Research to Practice


This Month's Theme: Learning Difficulties

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

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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.



Heather Martin has been in education for over ten years. During that time, she has taught in both public school and adult and university settings. She is an adjunct professor at Waubonsee Community College, College of DuPage, and Aurora University. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois and her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate Adult and Higher Education. In addition to her work in the classroom, Heather has written curricula for adult learners and designed and facilitated professional development opportunities for adult educators throughout Illinois. She has presented at several local, state, and national conferences.


Tara Schwab is an adjunct professor at Waubonsee Community College and College of DuPage.  She has been in the field of education for over fifteen years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science Education with a minor in Spanish from Illinois State University and her Master’s Degree in the Arts of Teaching from Aurora University.  She has since earned certifications including Student Achievement in Reading and Resource Specialist for Special Learning Needs.  In addition to her work in the classroom, 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.

Differentiation: Giving Everyone the Opportunity to Succeed webinar
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COABE Journal Articles

COABE Journal, Spring 2015
"Dyslexia Decoded"
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COABE Journal, Spring 2014
"Faculty Attitudes Towards Teaching Adults with Learning Difficulties"
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COABE Journal, Fall 2013
"Post-GED-Credential Employment Experiences of Adults with Special Needs"
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COABE Journal, Spring 2015
"Spoken Oral Language and Adult Struggling Readers"
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The Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education 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.

Reaching Every Learner: Making Online Learning Effective & Accessbile for Students with Disabilities

Supporting Learners with Dyslexia

Fostering Metacognitive Skills and Critical Thinking in Your Classroom

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