Research to Practice


This Month's Theme:

Join us for free webinars on the topic of learning difficulties.


Featured Webinars


Are you teaching your students to think about their thinking? Are you giving them opportunities to build their critical thinking skills to problem solve? Let’s have fun together discovering metacognition activities, strategies, and lessons to build important thinking skills for success in class and in life. Teaching critical thinking is good for ALL students and especially important in reaching those with learning difficulties.



Sarah Goldammer is an Educational Training Specialist at the Southern Illinois Professional Development Center - part of the Illinois Community College Board Service Center Network. She has a B.S in Special Education from Southeast Missouri State University and a M.S. in Higher Education from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

She is a certified trainer for the Special Learning Needs Institute and trains individuals throughout the state. She spearheaded the creation of the statewide contextualized curricula for Healthcare, for Manufacturing, for TDL, and for Career Pathways. She served as part of the professional development team for the Accelerating Opportunity Initiative, the development of a Bridge Development Basics Training, and implementation of new Integrated Education and Training models. She has presented at numerous national and state conferences in-person and online. Sarah has been involved in adult education for the past 18 years and has been teaching and training for over 30 years. She is proud to have had students from 3 to 83 years old and every age in between.



Research shows that incorporating games into instruction can lead to more engagement and motivation. Games are also a great tool for differentiation and grouping. Presenters will discuss the role games can play and methods for creating and incorporating games. Participants will explore several games they can use in their classrooms.



Heather is currently the ESL Supervisor at Elgin Community College. Prior to that, she served as an instructor of adult education at Waubonsee Community College for seven years. She also worked at College of DuPage where she was responsible for the development of the Adjunct Faculty Institute, a program designed to provide a comprehensive professional development program for incoming and existing adjunct faculty to help give them the tools needed to effectively share their subject matter expertise with their students in a way that promotes active, engaged learning. Heather also teaches undergraduate courses in learning theories, assessment, and ESL teacher preparation at Aurora University. In addition to her work in the classroom, Heather has written curricula for adult education programs and designed and facilitated professional development opportunities for adult educators throughout Illinois. She has presented at several local, state, and national conferences including COABE (Coalition on Adult Basic Education), AAACE (American Association for Adult and Continuing Education), and CSCC (Council for the Student of Community Colleges). Heather holds a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with an ESL endorsement from Concordia University. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education with a minor in Spanish from the University of Illinois. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Adult and Higher Education with an emphasis on Community College Leadership from Northern Illinois University.


Tara Schwab is an accomplished teacher, presenter and trainer with 18+ years of experience in curriculum development, implementation and instruction.  She is an adjunct instructor at College of DuPage and Waubonsee Community College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science Education and minor in Spanish from Illinois State University and her Master’s Degree in the Arts of Teaching from Aurora University.  In addition to her work in the classroom, she has valuable experience in training and mentoring teachers in curriculum development and delivery, teaching methods and practices.  Tara 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.


COABE Journal Articles

COABE Journal, Spring 2019
"Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset in Correctional Adult Education Setting"
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COABE Journal, Spring 2017
"Stepping Over the Line: Applying the
Theories of Adult Learning in a GED® Math Class"
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COABE Journal, Summer 2015
"More than a 'Basic Skill:' Breaking Down the Complexities of
Summarizing for ABE/ESL Learners
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The COABE Journal is published three times per year. Did you know that COABE members can purchase a one year subscription for only $35? Add to your professional library with this vital resource written by adult educators in the field. Click the button below to purchase a hard copy subscription today.

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

"Learning to Remember:
Teaching Memory Strategies in Adult Education"

"Retrieval Practice:
A Powerful Learning Tool"

“Teaching Strategies and Techniques:
Making Instruction Effective and Efficient”

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