Professional Development Webinars (FREE)

UPcoming 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


    Technology Toolbox for the Adult Education Instructor!

    DATE: Friday, October 13, 2017
    TIME: 3:00 P.M. EDT

    This session will cover a wide variety of FREE technology resources that can quickly and easily be integrated into any adult education classroom (including ABE, GED, AAAE and ESOL). Learn about websites and apps that provide unlimited practice problems, online quizzing, manipulatives, screen capture and share, fast formative assessments, engagement, and easy document storage and distribution to students.

    Presenter by: Rebecca DeJesus

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    Rebecca DeJesus has over 9 years of experience as an Adult Basic Education and GED instructor. Her diverse educational experience includes a strong background in Math instruction with the addition of Reading, Writing, Language, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). She has over a decade of experience tutoring students of varying ages, elementary through adult learners, in test preparation. In addition to experience in the classroom, Rebecca has served as a training coordinator, presenter, and curriculum specialist and her experience has spanned the sales process from curriculum writing to marketing and securing a bid and delivering training. Rebecca is a self-proclaimed “technology junkie” who has spent years integrating technology-based teaching strategies into her classroom. She loves to provide tech-based professional development sessions and frequently provides software training to her adult students and co-workers.

    Technology Toolbox for the Adult Education Instructor! webinar
    generously sponsored by Burlington English

    Reading, Writing, and Relationships

    DATE: Friday, November 10, 2017
    TIME: 2:00 P.M. EsT

    Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmetic—the three R’s—are the traditional building blocks for education. Instruction for life, however, requires additional attention to a fourth R: Relationships. In this session, we will demonstrate how adult educators can read aloud selections from engaging fiction and informative non-fiction sources that deal with relationships. Instructors can model for their adult students how to apply their critical thinking and reading skills as they read aloud; instructors can then lead the class to focus on what makes relationships thriving or dysfunctional. Adult students can reflect and respond in writing to what they have been reading and discussing in class (their written responses do not have to be shared with the instructor unless the students want to). Many texts will be recommended and writing prompts suggested which are bound to result in meaningful discussions in the adult education classroom.

    Presented by: Carrie Colladay Stell

    Carrie Colladay Stell began her teaching career with her three younger sisters playing school in their garage. In the public school system in New Jersey, she taught 8th grade U.S history and reading for seven years. She then homeschooled (K-12th) her three now grown children, all of whom have (or are getting) graduate degrees. For the past six years, she has been teaching in ABE/ASE/GED classrooms for Grayson College in Denison, Texas. She is grateful to have grown into her current calling: raising adults, including herself, because in the adult education classroom, we are all learners.

    Developing College and Career Readiness with Paired Reading

    DATE: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
    TIME: 2:00 P.M. EsT

    High-interest, paired readings help ESOL learners develop their critical literacy and cross-cultural awareness while expanding their reading strategies—important elements of college and career readiness. Participants experience and explore the key steps in creating, preparing, and teaching paired reading lessons. Sample readings and lesson plans provided.

    Presented by: Lori Howard

    Lori Howard is an ESOL consultant, teacher educator and author of reading textbooks for adult ESOL learners including the Read All About It and Read and Reflect Series. She is also AEFLA/WIOA II Program Specialist Coordinator for CASAS and a frequent presenter at state and international conferences. Her many years of experience in the field includes teaching ESOL and Vocational ESOL, administering ESOL programs, being a TV/Video Teacher on the Los Angeles Unified School Districts’ Learning English Series and a Video Teacher on the Teacher Training Through Video Series.

    Developing College and Career Readiness with Paired Reading webinar
    generously sponsored by Burlington English

    Workplace Education: An Interactive Case Study

    DATE: Friday, December 8, 2017
    TIME: 2:00 P.M. EST

    In this workshop, we will share our experience using the Massachusetts model for workplace education with one particular employer. Learn how we identified the employer partner, designed and carried out a needs assessment, and implemented the program. Work together with a team to develop a unit using authentic materials and needs assessment information. Learn how you can develop a successful employer partnership.

    Presented by: Kathleen O'Connell


    Kathleen O’Connell is the Workplace Education Coordinator at World Education and currently coordinates two projects and teaches in the Seaport Hotel workplace education project. She taught workplace ESOL for the Worker Education Program in Dorchester, MA at labor/management projects in Massachusetts for 15 years. She also piloted an ESOL Pre-Lean curriculum in partnership with English for New Bostonians and Massachusetts Manufacturing Partnership (Mass MEP). Kathleen has been teaching ESOL for almost thirty years.

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