2018 COABE Workplace Winner Of The Year
Featured In Washington Post

Dakota Provisions was recognized by the Coalition for Adult Basic Education (COABE) for workplace excellence as the 2018 Workplace Winner for its ongoing collaborative efforts with a local adult education provider to offer English-language instruction to its employees, helping them to integrate into the community and putting them on a path to economic mobility and professional advancement.

"We are pleased to see a leading partner in adult education and workforce development featured in a prominent, national publication," said COABE Executive Director Sharon Bonney. 


COABE Membership Update: January 2018

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


COABE VIP Vendor: January 2018


Educate & Elevate Public Awareness Campaign

Award winning Educate & Elevate public awareness campaign reaches business leaders through partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

In mid November 2017, COABE and NCSDAE leadership met with the Executive Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Jason Tyskzko. As a result of that meeting, adult education is now being featured in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce electronic newsletter that goes out to all registered businesses.   

COABE 2018 National Award Winners

We are pleased to announce our 2018 National Award Winners. We are committed to honoring the best of the best in our field! Thanks to generous funding provided by The Dollar General Literacy Foundation, we are able to offer our prestigious national level awards for:


Outstanding Adult Learner of the Year
Ana Chavarin

Outstanding Adult Teacher of the Year
Holly Heintz

Outstanding Administrator of the Year
Dr. Mary Gaston

Outstanding Workplace Award
Dakota Provisions

State Innovation Award
Arizona Association for Lifelong Learning Ambassador

Scholarship Award
Theresa Hikita

Incentive Grant
Kathyrn Wisner, Morgan Community College

Latest News


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COABE Board of Directors

The Coalition on Adult Basic Education represents the system of 55,000 adult educators in the United States.

As our organization continues to lead the field of adult education, the need for a dynamic and effective Board of Directors increases. Elected members of the Board of Directors serve for three years and meet two times per year. The open positions for which we are seeking nominations are Region 7 and Region 8 Representatives. Regional Representatives have a very active role in the organization as they attend state conferences, encourage participation in our national awards, incentive grants, and scholarships, and serve as a resource for state association leadership.

2018 COABE Conference Registration Now Open!

Collaborate with your colleagues from around the country in Phoenix, Arizona on March 25-28, 2018 at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix.

Learn about new best practices and receive targeted training from national level speakers. Twelve strands-comprised of more than 350 breakout sessions-will be offered, providing valuable, state-of-the-art training that you will be able to bring back to your adult ed program! Join more than 2,000 conferees and enjoy numerous networking opportunities with your peers in adult education and around the country.

Register today to attend our national conference. To take advantage of our early bird rates, register by 02/14/18. Members save $75 on their registration. Add membership to your registration so you can get the discounted rate. For inquiries on your membership status contact membership@coabe.org.  

COABE Membership Insurance Program


More than half of all Americans* are uninsured or say they don’t have enough life insurance ... because they overestimate the cost, they think life insurance is hard to get, or they just haven't taken the time.

Are you one of them?

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:

  • Rates are competitive. For instance, a member in his or her mid-30s can add $100,000 of protection for less than $6 per month. Find out exactly how much you’ll pay using our rate calculator.
  • 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.

Success Files to Feature Educate & Elevate
With Host & Actor Rob Lowe


Educate & Elevate has caught the attention of "The Success Files," an award-winning program that highlights new stories and innovative concepts through groundbreaking short-form and long-form documentary presentations. The program airs on PBS Member Stations and is hosted by actor Rob Lowe.

The Educate & Elevate campaign story will be featured in a short six-minute documentary, and plans are now in process to develop the storylines about the power and relevancy of adult education.

Utilizing strategic partnerships across numerous media distribution outlets, "The Success Files" continues to inspire audiences and stimulate conversations by tackling the most prevalent issues in the nation and across the world. Stay tuned for air dates. 

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Advocacy efforts are underwritten due to a partnership with Aztec Software

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