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Professional Development Webinars


Webinar: Shifting From Mathematical Worksheets to Meaningful Tasks

Presented by: Cynthia Bell
When: July 29 th at 11 a.m. EST

Join us for an intensive, hands-on webinar that was a "hit" when presented as a workshop at the COABE 2015 Conference in Denver, Colorado! This webinar will be useful to members that were unable to attend the conference as well as those that would like to continue their professional development after the national conference.

With the new assessments and standards come shifts in instruction. Perhaps one of the most exciting and challenging is moving towards providing meaningful and engaging tasks that allow students to make connections and expand their understanding of concepts and procedures. In this webinar, participants will deconstruct the Standard Practices and learn how to use them to make this shift, discovering how to turn an ordinary worksheet into a meaningful, rigorous task. Register here.

This professional development opportunity is generously sponsored by:


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Nobody's An Outsider—Onramps to COABE

COABE's Adult Educator Resource

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

COABE Presenters are welcome to upload their presentations to the Adult Educator Resource so that all members can access and share the best practices garnered from the national conference.

“Thank you for this information. The Adult Educator Resource 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

Generously funded by Dollar General Literacy Foundation





Technology Survey Results

During the fall, many COABE members participated in a survey exploring the current and potential role for instructional technologies in adult education. We'd like to follow up and share the final publication, as well as invite you to help us share the data and findings with the full field of adult education stakeholders.

"Learning for Life: The Opportunity for Technology to Transform Adult Education" is the first of two papers exploring the effective use of advanced learning technologies in adult education and presents findings from the national survey. Published by Tyton Partners (formerly Education Growth Advisers) with support from the Joyce Foundation and in partnership with the Commission on Adult Basic Education, the paper is available for free download here.

Open Educational Resources (OER):
A Fact Sheet for Adult Education

What are OER?
OER are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching and learning. OER are abundant, customizable, free, and convenient to integrate into lessons.

What is the value of OER in adult education?
Quality OER can be powerful tools to enhance learning and instruction in adult education. OER help students achieve their learning goals by providing flexible and accessible supplements to instruction. OER encourage life-long learning habits in students by providing them with personalized and readily available learning materials. OER also help educators do their job better by augmenting instruction and helping teachers learn about new topics and by providing online professional development. More...

Free Educational Resources

The Federal Registry for Educational Excellence (FREE) makes it easier to find digital teaching and learning resources created and maintained by the federal government and public and private organizations.


About the new Beta version

We are excited to introduce a new version of FREE, which is powered by the Learning Registry — an open database for sharing digital learning resources. It runs on a custom version of WordPress, an open source content management system. The new FREE incorporates a responsive design to best serve our customers who access FREE from mobile devices.

The new FREE is a work in progress. We are mapping more and more resources to national and state standards and envision adding more social features to the site in the future.

We welcome your feedback and ideas. Contact us at or on Twitter @FreeResources.

Background on FREE

FREE was conceived in 1997 by a federal working group in response to a memo from the President. The site was launched a year later. It was redesigned and relaunched for the first time in November 2006 and again in June 2013.

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.