COABE/OAACE Regional Institute

COABE/OAACE Regional Institute Registration is now Open!

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We are honored to be hosting a COABE Regional Institute in conjunction with the annual OAACE conference this year. The 2017 COABE/OAACE Regional Institute is scheduled for October 5-7, 2017, in Cleveland, Ohio, at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. In order to make this year’s event a success, we need practitioners from across the region and country to share their expertise and best practices in adult education.

The COABE/OAACE Regional Institute will offer two and a half days of educational sessions, along with a special event. The Institute will open early on Thursday by offering half day and full day conference sessions, a national keynote presentation, and a special after-hours event. Friday morning will begin with another national keynote presentation, followed by the OAACE Scholarship and Awards Luncheon, and a full day of concurrent sessions. This luncheon will be a networking activity for all COABE/OAACE attendees. The conference will conclude on Saturday with three concurrent morning sessions. The Institute will conclude early on Saturday, providing attendees with the opportunity to enjoy the sites and activities around Cleveland.

Please note that the discounted conference rate is available to OAACE and COABE members only. All conference registrations will be reviewed by the COABE office to ensure current membership.

The Regional Institute will include:

  • Two national keynote speakers
  • Half day and full day conference workshops
  • Multiple concurrent sessions with state and national presenters
  • Opportunities for both formal and informal networking
  • After Hours event at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (ticketed event)

The OAACE Conference Committee carefully reviewed comments and suggestions from past conference attendees, as well as national trends related to WIOA legislation and the field of adult education to help guide the direction of presentations.


Thursday, October 5, 2017 (Registration:  8:00 am–4:00 pm)

  • Continental Breakfast: 7:30 am–9:00 am
  • Session I (half day):  9:00 am–12:00 noon
  • LUNCH–Keynote: The Cuban Guy 12:15 pm–1:30 pm
  • Session II (half day): 1:45 pm–4:45 pm
  • Open Q&A Session with the State HSE Office on Ohio Options: 5:00 pm–6:00 pm (Sandra Phipps)
  • After Hours Event: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame:  7:00 pm–11:00 pm (ticketed event)

Friday, October 6, 2017 (Registration: 7:30 am–4:00 pm)

  • Continental Breakfast: 7:30 am–9:00 am
  • Keynote Speaker: Leslie Fisher 9:00 am–10:00 am
  • Session III: 10:15 am–11:30 am
  • Scholarship and Awards LUNCHEON: 11:45 am–1:45 pm (ticketed event)
  • Session IV: 2:00 pm–3:15 pm
  • Session V: 3:30 pm–4:45 pm

Saturday, October 7, 2017  (Registration: 7:30 am–8:30 am)

  • Continental Breakfast: 7:30 am–9:00 am
  • Session VI: 8:00 am–9:15 am
  • Session VII: 9:30 am–10:45 am
  • Session VIII: 11:00 am–12:15 pm  

Closing session:

  • Thank you/Wrap up; Vendor door prizes and 50/50 drawing: 12:20 pm–12:45 pm

Brochure for Sponsoring, Exhibiting, and Advertising

Dear Exhibitors we would like to take this opportunity to invite you to exhibit your materials at the OAACE/COABE Regional Institute to be held at The Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, Cleveland, Ohio. Over 400 administrators, teachers, and instructional aides from the Adult Education, Family Literacy, and Workforce fields will be in attendance. Details on how to exhibit and sponsor are below.

Set-up time for exhibitors will begin on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. The Grand Opening of Exhibits will take place at on Thursday morning. To ensure attendees have enough time to visit all the exhibits, we are asking that you please stay set up until Saturday at noon. This year we will be looking for exhibitors to become sponsors. The sponsorship levels are defined in this brochure on the following pages.

Your support is very important to our organization and we could not thrive without your assistance. If you choose to sponsor or exhibit at the Conference, please complete the Exhibitor’s Form by mail or use our online form. Mail with your payment to the address below.

All correspondence should be directed to:

COABE C/O OAACE Regional Institute
PO Box 620 Syracuse, NY 13206
Phone: 1-888-442-6223

Presentation content strands include:

  • Assessment
  • Corrections
  • Curriculum & Instruction
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL/ESL/ELL)
  • Instructional Technology
  • Support Staff/Accountability
  • WIOA/Career Pathways/IET

All proposals relevant to adult education will be considered, with priority given to those presentations aligned to the aforementioned content strands.

Contact Us

Do you have a question, comment, or suggestion about the upcoming 2017 COABE/OAACE Regional Institute. Please fill out the form below and we will get in touch with you as quickly as we can.

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