COABE Virtual Conference

Virtual Conference Registration

If you registered for the Virtual Conference back in October 2016, you will be able to access archived presentations for up to six months after the live conference. So don't worry if you miss a session or two, you can always access it later! 

This conference will showcase our top national presenters and is provided by a partnership with McGraw-Hill Education.

COABE Virtual Conference Presentations

Adult Education Innovates with IET+S!

Integrated Education & Training (IET) is a promising practice based in adult learning theory. Through IET programs, adults seek goal-oriented, relevant, practical knowledge.
The final Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) codified an IET definition, and the July 2016 final regulations provide both assurance and incentives for adult educators to design and implement IET which, when paired with a sector focus and support services (+S), rounds out a powerful career pathway model: IET+S.
Review the IET definition and guidance and explore a few of the many adult education programs that have discovered the power of IET and, through a variety of partnerships, have implemented the IET strategy to serve people across the educational functioning level spectrum.

Presenter: Judy Mortrude, Senior Policy Analyst – Center for Law and Social Policy


Beyond WIOA: Drawing on Other Federal Resources to Help Your Learners

We all know about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), but what other federal programs might you be able to access? In this session, learn about opportunities to serve people with basic skills needs using support from the US Departments of Transportation, Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development, and more.   Get ideas for how new partnerships can help you tap into new sources of funding!

Presenter: Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Senior Policy Analyst, National Skills Coalition

Helping you Help Others: Financial Workshop Kits

Financial Workshop Kits can help you reach out to your community by providing the tools and resources needed to deliver financial education information to underserved audiences.

Whether you are a financial planning professional, social services professional, community volunteer, financial educator, or human resources professional, Financial Workshop Kits provides a level of focus and specialization that you can use to be more comfortable, more efficient, and more effective in your work.

Here, you have access to workshops, tools, and other resources that can be used separately or together to empower people to make the best financial decisions for their values and unique circumstances.

Presenter: Mary “Jeannette” Schultz, Project Manager – National Endowment for Financial Education

Fostering Student Success through Mentoring

This presentation will detail the essential components of a mentoring program that supports learners' goals and persistence. We will explore various mentoring program models and the program and student factors to keep in mind as you plan to start up or bolster a mentoring component in your program. A Mentoring Toolkit will be shared. 

Presenter: Priyanka Sharma, Coordinator, National College Transition Network

Creating Innovation in Adult Education Service Delivery

WIOA requires workforce programs to provide better quality services for improved learner outcomes, comprehensive career pathways, and working as part of a whole within a coordinated workforce development system. As states move forward with WIOA implementation, NOW is the time for programs to transform their services with innovative practices to achieve success. We will share innovative efforts that are transforming adult education for improved learner outcomes. These efforts, which create a climate for success, include how to forge strategic partnerships, integrate career pathways, utilize participatory learning methodologies, identify and manage learning and employment challenges, align instruction to the CCRS, and create an improved service delivery infrastructure.


  • Jeff Fantine, National Consultant/Trainer, Fantine Academic and Career Training Services
  • Laura Weisel, Director of Research, Innovation, and Clinical Services – The TLP Grou

Family Service Learning: A Two-Generation Approach that Increases Adult Employability Skills

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) has pioneered an innovative model for two-generation learning across the nation through Family Service Learning. This session will describe the six-step process of Family Service Learning, providing examples in the context of more than fifteen organizations implementing Toyota Family Learning. Results of three years of independent evaluation will also be shared, including findings of increased college and career readiness skills among participating adults.

Presenter: Patricia Lovett, Team Leader, National Center for Families Learning

Online Lesson Plans for Financial Literacy and Consumer Protection

This follow-along-with-your-own-device session introduces an online resource for teaching financial literacy and consumer protection content while promoting language development, critical thinking, and web navigation skills. The resource's features include lesson plans in English and Spanish, differentiated for beginning and intermediate levels. Participants will be invited to explore the resource's application to their instructional contexts.

Presenter: DeAnna Coon, Director, Center for Applied Linguistics

Panel Presentation Showcase WIOA Compliant Innovations, Strategies, and Partnerships

Join us for an exciting panel presentation, led by Patricia Thomas, on October 26th, from 9:00- 10:30 a.m., as we showcase the trendsetting WIOA compliant, innovative, and collaborative work of SW ABE and its partners in Marshall, MN! Each panel participant will share their role and how our collaboration is a win-win for the customer in a wide variety of services. They will also discuss best practices and adjustments they have made along the way.

Presenter: Patricia Thomas, Director – SW ABE

Web-based Resources for Adult Mathematics Teachers

Are you looking to revitalize your math instruction with ideas that excite both yourself and your students? Join us to get acquainted with sources of professional readings for on-going manageable-sized inspiration and collections of resources that change teachers' andragogy through student-centered learning activities. And as always, come prepared to do a little math!

Presenter: Connie Rivera, President, Adult Numeracy Network

Leveraging LINCS to Meet WIOA's Evidence-Based Professional Development Demands

The Literacy Information and Communications System (LINCS) provides states a solution for meeting the new requirements for professional development (PD) laid out in the Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Title II, Sections 223 and 231. The Department of Education's LINCS investment specifically assists states with the provision of evidence-based PD opportunities for local programs and adult educators. Using LINCS as a vehicle for providing support to states in this effort is effective, efficient, and familiar to the field as LINCS has an established foothold in providing evidence-based resources, PD, and training. The new national LINCS Professional Development Center (PDC) is well-positioned to provide a framework that can serve as a conduit to meet new WIOA regulations.

Presenter: Kaye Beall, Director, LINCS Professional Development Center

Competency-Based Adult Education:Teaching, Learning and Assessment  to Achieve College and Career Readiness for All Learners

Competency-Based Education (CBE) offers instructional and assessment strategies and features that encourage learners at all levels to stay motivated to reach mastery, bridge gaps, improve college and career readiness, and become independent in the learning process.  This presentation explores Competency-Based Education, its past and its application in current adult education. The presentation will examine the current effort underway to create a competency-based approach using research-proven instructional and assessment strategies for adult education.  It will examine how CBAE employs strategies to personalize learning for all levels and across all content areas.


  • Donna Chambers, Adult Education Specialist, Competency Based Adult Education
  • David J. Rosen, Competency Based Adult Education Leader

Impact of the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) on Policy and Practice

In March 2016, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released results of additional data collected in 2014 by the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), which provided more information on key subgroups-unemployed, young adults (16-34 years old) and older adults (66-74 years old)-that is of high interest to policy makers and adult literacy practitioners. This session provides a deeper look at the results from the expanded U.S. PIAAC (combined 2012 and 2014) data and significance of the results for research as well as issues such as the relationship between educational attainment, employment status, and skills. 


  • Katie Landeros, Research Associate – American Institutes for Research
  • Stephen Provasnik – National Center for Education Statistics

Digital Skills for Adult Learners and Their Educators

WIOA defines digital literacy skills as the skills associated with using technology to enable users to find, evaluate, organize, create, and communicate information. New Media Horizon Consortium explores many more definitions. How will teachers and learners in adult education identify and gain digital skills while engaging in basic literacy and education activities? Let's explore and discuss! 

Presenter: Branka Marceta, Technology Projects Coordinator, Outreach and Technical Assistance Network

Integrating Math into ESL Instruction

Under WIOA, math has been included in the scope of instruction for students learning the English language. Developing math skills while learning English will help ELL students pursue career and technical training, transition to post-secondary education, or enter the workforce. This presentation will provide insights into how you can successfully help your ELLs learn basic math skills for both daily life and to meet their future goals. Participants will learn how to plan effective lessons which include language considerations and how to make math real by incorporating hands-on activities into the lessons. Participants will also learn how students approach math calculations based on the culture where they were taught and how this impacts instruction. 

Presenter: Laura Sherwood, Professional Development Specialist, Adult Learning Resource Center

21st Century Professional Development: Helping AEL Teachers Dive into the Digital World

Join us as AALPD board members Beth Ponder and Glenda Rose explore the benefits and challenges of providing professional development opportunities in the virtual world to adult education staff.  Find out how Texas has implemented a statewide learning management system and a distributed learning model for professional development in order to encourage professional growth and instructional innovation.


  • Beth Ponder, Program Manager, Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and Learning
  • Dr. Glenda Rose, Professional Development Center Specialist – Texas A&M University

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