Educate & Elevate Kickoff Webinar

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The system of 55,000+ adult education leaders stand united in a national campaign to educate policy makers about the importance of investing in adult education and moving opportunities forward for all Americans to achieve economic mobility.
We hope you will plan to join us for a live webinar to learn about this important campaign and communication tools to elevate your organization and build relevancy in the mission of adult education.
This webinar is the first in a series that builds the capacity of our adult education organizations to proactively and effectively use our campaign toolkit to tell our story. The campaign timeline, toolkit and events will be reviewed in detail, followed by our schedule of webinars with topics such as best outreach strategies to policy makers, effectively telling the adult education story, social media integration and much more.

Date: June 29, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. (EST)


Critical Investment in Adult Education

Click "Take Action" above, enter your contact information and click "SUBMIT" to preview the letter we will send on your behalf to Congress.

Click "Take Action" above, enter your contact information and click "SUBMIT" to preview the letter we will send on your behalf to Congress.

Dear Adult Educators,

National Council of State Directors of Adult Education (NCSDAE) and the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) have joined in a public awareness campaign to highlight the value of adult education. Below is a joint statement regarding funding levels for adult education, developed in consultation with Gene Sofer, Government Relations/Public Policy Consultant for both organizations.
The statement summarizes the rationale for adopting a recommendation that emerged during a "Thought Leaders" conversation that took place at the COABE Conference in Orlando, April 2017. This recommendation was that the strongest and most effective message regarding funding levels is that adult education should be funded at the full authorized level. Thought Leaders in attendance represented the following organizations: Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), World Ed, Office of Career Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE), Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), ProLiteracy, National Council of State Directors of Adult Education, Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE),  National Coalition for Literacy (NCL), Literacy Action Network (LAN), National College Transitions Network (NCTN), Adult Literacy Resource Center (ALRC), Association for Adult Literacy Professional Developers (AALPD), National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE), and Core Civic. 

Pathways to Progress-Youth Workforce Fund

The Citi Foundation, in partnership with America’s Promise, is launching the Youth Workforce Fund, a competitive fund that seeks to make strategic investments in community-based organizations connecting low-income young people, ages 16-24, with workplace skills and employment opportunities. The $4 million Fund will award one-year grants of up to $250,000 to a cohort of grantees across 15 markets in the United States.  Selected grantees will also be provided with networking opportunities and access to Citi volunteers as part of the Fund.

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Tom Sticht, International Consultant in Adult Education (Ret.)

There has been substantial advocacy by hundreds of organizations for implementing various pre-school programs for children from economically poorer homes across the U.S. for many years. This large scale advocacy has paid off with hundreds of billions of dollars being invested in pre-school programs such as Head Start, Early Head Start, and numerous others funded by both state and federal dollars.
In contrast, investments in adult basic education have been minimal, reflecting minimal advocacy primarily mounted by those most intimately involved in adult education, that is, adult program administrators, adult teachers, and their adult learners.

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Pictured from left to right Tom Nash, Kaye Sharbono, Sharon Bonney,  Secretary Betsy DeVos, Reecie Stagnolia, and Patricia Tyler.

Pictured from left to right Tom Nash, Kaye Sharbono, Sharon Bonney, 
Secretary Betsy DeVos, Reecie Stagnolia, and Patricia Tyler.


WASHINGTON, D.C. ---  As part of a campaign to improve access to adult education and skills programs that dramatically increase job opportunities, leaders of two major adult education organizations met this week with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and more than 80 members of Congress and staff. Tens of millions of adults in America can't read or compute simple math. They are often unable to find work or qualify for job training programs.

According to officials from the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) and the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education (NCSDAE), Secretary DeVos told the leaders she is committed to strengthening adult college and career readiness and is eager to find innovative and high-tech solutions to help. Read more >

Capitol Hill Day was a Wonderful Success

Our Capitol Hill Day was a wonderful success with over 80 visits made to legislators and their staffers. Our joint public awareness campaign, Educate and Elevate was our mantra, and feedback from Capitol Hill Participants has been extremely positive. The last meeting of the day was with Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education. Leaders from COABE invited the state director's leadership to join them for this important meeting. The meeting lasted over an hour, during which time the Secretary expressed her commitment to adult education while COABE and state director leadership shared important points relative to quality, endurance, integrated education and more. To review the press release from this meeting, click here

Adult Education Advocacy:
Bringing the Practitioner Voice to Policy Conversations

By Amanda Bergson-Shilcock

Making sure that policy conversations are informed by the deep expertise of adult educators in the field is a core element of National Skills Coalition’s work. In addition to bringing practitioners into Washington for federal-level conversations, NSC staff also regularly travel around the country to connect with people who are engaging in advocacy in their local communities and states.

This spring, two NSC staff members joined adult educators at two major conferences to talk about emerging opportunities for policy advocacy, new research findings, and resources for practitioners to connect the dots between local programs and the broader adult education and skills policy conversation. Learn more >

Government Relations Report

Eight months into the fiscal year, Congress completed work on the omnibus bill FY 2017 Appropriations Act. The bill passed in the House on May 2 by a 309 to 118 vote and in the Senate on May 3 by a vote of 79 to 18. After writing that the country "needs a good 'shutdown' in September to fix [a] mess," the president signed the bill on May 4. The bill froze funding for adult education at the FY 2016 level. Other Titles of WIOA were basically frozen, as well. Read more >

VIP Vendor June 2017
McGraw-Hill Education

Workforce Education
Prepare students for workforce success.

Contextualize workforce training within academic instruction to guide adult learners on a path to family-sustaining careers. Aligned with WIOA requirements, our workforce solutions integrate academic and occupational skills to prepare students for postsecondary education and training, and, ultimately, success throughout their careers. Learn more >

COABE Election Results

COABE would like to thank every candidate for running. We know that running takes time, effort, and commitment. We would like to congratulate and introduce your newly elected Board members and regional representatives. Election results >


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