Barbara Bush is an inspiration to us all on the ground implementing her mission and passion through adult and  family literacy programs where we experience first hand the value of what a literate America can do for families and communities every day. Her legacy will continue as programs across America strive to make every American literate and every family successful.  


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Success Files Features Educate & Elevate
With Host & Actor Rob Lowe

Educate & Elevate has been highlighted in "Success Files," an award-winning program that highlights new stories and innovative concepts through groundbreaking documentary presentations. The program aired on PBS and was hosted by actor Rob Lowe.

The Educate & Elevate campaign story featured a short, six-minute documentary about the power and relevancy of adult education and reached over 148 million viewers.

Here's a peek into some of the documentary's storylines:

  • Dr. Lorraine Morales serves as the president of Pima Community College, but before achieving this status she was a single mother who had dropped out of school. She earned her GED® certificate through adult school classes and continued her studies to earn a doctorate.
  • Dr. Richard Carmona grew up on the streets of the Bronx, was homeless at one point, and then dropped out of school to serve in the Army. While in the Army, he earned his GED® credential and two Purple Hearts. He was tapped by President George W. Bush for the position of 17th surgeon general and was the only surgeon general to ever be unanimously confirmed by the Senate.

There are so many amazing stories about the power of adult education, and "Success Files" will be sure to inspire audiences and stimulate conversations across the nation.

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COABE Membership Update: April 2018

Stay up to date with what is happening with COABE by reading the April issue of the COABE membership update.

Become an Adult Learner Member


Adult learners have an amazing story to tell! We want legislators, funders, and the general public to hear about your successes and your journey. When you join COABE, you amplify our voice from 55,000 practitioners to include the 1.5 million adult learners in the adult education system. Sign up today to reap the benefits of membership.


  • Receive membership updates
  • Post to the COABE App
  • Send a message to the president and their legislators


  • Receive membership updates
  • Post to the COABE App
  • Send a message to the president and their legislators
  • Opportunity to participate in 2-year term life initiative for free (no cost the first 2 years)
  • Opportunity to be considered for our Adult Learner of the Year award; the winner receives $10,000

Educate & Elevate eNews

Read the Educate & Elevate eNews. In this issue learn how to contact your legislator with 3 easy clicks, find out how Indiana and Pennsylvania organize statewide campaigns using COABE's 3 Quick Click Tool, read about COABE's Adult Learner Member Option, plan to attend a dedicated session titled "Advocacy: Building a Network that Engages Community, Staff, and Students" at the 2018 COABE National Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, and much more!

Educate & Elevate Success Stories


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Adult Learner Success Story

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If the answer is yes, the solution to your "protection gap" may be the Group Term Life Insurance Plan sponsored by Coalition on Adult Basic Education. Here are a few reasons why:

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  • Once approved, your insurance will remain in-force, to age 80, as long as you pay your premiums when due. You never have to reapply to get the best rates, as with the many “level-term” insurance plans on the market.
  • For a limited time, we’re making it easy to apply by waiving the medical exam for members requesting up to $120,000 in coverage. Provide basic information online, then New York Life Insurance Company will call you at a convenient time to gather your health information by phone.

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