Professional Development Webinars (FREE)


UPcoming Webinars (FREE)

COABE is pleased to offer a series of professional development webinars which are led by presenters that have received excellent ratings from workshop participants at our national COABE conferences.
 


COABE Professional Development Webinars generously sponsored by Burlington English


The Trump Administration and Adult Education: A View from Washington, DC

COABE and the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education invite you to participate in a webinar to discuss what the new Administration may mean for Adult Education and ensure you have the tools needed as we head into a new era under the Trump administration. 

We will discuss:

*    Funding Adult Education in the coming years
*    Making the case for Adult Education
*    Working together to mobilize our resources to protect and grow Adult Education
*    Adult Education on the Hill and in your community
*    Media partnerships
*    Coalition building

We will share:

*    Resources
*    Tips for effective advocacy and,
*    Best practices

Join us as we gear up to protect Adult Education! 

Webinar space is limited to 1,000 and provided on first come, first serve basis.

Date: January 26, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Presented by:

  • Gene Sofer, Art Ellison, Susan Fish, Tom Nash, Polly Smith, Regina Suitt, and Sharon Bonney 

The Trump Administration and Adult Education:
A View from Washington, DC webinar generously sponsored by ETS HiSET


The Blended Classroom in Rural Communties: How to Pull Together Resources on a Small Budget

Are you an instructor at a small, rural program? Are you looking for new ways to introduce your students to technology but aren't sure how? Does your program run on a tight budget? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this workshop is for you! Join Janet Slayden and Rudy Rhoades for a workshop where you can participate in an interactive lesson plan that blends free and low-cost resources for your classroom. Included in the workshop is a take-home packet with a list of resources, two lesson plans, and access to an online learning community with ongoing support.

Date: January 27, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Presented by:

  • Janet Slayden, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
  • Rudy Rhoades, Kentucky Educational Television

Ensuring Immigrants' Access to WIOA: Data and Advocacy Tools for Adult Educators

Federally-funded adult basic education and English literacy services are crucial for immigrant and refugee integration. In this webinar, get a detailed overview of issues relating to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), including concerns about how to ensure service to individuals with the lowest levels of education and English proficiency. You’ll learn about key challenges created by WIOA and its proposed regulations, and strategies that can be used to help ensure equitable service access for diverse learners. In addition, you’ll get a practical demonstration of how to obtain detailed socio-demographic data on learner needs in your community, enabling you to inform policy and planning conversations.

Date: February 21, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Making Connections Between Research and Practice

Often adult educators want to incorporate research findings or ideas into practice but aren't sure where to find current research, how to evaluate it, or how to actually use it. If 2017 is your year to get even more out of research to benefit your work in adult education, then make plans to join Dr. Alisa Belzer (Rutgers University) and Dr. Margaret Patterson (Research Allies for Lifelong Learning) on a March 15 webinar on connecting research with practice. This webinar follows up on a Winter 2016 forum piece in the Journal of Research and Practice. Both Drs. Belzer and Patterson are current researchers and former instructors in adult education. They are eager to share insights on locating and evaluating adult education research and to encourage the field to make stronger connections between research and practice.

Date: March 15, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Presented by:

  • Alisa Belzer, Rutgers University
  • Dr. Margaret Patterson, Research Allies for Lifelong Learning

Making Connections Between Research and Practice webinar
generously sponsored by Essential Education


Pathways to Citizenship: Teaching Civics to English Language Learners

Do you know who wrote the Federalist Papers? Do you know who was the first Postmaster General of the United States? Can you name two cabinet-level positions in the U.S. Government? Learning Civics is essential for English language learners trying to live, work, and study in the United States. Civics classes can provide learners with the opportunity and information they need to be successful in our competitive society. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn and practice methods for increasing learner retention in ESL Civics and Citizenship courses. Participants will discuss how to design an ESL civics course and what topics to include in the curriculum. Participants will review the skills and vocabulary required to pass the U.S. Citizenship reading, writing, and civics exams. They will examine how to incorporate activities and technology into the classroom that utilize those skills and terms. Participants will also review a multitude of civics print, video, and online resources for instructors and learners.

Presented by: Laura Blom
Date: March 24, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

COABE Professional Development Webinars generously sponsored by Burlington English


Social Studies & Science for the High School Equivalency Assessments: Make it Fun, Make it Cheap!

This presentation will focus on methods and resources to turn your classroom into an exciting and engaging location for social studies and science instruction. The focus will be on the content, concepts, and strategies students need to successfully pass the social studies and science content tests in the three high school completion assessments. We will share ideas about teaching in a way that is fun, engaging, and active. Students will be up and out of their seats! Resources for the classroom will include a number of internet-based resources in addition to low-cost or no-cost tips and ideas for turning the classroom into a constant social studies and science learning experience. Participants will leave the session with a variety of ideas for immediate implementation and access to a Livebinder with a large variety of internet resources.

Presented by: Susan Gibson
Date: May 17, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

COABE Professional Development Webinars generously sponsored by Burlington English


All About Accommodations

This session will include a general overview of accommodated testing and the best way to assist students when they need help applying for accommodations. We will look at the types of accommodations that are available for high-stakes testing; the accommodation request process; and review complete and incomplete applications. ADA and other guidance will be discussed. There will be time for all of your questions.

Presented by: Debbie Bergtholdt
Date: June 7, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

COABE Professional Development Webinars generously sponsored by Burlington English


Exploring Algebraic Thinking in a Teachers' Circle

The New York City-based Community of Adult Math Instructors (CAMI) will share their process of starting a citywide math teachers’ circle to collaborate with other teachers and expand their knowledge of mathematics. We believe in the power of teachers doing math together to make connections between learning and teaching. Participants will engage in an inquiry-based process of algebraic thinking through use of visual patterns and multiple strategies for problem solving, including drawing, different ways of seeing, making charts/tables, and making predictions using rules. Teachers and learners with all levels of mathematics knowledge are encouraged to attend.

Presented by: Eric Appleton and Mark Trushkowsky
Date: July 12, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

COABE Professional Development Webinars generously sponsored by Burlington English


webinar Resources

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