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New Partnership with the Career Pathways Exchange

COABE recently became a new partner organization of the Career Pathways Exchange (the Exchange). Funded by the U.S. Department of Education as a component of its Moving Pathways Forward: Supporting Career Pathways Integration initiative, the Exchange is a free information service that consolidates and distributes career pathways-related resources, events, and information from federal and state agencies and partner organizations. The Exchange streamlines information from multiple outlets to facilitate a deeper national dialogue on career pathways systems development and implementation. 

Launching in early October, the Career Pathways Exchange offers subscribers the opportunity to receive the latest high-quality information on career pathways from a single source. Subscribers can select to receive email digests on their topics of interest related to career pathways. The Exchange's growing partner list includes CLASP, Jobs for the Future, the National Skills Coalition, the Association for Career and Technical Education, and many more--all of whom will contribute content to the Exchange, as well as share the latest updates from the Moving Pathways Forward initiative with their own stakeholders. 

With the passing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law, the role of career pathways systems in improving our nation's economy is more important than ever. We encourage you to subscribe to the Career Pathways Exchange to remain in the know and receive helpful resources in your work to advance career pathways systems. You can also follow the Exchange on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

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.

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