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


Go Hybrid Now: Building a Virtual Classroom and Interactive Digital Activities

DATE: Tuesday, August 21, 2018
TIME: 2:00 PM, EDT

Hybrid learning leads adult education students along the path to the digital independence needed for them to succeed in today’s schools and workplaces while giving teachers the tools and control to target the skills their students need. In this session, participants will experience a fully-stocked virtual classroom that uses the free learning management system, Canvas. The key features of the classroom—assignments, quizzes, and content pages—will be explored. In addition, free and low-cost sites and online tools that can be added to the virtual classroom will be discussed. Activities using some of the free online tools will be demonstrated to provide a springboard for brainstorming how participants can use the tools and virtual classroom during face-to-face class time. Both the tech-troubled and tech-savvy are welcome.


Go Hybrid Now: Build a Virtual Classroom and Interactive Digital Activities webinar
sponsored by Burlington English

Expanding Professional Development and Marketing for WIOA Success

DATE: Friday, September 7, 2018
TIME: 2:00 PM, EDT

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is dramatically different than previous legislation for adult education. These changes will be addressed as well as how they will affect professional development. Participants will be given an opportunity to share what they are already doing to address the changes and what they will institute in the future. This will be not only a “what needs to be done” session, but also a “how to do it” session. Participants will be given ideas for a new professional development framework and a new approach to marketing their programs.

Presented by: Randy Whitfield

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Randy Whitfield is the retired State Director of Adult Education for the North Carolina Community College System, a position she held for 21 years. She has an educational doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has held the following positions: community college instructor and coordinator, university professor, educational consultant for Levi Strauss & Co.'s national workplace literacy program, and coordinator and director of Basic Skills programs. She is the co-author of two books: Workplace Job-Specific Skills Programs: the How-to-Do-It Manual and Adult Basic Skills Instructor Training Manual. Currently, Dr. Whitfield is an educational consultant, working with local and state adult education programs writing grants, providing training for local and state staff, and evaluating local programs. 

She is also the past chairperson of the National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium and the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education. She has served on the numerous national committees including the Workforce Excellence Board (U.S. Department of Labor), Project IDEAL Steering Committee (University of Michigan), the National Reporting System Committee (US Department of Education), the TV411 Advisory Board (Adult Literacy Media Alliance), and the National Leadership Council for "Madison Heights/Lifelines" (Intelecom).

Building Opportunities through Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education

DATE: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
TIME: 2:00 PM, EDT

Implementing Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education for Adults, this webinar will provide an update on implementation challenges and successes for the Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) program under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The webinar will include some basic information about the Section 243 IELCE grant program which changed under WIOA and will update participants on lessons learned to date through the Building Opportunities project.

Presented by: Barry Shaffer

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Barry Shaffer, EdD, is a subject matter specialist working with the Manhattan Strategy Group for the Integrated English Language and Civics Education (IELCE) Building Opportunities technical assistance project. He is the moderator of the LINCS discussion group for the national IELCE Collaborative and assists the project with planning, resource development and technical assistance delivery. He is the former Minnesota State Director of Adult Education (1991-2012) and works as a private consultant on research reports and projects in areas of career pathways, workforce partnerships and English acquisition.

Building Opportunities Through Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education webinar
sponsored by Burlington English