Research to Practice


This Month's Theme: Advocacy

Join us for free webinars on the topic of advocacy. You can view the replay of our February 12th webinar, Stronger Together: Effective Advocacy Through Cross Sector Partnerships and/or register for the upcoming webinar, The Magic of Advocacy, Helping to Lead Adult Learners to Tomorrow's Dreams on February 28th.


Featured Webinar


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.



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). She has been an Internship Coordinator, Guidance Counselor and Director of a small school. As the School Director, she was responsible for developing annual professional development plans, and managing the professional development delivery itself, in alignment with annual goals the staff selected as a result of data analysis and self-assessment. She has been trained to deliver distance learning courses for adult education practitioners and in data use and leadership courses for program leaders.  Jill completed the coursework in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at Johnson & Wales University, earned a Master's of Education degree from Keene State College and a B.A. from Portland State University.


Karisa Tashjian serves as the Director of Education for the Providence Public Library.  In this role, she leads the design and implementation of educational and workforce development programming across all ages that results in measurable engagement, value and impact to the community. Common themes in her work are the power of partnerships, technology and innovation. She is a Board Member of the New England Literacy Resource Center, a Partner of World Education's EdTech Center and a member of the Rhode Island Governor's Workforce Board's Career Pathways Committee.


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TIME: 2:00 PM, 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.



Jody Angelone has served in Adult Education for over 25 years and is currently the Staff Training & Development Coordinator for the Ohio Professional Development Network, at The Ohio State University. 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 CCR Standards Implementation, Program Improvement and Consultation Plans, National Leadership Excellence Academy, and Assessment.  She served as COABE Region 4 Representative between 2014 and 2016 for the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) national board.  She is currently serving as the Vice President of Membership for the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) national board and the Advocacy and Governance 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.


Susan M. Sheehan is the Adult Education Services Assistant Director with the Cuyahoga County Public Library.  She is the primary contact for the Aspire Greater Cleveland Program, including the Aspire Grant, the Integrated English Language Civics Education (IELCE-IET) Grant, the Workplace Education Programand the Project Learn Program.

Ms. Sheehan is passionate about assisting adults in reaching their potential so that they can find fulfillment and success. She believes that this affects not only the individual but the family and friends of the individual, and ultimately, the entire community. Ms. Sheehan strategically partners with multiple community members and organizations to make this happen.

Prior to serving as Adult Education Services Assistant Director in Cuyahoga County Public Library, Ms. Sheehan worked as Supervisor of the Adult Education Services Department of the Parma City School District. In addition, she has collaborated with employers in coordinating and providing Skills Enrichment programs at workplace sites. She also taught high school and middle school level English classes. In addition, she served as an elementary school Reading Specialist and designed and facilitated Family Literacy programs.

Ms. Sheehan graduated from John Carroll University with a B.A. in Education and certification in English and Reading. She earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at Cleveland State University. Ms. Sheehan is an avid reader, a true believer in life-long learning, and has earned an additional 85+ graduate hours in Educational Administration through Ashland University and Kent State University.

Ms. Sheehan serves as a Board member for the Workforce Development Board Area 3, is an active member of Ohio Association of Adult and Continuing Education (OAACE), Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE), Refugee Services Collaborative, and The Literacy Cooperative. Ms. Sheehan is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Parma.

The Magic of Advocacy, Helping to Lead Adult Learners to Tomorrow's Dreams webinar
generously sponsored by Burlington English

COABE Journal Articles

COABE Journal, Spring 2016
"New and Effective Approaches to Adult Basic Skills Advocacy"  Read the Article >

COABE Journal, Spring 2016
"Placing Advocacy at the Heart of Adult Education"  Read the Article >

COABE Journal, Spring 2016
"Student Leaders as Advocates"  Read the Article >

COABE Journal, Spring 2016
"The Politics of Adult Education"  Read the Article >

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The following blended-learning resources can be found on our Adult Educator Resources* website.

Stronger Together:
Effective Advocacy Through Cross-Agency Partnerships


The Magic of Advocacy


Ensuring Immigrants' Access to WIOA Services: Data and Advocacy Tools for Adult Educators

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