Webinar Resources


COABE Professional Development Webinars generously sponsored by Burlington English


David J. Rosen, Ed.D will describe English language learning circles in public libraries and ESL/ESOL programs and focus on a new kind of learning circle whose focus is helping adult English language learners to use their smartphones for English language learning. “App to Speed” learning circles use free or low-cost online apps designed for low-literacy adult English language learners who may be on waiting lists for classes, or who may want to supplement their classroom English language instruction with online learning in language learning sprints in the times they have available during their busy workdays, evenings and weekends. The webinar is for adult ESL/ESOL teachers and program managers who want to understand what learning circles are and do, how they can learn more about them, and specifically how they can organize learning circles that will help English language learners, whether currently enrolled in classes or not, to use their smartphones to improve their English.  Following David's presentation there will an opportunity for questions and comments.



David J. Rosen was Executive Director of the Adult Literacy Resource Institute at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, a greater Boston adult education professional development and training center, from 1986 to 2003. As an independent consultant since 2003, he has recently provided education and evaluation services to: World Education’s Education Tech Center, and Essential Education, to develop an online guide to blended learning for adult educators. He is the moderator of two U.S. Department of Education-sponsored LINCS communities of practice: Integrating Technology, and Program Management. He was the evaluator of the World Education sponsored and Dollar General Literacy Foundation-supported English Now! 18-month learning circles pilot project that was focused on English language learners on waiting lists, and he is an advisor to World Education on the national scale-up of that project. David was one of the original “visioneers” of the Adult Literacy XPRIZE, has followed the progress of the competition, including organizing panel discussions about it on LINCS, the U.S. Department of Education-supported Literacy and Communications System adult basic skills professional development service.


App-to-Speed Learning Circles in Public Libraries and ESL/ESOL Programs webinar
sponsored by Learning Upgrade



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


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.





What do adult education programs and services look like across the country?  How are geography, economies, and focus populations reflected in service strategies? What are some new models emerging?


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.


Special thanks to Essential Education, the generous sponsor of this special training series.


Planning rigorous and relevant lessons to help adult English learners achieve their goals includes correlating instruction to the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) for Adult Education (AIR, 2016). The standards provide a scaffolded approach to meeting the College and Career Readiness Standards, but are also essential for English learners focused on civic engagement and family advocacy. This webinar guides participants through the essential elements of ELPS-aligned lessons using content and themes that work across proficiency levels. By the end of this webinar, participants will be prepared to launch their own exploration of the ELP standards and be familiar with an instructional planning process that supports their English learners' academic, workplace, parenting, and civic goals.



Jayme Adelson-Goldstein, Lighthearted Learning, is a curriculum consultant and teacher educator who most recently has worked with agencies across the U.S. to support adult ESOL instructors' integration of rigorous and contextualized instruction aligned to 21st century standards. She has developed and facilitated face-to-face and online professional development for California, Wisconsin, Florida, and Massachusetts, taught methods courses for TESOL and the Ryan Adult Credential Program at UCLA Extension, and is a frequent presenter at state, national, and international conferences. Throughout her 35 years as a teacher educator, Jayme's focus continues to be on refining instruction that respects (and differentiates for) the needs of both learners and instructors. Her recent publications include The Oxford Picture Dictionary 3e; Step Forward 2e; and the LINCS ESL Pro digital magazine, Preparing English Learners for Work and Career Pathways.


Lori Howard is an ESL consultant, teacher educator, and author of reading textbooks for adult ESL learners including the Read All About It and Read and Reflect Series. She is also the AEFLA/WIOA Title II Program Specialist Coordinator for CASAS specializing in IELCE, Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education. She has provided ESL teacher education in California, Florida, Illinois, Maine, and Singapore and is a frequent presenter at state, national, and international conferences. Her many years of experience in the field includes teaching ESL and vocational ESL, administering ESL programs, being a TV/video teacher on the Los Angeles Unified School Districts' Learning English Series and a video teacher on the Teacher Training Through Video Series, published by Pearson.


Language Lifts to Help Them Soar webinar sponsored by BurlingtonEnglish


What’s really changed from WIA to WIOA? Where are the opportunities to improve services to adult learners? How would co-enrollment between WIOA I (adult, youth, dislocated worker) and WIOA II (adult education) be promoted and work?

Presented by Erin Roth

Erin Roth is the Director of Policy for the Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation’s Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning. In this role, she spearheads major initiatives and policy innovations for the Division to ensure businesses and job seekers have the opportunities and support needed to thrive in today's economy. Erin chairs Maryland's statewide Policy Committee for implementation of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. She is a recognized thought leader on apprenticeship, immigrant integration, career pathways, and on how to successfully align the work of multiple agencies serving mutual customers in a transparent, meaningful way. Erin has worked for Maryland’s labor department since 2009. Prior to joining the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning, she worked in the Division of Unemployment Insurance, supporting reemployment efforts, during the height of the Great Recession. She holds her bachelor’s in Global Studies from Loyola University Maryland and her Master’s in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University.


The U. S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), Division of Adult Education and Literacy funds initiatives to advance adult education and to improve teacher quality. These initiatives help adults acquire the basic skills necessary to function in today’s society – skills that allow them to complete secondary school, engage fully in family life, attain citizenship, and participate in job training and retraining programs. The Division is responsible for ensuring the continuous improvement of these initiatives. For current OCTAE initiatives, please visithttp://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/pi/AdultEd/national-activities.html

WIOA Opportunities webinar sponsored by Essential Education


Recent research has demonstrated that adult language learners work best when their instruction is personalized, relevant to their real-world needs, and tailored to their interests and motivations; unfortunately, most traditional English as a Second Language (ESL) programs are not designed this way. This webinar will walk program administrators and teachers through how to conduct a language needs analysis for their non-native English speakers and then how to use the results to design innovative, forward-thinking programs that integrate language skills with skills development in order to improve outcomes for English Language Learners (ELLs). Based on recent empirical research in the fields of second language acquisition and technology-enabled instruction, practical recommendations for building and measuring an effective task-based language learning program will be reviewed.



Dr. Katherine Nielson oversees all curriculum development, learner engagement, and efficacy research at Voxy, where she leads a team of curriculum specialists, instructional designers, and research associates to curate language learning content, develop curricula, create test items, design product features, and manage empirical studies. Prior to working at Voxy, she served as the PI on large-scale projects investigating the efficacy of technology-mediated language training at the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language. Dr. Nielson was the Academic Director of Foreign Languages at University of Maryland, University College and Assistant Professor of Language Studies at Prince George's Community College. She has twenty years of experience teaching Spanish and ESL in the U.S. and abroad and has designed and developed award-winning language courses. She has a BA in Spanish from the University of Virginia, an MA in theoretical linguistics from University College London, and a Ph.D. in second language acquisition from the University of Maryland. Dr. Nielson has published and lectured on autonomous language learning, task-based language teaching, computer-assisted language learning, principles of instructional design, pronunciation instruction, and language training product evaluation. 

Teaching the Right Thing: Integrating Language and Content to Improve Outcomes for English Language Learners webinar sponsored by Voxy


Fast-moving changes in federal immigration policies are affecting adult learners and the programs and organizations that serve them. Get an overview of key developments regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), refugee resettlement, and the public charge. Find out how adult educators can advocate for their learners in this changing environment. Then, hear from an expert in trauma-informed education about creating safe and welcoming classrooms amidst the roller-coaster of policy changes. 



Amanda Bergson-Shilcock is Director of Upskilling Policy. She leads NSC's work on adult education and workforce policies that support US-born and immigrant adults with foundational skills gaps.

In this role, she analyzes policies, makes recommendations, and coordinates with National Skills Coalition member organizations to address issues facing adult learners and jobseekers, including immigrant workers.

Amanda has authored numerous publications and policy recommendations on immigrant integration, workforce development, and adult education. She has extensive experience engaging state and federal policymakers. Amanda joined NSC in 2015.

Prior to joining NSC, Amanda was Vice President of Policy and Evaluation at the nonprofit Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians in Philadelphia. In that role, she led the Welcoming Center's policy and communications work on adult education, workforce and economic development issues. She also served as Policy and Communications Director for IMPRINT, a national coalition of nonprofit organizations focusing on the integration of immigrant professionals.

Amanda holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied American Civilization with an emphasis on minority populations. She is based in Philadelphia and Washington, DC. 


Claire Tesh is the founder and principal of LMNO Educational Consulting, she has worked in the education field for over 25 years. She holds bachelors' degrees in Journalism and Media Arts from the University of Arizona and a M.Ed. in Elementary Education and Post-Graduate Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction from George Washington University's Graduate School of Education and Human Development, where she taught The Immigrant Experience Summer Institute to veteran educators and pre-service teachers. 

LMNO Educational Consulting assists organizations dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion. Claire works with non-profits, museums, universities and K-12 schools and corporations, assisting in public education campaigns, service learning initiatives, professional development and multicultural education. While at the American Immigration Council, Claire designed the Teach Immigration digital initiative program to empower educators and students to deliberate on important issues around immigration and introduce facts to their school communities and beyond through service learning and internship programs. As a former public-school teacher, she understands education- from the classroom, community and boardroom perspectives. Before entering the world of education, she worked in advertising and marketing in Mexico and Arizona.

To learn more about Claire and LMNO Educational Consulting (or to stay in touch) please visit www.lmnoeducation.com.




Rarely in AE are emotions or traumas discussed. Yet, emotions and trauma have a major impact on how students learn. Join this engaging, 2-part webinar to see why emotions are the key to learning, how emotions and trauma keep students from learning, why students have major roles in their knowledge and skills, and what learning challenges AE students have that, if not identified and addressed, will perpetuate negative feelings about themselves and school. Four simple techniques will be offered in Part 2 that educators can use with AE students. These simple strategies can both change student success and attune teachers to what outside issues might be keeping students from learning!



Laura Weishel Ph.D. has 35+ years experience in primary through high school education, special education, community-based and institutional-based adult basic education in psychiatric hospitals and corrections facilities, community college transition and developmental education, mental health and substance abuse services, community corrections, children’s services, and workforce development. She has held administrative and leadership positions at the local, state and national levels.

Dr. Weisel holds degrees in Early and Middle Childhood Education, Reading, Special Education, Adult Learning, Neuro and Cognitive Psychology, Research, Educational Policy and Leadership. She currently is the Director of Research, Innovation, and Clinical Services with The TLP Group devoting her time to outcome research, development, professional learning, and advocacy. Dr. Weisel hosts an on-line, hybrid, 10-month course, Transforming Learning and Innovating Instruction. The course is offered as the core of Align and Redesign. Align & Redesign is a strategic, multi-year national initiative that focuses on co-creating innovation with states and programs to transformation how adult education, literacy, and workforce readiness services are delivered. Align & Redesign has demonstrated dramatic results in increased persistence, high-states test results, and successful transitions to postsecondary/employment.

As author of PowerPath to Education and Employment, Dr. Weisel works with international, national, state and local organizations to implement evidence-based practices leading to long-term education and employment outcomes for all students. PowerPath has been selected as a national resource by PBS with support from KET and Kentucky Adult Education. PowerPath’s Diagnostic Screening training videos can be found at: https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/ppat/

Currently, Dr. Weisel is working on a digital Integrated Learning Plan (ILP) for educators to rethink lesson planning by concomitantly integrating core standards with employment readiness and the development of social/emotional skills. Dr. Weisel trains educators in the USA and internationally to apply a set of new classroom methodologies that engages students, creates learners who know how to learn, and have the social skills needed to work with peers. These Participatory Learning Methodologies, are currently being used in classrooms at all levels, kindergarten through university, and in teacher training.

When community behavioral healthcare needed to build a new model for leadership, Dr. Weisel researched and facilitated a model leadership academy focused on emerging leaders in behavioral healthcare at The Ohio State University’s John Glenn Institute for Public Service and Public Policy. Leadership 2000+ successfully continued, transforming the lives of emerging leaders, for ten years with funding from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services.

In the newly published Textbook of Modern Community Mental Health, Dr. Weisel co-authored a chapter on ‘A Social Systems Perspective on Leadership in Systems of Care’ with Dr. Grayce Sills (past Dean of the College of Nursing at OSU) and Dr. Philip Cass (past CEO of Franklin County, Ohio’s Alcohol, Drug Addition, and Mental Health – ADAMH).

Recently, Dr. Weisel and the Align and Redesign team published a chapter of a model for innovating the delivery of adult education services. Using MIT’s ‘Theory U – Leading from the Future as It Emerges’ as the framework for innovation along with Peter Senge’s Systems Thinking in education. The chapter, entitled: ‘Align & Redesign: An Evaluative Case Study in Transformation,’ was published in the Handbook of Research on Training Evaluation in the Modern Workforce (2017).

As a Past-President of the National Association for Adults with Special Learning Needs and a prominent keynote and conference presenter, Dr. Weisel works to increase national awareness of those at-risk youth and adults along with the systemic changes in service delivery that can dramatically change their lives.

Emotions Impact Learning! Part 1:
Understanding the Neurological Underpinnings of Emotions and Traumas webinar
Sponsored by Essential Education


Understanding how the brain works with regard to emotions and trauma is important to support the use of specific techniques to help students manage their own emotions and traumas. Join Part 2 of this webinar series to learn four, tried and true, techniques that will proactively create discussions about feelings, establish a protocol for planting positive images and feelings about learning, and a set of steps that will help students to process and manage challenging times and/or imposing traumas.

PLEASE BRING FIVE 3x5 colored index cards and a thin tipped marker or Flair pen to Part II. The cards are part of delivering one of the key techniques.



Laura Weishel Ph.D. has 35+ years experience in primary through high school education, special education, community-based and institutional-based adult basic education in psychiatric hospitals and corrections facilities, community college transition and developmental education, mental health and substance abuse services, community corrections, children’s services, and workforce development. She has held administrative and leadership positions at the local, state and national levels.



Technology Integration in the Age of WIOA

This webinar will ask you to rethink your approach to technology integration and explore how technology under WIOA should be implemented in classrooms. Whether an expert or novice, this webinar will give you a framework to support strategic technology integration that creates digital literacy and citizenship. 

Students will learn how to use technology they way in which they are expected to in the world of post secondary education and the workforce. This webinar introduces instructors to more realistic and naturally aligned technology options so they can better create digitally literate students who can practice digital citizenship. Students should be able to not just survive but thrive in a technology-based society, and this webinar gives ideas and tools on how their educators can get them there.

Presented by Kimberly Glenn


Kimberly Glenn is a Director of Curriculum Development and Training with EDSI and the current Chair of the Association for Adult Literacy Professional Developers.  Kim has over 15 years of experience designing and delivering quality curriculum and instruction in a variety of industries.  Kim has worked in Adult Education, K-12, Technical/Skilled Trades, and Higher Education.  Kim also has extensive experience in Workforce Development and Customized Training.  Kim has presented at COABE for the past several years on topics such as:  Decoding the Declaration of Independence, Leveraging Professional Development with WIOA Partners, Lessons on Energy, Critical Thinking, etc.  Kim lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children. 


Technology Integration in the Age of WIOA webinar
sponsored by Burlington English



Want to help your learners increase their learning time outside of the classroom? Want to experiment with an app that has helped thousands of adults increase their skills?

COABE members have exclusive access to a no-cost license for adult educators during Fall 2018!  Sign up, receive your license, and enroll your learners in Learning Upgrade’s innovative ESL, ABE, and GEDⓇ / HiSETⓇ math courses!

The COABE-registered adult ed program with the highest total learner hours completed by December 31, 2018 will win a grand prize of $1,000!


Learning Upgrade is a finalist in the Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE. The mobile app features 960 CCRS-aligned lessons which learners can use on smartphones, tablets, Chromebooks, or computers to complete lessons anywhere and anytime.



Implementing Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education for Adults, this webinar will provide an update on implementation challenges and successes for the Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) program under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The webinar will include some basic information about the Section 243 IELCE grant program which changed under WIOA and will update participants on lessons learned to date through the Building Opportunities project.



Barry Shaffer, EdD, is a subject matter specialist working with the Manhattan Strategy Group for the Integrated English Language and Civics Education (IELCE) Building Opportunities technical assistance project. He is the moderator of the LINCS discussion group for the national IELCE Collaborative and assists the project with planning, resource development and technical assistance delivery. He is the former Minnesota State Director of Adult Education (1991-2012) and works as a private consultant on research reports and projects in areas of career pathways, workforce partnerships and English acquisition.

Building Opportunities Through Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education webinar
sponsored by Burlington English


The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is dramatically different than previous legislation for adult education. These changes will be addressed as well as how they will affect professional development. Participants will be given an opportunity to share what they are already doing to address the changes and what they will institute in the future. This will be not only a “what needs to be done” session, but also a “how to do it” session. Participants will be given ideas for a new professional development framework and a new approach to marketing their programs.



Randy Whitfield is the retired State Director of Adult Education for the North Carolina Community College System, a position she held for 21 years. She has an educational doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has held the following positions: community college instructor and coordinator, university professor, educational consultant for Levi Strauss & Co.'s national workplace literacy program, and coordinator and director of Basic Skills programs. She is the co-author of two books: Workplace Job-Specific Skills Programs: the How-to-Do-It Manual and Adult Basic Skills Instructor Training Manual. Currently, Dr. Whitfield is an educational consultant, working with local and state adult education programs writing grants, providing training for local and state staff, and evaluating local programs. 

She is also the past chairperson of the National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium and the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education. She has served on the numerous national committees including the Workforce Excellence Board (U.S. Department of Labor), Project IDEAL Steering Committee (University of Michigan), the National Reporting System Committee (US Department of Education), the TV411 Advisory Board (Adult Literacy Media Alliance), and the National Leadership Council for "Madison Heights/Lifelines" (Intelecom).



Go Hybrid Now: Building a Virtual Classroom and Interactive Digital Activities

Hybrid learning leads adult education students along the path to the digital independence needed for them to succeed in today’s schools and workplaces while giving teachers the tools and control to target the skills their students need. In this session, participants will experience a fully-stocked virtual classroom that uses the free learning management system, Canvas. The key features of the classroom—assignments, quizzes, and content pages—will be explored. In addition, free and low-cost sites and online tools that can be added to the virtual classroom will be discussed. Activities using some of the free online tools will be demonstrated to provide a springboard for brainstorming how participants can use the tools and virtual classroom during face-to-face class time. Both the tech-troubled and tech-savvy are welcome.



Tara Plouff has nearly 10 years of experience teaching adult ELLs. She spent one year teaching in Japan and five years teaching in South Korea. She has a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Technology and Design from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and will complete her M.S. in Education in May 2018. At Hawkeye Community College’s Metro Center, she is the Lead ELL Instructor/Coordinator and specializes in developing curriculum with a strong emphasis on technology integration. Currently, she teaches a newly created hybrid IELCE course, Workplace Technology, in which advanced ELL students learn valuable digital literacy skills, employability skills, and can receive a proficiency certificate in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.


Go Hybrid Now: Build a Virtual Classroom and Interactive Digital Activities webinar
sponsored by Burlington English



Pennsylvania is faced with the same challenges as other states across the country; many employers cannot find skilled workers to hire, and numerous job seekers have barriers to getting back into the labor force. This webinar will explore some data about the skills gap that Pennsylvania faces, especially with the challenges of helping to educate and upskill those with barriers to employment (such as low literacy levels or inconsistent work history). It will also outline a couple of solutions that adult educators and workforce development boards can invest in (such as integrated education and training) that will help bridge this skill gap and help our communities grow and will provide best practices that can be used across the nation.



Bridging the Skills Gap; Title I and II Working Collaboratively webinar
sponsored by Burlington English



Mathematics anxiety affects almost half of the learners in our classrooms. Scientists have proven that this fear actually interferes with the part of the brain needed for reasoning and problem solving. Math anxiety can affect teachers as well as students. In this presentation, participants will learn exactly how math anxiety affects learners and specific techniques to help ease and overcome these effects.



Cynthia Bell is a Numeracy & Youth Specialist at the Literacy Assistance Center, who develops curricula and specializes in the College and Career Readiness standards for mathematics. When she’s not training she is coaching instructors in the best practices of teaching and learning mathematics. In 2016, she co-authored the teacher resource book Teaching Adults: A HiSET Exam Resource Book. She has presented at international, national, state and regional conferences, and is an active board member of ANN (Adult Numeracy Network) and affiliate delegate of NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics).


Overcoming Math Anxiety webinar sponsored by Essential Education.


Students are open to making sense in a reading/writing classroom. Most people know that reading/writing classrooms are where students interpret and explain texts. In math classrooms, though, students often just want us to show them how to do it. They want teachers to do the interpreting and explaining, and we need to give that power back to them. In this webinar we will explore how to translate a literacy frame for sense-making into our math classes. We’ll consider: How can we harness students’ background knowledge and observations to build a collective understanding before our first calculation? How do we promote close reading of a mathematical text? How do we engage students who move quickly while supporting students who need more time? This webinar is for anyone who believes math should make sense both to ourselves and to our students.



Eric Appleton is a math and science professional developer for CUNY’s Adult Literacy/HSE Program. Before coming to CUNY, Eric worked in an education program for formerly incarcerated people. He has taught all subjects in adult basic education and high school equivalency, and has been working in adult education since 1999. Eric is a founding member of the NYC Community of Adult Math Instructors (CAMI).



Mark Trushkowsky is the math professional development coordinator for CUNY’s Adult Literacy/HSE Program. Mark's career in adult education began in 2001 in a basement classroom at a community college in Queens, NY. After 9 years of teaching ABE classes in all subjects and high school equivalency math, Mark joined the CUNY Adult Literacy Professional Development Team where he does professional development for Adult Learning Center teachers across the CUNY system. Mark is a founding member of the NYC Community of Adult Math Instructors (CAMI).


Sense-Making vs. Answer-Getting in Our Math Classrooms webinar sponsored by Paxen Publishing.


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
generously sponsored by Burlington English

Minds That Move Us: Learn About IEL's Adult Career Pathways Design Challenge

Presented by: Johan Uvin, Alicia Bolton, Celina Shands, Patricia Tyler, and Sharon Bonney

Do you have a great solution to help low-skilled adults in your community get the education, training, and jobs they need? If so, then the first Minds that Move Us challenge is for you! The Institute for Educational Leadership's (IEL) Minds that Move Us initiative challenges public/private partners to examine the current education and training gaps within their communities and then create models that can be scaled and replicated within various industries to ensure social equity and economic mobility for all. The first Minds that Move Us challenge is the Adult Career Pathways Design Challenge. Through this endeavor, IEL is asking communities to design career pathway innovations for adult learners who do not have any formal postsecondary training or education and lack the skills necessary to put themselves on a career path, especially those with disabilities. With generous support from the ECMC Foundation and in partnership with the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) and the National Association of State Directors of Adult Education (NASDAE), IEL will select 10 teams from around the country to design career pathway programs for adults 26 and over. During a three year period, teams will partake in a Design Camp, 24 hours of technical assistance and coaching, and a Career Pathways Festival to pitch their proposed solutions with a chance to win $100K! To learn more, tune in to this webinar and don't miss your chance to develop the innovative solution your community needs.


According to the COABE Media Outreach Toolkit, one of the best ways for the adult education community to inform policy makers, funders, and the public of the work they’re doing is to share the success stories of their students, staff, and education programs. In this presentation, we will take a look at how education centers can expand their outreach efforts by taking advantage of some of the free resources offered by education vendors, including the creation and promotion of success stories.


Mike has been with Data Recognition Corporation|CTB for 10 years and involved with Adult Education for over 20 years. As the National Sales Director for Adult Assessments, Mike is responsible for supporting and working with the product development teams for TABE and TASC to meet the needs of Adult Learners in ESL, Basic Skills, and High School Equivalency programs. Mike’s responsibilities include managing assessments targets for Adult Basic Education and providing support for test and program development related to industry direction and meeting the needs of the customers.


High School Equivalency Testing: Using Success Stories to Support Your Outreach Efforts webinar
generously sponsored by Burlington English



How do we juggle integrating employment and training skills and still teach skills needed to pass the high school equivalency test? One answer? By integrating them into your existing curriculum. With just a little tweaking of your current teaching practices and curriculum, we can begin making the necessary adjustments to start integrating employment and training skills and working toward being WIOA compliant.



Sara Gutting has served in many different capacities of adult education for over 28 years.  From High School Equivalency and ESL classroom teacher to adult education coordinator to professional development consultant, she has done it all even starting out as a volunteer in the program of which she eventually became the adult education coordinator. 

Currently, Sara is the COABE Region IV Representative and is honored to be serving Adult Education in this capacity.  She recently was President of the Indiana Association of Adult and Continuing Education where she has been a member for over 25 years and has served in the capacity of board member, secretary, and conference chair as well as served on several different committees including legislative, professional development, and mentoring. 

Sara has experience and understanding of both Workforce Investment Act I and Workforce Investment Act II funding and policy and has been instrumental in facilitating the transition from WIA to WIOA including implementing standards based education and integrating education and training into the Adult Education classrooms.  She currently is helping states implement the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) through her product called Standards in Practice (SIP), a teacher focused workshop, that helps teachers takes activities and lessons they are currently teaching and create stronger more rigorous lessons by implementing the CCRS.

Sara has a Master of Science from Ball State University in adult education focusing on adult learning theory.  Her focus on creative curriculum and active learning in the classroom has been implemented in her home state of Indiana and as well as other states and has helped shaped many adult education programs, teachers, and students.  She is a nationally recognized presenter and speaker where over the past 20 years she has presented nationally to adult basic educators, correction educators, and post-secondary institutions. Sara believes in what she teaches in her workshops and uses her strategies and curriculum in her class at the Hamilton County Jail where she has taught for 23 years. 


Integrating Employment and Training Skills into the HSE Classroom...and Still Teach webinar
generously sponsored by ETS-HiSET



With the implementation of WIOA mandates in adult education programs across the country, programs are asking themselves, "How can I teach academic and soft skills in my classroom in a way that will most benefit my students?" In this interactive, high-energy workshop, you'll learn about important elements of preparing curriculum for the contextualized ELA classroom. Walk away with an arsenal of CCR- and soft skills-based ELA materials, teaching strategies, activities, and knowledge to help prepare your students for the classroom, for employment, and for life.



Susan Roberts is an entrepreneurial education consultant whose ten years of education experience ranges from elementary through post-secondary schools in the areas of instruction, curriculum design, Common Core State Standards/College and Career Readiness Standards, standards-based education/lesson planning, English/Language Arts curriculum coaching and design, and employability skills-infused lesson planning. In the area curriculum design, Susan is nationally recognized and offers a vast array of knowledge in standards writing and implementation, soft skills-infused lesson writing and training, forward-thinking teaching strategies, lesson design and coaching, and organization of learner-centered lessons. Her expertise in soft skill integration translates into customized coaching at the K-12 and adult program levels.


ELA Instruction in the Contextualized Classroom: A Standards-Based Approach to Soft Skills-Infused Instruction webinar generously sponsored by Burlington English


In December 2017, the New York City-based Literacy Assistance Center (LAC) released Investing in Quality: A Blueprint for Adult Literacy Programs and Funders. Funded by the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, the report details 14 "Building Blocks" of a comprehensive, community-based adult literacy program, identifies the resources needed to fully implement the Building Blocks, and includes a first-of-its-kind cost model and sample program budget. In this webinar, you will learn about the successful local advocacy campaign that gave rise to the report, as well as how the LAC is using the report as part of its technical assistance and capacity building work the field and how the field is using the report to advocate for increased funding rates for programs.



Ira Yankwitt is the Executive Director of the Literacy Assistance Center (LAC), a nonprofit professional development and technical assistance organization dedicated to strengthening and expanding the adult education system, and to advancing adult literacy as a core value in our society. Ira has worked in the field of adult literacy education since 1993. Prior to becoming the ED of the LAC in December 2012, Ira was the Executive Director of Program Initiatives for the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Adult and Continuing Education, where he oversaw curriculum, instruction, and professional development for a program that served over 30,000 adult students annually. Ira is a longtime adult literacy advocate. He plays a lead role in the New York City Coalition for Adult Literacy (NYCCAL), and was the chair of NYCCAL’s predecessor, the NYC Grassroots Literacy Coalition. Ira has taught high school equivalency, managed a community-based adult literacy program, and trained teachers and administrators. He served as the Director of the NYC Regional Adult Education Network from 2004 through 2007. Ira holds a Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a BA from Oberlin College.



Do you incorporate digital literacy in your adult education curricula? Digital literacy is an important part of assimilating and integrating into American society, as well as navigating the citizenship process. This session covers various ways to incorporate digital literacy in your adult ESL classes. Participants will leave the session with links to several free resources that they can use in their classrooms.



Shawn Chakrabarti is an Education Program Specialist with USCIS, Office of Citizenship, Division of Citizenship Education and Training. He is enthusiastic about furthering the field of adult education, especially developing resources and building capacity for citizenship education programs across the nation. Shawn comes to the USCIS family from a D.C. area educational nonprofit where he enjoyed creating engaging curricula for his adult learners and their families. He is passionate about civics education, two-generational approaches, and lifelong learning. He is a Ralph J. Bunche Scholar from Colby College, and after graduating, traveled and taught in several countries. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Adult Education from the University of the District of Columbia and is a licensed adult educator by the Office of State Superintendent of Education, Washington D.C. He was recently named a Crimsonbridge Fellow and completed the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management Executive Leadership at Georgetown University, McCourt School of Public Policy.

He is proud to be a part of the changing landscape of adult citizenship education in the nation and serve an organization where innovation, community engagement and professional development are encouraged.


The Skills and Knowledge Needed for the Naturalization Test and Interview webinar
generously sponsored by Burlington English


In a highly competitive funding environment with deep cuts planned for workforce and education, adult educators need a coordinated strategy to inform local, state, and federal policy makers about the positive impacts of adult education. This webinar shares how to conduct a successful briefing to policy makers utilizing the Campaign Fact Sheet, Video, and Legislative Talking Points from the Educate & Elevate Campaign Toolkit, coupled with your local compelling success stories and innovations.


Cheryl Hiester has been working in adult literacy and basic education since 1991. She has been a teacher, a curriculum developer and project manager. Today, she serves as the chief executive of The Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon. Cheryl serves on the Pennsylvania Association for Adult and Continuing Education Board of Directors as the co-chair of the Public Policy Committee.


Ryan Breisch began his career with the Literacy Council of Reading-Berks in 1993 when he served as a volunteer tutor.  In November 1995, he joined the staff as a curriculum developer and ESL coordinator, and became the Executive Director in 2010.  Ryan holds a B.A. in Spanish from Kutztown University and serves as the President of PAACE.


The Educate the Public and Elevate Adult Education webinar
generously sponsored by Pennsylvania Association for Adult and Continuing Education

Advocacy: Building a Network that Engages Community, Staff, and Students

In this session, the presenters will share ways you can engage your community, staff, and students in promoting adult education and impacting important legislative discussions. In addition to providing an overview of the national Educate & Elevate campaign, presenters will provide some basic advocacy information and share practical ways that instructors can incorporate advocacy in their classrooms and become better advocates for their students. They will share how adult education teachers can engage students in advocacy through a series of classroom taught lessons, class outings, service projects, and volunteer work. Presenters will provide participants with resources and examples of advocacy activities and events that can be replicated in the ABE and ESOL classrooms. Opportunity to ask questions and share ideas.

Presented by: Jody Angelone and Susan M. Sheehan


Jody Angelone has served in Adult Education for over 25 years and is currently the Staff Training & Development Coordinator for the Ohio Professional Development Network, at The Ohio State University. She has worked as a reading specialist, instructor, coordinator and program director in the context of Correctional Education, ABLE/GED, Workplace Education, Volunteer Literacy, Vocational Evaluation & Assessment and Professional Development. She has served on various boards, committees and task forces at the local, regional, state and national levels supporting adult education and community services. Currently, she provides program support and training in the areas of CCR Standards Implementation, Program Improvement and Consultation Plans, National Leadership Excellence Academy, and Assessment.  She served as COABE Region 4 Representative between 2014 and 2016 for the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) national board.  She is currently serving as the Vice President of Membership for the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) national board and the Advocacy and Governance Chair for the Ohio Association for Adult and Continuing Education (OAACE). Previously, as the Director of the NW Ohio ABLE Resource center, Jody provided oversight for the National Career Awareness Project in Ohio, as well as statewide training and support to the field in the areas of Assessment, Leadership and Transitions. Jody holds a B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology, from the University of Toledo, and a M.Ed. in Education Administration and Supervision from Bowling Green State University.


Susan M. Sheehan is the Adult Education Services Assistant Director with the Cuyahoga County Public Library.  She is the primary contact for the Aspire Greater Cleveland Program, including the Aspire Grant, the Integrated English Language Civics Education (IELCE-IET) Grant, the Workplace Education Programand the Project Learn Program.

Ms. Sheehan is passionate about assisting adults in reaching their potential so that they can find fulfillment and success. She believes that this affects not only the individual but the family and friends of the individual, and ultimately, the entire community. Ms. Sheehan strategically partners with multiple community members and organizations to make this happen.

Prior to serving as Adult Education Services Assistant Director in Cuyahoga County Public Library, Ms. Sheehan worked as Supervisor of the Adult Education Services Department of the Parma City School District. In addition, she has collaborated with employers in coordinating and providing Skills Enrichment programs at workplace sites. She also taught high school and middle school level English classes. In addition, she served as an elementary school Reading Specialist and designed and facilitated Family Literacy programs.

Ms. Sheehan graduated from John Carroll University with a B.A. in Education and certification in English and Reading. She earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at Cleveland State University. Ms. Sheehan is an avid reader, a true believer in life-long learning, and has earned an additional 85+ graduate hours in Educational Administration through Ashland University and Kent State University.

Ms. Sheehan serves as a Board member for the Workforce Development Board Area 3, is an active member of Ohio Association of Adult and Continuing Education (OAACE), Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE), Refugee Services Collaborative, and The Literacy Cooperative. Ms. Sheehan is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Parma.


The Magic of Advocacy, Helping to Lead Adult Learners to Tomorrow's Dreams webinar
generously sponsored by Burlington English

Stronger Together: Effective Advocacy Through Cross Sector Partnerships

Taking part in cross-sector partnerships and networks that are working for larger goals in your state or community can mean that adult education becomes a reliable partner, and remembered when funding and advocacy issues are at stake! Adult education practitioners in Rhode Island have been involved in innovative partnerships for a decade now: leading the way in some cases to realize collective impact. As a result, adult education is already at the table when politicians and community leaders look to address a new issue, and we are more and more counted on as critical partners.  The presenters will mix insights and descriptions of such initiatives, while engaging the audience to identify possible "opportunity initiatives" in their own communities, and begin an action plan to bring home.




Jill Holloway, the Director of the PDCenter since 2007, leads and manages a team of professional development specialists, and also provides professional development to the field in the areas of program improvement, data use, and distance learning.  Jill came to the PDCenter from Year Up, an educational and training opportunity for urban young adults, and had previously worked for 16 years in public schools (K-12, urban and rural). She has been an Internship Coordinator, Guidance Counselor and Director of a small school. As the School Director, she was responsible for developing annual professional development plans, and managing the professional development delivery itself, in alignment with annual goals the staff selected as a result of data analysis and self-assessment. She has been trained to deliver distance learning courses for adult education practitioners and in data use and leadership courses for program leaders.  Jill completed the coursework in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at Johnson & Wales University, earned a Master's of Education degree from Keene State College and a B.A. from Portland State University.


Karisa Tashjian serves as the Director of Education for the Providence Public Library.  In this role, she leads the design and implementation of educational and workforce development programming across all ages that results in measurable engagement, value and impact to the community. Common themes in her work are the power of partnerships, technology and innovation. She is a Board Member of the New England Literacy Resource Center, a Partner of World Education's EdTech Center and a member of the Rhode Island Governor's Workforce Board's Career Pathways Committee.




Effective online learning requires more than assigning an online curriculum and handing out log-in information; it requires teacher involvement. Administrators and teachers will learn what is required to create opportunities for “involved instruction." Topics for discussion include efficiently using core and supplemental online resources in blended learning, selecting technology tools to align with pedagogical and content needs, and making use of computer labs to support instruction. Participants will have time to map “involved instruction” at both the programmatic and instructional levels. Attendees will learn how to access further technical support through participation in the IDEAL Consortium.



Jen Vanek, PhD, has been working in the field of adult English language learning since receiving an MA TESOL from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 1996. She has supported adult English language learners on college campuses, at adult learning centers, in workforce centers, and in factories. Her work and research has informed her view that it is critical that ABE learners have access to computers and the internet and that sound federal, state, and local policies are needed to ensure that learners have the skills and knowledge to leverage that access.

As IDEAL Consortium director Jen provides technical assistance to states offering distance and blended learning and provides professional development to  teachers. She also work as adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development, where she teaches in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her research explores the difficulties faced by many migrant, refugee, and immigrant adults confronted with technological ubiquity in economically developed countries.


IDEAL and Involved Instruction: Using Practitioner Expertise and Research with Distance and Blended Learning Webinar generously sponsored by Burlington English


Professional Organizations and State Office Relationship Building

Adult Education state offices and state professional organizations are critical partners in the field to support program administrators, practitioners and student success. Partnerships and networks that work for the goal of successful adult education programing, like the Maryland Adult Education and Literacy Services office and the Maryland Association of Adult Continuing and Community Education have interacted closely over the years and the relationship has changed, grown and evolved to where it is today.

The presenters will share the history and timeline of this relationship and strategies that have worked to promote openness, transparency, clear expectations of roles, inclusion and as a conduit for information to connect all the stakeholders in the field. The panel of experts will field questions and engage the audience in a discussion to share experiences, challenges and successes in maintaining this vital relationship.

Presented by: Melissa Zervos, Dr. Ellen N. Beattie, Todd Elliot, Heather Ritchie, and Douglas Weimer


In June, the Joyce Foundation released the findings from a three-year research study of digital learning technology.  The study sought to answer two core questions about using digital learning technology in adult ed classrooms.  First, could digital learning technology improve learning outcomes among ABE numeracy and literacy students?  And second, if so, what were the elements that produced the most significant results?  Please join Michael Ormsby and Dan Griffith of Essential Education in this fascinating webinar exploring the core questions about the efficacy of digital learning in adult basic education. You will earn about the three critical core elements that must be present in learning software for success with adults.  


Michael Ormsby is the founder and CEO of Essential Education.  Michael started his career in New York City as an advertising executive.  After fifteen years in advertising and marketing, Michael moved into the field of education, first as a teacher in high school and elementary school, and then as a professional developer for new instruction design. In 2004, Michael started Essential Education as a way to improve the success rates of adult learners. Using innovative adaptive learning technology and situational instruction systems, Essential Education’s courses have helped over 1.4 million people make fundamental change in their lives.  


Dan Griffith started his career in adult education at a young age when he dropped out of high school in the early 80's. Since then he received his GED, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Math Education, taught high school and community college and has been in educational publishing for 21 years. Dan has been with Essential Education since 2012. A father of 5 children, avid adventurer and volunteer in his community, Dan loves working with adult education professionals to help people find their unique talents and gifts.



Competency-Based Adult Education and Blended Learning

Participants will learn about both competency-based adult education and blended learning and how and why, when these two approaches are integrated, they can form a powerful new model for adult learner engagement and achievement. We will look at adult education models that integrate these two approaches to achieve mastery learning, and we will discuss how adult basic and secondary level skills programs (including English language learning) can move to a customized model integrating these approaches.

Presented by: David J. Rosen


David J. Rosen was Executive Director of the Adult Literacy Resource Institute at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, a greater Boston adult education professional development and training center, from 1986 to 2003. As an independent consultant since 2003, he has recently provided education and evaluation services to: World Education’s Education Tech Center, and Essential Education, to develop an online guide to blended learning for adult educators. He is the moderator of two U.S. Department of Education-sponsored LINCS communities of practice: Integrating Technology, and Program Management, co-moderator, with Susan Gaer, of Adult Educators Using Facebook for Education (AEFE); and with Donna Chambers of an online group focusing on competency-based /proficiency-based adult education.


Competency-Based Adult Education and Blended Learning webinar
generously sponsored by IXL Learning


I-BEST and IET: Connecting Adult Education Students to Living Wage Careers

Integrated Education and Training (IET) is a critical service approach under WIOA Title II. I-BEST is an IET delivery model with a proven track record for student success. This webinar will highlight how the I-BEST model meets IET requirements and will showcase examples of I-BEST and I-BEST-like programming currently offered in the state of Washington.

Presented by: William S. Durden


William S. Durden is the Policy Associate for Guided and I-BEST Pathways in Basic Education for Adults at the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. His primary responsibilities include supporting and scaling up I-BEST and guided pathways with Basic Education for Adults as the foundation of those pathways, with the ultimate goal that all adult Washingtonians will have access to innovative, high quality education programs that provide the knowledge, skills, and credentials necessary for securing family sustaining employment that strengthens the state and local economies. In addition, he supports the development and expansion of I-BEST nationwide, having provided I-BEST training and technical assistance to 33 states and counting. A former I-BEST instructor, William served as English faculty at Clark College for six years. He earned an MA in English Studies from Western Washington University (2008) and a BA in English from Washington State University (2005).


Planning for Successful Workplace Education Partnerships

In this workshop, we will share our experience using the Massachusetts model for workplace education with one particular employer. Learn how we identified the employer partner, designed and carried out a needs assessment, and implemented the program. Work together with a team to develop a unit using authentic materials and needs assessment information. Learn how you can develop a successful employer partnership.

Presented by: Kathleen O'Connell and Luanne Teller


Kathleen O’Connell is the Workplace Education Coordinator at World Education and currently coordinates two projects and teaches in the Seaport Hotel workplace education project. She taught workplace ESOL for the Worker Education Program in Dorchester, MA at labor/management projects in Massachusetts for 15 years. She also piloted an ESOL Pre-Lean curriculum in partnership with English for New Bostonians and Massachusetts Manufacturing Partnership (Mass MEP). Kathleen has been teaching ESOL for almost thirty years.


Luanne Teller is the Director of Workplace Education at World Education, Inc. in Boston, MA. She also currently serves as the Director of the MA Adult Literacy Hotline and as the Coordinator for SABES, the MA professional development system for adult educators. Luanne has worked with adult learners in a variety of capacities for 30 years, having created and directed office skills training and job placement, ESOL, transitions to college, and workplace education programs. In addition to creating effective structures that generate strong performance outcomes; her work has included professional development, curriculum development, teaching, advising, and developing partnerships with employers and community organizations. She is a LINCS trainer in the areas of program management, postsecondary completion, and adult English language learners.


High-interest, paired readings help ESOL learners develop their critical literacy and cross-cultural awareness while expanding their reading strategies—important elements of college and career readiness. Participants experience and explore the key steps in creating, preparing, and teaching paired reading lessons. Sample readings and lesson plans provided.



Lori Howard is an ESL consultant, teacher educator and author of reading textbooks for adult ESL learners including the Read All About It and Read and Reflect Series.  She is also the AEFLA/WIOA Title II Program Specialist Coordinator for CASAS specializing in EL Civics. She has provided ESL teacher education in California, Florida, Illinois, Maine and Singapore and is a frequent presenter at state, national and international conferences. Her many years of experience in the field includes teaching ESL and Vocational ESL, administering ESL programs, being a TV/Video Teacher on the Los Angeles Unified School Districts’ Learning English Series and a Video Teacher on the Teacher Training Through Video Series, published by Pearson. 


Please print these articles and have them available during the Paired Reading Webinar. Please read one or both of them before the webinar.

Developing College and Career Readiness with Paired Reading webinar
generously sponsored by Burlington English



Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmetic—the three R’s—are the traditional building blocks for education. Instruction for life, however, requires additional attention to a fourth R: Relationships. In this session, we will demonstrate how adult educators can read aloud selections from engaging fiction and informative non-fiction sources that deal with relationships. Instructors can model for their adult students how to apply their critical thinking and reading skills as they read aloud; instructors can then lead the class to focus on what makes relationships thriving or dysfunctional. Adult students can reflect and respond in writing to what they have been reading and discussing in class (their written responses do not have to be shared with the instructor unless the students want to). Many texts will be recommended and writing prompts suggested which are bound to result in meaningful discussions in the adult education classroom.



Carrie Colladay Stell Carrie Colladay Stell received her B.A. in Social Studies Education from St. Olaf College in Minnesota and taught 8th grade U.S history for seven years in New Jersey. She then homeschooled her three children from kindergarten through 12th grade. For the past eight years, Carrie has been teaching in adult basic and secondary education classrooms for Grayson College Adult Education and Literacy in Denison, Texas. Recently she became a Certified Manager for Program Improvement through the Leadership Excellence Academy. Carrie considers herself to be a read-aloud evangelist; she has spread the word by presenting at past conferences for the Coalition on Adult Basic Education, ProLiteracy, Literacy Texas, and Texas Association for Literacy and Adult Education. Her adult students are her heroes.



This session will cover a wide variety of FREE technology resources that can quickly and easily be integrated into any adult education classroom (including ABE, GED, AAAE and ESOL). Learn about websites and apps that provide unlimited practice problems, online quizzing, manipulatives, screen capture and share, fast formative assessments, engagement, and easy document storage and distribution to students.



Rebecca DeJesus has over 9 years of experience as an Adult Basic Education and GED instructor. Her diverse educational experience includes a strong background in Math instruction with the addition of Reading, Writing, Language, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). She has over a decade of experience tutoring students of varying ages, elementary through adult learners, in test preparation. In addition to experience in the classroom, Rebecca has served as a training coordinator, presenter, and curriculum specialist and her experience has spanned the sales process from curriculum writing to marketing and securing a bid and delivering training. Rebecca is a self-proclaimed “technology junkie” who has spent years integrating technology-based teaching strategies into her classroom. She loves to provide tech-based professional development sessions and frequently provides software training to her adult students and co-workers.


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

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 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.

Presented by: Judy Mortrude & Lauren Walizer


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.


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.


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

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



Integrated Education & Training (IET) is a promising practice based in adult learning theory. Through IET programs, adults seek goal-oriented, relevant, practical knowledge. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) codified an IET definition, and the July 2016 final regulations provide both assurance and incentives for adult educators to design and implement IET which, when paired with a sector focus and support services (+S), rounds out a powerful career pathway model: IET+S. Review the IET definition and guidance and explore a few of the many adult education programs that have discovered the power of IET and, through a variety of partnerships, have implemented the IET strategy to serve people across the educational functioning level spectrum.


Judy Mortrude, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success; Director, Alliance for Quality Career Pathways

Policy Expertise
Adult education, Postsecondary education

Judy Mortrude is the director of CLASP's Alliance for Quality Career Pathways and a Senior Policy Analyst with the Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success. Judy has more than 30 years of experience in developing, delivering, and evaluating workforce education, particularly with low-literacy and high-barrier populations. Judy has been a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and state agency staff.  She now supports cross agency teams in a variety of states as they scale and sustain integrated education and training career pathway policies and practices, focus attention on racial and economic equity, and build two generational strategies.  In addition, Judy does adult and postsecondary education federal policy work and supports organizations such as the National Coalition for Literacy and the Open Door Collective.


Integrated Education & Training:
A Service Model for Adult Education across the Spectrum webinar

generously sponsored by Burlington English

Adult Education State Association Presidents and State Directors: Mobilizing your State for Educate & Elevate

We are in full swing with the national Educate & Elevate Campaign to raise awareness among local elected officials, state legislators and federal officials of the importance of investing in Adult Education. As such, we’ve expanded our campaign website and the options that states have in participating in the campaign and mobilizing the adult education organizations throughout their respective states. This webinar details the options that various states are using to conduct a statewide campaign for investing in adult education. See models in action that various states have adopted from no-cost landing pages on their current websites and leveraging state-specific pages on the national campaign’s website, to full statewide campaigns. Get connected with your peers and help your state excel in getting national recognition.


Educate & Elevate webinars presented by Full Capacity Marketing, Inc.

Creating and Maintaining PD Systems

presenters: Sharon Johnston and lori looney

Even prior to WIOA implementation, Kentucky Adult Education Skills U began the process of reevaluating the professional growth needs of local program instructors and directors statewide. Extensive research led to a re-envisioning of the professional development model. Gathering input from the field and PD developers was a process already in place, and in FY 17/18 we also began aligning PD with WIOA performance metrics and criteria from our classroom observation tool to ensure that PD offerings met both individual and program level needs to increase student outcomes. In this webinar, you will be introduced to the steps taken, the tools developed and the strategies Kentucky Adult Education Skills U has in place to add transparency in measuring return on investment of the PD allocation including brand new tools for gauging transfer of learning to the classroom at 3 and 6- month intervals. This data will capture real-time feedback, that we will use to inform PD planning for FY 18/19.

Resource: Reaching Through Teaching Presentation (PowerPoint)

Rethinking Fractions

Do your students struggle with fractions? Do you find students asking to be shown the steps “just one more time?" In this workshop we will explore some of the gaps that adult students often have in their foundational number sense around fractions and look at some activities and strategies for helping students develop this number sense so that they can reason and make sense of fractions and fraction procedures.

Presented By:

Melissa Braaten has been teaching adult numeracy for the past seven years in Dorchester, MA to women with all levels of math ability and confidence.  She is also a consultant for the SABES (System of Adult Basic Education Support) PD Center for Mathematics and Adult Numeracy.  As part of the SABES team she has worked on developing and facilitating online and in-person trainings for ABE and ESOL teachers.



Rethinking Fractions webinar generously sponsored by Burlington English



The New York City-based Community of Adult Math Instructors (CAMI) will share their process of starting a citywide math teachers’ circle to collaborate with other teachers and expand their knowledge of mathematics. We believe in the power of teachers doing math together to make connections between learning and teaching. Participants will engage in an inquiry-based process of algebraic thinking through use of visual patterns and multiple strategies for problem solving, including drawing, different ways of seeing, making charts/tables, and making predictions using rules. Teachers and learners with all levels of mathematics knowledge are encouraged to attend.


Presented by:

Eric Appleton is a math and science professional developer for CUNY’s Adult Literacy/HSE Program. Before coming to CUNY, Eric worked in an education program for formerly incarcerated people. He has taught all subjects in adult basic education and high school equivalency, and has been working in adult education since 1999.

Solange Farina is a lead teacher/instructional coordinator in the Adult Basic Education Program at the Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development for the Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY. Solange has been teaching in the adult basic education field for over 25 years. She has taught and offered professional development in all subject areas of the high school equivalency exam, along with ESOL. She was a founding member of the NYC Math Exchange Group (MEG) and is now a member of the NYC Community of Adult Math Instructors (CAMI).

Mark Trushkowsky is the math professional development coordinator for CUNY’s Adult Literacy/HSE Program. Mark's career in adult education began in 2001 in a basement classroom at a community college in Queens, NY. After 9 years of teaching ABE classes in all subjects and high school equivalency math, Mark joined the CUNY Adult Literacy Professional Development Team where he does professional development for Adult Learning Center teachers across the CUNY system. 

Mark, Solange and Eric are all founding members of the NYC Community of Adult Math Instructors (CAMI).

COABE Professional Development Webinars generously sponsored by Burlington English

Educate & Elevate Kickoff Webinar:
Get Connected - Get the Tools - Get Ready

This webinar is the first in a series that builds the capacity of our adult education organizations to proactively and effectively use our campaign toolkit to tell our story. The campaign timeline, toolkit and events will be reviewed in detail, followed by our schedule of webinars with topics such as best outreach strategies to policy makers, effectively telling the adult education story, social media integration and much more.

Educate & Elevate webinars presented by Full Capacity Marketing, Inc.

Educate & Elevate Webinar Series:
News Media Outreach

Your state and local news media outlets can be powerful key influencers to elevate the support for funding adult education. This educational webinar deconstructs how to use the templates in the Educate & Elevate Campaign Toolkit to build compelling stories that the news media will cover. Tailor the Campaign Fact Sheet with local data about your program and create a news release that highlights your successes. Pitch strategies will be reviewed on how to increase placements and interface with your local media to maximize successful coverage.

Educate & Elevate webinars presented by Full Capacity Marketing, Inc.

Educate & Elevate Webinar Series:
Working with Legislators

In a highly competitive funding environment with deep cuts planned for workforce and education, adult educators need a coordinated strategy to inform local, state and federal policy makers about the positive impacts of adult education. This session shares how to conduct a successful briefing to policy makers utilizing the Campaign Fact Sheet, Video and Legislative Talking Points from the Educate & Elevate Campaign Toolkit, coupled with your local compelling success stories and innovations.

Educate & Elevate webinars presented by Full Capacity Marketing, Inc.

Educate & Elevate Webinar Series
Hosting a Special Event

One of the best ways to educate your local legislators about the power of adult education is to host a community event where they can see your innovations in action and talk to their constituents who have had success with your programs. This webinar shares information on how to plan a legislative event using the Video, Media Advisory, Legislative Talking Points, Postcards and Signage from the Educate & Elevate Campaign Toolkit. A step-by-step event planning road map will help you jump start your promotional efforts for adult education in your local community.

Resource: Holding a Stakeholder Event to Advance Your Mission (PowerPoint)

Educate & Elevate webinars presented by Full Capacity Marketing, Inc.

Educate & Elevate Webinar Series:
Social Media Strategies

How do you harness the power of social media to educate all types of key stakeholders about the importance of adult education? This session highlights key strategies to use through Twitter and Facebook to showcase success stories, important data points, infographics and calls to action to motivate engagement with your adult education programs and our national campaign. Learn how to build your following and connect with our Campaign to maximize reach and exposure.

Educate & Elevate webinars presented by Full Capacity Marketing, Inc.


Preparing our students to transition into the postsecondary or workforce requires that we understand the principle of self-advocacy and the importance of integrating self-advocacy instruction for adult education students. This session will provide an overview of the components of self-advocacy: know self, decision-making skills, knowledge of rights and responsibilities, knowledge of own needs, knowledge of laws, and effectively requesting reasonable accommodations.

Presented by: Sarah Goldammer


Developing Self-Advocacy Skills for Special Learning Needs and All Students webinar
generously sponsored by Burlington English


This session will include a general overview of accommodated testing and the best way to assist students when they need help applying for accommodations. We will look at the types of accommodations that are available for high-stakes testing; the accommodation request process; and review complete and incomplete applications. ADA and other guidance will be discussed. There will be time for all of your questions.

Presented by: Debbie Bergtholdt


All About Accommodations webinar
generously sponsored by Burlington English

Social Studies & Science for the High School Equivalency Assessments: Make it Fun, Make it Cheap!

This presentation will focus on methods and resources to turn your classroom into an exciting and engaging location for social studies and science instruction. The focus will be on the content, concepts, and strategies students need to successfully pass the social studies and science content tests in the three high school completion assessments. We will share ideas about teaching in a way that is fun, engaging, and active. Students will be up and out of their seats! Resources for the classroom will include a number of internet-based resources in addition to low-cost or no-cost tips and ideas for turning the classroom into a constant social studies and science learning experience. Participants will leave the session with a variety of ideas for immediate implementation and access to a Livebinder with a large variety of internet resources.

Presented by: Susan Gibson


Social Studies and Science for the High School Equivalency Assessments webinar
generously sponsored by Burlington English

CASAS Assessments for Citizenship Preparation

Leverage the CASAS Life/Work, CIT, or EL Civics COAAPS to help students successfully prepare for the USCIS Naturalization Interview.

Participants will understand that the CASAS Citizenship not only add rigor, but facilitate the successful acquisition of language skills needed to successfully pass the USCIS Naturalization Interview.

I. Review correlation between the CASAS Life/Work Tests and elements of USCIS N-400 Application for Naturalization

II. Discuss CASAS Citizenship Assessments
a) Citizenship Listening Assessment
b) Citizenship Interview Test
c) CASAS Citizenship Resources Bibliography
d) CASAS EL Civics COAPPS 40.4 Mock Interview
1. Adaption of other CASAS EL Civics COAPPS to address elements of the USCIS N-400
2. Inclusion of documented and non-documented ESL students in an EL Civics/Citizenship lesson

Presented by: Jennifer Gagliardi

CASAS Assessments for Citizenship Preparation webinar
generously sponsored by Burlington English

Pathways to Citizenship: Teaching Civics to English Language Learners

Do you know who wrote the Federalist Papers? Do you know who was the first Postmaster General of the United States? Can you name two cabinet-level positions in the U.S. Government? Learning Civics is essential for English language learners trying to live, work, and study in the United States. Civics classes can provide learners with the opportunity and information they need to be successful in our competitive society. In this interactive workshop, we will learn and practice methods for increasing learner retention in ESL Civics and Citizenship courses. 

We will be discussing:

  • How to design an ESL civics course and what topics to include in the curriculum.

  • The skills and vocabulary required to pass the U.S. Citizenship reading, writing, and civics exams.

  • We will examine how to incorporate activities and technology into the classroom that utilize those skills and terms.

  • Review a multitude of civics print, video, and online resources for instructors and learners.

Presented by: Laura Blom


Pathways to Citizenship: Teaching Civics to English Language Learners webinar
generously sponsored by Burlington English

Making Connections Between Research and Practice

Often adult educators want to incorporate research findings or ideas into practice but aren't sure where to find current research, how to evaluate it, or how to actually use it. If 2017 is your year to get even more out of research to benefit your work in adult education, then make plans to join Dr. Alisa Belzer (Rutgers University) and Dr. Margaret Patterson (Research Allies for Lifelong Learning) on a March 15 webinar on connecting research with practice. This webinar follows up on a Winter 2016 forum piece in the Journal of Research and Practice. Both Drs. Belzer and Patterson are current researchers and former instructors in adult education. They are eager to share insights on locating and evaluating adult education research and to encourage the field to make stronger connections between research and practice.

Presented by:

  • Alisa Belzer, Rutgers University

  • Dr. Margaret Patterson, Research Allies for Lifelong Learning


Making Connections Between Research and Practice webinar
generously sponsored by Essential Education

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

Federally-funded adult basic education and English literacy services are crucial for immigrant and refugee integration. In this webinar, get a detailed overview of issues relating to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), including concerns about how to ensure service to individuals with the lowest levels of education and English proficiency. You’ll learn about key challenges created by WIOA and its proposed regulations, and strategies that can be used to help ensure equitable service access for diverse learners. In addition, you’ll get a practical demonstration of how to obtain detailed socio-demographic data on learner needs in your community, enabling you to inform policy and planning conversations.

Presenter: Margie McHugh

Resource: Ensuring Immigrants' Access to WIOA: Data and Advocacy Tools for Adult Educators (PowerPoint)

Ensuring Immigrant's Access to WIOA: Data and Advocacy Tools for Adult Educators webinar
generously sponsored by Burlington English


Adult educators have a unique perspective to offer when it comes to advocating for adult education -- because educators have on-the-ground experience with adult learners. In this webinar, learn how you can connect the dots between the people you serve and the policies that affect them. Get an overview of key federal and state policies that can provide greater opportunity for adult learners. Find out how you as an adult education advocate can educate policymakers about these issues. Learn about free tools and resources that you can use to advance new policies in your state. And get examples of adult education and skills policy successes that you can build on! 

Don't miss this practical webinar featuring Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Director of Upskilling at National Skills Coalition.

Presented by: Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Director of Upskilling at National Skills Coalition

Advocating for Adult Education: How to Advance State and Federal Policies that Support your Learners webinar generously sponsored by Aztec Software


COABE and the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education invite you to participate in a webinar to discuss what the new Administration may mean for Adult Education and ensure you have the tools needed as we head into a new era under the Trump administration. 

We will discuss:

*    Funding Adult Education in the coming years
*    Making the case for Adult Education
*    Working together to mobilize our resources to protect and grow Adult Education
*    Adult Education on the Hill and in your community
*    Media partnerships
*    Coalition building

We will share:

*    Resources
*    Tips for effective advocacy and,
*    Best practices

Presented by:

  • Gene Sofer, Art Ellison, Susan Fish, Tom Nash, Polly Smith, Regina Suitt, and Sharon Bonney



Are you an instructor at a small, rural program? Are you looking for new ways to introduce your students to technology but aren't sure how? Does your program run on a tight budget? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this workshop is for you! Join Janet Slayden and Rudy Rhoades for a workshop where you can participate in an interactive lesson plan that blends free and low-cost resources for your classroom. Included in the workshop is a take-home packet with a list of resources, two lesson plans, and access to an online learning community with ongoing support.

Presented by:

  • Janet Slayden, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

  • Rudy Rhoades, Kentucky Educational Television


Join us as we learn about both competency-based adult education and blended learning and how and why, when these two approaches are integrated, they can form a powerful new model for adult learner engagement and achievement. We will look at adult education models that integrate these two approaches to achieve mastery learning, and we will discuss how adult basic and secondary level skills programs (including English language learning) can move to a customized model integrating these approaches.

Presented by: David J. Rosen, Ed.D, President, Newsome Associates



Join us to discuss the value of working with your local and state workforce investment boards. With the new WIOA authorization, ABE has become a more important player in the workforce world. Learn about the spectrum of career pathway work required under WIOA, the role of local WIBs and how ABE can play a key role in career pathways integrated education and training. Representatives from both a local and a state WIB in Minnesota will share thoughts on the process of securing representation, what it has meant to the field and some successes and challenges that they have experienced through the partnership.

Presenters: Judy Mortrude, Eric Nesheim, and Karen Wolters

Resource: Adult Education and WIOA: How to Work Effectively with State and Local Workforce Boards PowerPoint (PDF)

Our leadership initiatives are generously sponsored by our corporate sponsor GED Testing Service:


This session will focus on what we learned through implementing two different Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) pilot programs, one for ABE/ASE students and one for English language learners. Through implementation of these two pilot programs, we learned what to do, and what NOT to do, in program identification, student recruitment, co-planning and co-teaching, assessment of progress, and transitioning to employment. Join us to learn from our mistakes and successes and make your I-BEST program I-Better!

Presenter: Wendy Scheder-Black

Resource: I-Better: Successes and Lessons Learned-Question and Answer


Come explore the conceptual and assessment tools that guided the international Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) literacy assessment and that can be used by practitioners to inform reading instruction. Participants will engage in hands-on activities and will leave with ideas for planning, finding reading materials, and structuring activities at different levels. Teachers of students at all reading levels are welcome, but teachers at the lower and intermediate levels may find the workshop especially beneficial.

Presenter: Amy Trawick


Title: Paired Reading: Developing Critical Literacy, Cross Cultural Awareness and College and Career Readiness

Description: High-interest, paired readings help English learners, at any level, better develop their critical literacy and cross-cultural awareness while expanding their reading strategies--important elements of college and career readiness. In this webinar, participants explore the key steps in creating, preparing and teaching paired reading lessons.

Presenter: Lori Howard


Catapult Your HSE Learner Into College Ready Skills

Are your students getting closer to success and mastery of their HSE exam? Learn how PrepPath not only supports their academic needs while seeking their HSE but also how we are helping to 'tool' learners as they reach for a college degree. PrepPath uniquely uses customized reporting to determine weaknesses of the learner to catapult them through their academic struggles.

Presenter: Christy Williams



As post-secondary schools shift away from traditional education models, in favor of providing deeper learning environments, they are required to replace their outdated technology practices and implement a new infrastructure to support student learning. The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education concepts can be modified to use in the ABE/ESL classroom. For example, instructors will be able to teach learners how to distinguish reliable from unreliable online information, and they should become aware of the ways in which civic participation may differ in online and offline contexts.

Presenter: Featuring: S. Michele Echols


"Thank you for the great class yesterday, October 14th! Kudos go out to the presenters for great information and the plethora of available teaching resources !!! Learned a lot as a new ELA instructor on how to integrate more computer based training into the course to better serve the students. Again, Thank You for All You Do!"

Conference Planning Tips for State Associations


Description: As states are moving forward with developing unified and combined state plans under WIOA, the needs of adult education classrooms are evolving. This presentation focuses on the high-level details of WIOA, why the law was written to include a customer focus, the influences globally on the workforce and the importance of career pathways. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the WIOA legislation, what drivers led to the passing of the act, as well as practical applications and strategies for implementation.

Featuring: Mitch Rosin and Ron Painter



The work of adult educators and your successes remain largely unsung - yet your stories are compelling, compassionate and highly relevant to the communities you serve. Take advantage of the slower pace of summer to prepare to showcase your programs, teachers and students to the news media in your area, for September's Adult Ed and Family Literacy Week and year-round. This webinar with the team that's led COABE's communications outreach will help you help you become an even more powerful voice for funding, strengthening and celebrating basic adult education in your community and state.

Featuring: Julie Anbender, Steve Hirsh, and Sharon Bonney


WIOA Title II–Quality Information = Quality Service!

Presented by:

  • Judy Mortrude, CLASP

  • Anson Green, Texas Workforce Commission

  • Jeff Carter, NAEPDC

  • Carrie Tupa, Texas Workforce Commission

  • Sharon Bonney, COABE

Full implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act begins July 1st and adult education programs are in various states for the new information collection requirements. Texas state leaders are helping their local programs understand how to use the new requirements to stand up quality intake and assessment models that support adult learners to the services they need for successful completion and transition.


Better Together–Local WIOA Partnerships at Work, that Work!


Presented by:

  • Judy Mortrude, CLASP

  • Jeffrey Arnott, Brevard Adult School

  • Lisa Rice, Career Source

  • Art Hoelke, Knight's Armament Company

The real opportunity in WIOA is building a partnership that will result in real opportunities for your learners. Recently COABE surveyed adult education providers across the country to learn about how you're partnering with your local workforce development system.  

Come hear the results and then hear from a Florida WIOA Title I/Title II partnership who have taken the time, in a short amount of time, to strategically create partnerships that our expanding economy needs and expects create a collaborative culture in which everyone wins. Finally, get a quick run-down on select WIOA levers that could take your own local work from a perfunctory MOU to a powerful partnership.


WIOA At The Local Level: What's Next?

Presented by:
Michelle Carson, Carson Consulting

It's been almost two years since the passage of WIOA July 22, 2014. With the July 1 implementation looming, how have your programs prepared? Education services are key activities outlined in WIOA to enable youth and adults to obtain essential skills for employment and further education. With an emphasis on collaboration with postsecondary education entities and the real engagement of employers, adult education practitioners are feeling the pressure to be ready to meet the expanded demands of the law, employers, and learners. Engage with your peers to learn more about assessing your program's next moves.


Making Difficult Math Concepts Simple

Presented Anthony Chan

Math is a subject that is very challenging to many students. This presentation will show how to teach difficult math concepts while building students’ confidence and making them feel comfortable learning each concept.


Presented by Amanda Bergson-Shilcock and Judy Mortrude

Big changes are underway in the adult education world thanks to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). In particular, the law's emphasis on career pathways is sparking efforts to better align programs across the adult education, youth services, and workforce development fields.

But what does good alignment look like? And how can adult educators take action to drive policy, and its resulting practices, rather than be buffeted by external forces? Learn about key policy considerations for adult educators in this new landscape.


  • Policies that need to be in place to facilitate smooth transitions along a career pathway (such as co-enrollment and common assessment)

  • Institutional relationships that adult educators need to establish (or strengthen) to ensure better connections for learners

  • Important decision points for states under WIOA and key questions to raise at the state and local level