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

 

Minds that Move Us Career Pathways Festival: A twist of American Idol and Shark Tank in the realm of Adult Ed

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Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
TIME: 2:00-3:00 P.M. Eastern Time

Come learn more about how 10 teams across America are competing for a chance to win 100,000 dollars by creating an innovative Adult Career Pathway Design. These teams will be pitching in Miami, FL on August 6-8 to a panel of judges and audience who will decide who gets the grand prize. Come join us to learn more about the challenge and the teams’ ideas and then learn how YOU can get involved!

Presented by: Alicia Bolton, Johan Uvin, & Sabrina Sheikh


Session 1: What is digital literacy, G Suite and Applied Digital Skills?

DATE: Thursday, May 23, 2019
TIME: 2:00-3:00 P.M. EASTERN TIME

Google and COABE are co-hosting a webinar series around Google’s free digital literacy curriculum. In this webinar, Google’s Applied Digital Skills team will walk us through:

  1. What is digital literacy, and why is it important? What is G Suite?

  2. What is Applied Digital Skills (Google’s digital literacy curriculum)?

  3. Understanding its format: online, video-based, project-based

  4. Understanding its design: blended learning, in and out of the classroom

  5. Why Signing In is Important: Student and Teacher Dashboards, Student Tracking, Assigning Lessons and Support

PRESENTED BY: Tara Reifsteck

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Tara Reifsteck is a Program Manager for Google’s Applied Digital Skills program. Applied Digital Skills (g.co/applieddigitalskills/coabe) is Google’s free digital literacy curriculum. It is an online resource of lessons that you can use to teach adults everything from basic digital skills (like sending an email or writing in a document) to more advanced digital skills (like project management or personal budget tracking). Applied Digital Skills is a Grow with Google program, and is dedicated to bringing digital literacy to everyone.


Session 2: Google’s Applied Digital Skills: Get Started with Lessons

Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Google and COABE are co-hosting a webinar series around Google’s free digital literacy curriculum. In this webinar, Google’s Applied Digital Skills team will walk us through:

1. Range of Lessons: Elementary, middle, high school, and adult learner lessons
2. Types of Lessons: Project-based and research-based lessons 
3. How to find Lessons: filter by app, audience, and more
4. How to do a Lesson: Video-based lessons and their features

Presented by: Tara Reifsteck

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Tara Reifsteck is a Program Manager for Google’s Applied Digital Skills program. Applied Digital Skills (g.co/applieddigitalskills/coabe) is Google’s free digital literacy curriculum. It is an online resource of lessons that you can use to teach adults everything from basic digital skills (like sending an email or writing in a document) to more advanced digital skills (like project management or personal budget tracking). Applied Digital Skills is a Grow with Google program, and is dedicated to bringing digital literacy to everyone.


Using Games to Differentiate, Motivate, and Engage

Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
TIME: 2:00-3:00 P.M. Eastern Time

Research shows that incorporating games into instruction can lead to more engagement and motivation. Games are also a great tool for differentiation and grouping. Presenters will discuss the role games can play and methods for creating and incorporating games. Participants will explore several games they can use in their classrooms.

Presented by: Heather Martin and Tara Schwab

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Heather is currently the ESL Supervisor at Elgin Community College. Prior to that, she served as an instructor of adult education at Waubonsee Community College for seven years. She also worked at College of DuPage where she was responsible for the development of the Adjunct Faculty Institute, a program designed to provide a comprehensive professional development program for incoming and existing adjunct faculty to help give them the tools needed to effectively share their subject matter expertise with their students in a way that promotes active, engaged learning. Heather also teaches undergraduate courses in learning theories, assessment, and ESL teacher preparation at Aurora University. In addition to her work in the classroom, Heather has written curricula for adult education programs and designed and facilitated professional development opportunities for adult educators throughout Illinois. She has presented at several local, state, and national conferences including COABE (Coalition on Adult Basic Education), AAACE (American Association for Adult and Continuing Education), and CSCC (Council for the Student of Community Colleges). Heather holds a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with an ESL endorsement from Concordia University. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education with a minor in Spanish from the University of Illinois. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Adult and Higher Education with an emphasis on Community College Leadership from Northern Illinois University.

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Tara Schwab is an accomplished teacher, presenter and trainer with 18+ years of experience in curriculum development, implementation and instruction.  She is an adjunct instructor at College of DuPage and Waubonsee Community College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science Education and minor in Spanish from Illinois State University and her Master’s Degree in the Arts of Teaching from Aurora University.  In addition to her work in the classroom, she has valuable experience in training and mentoring teachers in curriculum development and delivery, teaching methods and practices.  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.


Session 3: Google’s Applied Digital Skills: Beginner Lessons

Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019
TIME: 2:00-3:00 P.M. Eastern Time

Google and COABE are co-hosting a webinar series around Google’s free digital literacy curriculum. In this webinar, Google’s Applied Digital Skills team will walk us through a deep dive starter lessons for adults:

1. Digital Tools for Everyday Tasks
2. Start a Résumé
3. Edit a Résumé
4. Send Professional Emails

Presented by: Shahla Naimi 

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Shahla Naimi is a Program Manager for Google’s Applied Digital Skills program. Applied Digital Skills (g.co/applieddigitalskills/coabe) is Google’s free digital literacy curriculum. It is an online resource of lessons that you can use to teach adults everything from basic digital skills (like sending an email or writing in a document) to more advanced digital skills (like project management or personal budget tracking). Applied Digital Skills is a Grow with Google program, and is dedicated to bringing digital literacy to everyone. 


Session 4: Google’s Applied Digital Skills: Digital Skills for the Office

Date: Thursday, June 13, 2019
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Google and COABE are co-hosting a webinar series around Google’s free digital literacy curriculum. In this webinar, Google’s Applied Digital Skills team will walk us through popular lessons to learn digital skills for the office:

1. Connect and Collaborate Anywhere with Digital Tools
2. Give and Receive Feedback
3. Effective Communication at Work
4. Negotiate Your Salary
5. Plan Effective Meetings

Presented by: Janet Maragioglio 

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Janet Maragioglio works on the Google Applied Digital Skills curriculum team creating video-based lessons that equip students with future-ready skills for education, work, and life. She has 20+ years experience writing and designing educational materials and is passionate about equity and access in technology education.  


Session 5: Google’s Applied Digital Skills: Support Resources, Certification, and Next Steps

Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2019
TIME: 2:00-3:00 P.M. Eastern Time

Google and COABE are co-hosting a webinar series around Google’s free digital literacy curriculum. In this webinar, Google’s Applied Digital Skills team will walk us through its website’s support resources, how to get your students G Suite certified, and the next steps you should take to start teaching the free curriculum. 

Presented by: Shahla Naimi

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Shahla Naimi is a Program Manager for Google’s Applied Digital Skills program. Applied Digital Skills (g.co/applieddigitalskills/coabe) is Google’s free digital literacy curriculum. It is an online resource of lessons that you can use to teach adults everything from basic digital skills (like sending an email or writing in a document) to more advanced digital skills (like project management or personal budget tracking). Applied Digital Skills is a Grow with Google program, and is dedicated to bringing digital literacy to everyone. 


Fostering Metacognitive Skills and Critical Thinking in Your Classroom

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019
TIME: 2:00-3:00 P.M. Eastern Time

Are you teaching your students to think about their thinking? Are you giving them opportunities to build their critical thinking skills to problem solve? Let’s have fun together discovering metacognition activities, strategies, and lessons to build important thinking skills for success in class and in life. Teaching critical thinking is good for ALL students and especially important in reaching those with learning difficulties.

Presented by: Sarah Goldammer

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Sarah Goldammer is an Educational Training Specialist at the Southern Illinois Professional Development Center - part of the Illinois Community College Board Service Center Network. She has a B.S in Special Education from Southeast Missouri State University and a M.S. in Higher Education from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

She is a certified trainer for the Special Learning Needs Institute and trains individuals throughout the state. She spearheaded the creation of the statewide contextualized curricula for Healthcare, for Manufacturing, for TDL, and for Career Pathways. She served as part of the professional development team for the Accelerating Opportunity Initiative, the development of a Bridge Development Basics Training, and implementation of new Integrated Education and Training models. She has presented at numerous national and state conferences in-person and online. Sarah has been involved in adult education for the past 18 years and has been teaching and training for over 30 years. She is proud to have had students from 3 to 83 years old and every age in between.