Webinar Resources

COABE Professional Development Webinars generously sponsored by Burlington English


CASAS Assessments for Citizenship Preparation

Leverage the CASAS Life/Work, CIT, or EL Civics COAAPS to help students successfully prepare for the USCIS Naturalization Interview.

Participants will understand that the CASAS Citizenship not only add rigor, but facilitate the successful acquisition of language skills needed to successfully pass the USCIS Naturalization Interview.

I. Review correlation between the CASAS Life/Work Tests and elements of USCIS N-400 Application for Naturalization

II. Discuss CASAS Citizenship Assessments
a) Citizenship Listening Assessment
b) Citizenship Interview Test
c) CASAS Citizenship Resources Bibliography
d) CASAS EL Civics COAPPS 40.4 Mock Interview
1. Adaption of other CASAS EL Civics COAPPS to address elements of the USCIS N-400
2. Inclusion of documented and non-documented ESL students in an EL Civics/Citizenship lesson

Presented by: Jennifer Gagliardi
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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, we will learn and practice methods for increasing learner retention in ESL Civics and Citizenship courses. 

We will be discussing:

  • How to design an ESL civics course and what topics to include in the curriculum. 
  • The skills and vocabulary required to pass the U.S. Citizenship reading, writing, and civics exams. 
  • We will examine how to incorporate activities and technology into the classroom that utilize those skills and terms. 
  • Review a multitude of civics print, video, and online resources for instructors and learners.

Presented by: Laura Blom


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.

Presented by:

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

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



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.

Presenter: Margie McHugh
Resource: Ensuring Immigrants' Access to WIOA: Data and Advocacy Tools for Adult Educators (PowerPoint)

Ensuring Immigrant's Access to WIOA: Data and Advocacy Tools for Adult Educators webinar
generously sponsored by Burlington English



ADVOCATING FOR ADULT EDUCATION: HOW TO ADVANCE STATE AND FEDERAL POLICIES THAT SUPPORT YOUR LEARNERS

Adult educators have a unique perspective to offer when it comes to advocating for adult education -- because educators have on-the-ground experience with adult learners. In this webinar, learn how you can connect the dots between the people you serve and the policies that affect them. Get an overview of key federal and state policies that can provide greater opportunity for adult learners. Find out how you as an adult education advocate can educate policymakers about these issues. Learn about free tools and resources that you can use to advance new policies in your state. And get examples of adult education and skills policy successes that you can build on! 

Don't miss this practical webinar featuring Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Director of Upskilling at National Skills Coalition.

Presented by: Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Director of Upskilling at National Skills Coalition
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Advocating for Adult Education: How to Advance State and Federal Policies that Support your Learners webinar generously sponsored by Aztec Software

 

COABE'S LETTER TO PRESIDENT TRUMP

On January 20th, COABE sent an open letter to President Trump highlighting the importance of adult education. We believe that now more than ever, we must ensure that we continually educate our legislators on the value of adult education. 

Less than a week later, on January 26th, COABE and NAEPDC co-hosted an advocacy webinar, generously sponsored by ETS HiSET, to provide our field with tools and resources for raising awareness and visibility, along with new advocacy skills for use during this new administration. More than 1,500 members registered for the webinar, which received a rating of 4.8 out 5 stars. To view the webinar and resources, click HERE. Contact advocacy@coabe.org to add your name to our contact network. #adultedtrump #adultedunited 



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

Presented by:

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

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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.

Presented by:

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

BLENDED LEARNING FOR ADULT EDUCATORS

Join us as we learn about both competency-based adult education and blended learning and how and why, when these two approaches are integrated, they can form a powerful new model for adult learner engagement and achievement. We will look at adult education models that integrate these two approaches to achieve mastery learning, and we will discuss how adult basic and secondary level skills programs (including English language learning) can move to a customized model integrating these approaches.

Presented by: David J. Rosen, Ed.D, President, Newsome Associates
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ADULT EDUCATION AND WIOA: HOW TO WORK EFFECTIVELY WITH STATE AND LOCAL WORKFORCE BOARDS

Join us to discuss the value of working with your local and state workforce investment boards. With the new WIOA authorization, ABE has become a more important player in the workforce world. Learn about the spectrum of career pathway work required under WIOA, the role of local WIBs and how ABE can play a key role in career pathways integrated education and training. Representatives from both a local and a state WIB in Minnesota will share thoughts on the process of securing representation, what it has meant to the field and some successes and challenges that they have experienced through the partnership.

Presenters: Judy Mortrude, Eric Nesheim, and Karen Wolters
Resource: Adult Education and WIOA: How to Work Effectively with State and Local Workforce Boards PowerPoint (PDF)

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I-BETTER:  SUCCESSES AND LESSONS LEARNED THROUGH IMPLEMENTING I-BEST PROGRAMS

This session will focus on what we learned through implementing two different Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) pilot programs, one for ABE/ASE students and one for English language learners. Through implementation of these two pilot programs, we learned what to do, and what NOT to do, in program identification, student recruitment, co-planning and co-teaching, assessment of progress, and transitioning to employment. Join us to learn from our mistakes and successes and make your I-BEST program I-Better!

Presenter: Wendy Scheder-Black

Resource: I-Better: Successes and Lessons Learned-Question and Answer



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.

Presenter: Amy Trawick
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PANELIST FOR PAIRED READING: A BETTER PATH TO DEVELOPING CRITICAL LITERACY AND CROSS-CULTURAL AWARENESS

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

Description: 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.

Presenter: Lori Howard

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Catapult Your HSE Learner Into College Ready Skills

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.

Presenter: Christy Williams

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LEARNING IN THE CLOUD: TEACHING DIGITAL LITERACY TO ABE/ESL LEARNERS FOR SUCCESSFUL COLLEGE AND CAREER TRANSITIONS

As post-secondary schools shift away from traditional education models, in favor of providing deeper learning environments, they are required to replace their outdated technology practices and implement a new infrastructure to support student learning. The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education concepts can be modified to use in the ABE/ESL classroom. For example, instructors will be able to teach learners how to distinguish reliable from unreliable online information, and they should become aware of the ways in which civic participation may differ in online and offline contexts.

Presenter: Featuring: S. Michele Echols
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Testimonial:

"Thank you for the great class yesterday, October 14th! Kudos go out to the presenters for great information and the plethora of available teaching resources !!! Learned a lot as a new ELA instructor on how to integrate more computer based training into the course to better serve the students. Again, Thank You for All You Do!"


What You NeEd to Know to Make Your Capitol Hill Day a Success


Conference Planning Tips for State Associations


DEVELOPING HUMAN CAPITAL IN THE AGE OF WIOA

Description: 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, what drivers led to the passing of the act, as well as practical applications and strategies for implementation.

Featuring: Mitch Rosin and Ron Painter

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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 help you become an even more powerful voice for funding, strengthening and celebrating basic adult education in your community and state.

Featuring: Julie Anbender, Steve Hirsh, and Sharon Bonney

 

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WIOA Title II–Quality Information = Quality Service!

Presented by:

  • Judy Mortrude, CLASP
  • Anson Green, Texas Workforce Commission
  • Jeff Carter, NAEPDC
  • Carrie Tupa, Texas Workforce Commission
  • Sharon Bonney, COABE 

Full implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act begins July 1st and adult education programs are in various states for the new information collection requirements. Texas state leaders are helping their local programs understand how to use the new requirements to stand up quality intake and assessment models that support adult learners to the services they need for successful completion and transition.

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Better Together–Local WIOA Partnerships at Work, that Work!

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Presented by:

  • Judy Mortrude, CLASP
  • Jeffrey Arnott, Brevard Adult School
  • Lisa Rice, Career Source
  • Art Hoelke, Knight's Armament Company

The real opportunity in WIOA is building a partnership that will result in real opportunities for your learners. Recently COABE surveyed adult education providers across the country to learn about how you're partnering with your local workforce development system.  

Come hear the results and then hear from a Florida WIOA Title I/Title II partnership who have taken the time, in a short amount of time, to strategically create partnerships that our expanding economy needs and expects create a collaborative culture in which everyone wins. Finally, get a quick run-down on select WIOA levers that could take your own local work from a perfunctory MOU to a powerful partnership.

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WIOA At The Local Level: What's Next?

Presented by:
Michelle Carson, Carson Consulting

It's been almost two years since the passage of WIOA July 22, 2014. With the July 1 implementation looming, how have your programs prepared? Education services are key activities outlined in WIOA to enable youth and adults to obtain essential skills for employment and further education. With an emphasis on collaboration with postsecondary education entities and the real engagement of employers, adult education practitioners are feeling the pressure to be ready to meet the expanded demands of the law, employers, and learners. Engage with your peers to learn more about assessing your program's next moves.

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USING THE FREE COABE APP

Presented by Nell Eckersly and Jody Angelone

The COABE is a FREE resource that many conferees use to choose their agenda, download resources, meet colleagues, and complete session surveys.

Resources: COABE App YouTube Video


Making Difficult Math Concepts Simple

Presented Anthony Chan

Math is a subject that is very challenging to many students. This presentation will show how to teach difficult math concepts while building students’ confidence and making them feel comfortable learning each concept.


BUILDING A CAREER PATHWAYS SYSTEM: POLICY TOOLS FOR ADULT EDUCATORS

Presented by Amanda Bergson-Shilcock and Judy Mortrude

 
 

Big changes are underway in the adult education world thanks to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). In particular, the law's emphasis on career pathways is sparking efforts to better align programs across the adult education, youth services, and workforce development fields.

But what does good alignment look like? And how can adult educators take action to drive policy, and its resulting practices, rather than be buffeted by external forces? Learn about key policy considerations for adult educators in this new landscape.

Topics:

  • Policies that need to be in place to facilitate smooth transitions along a career pathway (such as co-enrollment and common assessment) 
  • Institutional relationships that adult educators need to establish (or strengthen) to ensure better connections for learners
  • Important decision points for states under WIOA and key questions to raise at the state and local level

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COABE 2016 APP FOR PRESENTERS

Join us as we explore exciting ways to build excitement for your presentation on the COABE App! We'll also show you how you can use the App during your presentation which will extend your presentation's reach beyond the conference. In this webinar we will review the tools available on the COABE app and discuss ways the tools could be used to enhance your COABE session.

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VIRTUAL LEARNING CENTER IN MAINE HELPS STUDENTS LOG ACADEMIC HOURS WHILE COMBATING ISOLATION

Presented by Pat Hughes

Description: Join us to learn about an exciting project that has been underway in Maine since 2010 which has helped adult ed students in rural, poverty stricken locations to log over 25,000 academic hours annually. The results and best practices of this nationally acclaimed, award winning program was also shared at the National Training Institute for State Directors in November. 



TITLE: INTEGRATING VIDEO INTO ADULT TEACHING AND LEARNING

Presented by Nell Eckersley

Description: In this webinar, participants will learn why video is so valuable for adult education, where to find videos online and how to create their own videos using tablets and smartphones. We will also explore the best ways for teachers to curate and share links to video content with their students.



LIVEBINDER: SCIENCE RESOURCES AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE ADULT EDUCATION CLASSROOM

Presented by Mary Gaston

Description: 
Join us as we explore some great Science resources and FUN ACTIV-ities! This presentation will provide Adult Education instructors with activities that can be implemented immediately in adult education classrooms. These activities will address targets of instruction in an engaging, hands-on, and interactive way.  Come see how Science can both challenge and engage your students!  So…put away the workbooks and be prepared to enjoy Science!  When the webinar ends, participants will still have access to the online binder of resources and activities! 

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LIVEBINDER: SOCIAL STUDIES RESOURCES AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE ADULT ED CLASSROOM

Presented by Mary Gaston

Description: Join us as we explore some great Social Studies resources and FUN ACTIV-ities! This presentation will provide Adult Education instructors with activities that can be implemented immediately in adult education classrooms. These activities will address targets of instruction in an engaging, hands-on, and interactive way.  Come see how Social Studies can both challenge and engage your students!  So…put away the workbooks and be prepared to enjoy Social Studies!  When the webinar ends, participants will still have access to the online binder of resources and activities! 

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WIOA IMPLEMENTATION: WHAT PRACTITIONERS NEED TO KNOW

Presented by Amanda Bergson-Shilcock

Description: The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) took effect on July 1. As states move from the theoretical to the practical, what do adult educators need to know? Join COABE and National Skills Coalition for a hands-on review of WIOA's key implications for the adult education field. Presenter Amanda Bergson-Shilcock will provide an overview of the current WIOA landscape, including opportunities for adult educators to weigh in on implementation issues in their states and localities.


SHIFTING FROM MATHEMATICAL WORKSHEETS TO MEANINGFUL TASKS–PART 3

Presented by Cynthia Bell

Description: With the new assessments and standards come shifts in instruction. Perhaps, one of the most exciting and challenging is moving towards providing meaningful and engaging tasks that allow students to make connections and expand their understanding of concepts and procedures. In this webinar, we will deconstruct the instructional shifts and analyze their effects on instruction using meaningful tasks discovering how to use all three tools to turn an ordinary worksheet into a meaningful, rigorous task.

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SHIFTING FROM MATHEMATICAL WORKSHEETS TO MEANINGFUL TASKS–PART 2

Presented by Cynthia Bell

Description: With the new assessments and standards come shifts in instruction. Perhaps, one of the most exciting and challenging is moving towards providing meaningful and engaging tasks that allow students to make connections and expand their understanding of concepts and procedures. In this webinar, we will discuss the different levels of cognitive complexity and learn how to use them to make this shift, discovering how to use the second tool to turn an ordinary worksheet into a meaningful, rigorous task. 


IT'S TECH-XTRODINARY! 20 TECH TOOLS FOR THE ESL CLASSROOM

Presented by Becky Shiring

Description: Technology not only prepares our students for workplace success in the digital age but also is extremely beneficial in diverse classrooms where students' skill levels and interests vary. In this webinar participants will learn about 20 free and easy to use technologies that can be used to differentiate instruction and prepare ELLs for success in a connected global and digital society. Learn about exciting options to help engage students and meet instructional challenges.

Resources:
It's Tech-Xtrodinary Tech Tool Checklist
It's Tech-Xtrodinary (PowerPoint)
It's Tech-Xtrodinary (PDF)


WEBINAR: SHIFTING FROM MATHEMATICAL WORKSHEETS TO MEANINGFUL TASKS


Presented by Cynthia Bell

Description: With the new assessments and standards come shifts in instruction. Perhaps one of the most exciting and challenging is moving towards providing meaningful and engaging tasks that allow students to make connections and expand their understanding of concepts and procedures. In this webinar, participants learn how to deconstruct the Standard Practices and learn how to use them to make this shift, discovering how to turn an ordinary worksheet into a meaningful, rigorous task.

Resources:
• Beliefs About Teaching and Learning Mathematics
• Shifting From Worksheets to Meaningful Tasks Part 1
• Multi-Step Equations Handout for SMP 3