Professional Development Webinars (FREE)

COABE is pleased to offer a series of professional development webinars which are led by presenters that have received excellent ratings from workshop participants at our national COABE conferences.

COABE Professional Development Webinars
generously Sponsored by Burlington English


Sense-Making vs. Answer-Getting in Our Math Classrooms

DATE: Thursday, July 19, 2018
TIME: 2:00 PM, EDT

Students are open to making sense in a reading/writing classroom. Most people know that reading/writing classrooms are where students interpret and explain texts. In math classrooms, though, students often just want us to show them how to do it. They want teachers to do the interpreting and explaining, and we need to give that power back to them. In this webinar we will explore how to translate a literacy frame for sense-making into our math classes. We’ll consider: How can we harness students’ background knowledge and observations to build a collective understanding before our first calculation? How do we promote close reading of a mathematical text? How do we engage students who move quickly while supporting students who need more time? This webinar is for anyone who believes math should make sense both to ourselves and to our students.

Presented by: Eric Appleton and Mark Trushkowsky

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Eric Appleton is a math and science professional developer for CUNY’s Adult Literacy/HSE Program. Before coming to CUNY, Eric worked in an education program for formerly incarcerated people. He has taught all subjects in adult basic education and high school equivalency, and has been working in adult education since 1999. Eric is a founding member of the NYC Community of Adult Math Instructors (CAMI).

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Mark Trushkowsky is the math professional development coordinator for CUNY’s Adult Literacy/HSE Program. Mark's career in adult education began in 2001 in a basement classroom at a community college in Queens, NY. After 9 years of teaching ABE classes in all subjects and high school equivalency math, Mark joined the CUNY Adult Literacy Professional Development Team where he does professional development for Adult Learning Center teachers across the CUNY system. Mark is a founding member of the NYC Community of Adult Math Instructors (CAMI).

Sense-Making vs. Answer-Getting in Our Math Classrooms webinar sponsored by Paxen Publishing.

Overcoming Math Anxiety

Mathematics anxiety affects almost half of the learners in our classrooms. Scientists have proven that this fear actually interferes with the part of the brain needed for reasoning and problem solving. Math anxiety can affect teachers as well as students. In this presentation, participants will learn exactly how math anxiety affects learners and specific techniques to help ease and overcome these effects.

DATE: Wednesday, July 25, 2018
TIME: 2:00 PM, EDT

Presented by: Cynthia Bell


Cynthia Bell is a Numeracy & Youth Specialist at the Literacy Assistance Center, who develops curricula and specializes in the College and Career Readiness standards for mathematics. When she’s not training she is coaching instructors in the best practices of teaching and learning mathematics. In 2016, she co-authored the teacher resource book Teaching Adults: A HiSET Exam Resource Book. She has presented at international, national, state and regional conferences, and is an active board member of ANN (Adult Numeracy Network) and affiliate delegate of NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics).

Overcoming Math Anxiety webinar sponsored by Essential Education.

Bridging the Skills Gap; Title I and II Working Collaboratively

DATE: Friday, August 10, 2018
TIME: 2:00 PM, EDT

Pennsylvania is faced with the same challenges as other states across the country; many employers cannot find skilled workers to hire, and numerous job seekers have barriers to getting back into the labor force. This webinar will explore some data about the skills gap that Pennsylvania faces, especially with the challenges of helping to educate and upskill those with barriers to employment (such as low literacy levels or inconsistent work history). It will also outline a couple of solutions that adult educators and workforce development boards can invest in (such as integrated education and training) that will help bridge this skill gap and help our communities grow and will provide best practices that can be used across the nation.

Presented by: Jesse McCree and Tim Shenk