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

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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).

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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 J. Rosen

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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, co-moderator, with Susan Gaer, of Adult Educators Using Facebook for Education (AEFE); and with Donna Chambers of an online group focusing on competency-based /proficiency-based adult education.

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


Research-based Recommendations for Digital Learning in Adult Basic Education

DATE: Thursday, January 11, 2018
TIME: 2:00 P.M. EST

In June, the Joyce Foundation released the findings from a three-year study that looked at how digital learning technology can improve learning outcomes in ABE literacy and numeracy programs. In this webinar, Michael Ormsby and Dan Griffith of Essential Education will examine the most effective features of digital technology and accompanying instructional practices for ABE. Against a backdrop of core teaching challenges in the adult ed classroom, the webinar will delineate specific practices and technology which will produce better learning outcomes without incurring extra cost and training.

Presented by: 

Michael Ormsby, CEO
Essential Education

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Michael is the founder and CEO of Essential Education.  Michael started his career in New York City as an advertising executive.  After fifteen years in advertising and marketing, Michael moved into the field of education, first as a teacher in high school and elementary school, and then as a professional developer for new instruction design. In 2004, Michael started Essential Education as a way to improve the success rates of adult learners. Using innovative adaptive learning technology and situational instruction systems, Essential Education’s courses have helped over 1.4 million people make fundamental change in their lives.  

Dan Griffith, VP Sales
Essential Education

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Dan started his career in adult education at a young age when he dropped out of high school in the early 80's. Since then he received his GED, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Math Education, taught high school and community college and has been in educational publishing for 21 years. Dan has been with Essential Education since 2012. A father of 5 children, avid adventurer and volunteer in his community, Dan loves working with adult education professionals to help people find their unique talents and gifts.


Professional Organizations and State Office Relationship Building

DATE: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
TIME: 2:00 P.M. EST

Adult Education state offices and state professional organizations are critical partners in the field to support program administrators, practitioners and student success. Partnerships and networks that work for the goal of successful adult education programming, like the Maryland Adult Education and Literacy Services office and the Maryland Association of Adult Continuing and Community Education have interacted closely over the years and the relationship has changed, grown and evolved to where it is today.

The presenters will share the history and timeline of this relationship and strategies that have worked to promote openness, transparency, clear expectations of roles, inclusion and as a conduit for information to connect all the stakeholders in the field. The panel of experts will field questions and engage the audience in a discussion to share experiences, challenges and successes in maintaining this vital relationship.
Presented by: Melissa Zervos, Dr. Ellen N. Beattie, Todd Elliot, Heather Ritchie, and Douglas Weimer

Presented by: Melissa Zervos, Dr. Ellen N. Beattie, Todd Elliot, Heather Ritchie, and Douglas Weimer


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

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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. EDT

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.


Integrating Employment and Training Skills into the HSE Classroom...and Still Teach

DATE: Monday, May 7, 2018
TIME: 2:00 P.M. EDT

How do we juggle integrating employment and training skills and still teach skills needed to pass the high school equivalency test? One answer? By integrating them into your existing curriculum. With just a little tweaking of your current teaching practices and curriculum, we can begin making the necessary adjustments to start integrating employment and training skills and working toward being WIOA compliant.

PRESENTED BY: Sara gutting

Sara Z. Gutting has served in adult education for 25 years in many different capacities starting as a volunteer in the ABE/HSE classroom. She then became an ABE/HSE/ESL before becoming the adult education coordinator where she taught and eventually focusing on being a professional development consultant. Sara loves to teach and continues to teach at her local county jail where she has taught for over 23 years. Sara’s curriculum and teaching strategies have been implemented in programs and classrooms throughout the nation and has helped shaped many teachers, administrators and students. She currently serves as the COABE representative for Region 4.


High School Equivalency Testing: Using Success Stories to Support Your Outreach Efforts

DATE: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
TIME: 2:00 P.M. EDT

According to the COABE Media Outreach Toolkit, one of the best ways for the adult education community to inform policy makers, funders, and the public of the work they’re doing is to share the success stories of their students, staff, and education programs. In this presentation, we will take a look at how education centers can expand their outreach efforts by taking advantage of some of the free resources offered by education vendors, including the creation and promotion of success stories.

PRESENTED BY: Mike Johnson

Mike has been with Data Recognition Corporation|CTB for 10 years and involved with Adult Education for over 20 years. As the National Sales Director for Adult Assessments, Mike is responsible for supporting and working with the product development teams for TABE and TASC to meet the needs of Adult Learners in ESL, Basic Skills, and High School Equivalency programs. Mike’s responsibilities include managing assessments targets for Adult Basic Education and providing support for test and program development related to industry direction and meeting the needs of the customers.

The High School Equivalency Testing webinar generously sponsored by Burlington English


Emotions Impact Learning! Part 1:
The Neurological Underpinings of Emotions

DATE: Monday, June 4, 2018
TIME: 2:00 P.M. EDT

Rarely in AE are emotions discussed. Yet, emotions have a major impact on how we learn. Join this engaging 2 part webinar series to see why emotions are the key to learning, how the brain manages emotions, and what learning challenges AE students have that perpetuate negative feelings. Four simple techniques teachers can use with AE students can change both student success and attune teachers to what might really be going on!

PRESENTED BY: Laura Weisel, Ph.D.

Laura Weisel, Ph.D., is an Executive Partner and the Director of Research and Development at The TLP Group. The TLP Group is a social entrepreneurial company that uses traditional commercial principles to organize, create, and manage ventures addressing social problems that have not been successfully solved by traditional government or nonprofit initiatives. Working in partnership with state departments, universities, colleges, community organizations, and institutional providers, the TLP Group combines the best of talents, resources, and the evidence-based research to co-create alternative routes for service delivery yielding dramatic impact on client outcomes.

As a nationally known speaker and facilitator, Dr. Weisel has over thirty years of experience in the private and service sectors. With a B.S. in Early and Middle Childhood Education, a M.A. in the field of reading, and a post-masters in special education, Dr. Weisel also holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership focusing on learning, neuro and cognitive psychology, and research. 

Beginning her career as a middle school teacher for at-risk youth, Dr. Weisel held positions in education including: learning disabilities and reading teacher, principal, school administrator, director of adult basic and literacy education programs, and university faculty. She established model education programs in psychiatric and forensic facilities. As the Manager of Community Mental Health Training and Systems Development for the Ohio Department of Mental Health, Dr. Weisel led initiatives for systemic changes resulting in retraining clinical, direct service, and administrative staff to realign service delivery directed towards community-based, consumer-driven services. 

Authoring numerous monographs, video series, articles, and publications, Dr. Weisel’s most recent publication, PowerPath to Education and Employment, is based on over 30 years of research. PowerPath is a practical learning system for retooling education and workforce development. The PowerPath System is currently an online educator professional development series, co-created with KET and Kentucky Adult Education, that is hosted on PBS.

In 2000, Dr. Weisel researched the field of leadership and launched L2000+, A Leadership Academy for Emerging Leaders in Behavioral Healthcare. L2000+ continues to be the flagship program for The Ohio State University’s John Glenn Institute for Public Policy and Public Service. Dr. Weisel maintains a close relationship with the International Authentic Leadership in Action Institute based in Halifax, Canada.   As a past President and current Executive Board Member of the National Association of Adults with Special Learning Needs (NAASLN), Dr. Weisel serves her profession by participating in multiple state and national associations.
 


Emotions Impact Learning! Part 2: Techniques to Address Emotional Issues

DATE: Monday, June 11, 2018
TIME: 2:00 P.M. EDT

Rarely in AE are emotions discussed. Yet, emotions have a major impact on how we learn. Join this engaging 2 part webinar series to see why emotions are the key to learning, how the brain manages emotions, and what learning challenges AE students have that perpetuate negative feelings. Four simple techniques teachers can use with AE students can change both student success and attune teachers to what might really be going on!

PRESENTED BY: LAURA WEISEL, PH.D.

Laura Weisel, Ph.D., is an Executive Partner and the Director of Research and Development at The TLP Group. The TLP Group is a social entrepreneurial company that uses traditional commercial principles to organize, create, and manage ventures addressing social problems that have not been successfully solved by traditional government or nonprofit initiatives. Working in partnership with state departments, universities, colleges, community organizations, and institutional providers, the TLP Group combines the best of talents, resources, and the evidence-based research to co-create alternative routes for service delivery yielding dramatic impact on client outcomes.

As a nationally known speaker and facilitator, Dr. Weisel has over thirty years of experience in the private and service sectors. With a B.S. in Early and Middle Childhood Education, a M.A. in the field of reading, and a post-masters in special education, Dr. Weisel also holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership focusing on learning, neuro and cognitive psychology, and research. 

Beginning her career as a middle school teacher for at-risk youth, Dr. Weisel held positions in education including: learning disabilities and reading teacher, principal, school administrator, director of adult basic and literacy education programs, and university faculty. She established model education programs in psychiatric and forensic facilities. As the Manager of Community Mental Health Training and Systems Development for the Ohio Department of Mental Health, Dr. Weisel led initiatives for systemic changes resulting in retraining clinical, direct service, and administrative staff to realign service delivery directed towards community-based, consumer-driven services. 

Authoring numerous monographs, video series, articles, and publications, Dr. Weisel’s most recent publication, PowerPath to Education and Employment, is based on over 30 years of research. PowerPath is a practical learning system for retooling education and workforce development. The PowerPath System is currently an online educator professional development series, co-created with KET and Kentucky Adult Education, that is hosted on PBS.

In 2000, Dr. Weisel researched the field of leadership and launched L2000+, A Leadership Academy for Emerging Leaders in Behavioral Healthcare. L2000+ continues to be the flagship program for The Ohio State University’s John Glenn Institute for Public Policy and Public Service. Dr. Weisel maintains a close relationship with the International Authentic Leadership in Action Institute based in Halifax, Canada.   As a past President and current Executive Board Member of the National Association of Adults with Special Learning Needs (NAASLN), Dr. Weisel serves her profession by participating in multiple state and national associations.


Differentiation: Giving Everyone the Opportunity to Succeed

DATE: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
TIME: 2:00 P.M. EDT

By the end of this session, participants will be able to recognize different learning styles, identify aspects of their classrooms that may interfere with students’ learning processes, and understand and utilize teaching strategies that can help different types of learners and students with special learning needs succeed.

Presented by: Heather Martin and Tara Schwab

Heather Martin is an adjunct professor in the adult education program at Waubonsee Community College in Aurora, IL and the continuing education department at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. She has been in the field of education for over ten years and in adult education for six. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with a minor in Spanish from the University of Illinois and her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Adult and Higher Education from Aurora University. She has earned certifications including Student Achievement in Reading and Resource Specialist for Special Learning Needs. In addition to her work in the classroom, Heather 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.

The Differentiation: Giving Everyone the Opportunity to Succeed webinar
generously sponsored by Burlington English


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