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Adult Education Degree and Credentialing Programs Portal

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Michelle Chiles, Coordinator
Fax: 866-941-5129
Phone: 888-44-COABE

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Education Policy Fellowship Program

The 2014-2015 Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) begins this fall in 14 states and the District of Columbia.

Since the establishment of the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) in 1964, the Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) has been at the core of the Institute’s work to serve as a catalyst for improvements to the education system. IEL’s mission is: To equip leaders to work together across boundaries to build effective systems that prepare children and youth for postsecondary education, careers, and citizenship.

The EPFP serves this mission by providing a unique professional and personal development laboratory for applying new insights and cultivating new skills in the areas of educational policy, leadership, and networking. This 10-month professional development program has been fundamental to developing leaders in the education field across the country for more than half a century.

Learn more about the EPFP experience on our website and share this email broadly with your networks.  Each state’s web page provides specific information about the programs, including start dates, schedules, and applications.

Contact us with any questions about the EPFP.  Contact site coordinators directly as listed on each state’s web page, or contact IEL for general information at epfp@iel.orgThis valuable program supports the personal growth of emerging and existing leaders and their professional career growth. The EPFP provides an incredibly rich network of policymakers, researchers, practitioners, and advocates throughout the education policy field. 

Please share the information below about the EPFP broadly with your networks in the field of education.

Note – Currently, there are 14 EPFP programs including:  Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington, DC, and a new programs is beginning in Missouri this fall.


Open Your Classroom to OER

Dear Colleague,

The OER STEM team is excited to begin recruitment of adult educators and trainers for four new online courses.  As a participant, you will pilot these online courses and facilitation materials with support from project team members beginning early 2015.  The four courses are:

  • Open Your Classroom with Open Educational Resources
  • Open Science—Open Resources: Engage Your Students for Science Learning
  • Open Math—Open Resources: Engage Your Students for Math Learning
  • Build a Lesson with OER

To learn more about OER please visit the OER STEM project page and to learn more about this opportunity, please view the recruitment flyer.  The recruitment flyer will provide you with more details about the application process, eligibility requirements and the pilot timeframe, as well as a link to the online application.  To be considered for this opportunity, please complete the application by August 31, 2014.  Contact with questions. 

We’re excited to move forward with these courses and are looking forward to once again, collaborating with the adult education field to provide high quality training to improve instructional practices in the classroom. 


Career and College Readiness

In May 2014, the Department of Education released the new College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education. According to the publication, "...states or programs choosing to adopt them will need to complement the standards with high-quality curricula that align with the content and expectations" (p. 16).   

Is your state adopting the CCR or considering it? What is your program or state doing to help teachers get up to speed with CCR Standards? Will practitioners in your program or state also need a deeper understanding of science, history, and social studies content as well? 

Tell COABE about it online here. Add your voice to a national conversation about it in the LINCS Community hereGetting Up to Speed with College and Career Ready Standards

Adult Education Degree and Credentialing Programs Portal

imgMany adult educators seek courses and higher education degrees in adult education. However, little has been known about which higher education institutions offer these courses specific to our field.  With over 400 unique listings, this Portal is an interactive, one-stop online resource connecting you to higher education degree programs in our field that best meet your professional learning needs.

The Portal will allow you to:

• Easily find program information on higher education degree programs in adult education across the country
• Weigh important considerations when choosing the best program fit for you
• Enable you to write and publish reviews of your higher education degree program, like one would review a book on
• Learn more about featured programs and interact with guest bloggers from these programs
• Use social media to share program information with your professional learning networks

Degree program coordinators can add and update information about their program offerings and participate as guest bloggers on topics of interest to adult education practitioners.

This initiative is developed in partnership with TESOL International Association, the American Institutes for Research, the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, the National Adult Educational Professional Development Consortium, and the Coalition of Lifelong Learning Organizations and is generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

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This initiative is made possible through the generous support of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.








COABE's Online Resource Repository

Learn about new and exciting best practices and resources for adult education at COABE's Online Resource Repository.

COABE Presenters are welcome to send their presentations to for inclusion in COABE's online repository so that all members can access and share the best practices garnered from the national conference.

Generously funded by Dollar General Literacy Foundation

“Thank you for this information. The online repository will be a very helpful addition to our resource collection. I am very grateful for all the information and resources you took the time to post.” COABE member