Research to Practice


This Month's Theme:
Work-Based Instruction

Join us for free webinars on the topic of integrated education and training.

Featured Webinars

Our Best from i-BEST

If you have ever worked with an I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education Skills Training) program, you will know that I-BEST students fast track through both GED® testing and skills training through this nationally recognized instructional model. I-BEST students are quicker than their traditionally enrolled contemporaries to improve their basic skills in reading, writing, and math, complete their GED exam, and arrive at a career entry point. The downside to I-BEST is that it’s expensive. Heather has taught 4 I-BEST programs and has come to realize that there are ways to replicate components of I-BEST at very low or no additional cost to your program. This webinar will look at how, by making a few simple changes, we can help our traditionally enrolled students also get the best that our programs can offer.



Heather Patterson is a native of Northern Ireland and holds a BA Hons. and a Post Graduate Diploma. 20 years ago Heather immigrated to Arizona from South Africa and has worked at Friendly House, a non-profit organization in Phoenix, AZ, for all of those years.  Heather has been fortunate to always feel supported by her program and by the state as she develops professionally. She is a graduate of the 2011 Reading Institute, a 2012 Learning to Achieve Trainer, a graduate of the 2014 Math Institute and the follow up 2016 AR2 Institute, and a 2017 Certified Manager in Program Improvement, through the Leadership Excellence academy.  Heather has seen many changes over the years in Adult Education, but continues to believe that education is how we enable people to change their lives and that there is no person who does not have the capacity to learn as long as they are taught in a way that works for them. Heather enjoys the challenge of tailoring her teaching to the learner, rather than forcing the learner to adapt to her teaching.  Six years ago, Heather taught her first I-BEST cohort and has been privileged to continue as the I-BEST instructor and IET coordinator for her program. She has presented at a local, state, and national level and is always as excited to share what she has learned as she is to learn from others.

Our Best from I-BEST webinar
sponsored by Burlington English


Work Ready or Not Here They Come: A Collaborative Effort to Prepare Out-of-School Youth for the Workplace

Out-of-school youth who are not engaged in school or employment are more likely to engage in destructive behaviors and less likely to be able to support themselves financially. Preparing out-of-school youth for a successful transition to the workforce is essential to ensuring a successful transition to employment and financial stability. Developing a work readiness program for this population can help to ensure workplace success. This webinar discussion will share strategies for infusing work skills into programs for out-of-school youth. Through an interactive webinar discussion, participants will learn about challenges and strategies as well as discuss cultural and economic barriers and implications.



 Sina Atanoa earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from New Mexico Highlands University earning honors and becoming the Student Teacher of the Year. She received her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy and is currently working on her License.   Sina has worked with at-risk youth for over 10 years. She has worked with a non-profit organization called Parents and Children Together where she worked as a counselor for the Teen Program working with gangs for 5 years.  She was able to create a program for the gang members from Kuhio Park Terrace called “The Other Side of Me” in which expresses the side of them that nobody sees besides the gang persona through photography and video. Sina is currently working for the Hawaii National Guard Youth Challenge Academy as the Deputy Director. Prior to Deputy, she was the Lead Instructor there in which she helped improved the graduation rate from a 70% to a 98%, helping Cadets 16 through 18 years old receive their High School Equivalency Diploma. Her goals are to improve the retention rate on students who complete the program that enters the workforce.  Providing a soft skills class like “iCAN” will help improve the retention rate in the workforce after graduation.  On her spare time, Sina gives back to her community by coaching club volleyball “Ta’ahine” in which allows females ages 12 thru 18 an opportunity to help expose their volleyball Talent to the Mainland Colleges in hopes of receiving a Scholarship through tournaments across America.


Amazon and COABE Work Together to Provide Jobs for Adult Learners

As one of the fastest growing companies on earth, Amazon has made it a priority to offer quality entry-level positions that can lead to either a career in management, or participation in our tuition pre-payment program for a certification or associate’s degree. To demonstrate our commitment to our hourly workforce, we recently increased our minimum wage to $15 per hour for all entry-level positions across the country, irrespective of location. Whether your students are looking for a long-term career or just to earn extra money, we offer full-time, part-time, seasonal and flexible schedules for a variety of jobs in urban, suburban, and rural areas. Our basic hiring requirements are only to be at least 18 years old and have a GED or equivalent. We discuss hourly employment opportunities and career growth at Amazon, as well as Amazon’s Career Choice Program that pre-pays tuition for degrees in high-demand fields.



Natausha Horton joined Amazon in 2017 as a part of the Workforce Staffing Community Engagement Team at the company’s corporate headquarters in Seattle.  For several years prior to that, she worked at a national law firm, focusing her efforts on complex telecommunications disputes and negotiations.  She also served as a law clerk in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  Ms. Horton received both her bachelor’s degree and juris doctor from the University of Pittsburgh and is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and Washington.


Maria Tompros is the Sr. Manager of Partnerships and Communications with Amazon's Associate Development Program.  She leads marketing efforts for Career Choice globally and drives to create global scalable partnerships with employers, community organizations and workforce development systems seeking to hire Career Choice graduates.  Ms. Tompros joined Amazon in 2015 where she held roles in communications for Employee Relations and Connections teams.  Prior to Amazon, she led CSR, external relations and program management functions with Federal Express in Europe and Sony’s European business units.  She holds a bachelor’s degrees in Law and a graduate degree in Public Policy.

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COABE Journal Articles

COABE Journal, Winter 2016
"Using Research to Design Integrated Education and Training Programs"
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COABE Journal, Winter 2016
"The Academic I-BEST:
A Model for Precollege Student Success in College Transfer Programs
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The following blended-learning resources can be found on our Adult Educator Resources* website.

Integrated Education and Training

Implementing an Academic I-BEST Program

Lake Washington Institute of Technology's Academic I-BEST Program

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