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


I-BEST and IET: Connecting Adult Education Students to Living Wage Careers

DATE: Tuesday, December 19, 2017
TIME: 2:00 P.M. EST

Integrated Education and Training (IET) is a critical service approach under WIOA Title II. I-BEST is an IET delivery model with a proven track record for student success. This webinar will highlight how the I-BEST model meets IET requirements and will showcase examples of I-BEST and I-BEST-like programming currently offered in the state of Washington

Presented by: William durden


William S. Durden is the Policy Associate for Guided and I-BEST Pathways in Basic Education for Adults at the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. His primary responsibilities include supporting and scaling up I-BEST and guided pathways with Basic Education for Adults as the foundation of those pathways, with the ultimate goal that all adult Washingtonians will have access to innovative, high quality education programs that provide the knowledge, skills, and credentials necessary for securing family sustaining employment that strengthens the state and local economies. In addition, he supports the development and expansion of I-BEST nationwide, having provided I-BEST training and technical assistance to 33 states and counting. A former I-BEST instructor, William served as English faculty at Clark College for six years. He earned an MA in English Studies from Western Washington University (2008) and a BA in English from Washington State University (2005).


I-BEST and IET: Connecting Adult Education Students to Living Wage Careers webinar
generously sponsored by Burlington English

Competency-Based Adult Education and Blended Learning

DATE: Friday, January 5, 2018
TIME: 2:00 P.M. EST

Participants will learn about both competency-based adult education and blended learning and how and why, when these two approaches are integrated, they can form a powerful new model for adult learner engagement and achievement. We will look at adult education models that integrate these two approaches to achieve mastery learning, and we will discuss how adult basic and secondary level skills programs (including English language learning) can move to a customized model integrating these approaches.

Presented by: Dave Rosen

David J. Rosen was Executive Director of the Adult Literacy Resource Institute at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, from 1986 to 2003. As an independent consultant since 2003, he has recently provided education services to: World Education’s Education Tech Center, Jobs For the Future on competency based higher education; TERC, as an evaluator of the Massachusetts SABES adult basic education mathematics professional development center; Essential Education, to develop an online guide to blended learning for adult educators; and with Strategy Matters, to the City of Boston to assist in planning the Office of Workforce Development’s Career Pathways Initiative. He is the moderator of two U.S. Department of Education-sponsored LINCS communities of practice: Technology and Learning, and Program Management. He is the evaluator of English Now, a new pilot nonformal education model sponsored by World education and Peer to Peer University, that provides English language instruction to adults on waiting lists for English classes. He is also a co-founder and Steering Committee member of the Open Door Collaborative.

Competency-based Adult Education and Blended Learning webinar
generously sponsored by IXL Learning

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

DATE: Monday, January 29, 2018
TIME: 2:00 P.M. 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: Jenifer vanek

Jen Vanek has worked in the field of adult education for nearly twenty years. Her work has included teaching adult ESL in many different settings, creating online learning curricula for adult learners, providing professional development and technical support in the areas of digital literacy and distance learning, and conducting qualitative research in educational settings. Jen is currently the Director of the IDEAL Consortium, a project of the Ed Tech Center at World Education, Inc. She is also on the leadership team of the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment and a Doctoral Candidate in Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Minnesota.

IDEAL and Involved Instruction: Using Practitioner Expertise
and 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 P.M. 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

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), primarily in project - and internship-based schools. She has been an Internship Coordinator, Guidance Counselor and Director of a small school. Jill earned a Master's of Education degree from Keene State College and a B.A. from Portland State University.

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

DATE: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
TIME: 2:00 P.M. 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


Jody Angelone has served in Adult Education for over 25 years and is currently a Program Specialist for the Ohio Professional Development Network, at The Ohio State University and a national trainer for LINCS and World Education, Inc. 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 Career Awareness and Pathways, Curriculum and Instruction, Assessment and Leadership. She is currently the Vice President of Membership for the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) national board and the Advocacy 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

The Skills and Knowledge Needed for the Naturalization Test and Interview

DATE: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
TIME: 2:00 P.M. EST

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

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

DATE: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
TIME: 2:00 P.M. EST

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 Roberts 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.

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