Adult Education Family Learning Specialist

The National Center for Families Learning, a private nonprofit organization located in Louisville, KY, is seeking a Family Learning Specialist to provide subject matter expertise in adult education and parent engagement for family literacy programs. Underlying expertise in effective family engagement practices and the ability to create and deliver high-quality professional development are requirements. Experience working with low income, culturally diverse, and/ or American Indian populations is highly desired.

Successful applicants will demonstrate a passion for NCFL's mission to address literacy challenges by engaging all family members in intergenerational learning, with a primary focus on parents and children living in poverty.

Raise Your Hand for $25 Million Additional Funding


You may recall that as a field we rallied together for additional WIOA Title II funding, and received $35 million additional funding (the first increase of its kind in many years). There is an additional $25 million under consideration, but legislators need to hear from you as there are many competing priorities under consideration. If you believe your work in adult education is important, we urge you to take action today. It takes just a few minutes of your time and the increased funding will significantly impact the field. You can do so when you click the "Take Action" button. 

Additionally, if you are a local program administrator, please consider joining us for a one hour special online convening on July 17, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. EST aimed at equipping local administrators with hands-on advocacy tools. Contact to register.  

Adult Learner Success Story

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Adult Learner/COABE Ambassador, Sam Vega, Selected as One of Two Participants for the Allegany County Summer Fellowship Program!

On Thursday, Allegany County government announced the selection of students from Frostburg State University and Allegany College of Maryland as the first participants of the Commissioners' Fellowship Program.

Cranston Carter Imes and Samantha Vega will join county government during their summer break.  

"We are thrilled to have these two talented students join Allegany County government this summer," said Brandon Butler, county administrator. "This program is yet another way that the county commissioners are continuing to invest in workforce development."

The Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved the launch of the program, which provides summer internship opportunities for students at Frostburg State University and Allegany College of Maryland, during its March 22 meeting.

Imes is a senior at FSU majoring in political science and law and society.

Vega is a second-year human services student at Allegany College, and is a student ambassador with the Coalition on Adult Basic Education, a national organization dedicated to advancing adult education and literacy opportunities. She is also a part of the Peace Studies Club and Democracy Commitment at the college.

Google for Education

Quizzes in Google Forms
With six new features, we're leveraging the power of Machine Learning to introduce more intelligent features in Quizzes in Google Forms - bringing the paperless classroom to life and saving more time than ever before. Learn more and create a smarter quiz today!

National AfterSchool Toolkit Launch
While a majority of teachers increasingly assign homework that requires the internet, millions of students-primarily those from low-income and rural communities-don't have access at home. This is known as 'the homework gap' and it's causing too many students to fall behind. To help close this gap, the National AfterSchool Association, with support from Google, has created a free, online Afterschool Tech Toolkit that guides afterschool professionals through the effective integration of tech into their programs. The toolkit covers topics like how to identify technology needs, how to creatively gain access to devices and connectivity, and how to train afterschool staff. Become a digital learning champion by checking out the Afterschool Technology Toolkit today!

Brand New One-Hour Applied Digital Skills Lessons
If your students are on the hunt for summer jobs - or graduating and preparing to launch their careers - the newest Applied Digital Skillsvideo lesson will help them take that critical first step. The Create a Resume activity can be completed in under an hour - perfect for keeping high school students engaged during these last weeks of the school year and preparing them for their futures. 

Lessons from Teachers of the Year on YouTube
Looking for some mid-week inspiration? Check out the 'Lessons from Teachers of the Year' series and hear from state Teachers of the Year on topics like the future of education, partnerships in teaching, and their mentors.

Congresswoman Bonamici Honored by COABE Affiliate Oregon Adult Basic Skills Association


The Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) gave Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici its highest honor at Portland Community College.

On Tuesday, May 29, local members of COABE, which includes Portland, Chemeketa, Clatsop, and Mt. Hood community colleges, handed Bonamici the Champion of Adult Education Award in front of adult basic education and English Speakers of Other Languages students at the Rock Creek Campus (177705 NW Springville Road).

The organization honored the congresswoman for her work on the PARTNERS Act, which promotes registered apprenticeships and other work-based learning programs for small and medium-sized businesses within in-demand industry sectors. Along with the PROSPER Act (which prepares students through expanded access for careers and degree completion), adult basic education students are able to find pathways to living-wage jobs and degree completion.

Companies Can Address Talent Shortages by Partnering with Educators


By Timm Runnion &  Ivana Gibson

Although unemployment is now lower than it's been in more than 15 years, 6.7 million Americans remain unemployed and many more are underemployed in low-paying jobs. Meanwhile, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are currently 6.3 million job openings, which companies are struggling to find the right talent to fill. While many of these jobs are low-paying, many are not, which begs the question: What can be done to better align the unemployed or underemployed with employers who offer good jobs? And how can companies help to address their own skills shortages to remain competitive in the future? One approach that has proven to be successful in recent years consists of targeted partnerships between business and education. To facilitate these, companies typically begin by assessing their human capital needs and job requirements, and then collaborating with schools to produce workers with the needed skills. If U.S. companies are going to be competitive in the future, they need to be more proactive about training tomorrow's workforce today.

XPRIZE and Barbara Bush Foundation Announce Finalist Teams

The Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation is a global competition challenging teams to develop mobile applications for existing smart devices that result in the greatest increase in literacy skills among participating adult learners in just 12 months. The solutions will overcome key barriers to literacy learning by improving access, while increasing retention, and scaling to meet demand. Our vision is to empower the nearly 1 in 6 adults in the U.S. who lack basic literacy skills to improve their lives and realize their dreams.

Teams will compete in a multi-stage competition that tests for:

  • Ability to measurably increase the literacy level of low-literate adults within 12 months.
  • Creation of a design that is easy and accessible for use on a mobile phone so that learners can access it and operate it from anywhere, anytime.
  • Software curriculum that is engaging, relevant and attuned to the needs and interests of the adult learner.

How the Private Sector is Helping Adults Attain a Basic Education

By Sharon Bonney


We are among the industry leaders featured in Mediaplanet’s Executive Education & Leadership Development campaign. As of today, 77% of organizations overall are currently experiencing a leadership gap, with 56% of organizations not being ready to meet the leadership needs. The campaign was distributed through USA TODAY on June 28th, 2018 and is published online. For the full campaign, visit

Adult Education Brings Generational Change


Connie Flores never wanted to drop out of school, let alone leave in eighth grade. But like thousands of other teenagers who never graduate high school in New Mexico - a state with one of the highest dropout rates in the nation - Flores didn't think she had a choice.

She'd been an A student in her early school years in Santa Clara, the small village near Silver City where she grew up.

"I loved school," she says. But when Flores reached fifth grade, she says her mother, an alcoholic, began to rage out of control. She alternately kicked Flores out of the house or disappeared on lengthy drinking sprees, leaving Flores in charge of her siblings. "I had to stay home from school to take care of my younger sisters," she says. "My littlest sister was still in diapers."

At 13, Flores moved in with her boyfriend to avoid the abuse at home. She ended up pregnant. At 14, she had a son and dropped out of school. Years of chaos, depression and meth addiction followed. 

Statement from Secretary DeVos on the Government Reform Plan

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement:

“President Trump campaigned and won with his promise to reduce the federal footprint in education and to make the federal government more efficient and effective. Today’s bold reform proposal takes a big step toward fulfilling that promise. Artificial barriers between education and workforce programs have existed for far too long. We must reform our 20th century federal agencies to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

“This proposal will make the federal government more responsive to the full range of needs faced by American students, workers, and schools. I urge Congress to work with the Administration to make this proposal a reality.”

Note by COABE and NAEPDC: The changes would require approval from Congress, but it isn’t clear that lawmakers have the appetite to undertake a far-reaching reorganization, especially at this point in the year. With Congress set to consider Appropriations bills, immigration, and other contentious issues, there is virtually no time left on the Congressional schedule before the November midterm elections. During the Clinton Administration, Republicans proposed merging the departments of Education and Labor, and calling the new agency the Department of Education and Employment. That proposal failed.

Government Relations Alert


The House appropriations committee released information about the FY 2019 Labor-HHS-Education funding bill to be "marked up." The markup took place yesterday morning at 9:30 a.m. The markup session was webcast. You can view the session (which beings around 13:25 on the replay video).

FY 2019 Appropriations

The bill increases funding for the Department of Education very slightly (by 0.1%), or $43 million over the FY 2018 level. The bill text does not include program funding levels, so it will be awhile before we know many details. We do know that the category Career, Technical, and Adult Education is funded at $1.945 billion, an increase of $115 million over FY 2018, but we don't know how the money is allocated between adult education and CTE. The bill does specify that spending on AEFLA National Activities be frozen at $13.7 million.

Remember that the President's budget recommended that the two programs be funded at $1.6 billion and proposed to reduce adult education funding by $92 million, or about 16 percent. It is clear that the committee has rejected the President's proposed cut.

According to the Committee for Education Funding, the following programs were among those that received increases:

  • TRIO programs - total of $1.1 billion, up $50 million (5.0%). The President's budget provides $950 million.
  • GEAR UP - total of $360 million, up $10 million. The President's budget eliminates GEAR UP.
  • Head Start (in HHS) - total of $9.9 billion, up $50 million (0.5%). The President's budget provides $9.3 billion.

The CEF also reports that the House bill freezes these programs at the FY 2018 level:

  • Title I grants - all Title I programs are at a total of $16.4 billion.
  • All school improvement programs except for Title IV-A,which includes 21st century community learning centers and rural education. 
  • Promise Neighborhoods - at $78 million.
  • Full-service community schools - at $18 million.
  • Indian education - at $180 million.
  • English language acquisition - at $737 million.

It appears that tomorrow's mark up may be quite perfunctory, with amendments being deferred until the bill reaches the full committee.

The Senate will consider its Labor-HHS bill the last week of the month.

Other Legislation

In addition, the Senate HELP Committee is scheduled to mark up its version of the Career and Technical Education reauthorization on Wednesday, June 20, at 10:30 a.m. To date, there is no bi-partisan agreement on the bill. The House passed its reauthorization bill last summer. We have previously reported that Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray disagree on how much authority the Secretary of Education should have. In the past, both have indicated their desire for a bipartisan bill, but Alexander has been clear that he will move ahead with his own bill if there is no agreement.

Senators Reed and Baldwin will introduce the ''Career and Technical Education for Adult Learners Act" early next week. That bill makes explicit the connection between CTE and adult education. You can find more information about the bill at the Educate & Elevate website. If you are able, call or write your Senators to ask that they support the bill.

The Senate HELP Committee is also supposed to consider the nomination of Scott Stump to be the Department of Education's Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education. 

Research to Practice




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Together We Can Move the Needle

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Talking Points for Legislators and Staffers
Once a week COABE sends an email to all legislators and their staffers that highlights our Talking Points. The emails have a 10% click rate which is excellent for congressional emails according to industry standards. You can review our "Talking Points" HERE

3 Clicks/Quick Fire Tool Gains Momentum
The field has come together in an unprecedented fashion to make nearly 80,000 contacts with legislators over the last 14 months! Please continue to encourage members in your state to contact their legislators. It is easy and extremely effective. Click HERE!   

Note: COABE can customize a state level campaign for your state. Contact for details. 

COABE and Oregonians Honor Congresswoman Bonamici

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The Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) and new member organization, Oregon Adult Basic Skills, gave Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici the Champion of Adult Education Award on Tuesday, May 29th. The event was attended by local members of COABE, which includes Portland, Chemeketa, Clatsop, and Mt. Hood community colleges, who presented Bonamici with the Champion of Adult Education Award in front of adult basic education and English for speakers of other languages students at the Rock Creek Campus. 

The organization honored the congresswoman for her work on the PARTNERS Act, which promotes registered apprenticeships and other work-based learning programs for small and medium-sized businesses within in-demand industry sectors. Along with the PROSPER Act (which prepares students through expanded access for careers and degree completion), adult basic education students are able to find pathways to living-wage jobs and degree completion.

In addition, the Congresswoman and U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt took the lead on a "Dear Colleague" letter to the appropriators that sought support for all Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act authorized programs. Please read the full press release HERE

State Associations in Louisiana, Alaska, and Maine Join with COABE to Support the CTE for Adult Learners Act


On June 5th, Maine, Alaska, and Louisiana state associations joined forces with COABE to support the Career and Technical Education for Adult Learners Act. This act:

  • Ensures that programs funded under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act are aligned with adult education programs and industry sector partnerships authorized under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
  • Allows states to develop core indicators of performance for adult learners that are aligned with the indicators of performance in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
  • Includes the state director of adult education in the development of the state plan for career and technical education.
  • Clarifies that adult education providers that also offer career and technical education programs are eligible to receive funds under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.  
  • Encourages a greater emphasis on work experiences as part of career and technical education programs.  

 If your state would like more details or would like to engage in this awareness effort, please contact