Capitol Hill Day


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2017 CAPITOL HILL DAY A Huge Success


Dear COABE members,

I am delighted to share that COABE's fourth Capitol Hill Day took place during Adult Education and Family Literacy Week and was a wonderful success, with over 110 meetings scheduled with legislators and their staff! This brings our total meetings with legislators over the last 2 years, to more than 315 meetings! Sixty plus leaders and 8 students, from nearly all 50 states, joined together to walk the Halls of Congress as we made our voice heard on the Hill on behalf of Adult Education.   

I would like to thank our Committee for Advocacy and Public Policy (CAPP) Chair, Polly Smith, along with Christine Heinrich, our Coordinator, for their incredible work on all the materials and coordination related to Capitol Hill Day!

At the same time, members in the field used the simple "3 clicks/quick fire" COABE advocacy tool to contact their mayors, governors, legislators, and legislative staff which boosted our efforts while on the Hill. Many of the legislators and staff members we talked with said that they had been hearing repeatedly and often from our members. At this time, more than 33,000 contacts have been made! Keep up the good work, and please help us keep up the momentum. If you have not contacted your legislator, you can do that today, HERE.

All of our advocacy efforts are supported through a generous partnership with Aztec Software. We thank them for their support! 


Sharon Bonney
Executive Director

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National Adult Education Honor Society

NAEHS's goal is to see adult education student's achievements receive recognition.  This is done by the local NAEHS chapter through an induction ceremony.  Honoree's receiving such recognition fulfills the program's purpose of building the student's self esteem and assisting them to find a job or pursue higher education.

Capitol Hill Day Student Initiative generously sponsored by:
National Adult Education Honor Society


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Capitol Hill Day Testimonials

I want to thank you again for the opportunity to attend the COABE Capitol Hill Day. I cannot express how much going there and meeting such wonderful and impactful educators means to me and my future.

Going to D.C. and advocating for adult education was an amazing experience.
I left with wanting so much more for my future than I went there with, which is saying quite a lot given all of the motivation I had before attending.

I want to be more involved with COABE and AALL not just as a student, but as a future adult educator. If there are any educational opportunities for me once
I become a member, I would love to know more about them and what ways
I can be involved.

Again, thank you.

Take care,

—Heather Ashman

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  Sharon Bonney  Executive Director

Sharon Bonney
Executive Director

  Christine Heinrich  Project Coordinator

Christine Heinrich
Project Coordinator

  Polly Smith  Public Policy Chair

Polly Smith
Public Policy Chair

Dear Colleagues,
Our Capitol Hill Day took place on April 26th! ed in participating in our Capitol Hill Day. 

Additionally, with special thanks to ETS HiSET® one trip ticket per association has been paid, as well as all related travel and meal costs. 

You may submit a request for reimbursement for your flight expenses immediately via the expense form (link coming soon). All requests for reimbursement must be accompanied by receipts. You may send receipts in the following ways:

Fax: 866-941-5129
Mail: COABE, P.O. Box 620, Syracuse, NY 13206

If you have any questions at all, please contact



What You Need to Know To Make Your Capitol HIll Day a Success

COABE Capitol Hill Day generously sponsored by ETS HiSET

Capitol Hill Day
Giving a Voice to Adult Education Students

Capitol Hill Day
Bringing Advocacy to Capitol Hill

Pictures From Capitol Hill Day

Capitol Hill Day Social Media Posts

@COABENEWS team invades DC to advocate for #AdultEdu on #CapitolHillDay. Download our app and join the discussion.

Capitol Hill Day was a Great Chance to Meet our Leaders