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WHAT IS EDUCATE & ELEVATE?

We launched a national advocacy campaign called Educate & Elevate at our national conference in Orlando, FL earlier this month. The campaign is being conducted in partnership with the National Council of the State Directors of Adult Education to inform policy makers on the importance of investing in Adult Education. We need your help! Please click here to make your voice heard. Also, please take a short survey to help us better understand what you would need in our Campaign Toolkit to conduct advocacy effectively and to participate in the campaign.


COABE Membership Update April 2017

Stay up-to-date on what is happening with COABE by reading the April issue of the membership update. In this issue, you can sign up for a FREE Professional Development Webinar, read the latest issue of the COABE Journal for free, learn more about the April VIP Vendor-Grass Roots Press, read COABE’s Government Relation Report, find out more about the Research to Practice Initiative, and much more!


COABE Election Results

COABE would like to thank every candidate for running. We know that running takes time, effort, and commitment. We would like to congratulate and introduce your newly elected Board members and regional representatives. Election results >


VIP VENDOR APRIL 2017–GRASS ROOTS PRESS

Grass Roots Press has an international reputation for publishing high-quality resources for adult basic education and English as a Second Language communities.  Grass Roots Press carries over 500 books, DVDs, and software packages.  We publish assessment tools, workbooks, photostories, biographies, and literature -- publications that enhance adults' literacy skills. Learn more >


GOVERNMENT RELATIONS REPORT: April 2017

This report focuses on budget and appropriations issues.
 
Congress is on recess for another week.
 
The continuing resolution (CR) under which the government is operating expires on April 28. There is a need to determine how the government will be funded for the remainder of the year. There is still a certain lack of clarity about whether there will be a long-term CR to carry funding through to September 30, or an omnibus appropriations bill (or bills) that will make actual funding decisions on an account-by-account basis. In either case, there may need to be a short-term  continuing resolution because work won't be completed by the 28th of the month.
 
Appropriations staff report that they have mostly completed work on the bills and that contentious funding issues and legislative riders will be hashed out at the leadership level.
 
We also understand that the appropriators have rejected the Trump administration's request to cut FY 2017 domestic discretionary funding to fund defense and to accommodate spending for the southwestern wall. The allocation for Labor, HHS, and Education has not been significantly changed, and it is possible that total Education Department funding could remain about the same, but there could be changes in individual funding levels from the House and Senate versions if there is an omnibus bill. 


Research Allies for Lifelong Learning

Research Allies for Lifelong Learning has just published the fourth (and last) report in its series of final-year evaluation reports on Adult Learner Leadership in Education Services (ALLIES). 

This latest report, Outstanding Leaders, reveals how being in the program, making a difference, and personal growth matters to new and experienced adult learner leaders.

Numerous leaders were designated as outstanding by program staff or by high self-ratings of leadership. The report investigates characteristics and attendance of new and experienced outstanding leaders, as well as contributions they made to their adult education programs. Topics in this report include ways in which outstanding leaders benefited adult education programs, workplaces, and communities; outstanding leaders' growth in personal attributes associated with leadership; and their assessed growth in critical thinking and writing approaches. 


Foundational Skills in the Service Sector

By Amanda Bergson-Shilcock

Across the United States, millions of men and women with limited reading, math, or digital problem-solving skills are holding down jobs across the service sector. Employed in retail shops and restaurants, hotels and hospitals, these workers not only help fuel the country’s economy — they keep daily life in America humming smoothly along. In the course of their jobs, these workers often need to read vital directions, follow safety protocols, calculate prices, supervise colleagues, and oversee budgets. All of these tasks are made dramatically more challenging for workers who don’t have strong literacy or numeracy skills. Many resort to creative work-arounds in an attempt to compensate for their lack of skills, but others struggle in silence. Their skill gaps carry heavy consequences for themselves, their co-workers, their employers, and our society as a whole. Read the full report.


Does Your Left Hand Know What Your Right Hand is Doing?

Tyton Partners is a partner with COABE


Rebuild Louisiana Adult Ed Schools

As you are likely aware, Louisiana has been hit hard by flooding. 5 adult schools were completely wiped out. COABE and LAPCAE would like to work together to help these schools. We will each (both LAPCAE and COABE) match up to $1,000 per school.

COABE, Commission on Adult Basic Education
www.coabe.org 

LAPCAE, Louisiana Association for Public, Community, & Adult Education
www.lapcae.org 

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