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

 

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

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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 two-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., has 35+ years experience in primary through high school education, special education, community-based and institutional-based adult basic education in psychiatric hospitals and corrections facilities, community college transition and developmental education, mental health and substance abuse services, community corrections, children’s services, and workforce development.  She has held administrative and leadership positions at the local, state and national levels.

Dr. Weisel holds degrees in Early and Middle Childhood Education, Reading, Special Education, Adult Learning, Neuro and Cognitive Psychology, Research, Educational Policy and Leadership.  She currently is the Director of Research, Innovation, and Clinical Services with The TLP Group* 
devoting her time to outcome research, product development, professional learning, and advocacy.  

She hosts an online, hybrid, 10-month course, Transforming Learning and Innovating Instruction that is offered annually as part of the Align and Redesigns’ national initiative.  Align and Redesign is an innovative, transformational, strategic multi-year effort to transform how adult education and literacy organizations deliver education and employment readiness services to improve student outcomes.

As author of PowerPath to Education and Employment, Dr. Weisel works with international, national, state and local initiatives to implement evidence-based practices leading to dramatic increases in long-term education and employment outcomes for all students.  PowerPath has been selected as a national resource by PBS.  PowerPath’s Diagnostic Screening training videos can be found at, https://www.pbslearningmedia. org/collection/ppat/

Currently, Dr. Weisel is working on a digital Integrated Learning Plan for educators to rethink
lesson planning by concomitantly integrating core standards with employment readiness and the
development of social/ emotional skills.  Simultaneously, Dr. Weisel is training educators, in the
USA and internationally, on the implementation of a set of new classroom methodologies that create learners who know how to learn and have the social skills to work with peers.  These methodologies, Participatory Learning Methodologies, are currently being used in classrooms at all levels, kindergarten through university, and in teacher training.

When community behavioral healthcare needed to build new leadership, Dr. Weisel researched and
facilitated a model leadership academy focused on emerging leaders in behavioral healthcare at The
Ohio State University’s John Glenn Institute for Public Service and Public Policy.  Leadership
2000+ successfully continued, transforming the lives of emerging leaders, for ten years with funding from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services.

In the new Textbook of Modern Community Mental Health (2013), Dr. Weisel co-authored a chapter on ‘A Social Systems Perspective on Leadership in Systems of Care’ with Dr. Grayce Sills (past Dean of the College of Nursing at OSU) and Dr. Philip Cass (past CEO of Franklin County, Ohio’s Alcohol, Drug Addition, and Mental Health – ADAMH).

Recently, Dr. Weisel and the Align and Redesign team published a chapter of a model for innovating the delivery of education services.  Using MIT’s ‘Theory U – Leading from the Future as It Emerges’ as the framework for innovation along with Peter Senge’s systems thinking in education.  The chapter, entitled: ‘Align & Redesign: An Evaluative Case Study in Transformation,’ was published in the Handbook of Research on Training Evaluation in the Modern Workforce (2017).

Resources:

 

 


Emotions Impact Learning! Part 2: Techniques to Address Emotional Issues

DATE: Monday, June 11, 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 two-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., has 35+ years experience in primary through high school education, special education, community-based and institutional-based adult basic education in psychiatric hospitals and corrections facilities, community college transition and developmental education, mental health and substance abuse services, community corrections, children’s services, and workforce development.  She has held administrative and leadership positions at the local, state and national levels.

Dr. Weisel holds degrees in Early and Middle Childhood Education, Reading, Special Education, Adult Learning, Neuro and Cognitive Psychology, Research, Educational Policy and Leadership.  She currently is the Director of Research, Innovation, and Clinical Services with The TLP Group* 
devoting her time to outcome research, product development, professional learning, and advocacy.  

She hosts an online, hybrid, 10-month course, Transforming Learning and Innovating Instruction that is offered annually as part of the Align and Redesigns’ national initiative.  Align and Redesign is an innovative, transformational, strategic multi-year effort to transform how adult education and literacy organizations deliver education and employment readiness services to improve student outcomes.

As author of PowerPath to Education and Employment, Dr. Weisel works with international, national, state and local initiatives to implement evidence-based practices leading to dramatic increases in long-term education and employment outcomes for all students.  PowerPath has been selected as a national resource by PBS.  PowerPath’s Diagnostic Screening training videos can be found at, https://www.pbslearningmedia. org/collection/ppat/

Currently, Dr. Weisel is working on a digital Integrated Learning Plan for educators to rethink
lesson planning by concomitantly integrating core standards with employment readiness and the
development of social/ emotional skills.  Simultaneously, Dr. Weisel is training educators, in the
USA and internationally, on the implementation of a set of new classroom methodologies that create learners who know how to learn and have the social skills to work with peers.  These methodologies, Participatory Learning Methodologies, are currently being used in classrooms at all levels, kindergarten through university, and in teacher training.

When community behavioral healthcare needed to build new leadership, Dr. Weisel researched and
facilitated a model leadership academy focused on emerging leaders in behavioral healthcare at The
Ohio State University’s John Glenn Institute for Public Service and Public Policy.  Leadership
2000+ successfully continued, transforming the lives of emerging leaders, for ten years with funding from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services.

In the new Textbook of Modern Community Mental Health (2013), Dr. Weisel co-authored a chapter on ‘A Social Systems Perspective on Leadership in Systems of Care’ with Dr. Grayce Sills (past Dean of the College of Nursing at OSU) and Dr. Philip Cass (past CEO of Franklin County, Ohio’s Alcohol, Drug Addition, and Mental Health – ADAMH).

Recently, Dr. Weisel and the Align and Redesign team published a chapter of a model for innovating the delivery of education services.  Using MIT’s ‘Theory U – Leading from the Future as It Emerges’ as the framework for innovation along with Peter Senge’s systems thinking in education.  The chapter, entitled: ‘Align & Redesign: An Evaluative Case Study in Transformation,’ was published in the Handbook of Research on Training Evaluation in the Modern Workforce (2017).

Resources:

 


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

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Heather Martin has been in education for over ten years. During that time, she has taught in both public school and adult and university settings. She is an adjunct professor at Waubonsee Community College, College of DuPage, and Aurora University. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois and her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate Adult and Higher Education. In addition to her work in the classroom, Heather has written curricula for adult learners and designed and facilitated professional development opportunities for adult educators throughout Illinois. She has presented at several local, state, and national conferences.

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Tara Schwab is an adjunct professor at Waubonsee Community College and College of DuPage.  She has been in the field of education for over fifteen years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science Education with a minor in Spanish from Illinois State University and her Master’s Degree in the Arts of Teaching from Aurora University.  She has since earned certifications including Student Achievement in Reading and Resource Specialist for Special Learning Needs.  In addition to her work in the classroom, Tara 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


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