FREE Google Applied Digital Skills Webinar Series and $500 Winner Announced

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Marilyn Burdolf of VCSC, winner of a $500 certificate to attend COABE 2020 in Baltimore, MD! Marilyn was one of more than 500 COABE members that completed the Google Adult Education Survey. For details visit educateandelevate/google.

Google Applied Digital Skills Boot Camps
Are you interested in attending a COABE sponsored Google Boot Camp in your state?
Check the list of scheduled Boot Camps >


Success Stories = $1,000 Opportunity

Have you submitted your success story for the chance to win $1,000? One winner will be selected and announced each month.
Submit your Google Applied Digital Literacy Skills Success Story >


 Five High Quality Webinars
500 Seats/Max Capacity

Session 1: "What is Digital Literacy, G Suite and Google's Applied Digital Skills?"
Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by: Tara Reifsteck
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Session 2: "Google's Applied Digital Skills: Get Started with Lessons"
Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by: Tara Reifsteck 
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Session 3: "Google's Applied Digital Skills: Beginner Lessons"
Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST
Presented by: Shahla Naimi 
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Session 4: "Google's Applied Digital Skills: Digital Skills for the Office"
Date: Thursday, June 13, 2019
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by: Janet Maragioglio 
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Session 5: "Google's Applied Digital Skills: Support Resources, Certification and Next Steps"
Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by: Shahla Naimi
Register for Session 5 >

Each webinar is limited to 500 registrants, and is available on a first come, first served basis . Sign up for the sessions today by clicking on the registration button below.  You will need your membership ID to register for this webinar. Please contact coordinator@coabe.org if you have any questions. 

Please Note: Certificates are automatically emailed 24 hours after the webinar has ended.

 

About Our Presenters

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Shahla Naimi is a Program Manager for Google’s Applied Digital Skills program. Applied Digital Skills (g.co/applieddigitalskills/coabe) is Google’s free digital literacy curriculum. It is an online resource of lessons that you can use to teach adults everything from basic digital skills (like sending an email or writing in a document) to more advanced digital skills (like project management or personal budget tracking). Applied Digital Skills is a Grow with Google program, and is dedicated to bringing digital literacy to everyone. 

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Tara Reifsteck is a Program Manager for Google’s Applied Digital Skills program. Applied Digital Skills (g.co/applieddigitalskills/coabe) is Google’s free digital literacy curriculum. It is an online resource of lessons that you can use to teach adults everything from basic digital skills (like sending an email or writing in a document) to more advanced digital skills (like project management or personal budget tracking). Applied Digital Skills is a Grow with Google program, and is dedicated to bringing digital literacy to everyone.

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Janet Maragioglio works on the Google Applied Digital Skills curriculum team creating video-based lessons that equip students with future-ready skills for education, work, and life. She has 20+ years experience writing and designing educational materials and is passionate about equity and access in technology education.  

Your Voice Made the Difference! New Level of Funding on the Horizon...

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Your emails and phone calls make a difference!

·    7,000+ grassroots connections this week

·    79 face to face meetings

COABE advocates descended on Capitol Hill for the sixth COABE led Capitol Hill Day and made 79 face to face visits with legislators and their staff! We brought 5 adult learners with us to share their remarkable stories, as well as all new state and national data sheets (click on your state to view your state's data). 

There was a lot of positive discussion with legislators, and we appreciated that so many of our members took action while we were on the Hill by making more than 7,000 legislative connections this week alone. We believe that together, we really are making a difference, and our voice is being heard in the halls of Congress! Please see the official legislative update from Capitol Hill Partners below. 

**** LEGISLATIVE UPDATE *****

On Wednesday, the House Appropriations held a six hour markup, approving its FY 20 Labor-HHS bill on a party line vote. 

The next step of the process will be consideration on the House floor next month. Appropriations insiders indicate to us that the Labor-HHS will be brought to the floor in tandem with the Defense Appropriations bill, which will help secure additional votes in support of the overall package, as the Defense bill is viewed as a “must pass” piece of legislation by both parties. 

We also expect the Senate to hold its markup of the Labor-HHS bill the first week of June, but with no timetable for floor consideration. 

As you know, the FY 20 House Labor-HHS Committee has included a $23 million increase to provide the “authorized” funding total for Adult Education of $678 million ($665 million for Adult State grants and $13.7 million for National Leadership Activities) plus an additional $7 million. The total for adult education is $685,000,000 in the House. The breakdown is below. 

Adult Basic and Literacy Education State Grants

The Committee recommends $678,000,000 for Adult Basic and Literacy Education State Grants, which is $30,045,000 more than the fiscal year 2019 enacted level and $192,151,000 above the fiscal year 2020 budget request. State formula-grants, authorized under the AEFLA, support programs to enable all adults to acquire basic literacy skills, to enable those who so desire to complete secondary education, and to make available to adults the means to become more employable, productive, and responsible citizens. 

Adult Education National Leadership Activities

The Committee recommends $13,712,000 for National Leadership Activities, which is the same as the fiscal year 2019 enacted level and $60,000,000 below the fiscal year 2020 budget request. This program supports applied research, development, dissemination, evaluation, and program improvement efforts to strengthen the quality of adult education services. The Committee recommendation does not include language or funding, as requested in the budget request, to support a new pre-apprenticeship grants initiative. It is unclear whether these programs would articulate to registered apprenticeship programs or another untested, low-quality apprenticeship model. 

It should also be noted that after last week’s House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee markup of its FY 20 funding bill, Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) still had $103 million available for allocation out of her Subcommittee’s $188 billion in total funding. 

As a result, she offered an amendment to Wednesday's full Appropriations Committee markup of the Labor-HHS bill allotting the remaining $103 million across a number of priority programs. We are pleased to report after consulting with the Committee that Adult Education State Grants then received an additional $7 million of this funding! This $7 million is in addition to the $665 million DeLauro had previously provided for Adult Education State Grants and $13 million for National Leadership Activities, resulting in $678 million, the “authorized” funding level for Adult Education for the first time. The total for Adult Education has now reached $685 million in the House. A vote on the House floor on the entire Labor-HHS bill is expected next month. 

This was an extraordinary statement by Chairwoman DeLauro of her support for Adult Education. She could have chosen any of the five hundred programs in the bill to disburse this funding and she chose Adult Education as one of just fourteen programs to receive additional funds. 

The state and national information provided by COABE and NASDAE highlighting the tremendous number of adults eligible for Adult Education services in comparison with our limited ability to provide them due to a lack of funding was a critical difference maker, allowing us to describe with precision the need for increased funding. 

While this is only the first step of the funding process, with the Senate appropriations process still to come - we encourage your members to send a thank you note to Chairwoman DeLauro for her tremendous support for Adult Education. 

COABE Journal–Call for Articles

Call for Articles
Leadership Edition of the COABE Journal

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The COABE Journal seeks to be the resource that adult educators turn to for learning and inspiration. Since the COABE Journal started using a theme format - first with Career Pathways and most recently with Prison Literacy - we have seen a tremendous response. Nearly 12,000 readers now download and use the Journal. We hope you will consider sharing your expertise as we begin planning for the October 2019 issue.

The next edition of the COABE Journal will focus on leadership. We will be accepting manuscripts that focus on leadership at all levels including, but not limited to, student leadership, leadership in the classroom, teacher leadership, administrative leadership, leadership in giving, leadership in advocacy and public policy, community leadership, and more!

Click below to submit your manuscript. The deadline for submission is June 30, 2019. Contact journal@coabe.org with questions.

For Immediate Release: COABE Appoints New CEO

COABE APPOINTS
SHARON BONNEY AS FIRST CEO

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE), the nation’s leading advocate for the adult education field, has appointed as its first CEO Sharon Bonney, who has raised the organization’s profile and grown its membership to nearly 18 times what it was in 2009.

Bonney will assume the new position July 1, transitioning from the executive director role she has held with the organization since July 2015. In the new position, she will be responsible for growing and diversifying COABE’s funding sources and sponsors, while enhancing its relationships with longstanding supporters. She also will focus on establishing adult education as a gateway to higher education and employment, working to shift the perception that adult education leads only to a high school equivalency.

“Sharon has a long-standing history with COABE, and as a forward-thinking leader has been very instrumental in taking the organization to a new level,” said Kaye Sharbono, COABE president. “She not only has extensive knowledge of adult education issues, but she has a tremendous passion for ensuring adult education providers are equipped with the best practices and tools they need to deliver services on a broader scale and that America has the capacity to meet the needs of every citizen who needs a hand up and out of poverty.”

The timing is right in the field of adult education – and in the life of COABE – to appoint a chief executive officer, Sharbono said. Adult education is coming of age with new approaches to delivering services; increasing exposure of the brand and best practices; building new relationships and engaging other communities into the field.

“I am honored to be appointed the first-ever CEO for an organization and a cause I love,” Bonney said. “COABE has made great strides in bringing awareness to adult education and how important it is to families and entire communities. Much work lies ahead to raise still more awareness and increase funding to ensure more people have access to quality programs. I look forward to working with the Board, our members, and our partners on those efforts.”

We’re in D.C. Talking with Legislators about Adult Education

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Will you support our efforts with 3 quick clicks?

There are more than 100 new legislators in the House of Representatives alone who need to know that adult education is important. Now is our time to raise our visibility with them.

Today the COABE team is in Washington D.C. for Capitol Hill Day! Contact your legislators to tell them how important it is to fund adult education at the WIOA authorized level. It's so simple, three quick clicks and five minutes of your time is all it takes!

You can also use social media to highlight the need for funding and get others involved #coabehq #adultedu #capitolhillday19

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Adult Education Fact Sheet–United States

Reporting Period: July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018

Adult education programs in all 50 states and seven territories assist adults in building skills and earning credentials that lead to postsecondary education, sustainable employment, and economic self-sufficiency.

By 2020, 65% of all jobs in the United States will require some form of postsecondary education. It is projected by the American Action Forum that, by 2020, the United States will be short an estimated 7.5 million private sector workers across all skill levels.

Discover all of the adult education innovations & successes taking place across the nation Click on the button below to find information on your state or select from the dropdown.

Workforce Education Initiative Reports Amazing ROI

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Tyson Foods is the largest protein company in the U.S., employing more than 122,000 people, most of whom are front-line workers in their plants, with more than 40 different countries typically represented at each plant location.

Language and cultural barriers, along with varying levels of education and limited access to social resources, have created challenges at home and at work for some of Tyson's team members. Things many of us take for granted, like opening a bank account or filling out a form, can be daunting obstacles.

To address these challenges, in 2016 Tyson partnered with adult education providers and nonprofits to launch a workplace education pilot which offered front line team members free access to classes in English, high school equivalency, U.S. citizenship, and training on other life skills. The results were amazing! Read the full story that was featured in Forbes HERE.  

Tyson and COABE are partners on the Adult Learning XPrize communities competition.

FY 2020 House Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill Moves Forward

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On Tuesday, the House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee approved its FY 2020 funding bill along party lines. Amendments to the bill were held until full Committee markup, which is expected to be held on Wednesday, May 8th.

The bill provides $11.7 billion over FY 2019 levels, a 6.2% overall increase and is in marked contrast to the Administration’s budget proposal that would have cut 10% from current funding levels. Big winners in the bill are the National Institutes of Health, which received a $2 billion increase, as well as a $4 billion increase for early childhood programming. Within the Department of Education, over $4 billion in additional funding was provided for K-12 and postsecondary education. Overall funding for the Department increased by six percent.

Key Republicans on the Subcommittee expressed their concern that $11.7 in new spending would not be supported by the Administration and they highlighted the need for an overall budget agreement between the House and Senate, for which only initial discussions have begun, to avoid a potential government shutdown later this year.

While some individual program spending lines can be found in the legislative text, as well as the Subcommittee’s summary document, the exact funding for adult education and many other programs will be unveiled when the Committee Report is released on May 7th, in advance of full Committee markup on May 8th. Hill insiders indicate that the prospects appear strong for adult education to receive a modest increase in the House Labor-HHS bill, and we will report to you next week on the actual funding level that is included.

Once full Committee markup has been completed, the House leadership plans to attach the Labor-HHS bill to the Defense Appropriations bill and bring it to the House floor for a vote before June 30th.

The Senate does not yet have a timetable for its FY 2020 appropriations markups, but Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) indicated he would not mark up any bills until negotiations on a top line budget agreement are completed.

It is expected that the House Labor-HHS bill will have more funding available than its Senate counterpart bill (whenever it moves forward), and we will need your help to make the case for adult education funding through each stage of the appropriations process.

COABE XPRIZE Pilots Can Win $1,000 Prize for Enrollments

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If you signed up for a Learning Upgrade pilot with the COABE XPRIZE Team Code 1177, your program could win a $1,000 award! The program with the highest number of new learners enrolled and active each month will win the prize.

The key to winning is to start onboarding your learners and motivate them to complete lessons. Here are some tips and best practices:

  1. Read this post with instructions, videos, and flyers to help you onboard your learners

  2. Watch the COABE XPRIZE Webinar

  3. Schedule “onboarding parties” to enroll your learners. Make sure they install the Learning Upgrade app on their phone before the party.

  4. At the party, hand out your printed flyer with the 7-digit class code, and have each learner go through the self-enrollment steps.

  5. Have each learner complete 1 lesson at the onboarding party so they feel comfortable with the program and count towards your active learners for the monthly prize.

  6. Sign in to your teacher account to track progress with the Student Monitor.

  7. Follow up with students who are not completing lessons and motivate them to start.

The prize will be awarded monthly to the program with the highest number of new learners who have completed lessons. Awards run through Aug 31, 2019.

If you need assistance getting started, you can reach out to Learning Upgrade at info@learningupgrade.com or (800) 998-8864.

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COABE XPRIZE Code Unlocks a Winning App for Your Learners!

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You can now enroll your learners into the XPRIZE winning app Learning Upgrade at no cost with the COABE XPRIZE Code 1177

Learners have access to 21 courses including English, math, and GED® / HiSET® prep. You can track the progress of each learner with detailed reports.

To sign up for an XPRIZE tracking account, just fill in this form. You will receive an email with instructions.

For more information about the XPRIZE Competition, click here www.coabe.org/xprize.

Essential Education - 10 Years of Partnership

How does a publisher move from the role of VENDOR to the role of PARTNER?

This is the question we work to answer at Essential Education. As a company of educators, dedicated to the adult learner, we do not want to simply conform to the standard publisher role. We want to create exceptional learning materials that let you help students reach their fullest potential. To be partners, though, we need your help and want your input on what to create next.

Together, and only together, we create the “next generation” of learning materials that are cost-effective, inspiring, and highly effective. Please take a few minutes to take our online survey and let’s figure out “What’s Next” together.

Educate & Advocate

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Google Boot Camps Available to Your State (FREE)    

Through a generous grant from Google, as announced on April 2nd, COABE is proud to share that we will be holding Google Boot Camps for Applied Digital Skills in every state over the next year. Applied Digital Skills is Google's free, video-based curriculum for teaching digital literacy skills -- everything from creating a resume to using spreadsheets to create budgets.

This training will be offered free of charge to you and can be included as an "add-on" to your state conference. Please register or contact sharonbonney@coabe.org for more details.

Also, when you sign up your state to participate in these free boot camps, we will gladly provide your state with free advertising to members in your region! Our leadership can also Zoom in to deliver a keynote and/or to meet with your board of directors upon request. 

We are accepting applications for Google certified trainers to lead our boot camps.

Have you already been using Google Applied Digital Skills?

 

Funding Challenges Abound: Keep Adult Ed on the Front Burner with Legislators

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$156,000,000 in proposed funding cuts. 100+ new legislators in the house of representatives. These two reasons alone are indicators that we cannot be silent. We must take action for adult education.

Join COABE in Washington D.C. on May 6 & 7 for our 6th annual Capitol Hill Day. Details are below.

COABE and NASDAE recently sent a survey to the field to determine top legislative priorities. There were just over 200 responses, so we will continue to keep the survey open through the coming weeks. Please push this out to your members and constituents. We have also organized targeted calls with state leaders to ensure we are effectively reaching legislators in decision-making positions on committees.

We encourage you to read our last legislative alert which encourages us to continue to keep adult education front and center for legislators. With this in mind, COABE has organized the following:

  1. Spring Capitol Hill Day will take place on May 7th in Washington, D.C. Please join us in D.C. during this very important time as we raise our voices with 100+ new legislative leaders and their staff. Contact advocacy@coabe.org for details.

  2. COABE and NASDAE partner to provide solid national and state level data which will be used when we meet with legislators in person, and also on our joint Educate and Elevate campaign pages HERE. Click HERE to view our template which will be customized per stated.

  3. COABE sends bimonthly "Talking Points" to legislators. Review the fast facts that are shared.

  4. COABE can customize a state-level campaign for your state and give a presentation on the award-winning Educate and Elevate campaign at your conference. Contact sharonbonney@coabe.org for details.

  5. A legislative session was held at the COABE conference for state leaders, led by our national public policy firm, Capitol Hill Partners. While attendance was dismal, the topic was indeed very timely. Listen to the recording.

 

COABE Partners with Business

Leadership from COABE and SkillsUSA meet to discuss partnership at SkillsUSA headquarters.

Leadership from COABE and SkillsUSA meet to discuss partnership at SkillsUSA headquarters.

Last year COABE and NASDAE leadership met with the executive director for the Chamber of Commerce Foundation. That meeting led to an invitation to attend the Talent Forward Conference which brings together business leaders from all over the country. That conference then led to partnerships with Amazon, Google, and National Association for Workforce Professional Developers. COABE is also partnering with Tyson Foods, NAPA Auto Parts, and the Marriott.  

As well, COABE is partnering with SkillsUSA, a career and technical organization that serves nearly 400,000 high school and adult learners nationwide. Representatives from all of these partners attended the COABE conference in New Orleans, LA where they had a booth, and their CEO delivered a short keynote and discussed our joint initiatives. 

 

Amazon Partnership Yields Jobs for Adult Learners

Amazon launched a new partnership with COABE which enables adult learners who get their high school equivalency to apply for jobs that they would not otherwise qualify for. Jobs start at $15-$19 per hour, plus benefits and access to the College Choice Program, which pays for 80% of the participant's college fees. Employees that have been employed for 2 years at the company and do not wish to go to college but would rather work, may bypass the usual requirement for a bachelor's degree to obtain a job in management.  

Amazon has offered to set up field trips for local programs. Contact sharonbonney@coabe.org for details.  

 

COABE Conference Attendance by State 

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2,427 Attendees, 463 Sessions, 91 Exhibitors

Thank you to all who took part in and attended the COABE 2019 national conference! Pictures and short videos have been posted to social media. Click HERE to join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


We have put together a map noting the attendance by state. The top 10 states that brought in the most attendees are as follows.

  • Louisiana - 300  

  • California - 143

  • Texas - 115

  • Georgia - 113

  • Alabama - 94

  • New York - 87

  • Arizona - 77

  • Florida - 76 

  • Washington D.C. - 75 

  • Indiana - 70 

Thank you to all of the state directors and state association leaders who encouraged their members to attend the conference! 

 

COABE Journal To Focus on Leadership

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The COABE Journal seeks to be the resource that adult educators turn to for learning and inspiration. Since the COABE Journal starting using a 'theme' format -- first with Career Pathways and most recently with Prison Literacy -- we have seen a tremendous response. Nearly 12,000 readers now download and use the Journal. We hope you will consider sharing your expertise as we begin planning for the October 2019 issue.

The next edition of the COABE Journal will focus on leadership. We will be accepting manuscripts that focus on leadership at all levels including but not limited to student leadership, leadership in the classroom, teacher leadership, administrative leadership, leadership in giving, leadership in advocacy and public policy, community leadership, and more! The call for manuscripts will open on May 1, 2019, and we invite you to share your expertise and research with us! 

Important Post-Conference Information

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Thank you for attending this year's COABE National Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana! We hope that you had a rewarding experience at the 2019 COABE Conference! Please take a moment to read through important post-conference information. 

 

GOOGLE BOOT CAMPS AVAILABLE

In case you missed hearing about this amazing opportunity during the second and third general sessions, COABE and Google are partnering together to offer free boot camps across the nation. Get the details HERE.   

 

CONFERENCE EVALUATION

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We hope that you enjoyed the conference and that you found the national-level professional development helpful to your work in adult education.

Please complete the following conference evaluation, and we'll enter you into our drawing for next year's COABE National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, April 5-8, 2020. Once you complete your evaluation, you will receive your certificate of attendance.

 

EARN GRADUATE CREDITS

Are you interested in obtaining graduate credits from USF? Your attendance at COABE's 2019 National Conference allows you to apply for graduate credits. Click here for more details.

 

STRAND PARTNERS

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We want to thank our strand partners for providing expert sessions on a wide variety of relevant topics. You made it possible to provide a rich learning experience for our conference attendees and we are grateful for all your efforts!

 

COABE ADULT EDUCATOR RESOURCES

We hope you will utilize our AER website to upload your conference materials if you were a presenter or to download resources about specific topics of interest that will help you provide the best instruction for your students. You will need to login to the website to access these valuable resources.

 

ALL HANDS ON DECK

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Thank you for attending and for making this year's conference a wonderful success! We hope to see you at next year's 2020 conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Save the date!

COABE and Tyson Foods Partner to Lift Literacy Levels Through the Adult Literacy XPRIZE

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 3, 2019 – The mission of the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) is to provide leadership, communication, professional development, and advocacy for adult education and literacy practitioners to advance quality services for all adult learners. COABE’s partnership with Tyson Foods aims to reach adult learners with low literacy skills and enable them to reach their literacy goals twice as quickly because they can work with the app on their own time. 

The $1 million Adult Literacy XPRIZE Communities Competition challenges communities and organizations across the country to empower adults with low literacy skills to download and use a free, effective, convenient, and private mobile learning app. The Learning Upgrade App tied for first place in phase 1 of the Barbara Bush Foundation’s Adult Literacy XPRIZE Competition. 

COABE has since partnered with Tyson Foods, the largest food company in the U.S., because of their ground breaking in-plant workforce education program called Upward Academy. Through this educational program, Tyson offers free English, GED®, and U.S. Citizenship classes, plus monthly functional literacy classess, covering various topics such as legal aid, loan scams, and tax fraud. Approximately 5,000 of the company’s frontline team members in 43 of its plants have received more than 160,000 hours of instruction. These team members will begin benefiting from Learning Upgrade’s free app which has already shown tremendous results in pre and post field tests over a 12-month period. 

“Low education and skill levels of adults are a fundamental barrier to every major challenge facing the United States, including early childhood education, education reform, economic development, and improving the health and well-being of our nation’s families and communities,” said Sharon Bonney, Executive Director of COABE. “This is why we are so passionate about equipping adult learners and local programs with the necessary tools, such as the app endorsed by the Adult Literacy XPrize.” 

Through its partnership with Tyson Foods’ Upward Academy, Marriott, Alliance for Freedom, Restoration, and Justice (AFRJ, an anti-human trafficking firm), and the National Association of the State Directors of Adult Education (NASDAE), COABE hopes to get Learning Upgrade’s free app into the hands of the over 36 million American adults who lack basic English literacy. 

“Equipping our team members with the right tools for their education has been critical to the success of Upward Academy,” said Kevin Scherer, senior manager, employee social responsibility, Tyson Foods. “We’re excited to collaborate with COABE on this innovative initiative and provide our team members with greater access to the resources they need to be successful.”

COABE and Google Partner on New Workforce Innovation Initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 2, 2019 – The mission of the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) is to provide leadership, communication, professional development, and advocacy for adult education and literacy practitioners to advance quality services for all adult learners. COABE’s new partnership with Google’s Applied Digital Skills program aims to match adult educators with the training and curriculum essential to meet the workforce skills their students require. Through this partnership, COABE will enable extensive sharing of Google’s Applied Digital Skills curriculum on all its platforms, including website, eblasts, mobile app, virtual conferences, professional development webinars, and national conferences.

This initiative will enable COABE to collect and showcase stories of adults and adult education institutions that use Google’s Applied Digital Skills, with a focus on workforce development. This reinforces COABE’s mission of connecting adult learners with the training and skills they need to succeed in family-sustaining jobs and careers.

"Applied Digital Skills is at the center of Grow with Google, our initiative to create economic opportunities for all Americans, and we are excited to begin this partnership with COABE,” states Shahla Naimi, Google Program Manager. “Americans with a high school diploma, or equivalent, earn an average of $10,000 more per year than a non-graduate. By sharing our free online curriculum, we hope to support Americans looking to upskill towards high school equivalency with critical digital skills."

Another aspect of this partnership calls for the creation of professional development bootcamps for adult education instructors in each state. Fifty sites across the U.S. will be selected to participate in these exemplary, free professional development workshops, which will help adults prepare for jobs. COABE plans to showcase the success stories that result from this partnership and training, sharing with the Department of Education, with legislators, with business and industry leaders, and with state and national leaders in the field of adult education.

“This partnership provides targeted professional development for teachers and administrators who will then utilize this state-of-the-art tool in their classrooms. The ultimate goal of our partnership is to showcase student successes and put adult learners on the pathways to good careers,” COABE Executive Director Sharon Bonney said. “Working with Google, an industry leader, to connect adult learners with the targeted job readiness training that they need is truly a win for all.”

Time for Action

101,769

That's the number of connections our field has had with legislators since we launched the award-winning Educate and Elevate campaign. Add your voice to this movement and help move the needle for adult education.

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We need to speak up and tell these new legislators that adult education matters! Will you raise your voice with us? Here are some easy ways to engage:

  1. Contact your legislator with our quick fire, 3-click software. It will take just 5 minutes of your time, and every response is calculated by your legislators' offices.

  2. Consider joining us for our 6th Capitol Hill Day on May 7th in Washington D.C. Contact advocacy@coabe.org for more details.

  3. Access all the wonderful resources offered in our award-winning Educate and Elevate public awareness campaign (HERE).