COABE Conference 2020


Baltimore, Maryland - April 5–8, 2020

COABE is proud to announce that the 2020 national conference will take place in Baltimore, Maryland from April 5 to April 8, 2020 at the beautiful Baltimore Marriott Waterfront! This conference will be held in partnership with our Maryland affiliate, the Maryland Association for Adult, Community, and Continuing Education (MAACCE). The conference will showcase national level presenters, keynote speakers, and trending topics in the field. Please plan to join us for this signature event!


2020 COABE Conference Registration is now OPEN!

Registration for the 2020 COABE National Conference provides access to strands, guest speakers, workshops, exhibitors, and snack breaks. The Presidents’ Reception, Tuesday Night Event, and Awards presentations are available for additional fees. 

Collaborate with your colleagues from around the country in Baltimore, MD, April 5 – 8, 2020 at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott.

Join more than 2,000 conferees and enjoy numerous networking opportunities with your peers in adult education from around the country.

Register today to attend or exhibit at our national conference. To take advantage of our early bird rates, register by 02/14/20. Members save $75 on their registration. Add membership to your registration so you can get the discounted rate. For inquiries on your membership status contact

Baltimore Waterfront Marriott

Experience Charm City like never before at Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. Located in Harbor East, our hotel provides unparalleled access to Fells Point, the National Aquarium and the restaurants and shops of the Inner Harbor. Redesigned accommodations offer views of the waterfront or the Baltimore skyline, and include modern technology, premium amenities and deep soaking tubs. Book a room now to secure the conference rate of $199 per night.

If you are unable to book a room at Baltimore Waterfront Marriott, we have arranged for other options:

Homewood Suites by Hilton Baltimore
Hilton Garden Inn Baltimore Inner Harbor

Call for Exhibitors is now OPEN!

This year’s conference will offer over 350+ topical conference and pre-conference workshops, and we expect approximately 2,000+ registrants from across the country.

Space is limited and will sell out quickly.

2020 National Conference Mini Grant Winners

Name Organization State
Susan Armstrong Southern State Community College OH
Paulette Atencio Self-employed NM
Tamikah Battle Palmetto Unified School District SC
Alex Beene Tennessee Adult Education TN
Jann Bell Treasure Valley Community College OR
Elizabeth Brenner, Ed.D Delaware County Literacy Council PA
Kimberly Brogan MOLearns MO
Elaine Caraway Tarrant County College TX
Shelley Cetin Kansas City Kansas Community College KS
Anna Enright Township Education District 214, IL IL
Amy Facklam Alaska Literacy Program AK
Barb Funk Mid-East CTC OH
Jennifer Gagliardi Milpitas Adult School CA
Kamila Goldin Academy of Hope DC
Lauren Goldsmith St Francis Community Center NJ
Jennifer Gore Reading Connections, Inc. NC
Cybele Higgins Lane Community College OR
Denise Hill Literacy Council of Montgomery County MD
Cheryl Jackson Alexandria City Public Schools VA
Paul Jurmo Independent Consultant DC
Robin Lance WVAEA WV
Clark Lewis Indian River State College FL
Patrick Lopez Mr Asvab PR
Jan Madden TCAT Knoxville Adult Education TN
Trista Mason Fairfax County Adult High School VA
Name Organization State
Frank May New London Adult & Continuing Education CT
Mia McGee AHP Consulting & Business Solutions AL
Toni McGhie Academy of Hope MD
Tammy Morris Northshore Technical Community College LA
Andy Moysh Central Utah Academy UT
Sandy Myers Northwest College WY
Ruth Olson Central Nine Adult Education IN
Oluwadamilola Omotosho Academy of Maranatha Group of Schools ON
Sheila Palmer Chesapeake College MD
Robert Pierce Clark County School District NV
Lynn Pinder The North Avenue Learning Initiative MD
Eve Puhalla The Open Link PA
Christine Roberts Waupun Correctional Institution WI
Kim Roush Penn State University PA
Vanesa Sarazua Hispanic Alliance GA GA
Jesse Schneiderman Strong City Baltimore. MD
Bryan Smith Georgia Piedmont Technical College GA
Barbara Steger Wallace Community College Adult Education AL
Rebecca Strom Mankato Area ABE MN
Sierra Sullivan Texas State University TX
Romeshia Thomas Dream Preparatory, Inc. MS
Teresa Valentino McDowell Technical Community College NC
Kathy Wallace Northeast Mississippi Community MS
Lorna Wallen Alexandria City Public Schools VA
Shirley Wright Maine Adult Education Association ME

Next Conferences

  • 2021 will be in Nashville, TN from 3/21-3/24
  • 2022 will be in Seattle, WA from 4/10-4/13