016

The 2016 national election results are in, and Donald J. Trump is President-elect and Governor Mike Pence is Vice President-elect. In addition, since the Republicans maintained their majorities in both the Senate and the House, for the first time since 2010, one party will control both the White House and Congress.


Fall Virtual Conference

November 1, 2016

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.

Sincerely, 
  
Sharon Bonney
Executive Director


VIP VENDOR NOVEMBER 2016–STECK-VAUGHN

November 1, 2016

Steck-Vaughn High School Equivalency Test Preparation for all learners-Give your learners the tools they need to complete their HiSet® Exam or TASC™ Assessment now!  The NEW Steck-Vaughn® High School Equivalency Test Preparation series offers updated in-depth coverage of all the subject areas (Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies) to reflect the most recent specifications of the HiSet Exam.


Southwest Adult Basic Education agency has received national attention

November 1, 2016

Our local Adult Basic Education agency has received national attention. An official with the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) invited Pat Thomas, director of Southwest ABE, to present to a national forum on how her agency is able to help more people by collaborating with a variety of community partners. COABE's virtual conference took place October 25 and October 26. COABE is the largest adult education professional organization with 15,000 members and has an in-person conference each spring. This is its first virtual conference.

"I had originally thought they just wanted me to showcase our adult/youth career pathway work, but when they became aware of other things we are doing in a collaborative fashion from low literacy to college bound, they asked that our focus be one of sharing the various collaborations we have going on," Thomas said. "A big reason for this is the new federal WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) law that was signed (in 2014) giving the directive for Workforce and ABE to be more collaborative to serve individuals better."


Is there Public and Private Funding to Address the Digital Divide in Health Literacy?

October 17, 2016

While the Internet access digital divide, including for adult basic skills learners, appears to be narrowing, we still have the digital use divide. This plays out, for example, when adult learners need to apply online for jobs, benefits, or college financial aid; or when they need to communicate with their children's teachers. Now there is research evidence that there is a digital divide in health literacy.

A new health literacy study concludes that "About half of Americans have low health literacy and struggle to find and use health information, which is associated with negative outcomes, including overall poorer health. Health information technology (IT) can be used to make health information directly available to patients via electronic tools, such as patient portals, wearable technology, and mobile apps." The study in Journal of Medical Internet Research "found that the use of health IT, such as fitness and nutrition apps, activity trackers, and patient portals, are significantly associated with improved health literacy, but patients with low health literacy were less likely to use health IT tools or perceive them as easy or useful. The study also explored whether health literacy is associated with patients’ perceived ease of use and usefulness of these health IT tools, as well as patients’ perceptions of privacy as offered by health IT, and trust in media, government, technology companies, and healthcare."


JOINT STATEMENT OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF STATE DIRECTORS OF ADULT EDUCATION (NCSDAE) AND THE COMMISSION ON ADULT BASIC EDUCATION (COABE): A NEW PARTNERSHIP TO GROW ADULT EDUCATION

October 4, 2016

Today we are pleased to announce that COABE and the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education are partnering in an advocacy effort to strengthen and grow Adult Education.
 
COABE is organized to advance national and international adult education and literacy opportunities for all persons. Its more than 15,000 members include adult educators, administrators, and mentors working to improve educational outcomes for adults.
 
The purpose of the NCSDAE is to attend to its members legislative needs and concerns, to work with other adult education organizations to exchange ideas and solve common problems, and to establish and maintain a nationwide communication network regarding national policy and legislative issues. Learn more...


Rebuild Louisiana Adult Ed Schools

September 30, 2016

As you are likely aware, Louisiana has been hit hard by flooding. 5 adult schools were completely wiped out. COABE and LAPCAE would like to work together to help these schools. We will each (both LAPCAE and COABE) match up to $1,000 per school.

COABE, Commission on Adult Basic Education
www.coabe.org 

LAPCAE, Louisiana Association for Public, Community, & Adult Education
www.lapcae.org 

Help spread the word!


Capitol Hill Day

September 29, 2016

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! 

Sincerely,
 
Sharon Bonney
Executive Director 

Capitol Hill Day is provided by a partnership with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


ADULT EDUCATOR'S REPOSITORY

Nearly 8,000 adult educators have joined the Adult Educator's Repository since it's launch at COABE 2015. It's a free service provided by COABE in partnership with Essential Education that enables members to download resources and presentations as well as provides the opportunity to upload your best practices to share with the field. Get the details here