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

 

IDEAL and Involved Instruction: Using Practitioner Expertise and Research with Distance and Blended Learning

DATE: Monday, JANUARY 29, 2018
TIME: 2:00 PM, EST

Effective online learning requires more than assigning an online curriculum and handing out log-in information; it requires teacher involvement. Administrators and teachers will learn what is required to create opportunities for “involved instruction." Topics for discussion include efficiently using core and supplemental online resources in blended learning, selecting technology tools to align with pedagogical and content needs, and making use of computer labs to support instruction. Participants will have time to map “involved instruction” at both the programmatic and instructional levels. Attendees will learn how to access further technical support through participation in the IDEAL Consortium.

Presented by: Jen Vanek

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Jen Vanek, PhD, has been working in the field of adult English language learning since receiving an MA TESOL from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 1996. She has supported adult English language learners on college campuses, at adult learning centers, in workforce centers, and in factories. Her work and research has informed her view that it is critical that ABE learners have access to computers and the internet and that sound federal, state, and local policies are needed to ensure that learners have the skills and knowledge to leverage that access.

As IDEAL Consortium director Jen provides technical assistance to states offering distance and blended learning and provides professional development to  teachers. She also work as adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development, where she teaches in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her research explores the difficulties faced by many migrant, refugee, and immigrant adults confronted with technological ubiquity in economically developed countries.

IDEAL and Involved Instruction: Using Practitioner Expertise and Research with Distance and Blended Learning Webinar generously sponsored by Burlington English


Stronger Together: Effective Advocacy Through Cross Sector Partnerships

DATE: Monday, February 12, 2018
TIME: 2:00 PM, EST

Taking part in cross-sector partnerships and networks that are working for larger goals in your state or community can mean that adult education becomes a reliable partner, and remembered when funding and advocacy issues are at stake! Adult education practitioners in Rhode Island have been involved in innovative partnerships for a decade now: leading the way in some cases to realize collective impact. As a result, adult education is already at the table when politicians and community leaders look to address a new issue, and we are more and more counted on as critical partners.  The presenters will mix insights and descriptions of such initiatives, while engaging the audience to identify possible "opportunity initiatives" in their own communities, and begin an action plan to bring home.

Presented by: Jill Holloway and Karisa Tashjran

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Jill Holloway, the Director of the PDCenter since 2007, leads and manages a team of professional development specialists, and also provides professional development to the field in the areas of program improvement, data use, and distance learning.  Jill came to the PDCenter from Year Up, an educational and training opportunity for urban young adults, and had previously worked for 16 years in public schools (K-12, urban and rural). She has been an Internship Coordinator, Guidance Counselor and Director of a small school. As the School Director, she was responsible for developing annual professional development plans, and managing the professional development delivery itself, in alignment with annual goals the staff selected as a result of data analysis and self-assessment. She has been trained to deliver distance learning courses for adult education practitioners and in data use and leadership courses for program leaders.  Jill completed the coursework in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at Johnson & Wales University, earned a Master's of Education degree from Keene State College and a B.A. from Portland State University.

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Karisa Tashjian serves as the Director of Education for the Providence Public Library.  In this role, she leads the design and implementation of educational and workforce development programming across all ages that results in measurable engagement, value and impact to the community. Common themes in her work are the power of partnerships, technology and innovation.  She is a Board Member of the New England Literacy Resource Center, a Partner of World Education's EdTech Center and a member of the Rhode Island Governor's Workforce Board's Career Pathways Committee.


Webinar for Presenters

DATE: Friday, February 16, 2018
TIME: 2:00 PM, EST

Before you head out to Phoenix, Arizona to present at our national conference, be sure to join us on Friday, February 16, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., EST for a webinar designed for COABE presenters by our presenter chair Jody Angelone and team!

Presented by: Jody Angelone

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Jody Angelone has served in Adult Education for over 25 years and is currently the Staff Training & Development Coordinator for the Ohio Professional Development Network, at The Ohio State University. She has worked as a reading specialist, instructor, coordinator and program director in the context of Correctional Education, ABLE/GED, Workplace Education, Volunteer Literacy, Vocational Evaluation & Assessment and Professional Development. She has served on various boards, committees and task forces at the local, regional, state and national levels supporting adult education and community services. Currently, she provides program support and training in the areas of CCR Standards Implementation, Program Improvement and Consultation Plans, National Leadership Excellence Academy, and Assessment.  She served as COABE Region 4 Representative between 2014 and 2016 for the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) national board.  She is currently serving as the Vice President of Membership for the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) national board and the Advocacy and Governance Chair for the Ohio Association for Adult and Continuing Education (OAACE). Previously, as the Director of the NW Ohio ABLE Resource center, Jody provided oversight for the National Career Awareness Project in Ohio, as well as statewide training and support to the field in the areas of Assessment, Leadership and Transitions. Jody holds a B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology, from the University of Toledo, and a M.Ed. in Education Administration and Supervision from Bowling Green State University.


The Magic of Advocacy, Helping to Lead Adult Learners to Tomorrow's Dreams

DATE: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
TIME: 2:00 PM, EST

In this session, get a practical overview of the policy landscape and examples of how you, adult educators. and your students can weigh in on the impact of important legislative discussions. Presenters will provide some basic advocacy information and share practical ways that instructors can incorporate advocacy in their classrooms and become better advocates for their students. We will share how our adult education teachers provide advocacy through a series of classroom taught lessons, class outings, service projects, and volunteer work. Presenters will provide participants with resources and examples of advocacy activities and events that can be replicated in the ABE and ESOL classrooms. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions, participate in discussion, and share ideas.

Presented by: Jody Angelone

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Jody Angelone has served in Adult Education for over 25 years and is currently the Staff Training & Development Coordinator for the Ohio Professional Development Network, at The Ohio State University. She has worked as a reading specialist, instructor, coordinator and program director in the context of Correctional Education, ABLE/GED, Workplace Education, Volunteer Literacy, Vocational Evaluation & Assessment and Professional Development. She has served on various boards, committees and task forces at the local, regional, state and national levels supporting adult education and community services. Currently, she provides program support and training in the areas of CCR Standards Implementation, Program Improvement and Consultation Plans, National Leadership Excellence Academy, and Assessment.  She served as COABE Region 4 Representative between 2014 and 2016 for the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) national board.  She is currently serving as the Vice President of Membership for the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) national board and the Advocacy and Governance Chair for the Ohio Association for Adult and Continuing Education (OAACE). Previously, as the Director of the NW Ohio ABLE Resource center, Jody provided oversight for the National Career Awareness Project in Ohio, as well as statewide training and support to the field in the areas of Assessment, Leadership and Transitions. Jody holds a B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology, from the University of Toledo, and a M.Ed. in Education Administration and Supervision from Bowling Green State University.

The Magic of Advocacy, Helping to Lead Adult Learners to Tomorrow's Dreams webinar
generously sponsored by Burlington English


JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL VOLUNTEER TRAINING WEBINAR

DATE: MARCH 20, 2018
TIME: 2:00 PM, EDT

Learn the ropes in this one hour webinar that will give you the tools you need to provide outstanding service as a volunteer for the national 2018 COABE AALL Conference!

PRESENTED BY: MARTIN LOA, SHARON BONNEY, AND MICHELLE CHILES


The Skills and Knowledge Needed for the Naturalization Test and Interview

DATE: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
TIME: 2:00 PM, EDT

Do you know how to prepare students for the naturalization test and interview? This session explores the three main components naturalization applicants need to know: English, civics, and the naturalization process. USCIS will discuss skill levels, resources, instructional approaches, and the new technology considerations. Participants will leave with free resources and a better understanding of how to prepare students for naturalization.

Presented by: Dr. Michael R. Jones

Dr. Michael R. Jones is the Division Chief of Citizenship Education and Training within the Office of Citizenship for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). He began his career at USCIS in 2003, and assumed his current position as Division Chief in 2011. Under his leadership, USCIS designed and implemented a new naturalization test in 2008, and most recently created a set of standards for Adult Citizenship Education. In addition, Dr. Jones developed a comprehensive adult ESL and Citizenship teacher training program, which has trained over 10,000 teachers nationally in curriculum development, ESL methodology, brain-based instruction, accent reduction, and naturalization policy and processes. Before his current position, Dr. Jones was a Special Advisor to the Chief of the Office of Citizenship, and prior to that was Branch Chief of Innovation for the United States Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy. Dr. Jones began teaching ESL as a volunteer in 1977, and has worked in the field as a teacher, trainer, and program administrator ever since. He speaks regularly at national and state conferences and has authored articles and books in Second Language Acquisition. Dr. Jones obtained his undergraduate degree in Modern Languages, a Master of Arts in Human Behavior, Post-Graduate work in English-as-a-Second Language/ Linguistics, and a Doctoral degree in International Relations specializing in Immigrant Education.

The Skills and Knowledge Needed for the Naturalization Test and Interview webinar
generously sponsored by Burlington English

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ELA Instruction in the Contextualized Classroom: A Standards-Based Approach to Soft Skills-Infused Instruction

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

With the implementation of WIOA mandates in adult education programs across the country, programs are asking themselves, "How can I teach academic and soft skills in my classroom in a way that will most benefit my students?" In this interactive, high-energy workshop, you'll learn about important elements of preparing curriculum for the contextualized ELA classroom. Walk away with an arsenal of CCR- and soft skills-based ELA materials, teaching strategies, activities, and knowledge to help prepare your students for the classroom, for employment, and for life.

Presented by: Susan Roberts

Susan is an entrepreneurial education consultant whose ten years of education experience ranges from elementary through post-secondary schools in the areas of instruction, curriculum design, Common Core State Standards/College and Career Readiness Standards, standards-based education/lesson planning, English/Language Arts curriculum coaching and design, and employability skills-infused lesson planning. In the area curriculum design, Susan is nationally recognized and offers a vast array of knowledge in standards writing and implementation, soft skills-infused lesson writing and training, forward-thinking teaching strategies, lesson design and coaching, and organization of learner-centered lessons. Her expertise in soft skill integration translates into customized coaching at the K-12 and adult program levels.


Integrating Employment and Training Skills into the HSE Classroom...and Still Teach

DATE: Monday, May 7, 2018
TIME: 2:00 PM, EDT

How do we juggle integrating employment and training skills and still teach skills needed to pass the high school equivalency test? One answer? By integrating them into your existing curriculum. With just a little tweaking of your current teaching practices and curriculum, we can begin making the necessary adjustments to start integrating employment and training skills and working toward being WIOA compliant.

Presented by: Sara z. Gutting

Sara Z. Gutting has served in adult education for 25 years in many different capacities starting as a volunteer in the ABE/HSE classroom. She then became an ABE/HSE/ESL before becoming the adult education coordinator where she taught and eventually focusing on being a professional development consultant. Sara loves to teach and continues to teach at her local county jail where she has taught for over 23 years. Sara’s curriculum and teaching strategies have been implemented in programs and classrooms throughout the nation and has helped shaped many teachers, administrators and students. She currently serves as the COABE representative for Region 4.


High School Equivalency Testing: Using Success Stories to Support Your Outreach Efforts

DATE: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
TIME: 2:00 PM, EDT

According to the COABE Media Outreach Toolkit, one of the best ways for the adult education community to inform policy makers, funders, and the public of the work they’re doing is to share the success stories of their students, staff, and education programs. In this presentation, we will take a look at how education centers can expand their outreach efforts by taking advantage of some of the free resources offered by education vendors, including the creation and promotion of success stories.

Presented by: Mike Johnson

Mike has been with Data Recognition Corporation|CTB for 10 years and involved with Adult Education for over 20 years. As the National Sales Director for Adult Assessments, Mike is responsible for supporting and working with the product development teams for TABE and TASC to meet the needs of Adult Learners in ESL, Basic Skills, and High School Equivalency programs. Mike’s responsibilities include managing assessments targets for Adult Basic Education and providing support for test and program development related to industry direction and meeting the needs of the customers.

High School Equivalency Testing: Using Success Stories to Support Your Outreach Efforts webinar
generously sponsored by Burlington English


Emotions Impact Learning! Part 1: The Neurological Underpinings of Emotions

DATE: Monday, June 4, 2018
TIME: 2:00 PM, EDT

Rarely in AE are emotions discussed. Yet, emotions have a major impact on how we learn. Join this engaging 2 part webinar series to see why emotions are the key to learning, how the brain manages emotions, and what learning challenges AE students have that perpetuate negative feelings. Four simple techniques teachers can use with AE students can change both student success and attune teachers to what might really be going on!

Presented by Laura Weisel, Ph.D.

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Laura Weisel, Ph.D., is an Executive Partner and the Director of Research and Development at The TLP Group. The TLP Group is a social entrepreneurial company that uses traditional commercial principles to organize, create, and manage ventures addressing social problems that have not been successfully solved by traditional government or nonprofit initiatives. Working in partnership with state departments, universities, colleges, community organizations, and institutional providers, the TLP Group combines the best of talents, resources, and the evidence-based research to co-create alternative routes for service delivery yielding dramatic impact on client outcomes.

As a nationally known speaker and facilitator, Dr. Weisel has over thirty years of experience in the private and service sectors. With a B.S. in Early and Middle Childhood Education, a M.A. in the field of reading, and a post-masters in special education, Dr. Weisel also holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership focusing on learning, neuro and cognitive psychology, and research.  Beginning her career as a middle school teacher for at-risk youth, Dr. Weisel held positions in education including: learning disabilities and reading teacher, principal, school administrator, director of adult basic and literacy education programs, and university faculty. She established model education programs in psychiatric and forensic facilities. As the Manager of Community Mental Health Training and Systems Development for the Ohio Department of Mental Health, Dr. Weisel led initiatives for systemic changes resulting in retraining clinical, direct service, and administrative staff to realign service delivery directed towards community-based, consumer-driven services. 

Authoring numerous monographs, video series, articles, and publications, Dr. Weisel’s most recent publication, PowerPath to Education and Employment, is based on over 30 years of research. PowerPath is a practical learning system for retooling education and workforce development. The PowerPath System is currently an online educator professional development series, co-created with KET and Kentucky Adult Education, that is hosted on PBS.

In 2000, Dr. Weisel researched the field of leadership and launched L2000+, A Leadership Academy for Emerging Leaders in Behavioral Healthcare. L2000+ continues to be the flagship program for The Ohio State University’s John Glenn Institute for Public Policy and Public Service. Dr. Weisel maintains a close relationship with the International Authentic Leadership in Action Institute based in Halifax, Canada. 

As a past President and current Executive Board Member of the National Association of Adults with Special Learning Needs (NAASLN), Dr. Weisel serves her profession by participating in multiple state and national associations.
 


Differentiation: Giving Everyone the Opportunity to Succeed

DATE: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
TIME: 2:00 PM, EDT

By the end of this session, participants will be able to recognize different learning styles, identify aspects of their classrooms that may interfere with students’ learning processes, and understand and utilize teaching strategies that can help different types of learners and students with special learning needs succeed.

Presented by: Heather Martin and Tara Schwab

Heather is an adjunct professor in the adult education program at Waubonsee Community College in Aurora, IL and the continuing education department at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. She has been in the field of education for over ten years and in adult education for six. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with a minor in Spanish from the University of Illinois and her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Adult and Higher Education from Aurora University. She has earned certifications including Student Achievement in Reading and Resource Specialist for Special Learning Needs. In addition to her work in the classroom, Heather has written and implemented curricula for submittal to the Illinois Community College Board and designed and facilitated multiple professional development opportunities for community colleges and adult educators in the Chicago area. She has presented at many local, state, and national conferences.

Differentiation: Giving Everyone the Opportunity to Succeed webinar
generously sponsored by Burlington English