2018 COABE ConferenceStrand Partners


Adult Learning Resource Center
Immigrant Integration Strand

For over 35 years the Adult Learning Resource Center (ALRC) has provided expert professional development for adult and family educators. Whether providing training for instructional or program development, the ALRC utilizes content expertise and current research to deliver high quality services to individuals, programs, and state networks.

Adult Numeracy Network 
Numeracy Strand

We are a community dedicated to quality mathematics instruction at the adult level. We support each other, we encourage collaboration and leadership, and we influence policy and practice in adult math instruction.

The Adult Numeracy Network (ANN), formerly the Adult Numeracy Practitioners Network, was formed by adult education practitioners at the first national Conference on Adult Mathematical Literacy held in Arlington, Virginia, in March 1994. They had joined researchers, program administrators, government officials and others to discuss the status of adult numeracy education and to determine future directions. The conference was co-sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the National Center on Adult Literacy (NCAL), and the Office of Vocational and Adult Education of the U.S. Department of Education. 

The mission of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) is to provide leadership for the field of adult and continuing education by expanding opportunities for adult growth and development; unifying adult educators; fostering the development and dissemination of theory, research, information, and best practices; promoting identity and standards for the profession; and advocating relevant public policy and social change initiatives.

We invite you to settle in and explore our site. Engage. Connect. Learn.

AIR’s mission is to conduct and apply the best behavioral and social science research and evaluation towards improving people's lives, with a special emphasis on the disadvantaged.

AIR is one of the world's largest behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations. Our overriding goal is to use the best science available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to enhancing everyday life. For us, making the world a better place is not wishful thinking. It is the goal that drives us. Founded in 1946 as a not-for-profit organization, we conduct our work with strict independence, objectivity and non-partisanship. Learn more about our history

Arizona Association for Lifelong Learning (AALL)
Student Engagement Strand

  • We are advocates for adult education. 
  • We build the social infrastructure between individuals and groups to stimulate a robust environment for lifelong learning. 
  • We utilize publications and technology to strengthen the lines of communication in our community. 
  • We monitor and tackle issues affecting our community of lifelong learners. 
  • We promote and empower education programming for special populations not well served by traditional education. 
  • We stimulate excellence through professional development by building expertise and best practices via seminars and workshops. 

We eagerly await your contributions. Through the support of our many members, volunteers, friends, neighbors, students, and many others, the Arizona Association for Lifelong Learning is fulfilling its mission. Your contribution of time, energy, and resources is an investment in our communities that delivers great returns. Returns that are measured in a stronger community, a higher quality of life, and a better world. 

Association of Adult Literacy Professional Developers (AALPD)
Professional Development Strand

The Association of Adult Literacy Professional Developers (AALPD) is a national group for professional developers in adult literacy. An affiliate of COABE(Coalition on Adult Basic Education), AALPD serves as a strand partner for the annual COABE Conferences and offers a pre-conference and other professional development events. 

Learn about the AALPD Priorities that guide AALPD and read the AALPD Issue Papers that detail AALPD’s positions on professional development issues. Identify ways you can become involved. 

The purposes of AALPD are

  • To build a network of professional developers to share information and communicate fresh ideas and promising practices;
  • To provide professional development for professional developers based on their needs and interest;
  • To contribute the voice of the field to shaping policy initiatives.

AALPD uses Evidence Based-Professional Development and conference presentations to create a network of individuals interested in professional development in adult literacy.

Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE)
Career and Technical Education Strand

The Association for Career and Technical Education® is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers. It's our mission to provide educational leadership in developing a competitive workforce. Read more about our history and structure

Over the past 40 plus years, the Carlos Rosario School has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of immigrants by investing in and supporting their journey to achieve the American Dream. The School combines award-winning education, life skills programs, and support services to create a holistic experience. Our curriculum merges research on regional economic realities with professional field standards and is tailored to explicitly meet the needs of the local immigrant community. ESL instruction is embedded in life and technology skills, health education, parenting, civics, and workforce training. The School celebrates a long established local, regional, and national reputation for excellence and our programs are recognized as high quality and impactful. Thanks to the School’s programs, thousands of adults have obtained high school diplomas; passed the citizenship exam and become U.S. citizens; gained the English skills necessary to help their children with homework; entered into careers and climbed career ladders; paid millions of dollars’ worth of taxes; purchased homes; and obtained college degrees and workforce certifications.

Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)
ESL/ELL Strand

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is a non-profit organization founded in 1959. Headquartered in Washington DC, CAL has earned an international reputation for its contributions to the fields of bilingual and dual language education, English as a second language, world languages education, language policy, assessment, immigrant and refugee integration, literacy, dialect studies, and the education of linguistically and culturally diverse adults and children.

CAL's mission is to promote language learning and cultural understanding by serving as a trusted source for research, resources, and policy analysis. Through its work, CAL seeks solutions to issues involving language and culture as they relate to access and equity in education and society around the globe.

CAL is led by a team of highly qualified and talented researchers, language scholars, and experienced practitioners, many of whom are recognized leaders in their fields. Our Board of Trustees, composed of leaders in the fields of applied linguistics, language education, research, testing, finance, and marketing, provides guidance and direction to accomplish our mission.

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
IET and WIOA Strand

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization advancing policy solutions for low-income people.

For nearly 50 years, our deeply knowledgeable staff has lifted up the voices of low-income children, families, and individuals; equipped advocates and organizers with policy ideas that work; built coalitions and partnerships to advance a bold vision; and helped public officials put good ideas into practice.

CLASP works to develop and implement federal, state, and local policies (in legislation, regulation, and on the ground) that reduce poverty, improve low-income people’s lives, and creates pathways to economic security for everyone. That includes directly addressing the barriers people face because of race, ethnicity, and immigration status. We also fight back against bad ideas as well as political attacks on effective policies and investments.

Through high-quality analysis grounded in data and on-the-ground experience, effective advocacy, a strong public voice, and hands-on technical assistance, CLASP develops and promotes new ideas, mobilizes others, and provides guidance to government leaders and advocates to help them implement strategies that deliver meaningful results to people across America.

Coalition of Lifelong Learning Organizations (COLLO)
Lifelong Learning Strand

The Coalition of Lifelong Learning Organizations (COLLO) joins with others to:

  • Shed light on major issues in lifelong learning education
  • Advocate for policies and actions to achieve education opportunities for all adults
  • Engage in dialogue, network, and voice perspectives on efforts to develop, maintain, and improve the development of adult learning within the United States and internationally.

Competency-Based Education 
Competency Based Strand

Competency is defined as an ability or skill; proficiency infers ability or aptitude; while mastery indicates the ability to do, use, or understand something very well. Whatever word you prefer to use, being college and career ready implies assurance that all adult education students are competent, proficient and have mastered the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) and are self-directed learners--before moving on to their next steps beyond ESOL, ABE, and ASE. To do this, adult educators must focus attention on what the students have learned, not on what we think we taught them, and use all the available tools to do this.

Competency-based education is experiencing renewed interest and, in some learning communities, is proving to be central to the "how" in creating the instructional shift needed for CCRS implementation.

An online Competency-Based Learning Community of Practice Discussion Group for Adult Education has been formed, facilitated by David Rosen and Donna Chambers.  The group is comprised of members who have experience in competency-based education dating back to the 1970's, those who are new to CBE and want to learn more about it, and those in between. If you would like to join the group, email either David (djrosen123@gmail.com) or Donna (Dchambers464@gmail.com). This is collaboration at its best!

Corrections Strand

Corrections Corporation of America today announced that it is rebranding its corporate enterprise as CoreCivic. Under the CoreCivic brand, the company will provide three distinct business offerings: CoreCivic Safety, a national leader in high quality corrections and detention management; CoreCivic Properties, a wide range of innovative, cost-saving government real estate solutions; and, CoreCivic Community, a growing network of residential reentry centers to help tackle America’s recidivism crisis.

EdTech Center @ Word Education 
Digital Literacy & Technology Strand

The EdTech Center seeks to meet the evolving education and training needs of under-educated adults and youth through high-quality, innovative services aimed at increasing local staff skills and program capacity. The EdTech Center supports educators and local partners in the integration of digital technologies into instruction, promotes digital literacy and access to accelerate learning, college and career readiness, and offers mobile and online learning opportunities.

The EdTech Center brings together existing educational technology projects at World Education and amplifies their services through our partners.

Houston Center for Literacy
Community Based Strand

Who We Are

Houston Center for Literacy, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is working to improve literacy rates by connecting literacy providers and resources to support adult learners. 

Why We Exist

Houston's staggering low-literacy statistics have significant implications on the city's wellbeing now and in the future, including our workforce, the lives of many families, as well as the safety of all of our citizens.

Houston's Low-Literacy Statistics: 

  • 1 in 5 Harris county residents lacks basic literacy skills, up from 1 in 7 in 1992. (U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy)

  • Of the 75 most populous cities in the United States, Houston was recently ranked #56, with #75 being the least literate.  (Central Connecticut State University, 2011)

  • Immigrants who are proficient in English earn between 13-24 % more than non-English proficient immigrants. (Migration Policy Institute, Adult English Language Instruction in the United States: Determining Need and Investing Wisely (2007)).


Jobs for the Future 
Workforce Development Strand

Jobs for the Future (JFF) is a national nonprofit that builds educational and economic opportunity for underserved populations in the United States. We develop innovative career and educational programs and public policies that increase college readiness and career success, and build a more highly skilled, competitive workforce. With over 30 years of experience, JFF is the national leader in bridging education and work to increase economic mobility and strengthen our economy.

Kentucky Adult Education Skills U 
State Innovations Strand

A 1998 task force concluded that adult illiteracy was “a fundamental barrier to every major challenge facing the state” – from education reform and economic development to its citizens’ basic health and well-being.

Recognizing the hindrance that an undereducated workforce has been on the state’s economy, Kentucky’s leaders moved aggressively to make adult education a top priority.

The Kentucky Adult Education Act passed by the 2000 General Assembly created a partnership with the Council on Postsecondary Education, increased funding and set the stage for dramatic improvements in the educational status of adult Kentuckians who lack a high school diploma, function at low levels of literacy or want to learn English.

The Council on Postsecondary Education’s 2016-2021 Strategic Agenda for Kentucky Postsecondary and Adult Education focuses on three urgent priorities—opportunity, success and impact.  Kentucky Adult Education (KYAE) Skills U is responsible for Policy Objective 4 under college readiness.

LINCS is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) to expand evidence-based practice in the field of adult literacy. The LINCS initiative features on-demand, web-based professional development opportunities; targeted face-to-face training, high-quality resources; and an interactive online learning community.

The National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium (NAEPDC) was incorporated in 1990 to fulfill a desire of state adult education staff to enhance their professional development. Organized by state directors of adult education, NAEPDC has five main purposes:

  • To coordinate, develop, and conduct programs of professional development for state adult education staffs;
  • To serve as a catalyst for public policy review and development related to adult education;
  • To disseminate information on the field of adult education;
  • To maintain a visible presence for the state adult education program in our nation's capitol; and
  • To coordinate the development of national and/or international adult education initiatives and link those initiatives to state programs.         

Since its inception, NAEPDC has established itself as a major force in the adult education community. More than 50 states and territories are members.  NAEPDC works with the Department of Education (Office of Vocational and Adult Education), the National Institute for Literacy, the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, the National Center for Adult Literacy, the National Coalition for Literacy, and other national adult education organizations in planning for programs and activities to support adult learning initiatives. 

Literacy is at the root of a person’s ability to succeed, and the family is at the heart.

We are the National Center for Families Learning, formerly known as National Center for Family Literacy, and since 1989 we have helped more than one million families make educational and economic progress by pioneering–and continuously improving - family literacy programs.

Our emphasis is on family literacy for a simple reason–study after study shows that family, home, and community are the true drivers of a child’s education. Consider these truths:

  • Children’s reading scores improve dramatically when their parents are involved in helping them learn to read.
  • Low family income and a mother’s lack of education are the two biggest risk factors that hamper a child’s early learning and development.

National Career Pathways Network 
College and Career Pathways Strand

The National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) is a membership organization for educators, employers and others involved in the advancement of Career Pathways, career technical education (CTE), and related education reform initiatives. The NCPN Advisory Board ensures that NCPN meets the requirements of the stakeholder groups, and to represent stakeholder interests. NCPN is housed at the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD).

NCPN assists its more than 2,000 members in planning, implementing, evaluating, and improving secondary and postsecondary transition programs by facilitating the exchange of best practices among the country’s leading practitioners.

The National College Transition Network (NCTN) at World Education, Inc. strengthens policy and practice that prepares nontraditional learners, such as veterans, dislocated workers, and under and unemployed adults for college and careers. The NCTN provides technical assistance and professional development services to community college systems and adult education programs to design models for accelerated career pathways, comprehensive student support services, and engagement with the workforce system. Please explore our website to view the tools and resources, technical assistance and professional development efforts we provide.

We are committed to forward-thinking financial education. The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) is the leading private nonprofit national foundation dedicated to inspiring empowered financial decision making for individuals and families through every stage of life.

With more than a quarter-century of dedication to the public good, NEFE continues its legacy of service with commitment to providing financial education and practical information to people at all financial levels, including:

  • Youth and adult financial education resources
  • Training tools from the classroom to the workplace
  • Research and consumer surveys

Digital Literacy & Technology Strand

The Northstar Digital Literacy Project defines basic skills needed to perform tasks on computers and online. The ability of adults to perform these tasks can be assessed through online, self-guided modules. Included are basic computer digital literacy standards and modules in ten main areas: Basic Computer Use, Internet, Windows Operating System, Mac OS, Email, Microsoft Word, Social Media, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Information Literacy.

When individuals pass the assessments at approved sites, they can obtain the Northstar Digital Literacy Certificate. This provides a credential for employment. There is no cost to complete the online assessments.