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

 

App-to-Speed Learning Circles in Public Libraries and ESL/ESOL Programs

DATE: Wednesday, December 19, 2018
TIME: 2:00 PM, EST

David J. Rosen, Ed.D will describe English language learning circles in public libraries and ESL/ESOL programs and focus on a new kind of learning circle whose focus is helping adult English language learners to use their smartphones for English language learning. “App to Speed” learning circles use free or low-cost online apps designed for low-literacy adult English language learners who may be on waiting lists for classes, or who may want to supplement their classroom English language instruction with online learning in language learning sprints in the times they have available during their busy workdays, evenings and weekends. The webinar is for adult ESL/ESOL teachers and program managers who want to understand what learning circles are and do, how they can learn more about them, and specifically how they can organize learning circles that will help English language learners, whether currently enrolled in classes or not, to use their smartphones to improve their English.  Following David's presentation there will an opportunity for questions and comments.

Presented by David J. Rosen, Ed.D

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David J. Rosen was Executive Director of the Adult Literacy Resource Institute at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, a greater Boston adult education professional development and training center, from 1986 to 2003. As an independent consultant since 2003, he has recently provided education and evaluation services to: World Education’s Education Tech Center, and Essential Education, to develop an online guide to blended learning for adult educators. He is the moderator of two U.S. Department of Education-sponsored LINCS communities of practice: Integrating Technology, and Program Management. He was the evaluator of the World Education sponsored and Dollar General Literacy Foundation-supported English Now! 18-month learning circles pilot project that was focused on English language learners on waiting lists, and he is an advisor to World Education on the national scale-up of that project. David was one of the original “visioneers” of the Adult Literacy XPRIZE, has followed the progress of the competition, including organizing panel discussions about it on LINCS, the U.S. Department of Education-supported Literacy and Communications System adult basic skills professional development service.

App-to-Speed Learning Circles in Public Libraries and ESL/ESOL Programs webinar
sponsored by Learning Upgrade


Be the Key That Opens the Door For Your Students—Career Pathways Are Lifelines For Them! 

DATE: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
TIME: 2:00 PM, EST

This webinar will explore the numerous ways career pathways can be designed and implemented to comply with WIOA regulations. From bridge programs to Integrated Education and Training (IET), the components that contribute to successful programs will be discussed, including understanding employer measures and using Labor Market Information (LMI) to build —or enhance—your career pathways program. 

Learn how to incorporate strategies for adult career pathways into your instructional program using contextualized curriculum. This webinar will define specific lessons, strategies, and activities that can be implemented in your classrooms to give your students the career counseling they missed when they left school. You are their career counselor. 

WIOA expanded the purpose of Title II to include assisting adults to transition to postsecondary education and training leading to employment. Adult educators are tasked to develop and deliver adult career pathways systems that will successfully transition low-skilled adults to postsecondary education and employment. Our classrooms are now a place where students learn not only the academics for credential success but also the workforce skills for career success.

Presented by: Christine Miller

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Ms. Miller worked for over 30 years as an instructor, counselor and director of adult education in Alabama. She received her master’s degree in community-based counseling working full-time in the adult education program during the day and working part-time in the evenings leading support groups for co-dependency, grief groups and individual counseling. In 2000, she became the regional director for the largest 3-county adult education program in Alabama. Based in a community college, her program was very diverse as she managed a variety of classes including basic skills, two literacy centers, high school equivalency, English as a Second Language, workplace literacy, Bridge programs and prison education programs serving over 2,000 students annually. She served on the state level for a time developing and implementing a state-wide professional development program for the 2014 GED Test and wrote the Policy and Procedure Manual for Alabama’s Adult Education Program.

After retiring from serving the citizens of Alabama, she now works as a national consultant with Paxen Publishing bringing her expertise and credibility in the field presenting and training teachers and practitioners of adult education.

Be the Key That Opens the Door For Your Students—Career Pathways Are Lifelines For Them! webinar sponsored by Burlington English


Building a Standards-Based Professional Learning System for Adult Educators

DATE: Monday, January 28, 2019
TIME: 2:00 PM, EST

How do standards help improve teacher effectiveness and guide professional learning? Learn how AZ's Adult Education Professional Learning System (AAEPLS) is designed based on the Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning, the AZ Adult Education Teacher Standards, and the AZ Adult Education Content Standards. These sets of standards are used to guide the planning, implementation, and evaluation of professional learning at the state and local program levels.

This webinar will help adult educators-especially professional developers and administrators- to build a professional learning system to support the needs of adult educators.

Presented by: Beverly Wilson

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Beverly Wilson has been the Director of Professional Learning with the Arizona Department of Education (ADE)-Adult Education Services since 2005. Prior to working for ADE, she was a program administrator of an Adult Education and Family Literacy Program. Before discovering adult education, Beverly taught special education students in grades K-8, and junior high students in the areas of reading, English, and social studies. Beverly holds a Bachelor in Elementary Education, with a minor in Special Education from Arizona State University, and a Master of Education from Northern Arizona University.