Research to Practice

Adult Educator Survey

COABE is committed to supporting adult educators by inspiring educators so adults succeed and communities thrive. Our Research To Practice Initiative, which is generously sponsored by Essential Education, supports this mission by focusing on the problems that adult educators face. Over the next year the Research To Practice Initiative will examine solutions to these challenges with articles from the COABE Journal, webinars by adult ed practitioners, and actual lessons ideas shared in the Adult Education Resources shared repository. Please complete this short survey to help us address all of the important common issues that adult educators face.

COABE Journal Articles

COABE Journal Summer 2016 Issue
"WIOA: Implications for Low-Scoring Adult Learners"
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 COABE Journal Summer 2016 Issue
"Is WIOA Good for Adult Learners"
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Register for Upcoming Webinars


Ability to Benefit: Connecting WIOA and Student Financial Aid to Educate Low-Skilled Students

PRESENTERs: Lauren Walizer and Judy Mortrude
DATE: Wednesday, September 20, 2017
TIME: 2:00 P.M. EDT

Ability to Benefit (ATB) reduces barriers to accessing higher education for individuals without a high school credential. It also allows institutions to reach and serve these individuals by partnering with adult basic education and to better integrate their provision of financial aid with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) efforts the institution may already be undertaking. This session will explain when financial aid can be awarded to ATB students, show how ATB unites student aid (like Pell Grants), WIOA and Perkins Act activities, and provide examples of how it is being leveraged in institutions and states.



Lauren Walizer is a senior policy analyst at CLASP's Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success, where she works to expand access to postsecondary opportunities and advocates for financial aid policies that serve low-income students. Prior to joining CLASP, Ms. Walizer was with the U.S. Department of Education, where she addressed policy, management, and operational challenges related to federal postsecondary student financial aid programs. Ms. Walizer holds an MSEd in Education Policy and a Master of Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a BA in Political Science from The George Washington University.

Judy Mortrude has over 30 years of experience developing, delivering, and managing secondary and postsecondary education projects for workforce development, particularly with low literacy and high barrier populations. Ms. Mortrude was the lead administrator for Minnesota's largest Adult Basic Education (ABE) consortium before moving to the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development in 2009 to staff the Minnesota FastTRAC Adult Career Pathway cross-system initiative. Currently, she facilitates a network of practitioners in the Alliance for Quality Career Pathways at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). This Alliance of education, workforce development, and human service providers from across the country has developed quality standards for career pathway system partners to use as they develop and evaluate their aligned efforts. As a senior policy analyst for CLASP, Judy focuses on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Perkins Career & Technical Education, and other education/workforce development policy.


Featured Webinar


The world of work has changed drastically in the last ten years! Even for us seasoned professionals, the changes in job searching and implementing WIOA make us wish we had fairy dust. In this workshop, you will learn some of the latest best practices in career exploration, job searching, and job success that can help both you and your adult students. You will learn ways to build your learners’ reading, writing, and critical skills while learning key job readiness principles. Adult education students may think that finding the career of their dreams is a magical process. In reality, there are steps that learners can take. Even without magic, we can help our adult learners work to make their dreams come true.



Cynthia Macleay Campbell EdD has worked for over 25 years in education including teaching adults in ESOL and ABE classes, directing an urban adult literacy program, developing curricula, and providing professional development. Dr. Campbell has presented workshops at both regional and national conferences. Locally, she serves on the board of the Maryland Association for Adult, Continuing and Community Education (MAACCE) and chairs MAACCE’s Advocacy and Communications Committee. Dr. Campbell’s credentials include a Bachelor of Education in elementary education, a Master of Arts in Religion, and a Doctorate of Education, where her dissertation focused on teacher development. As principal consultant for Gold Apple Services LLC, she specializes in educational program design and development, editorial support, professional development for teachers and leaders. She is also a Standards for Excellence® Licensed Consultant. She is the writer for the WorkWise series for New Readers Press.

Resource: Preparing Yourselves and Your Adult Students for Success in WIOA (PowerPoint)

Preparing Yourselves and Your Adult Students for Success in WIOA:
Teaching Best Career Practices with WorkWise webinar

 generously sponsored by New Readers Press

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


Adult Education and WIOA:
How to Work Effectively with State and Local Workforce Boards


WIOA at the Local Level: What's Next?

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