Message from our
New Board President

Message from our
New Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Don Finn

Dr. Don Finn

What an honor it is to begin my term as President of COABE! My affiliation with the organization began in 2006 when I attended my first conference in Houston, and from that time, I knew COABE had huge potential to impact the lives of adult learners and the practice of teachers, administrators, and tutors who work with them. In 2007, the Virginia Association for Adult and Continuing Education, Virginia’s state association hosted one of the first COABE Regional Institutes in Williamsburg.

Sharon Bonney

Sharon Bonney

I am so grateful and humbled by the recent appointment of the Board of Directors to the newly crafted position of Chief Executive Officer for the Coalition on Adult Basic Education! As you may know, I have worked with and for COABE in some capacity for twenty years, first in a contracted administrative position for ten years, followed by seven years as COABE's full time manager, and then serving in the recent role of executive director for three years prior to this appointment.


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The COABE Journal seeks to be the resource that adult educators turn to for learning and inspiration. Since the COABE Journal started using a theme format - first with Career Pathways and most recently with Prison Literacy - we have seen a tremendous response. Nearly 12,000 readers now download and use the Journal. We hope you will consider sharing your expertise as we begin planning for the October 2019 issue.

The next edition of the COABE Journal will focus on leadership. We will be accepting manuscripts that focus on leadership at all levels including, but not limited to, student leadership, leadership in the classroom, teacher leadership, administrative leadership, leadership in giving, leadership in advocacy and public policy, community leadership, and more!

Click below to submit your manuscript. Contact with questions.

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