Networking Events

Digital Literacy & Technology Networking Event

Monday, March 18th, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Central

Connect with like-minded educators on the trends in Digital Literacy and Technology. At this networking meeting, experts from the field will give lightning-fast intros to topics like digital skills and AI. Then, groups will have a chance to meet and discuss their challenges and successes in these areas. This event serves as a kick-off to two more networking opportunities. On Tuesday, we’ll convene our strand for lunch near the conference. Then, on Wednesday, join our Tech Jam during Session 10, in which everyone has an opportunity to share their conference takeaways in a high-energy participatory jam! This strand comprises techies and digital inclusion advocates of all knowledge and skill levels. All are welcome. Come to Monday’s meeting to forge meaningful connections you can sustain throughout the year. 

This is a hybrid event. Use the conference app to find the in-person and virtual meeting locations. 

Students as Leaders Networking Event

Monday, March 18th, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Central

Adult learners, teachers, and anyone interested in student leadership, we hope that you will save the date and plan to join us for this event which will include live entertainment, a special drop in by adult learner and Tik Tok influencer, Oliver James, and the opportunity to meet adult learners from across the country, learn about student initiatives at COABE, and connect with others who believe in the power of adult education.

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President’s Welcome Reception at the Grand Ole Opry

Monday, March 18th, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Central, Come at 6:00 pm for Early Access

This once in a lifetime opportunity will include a reception at the quintessential, world renowned, Grand Ole Opry! Walk in the footsteps of country music’s biggest names like Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, and Reba McIntire when you enjoy a self-guided backstage tour of the dressing rooms of these famous stars! Come at 6:00 pm for early access to take the self guided tour, view a short film in the circle room, networking and enjoy appetizers and refreshments. From 7:00-9:00 pm head to the auditorium for live entertainment.  Enjoy special music by our keynote speaker and winner of season 6 America’s Got Talent, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr, followed by music from Dylan Gerard, who was featured on season 13 of The Voice. Ending the evening will be a special visit from Dolly Parton Tribute Artist. From 9:00-10:00 pm you will have an opportunity to view the legendary “Winners Circle”. A continuous shuttle between Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Grand Ole Opry will be available from 6:00-10:00 pm.

This is a ticketed event. Tickets are capped at 800, so be sure to get yours now! Sign up when you register for the conference! If you’re already registered, you can add it by contacting


This event has been generously sponsored by NCCER.

Ole Red – SOLD OUT

Tuesday, March 19th, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Central

A little dinner, a little dancing, and tons of fun! The Ole Red restaurant, located on Broadway in downtown Nashville, will provide a double-decker good time that you will always remember. Featuring a down-home Southern menu with unexpected chef-made twists, our restaurant space is the perfect place to feed a crowd and show them a good time well into the evening. The two-level dining and performance concept is inspired by the Grand Ole Opry and historic concert halls around the country, giving every guest a great view of our state-of-the-art stage.

We don’t like to brag (yeah we do), but Ole Red has got the music. And we mean the good music. Get up close and personal with tomorrow’s and today’s country stars at Ole Red, where the hottest talent comes to play and where you’ll find the biggest sound on a small stage. Grab your drink, put on your dancing shoes, and cozy right up to the stage and say you heard them when.

We will have a networking dinner, live music band, and transportation to and from the venue from the Gaylord. 

This is a ticketed event. Tickets are capped at 425, so be sure to get yours now! Sign up when you register for the conference! If you’re already registered, you can add it by contacting


This event has been generously sponsored by Data Recognition Corporation.