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!


Conference Registration

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. Registration is tentatively set to open on December 1, 2019.

Call for Presentations is now OPEN!

Deadline is 10/31/2019
Presentation Types:
  • Concurrent Session: 75 minutes. Offered Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. Room setup: Theater.
  • Preconference Half Day Session: 3 hours. Offered Sunday only. Room setup: Rounds
  • Preconference Full Day Session: 6 hours. Offered Sunday only. Room setup: Rounds.
  • Maximum overall sessions per person is 3.
What will be provided:
  • Conference provides data projectors and screens in all rooms.
  • Wifi connection.
What you should plan on bringing:
  • Please bring your own computer, speakers, and any special adapters for VGA and HDMI ports.
  • Furnishing handouts in the quantity needed for sessions (we recommend at least 45 handouts for concurrent sessions).
What you will be responsible for:
  • Must register for the conference and pay the registration fee.
  • All costs related to transportation, room, and board.
  • Arrangements and costs of audio/visual equipment beyond what the conference provides.
  • Security of any personal equipment used in a presentation.
  • Will not make travel arrangements until presentation times and dates have been finalized.
  • Register by December 31, 2019. Failure to do so can result in cancellation of the presenter’s workshop.


If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email

COABE Conference 2020 Mini Grant

The deadline to apply is November 15, 2019.

The mini grant will partially defray conference registration costs by $350 to attend the COABE 2020 National Conference. All mini grant winners must complete a conference evaluation and provide a testimonial after attending the conference.

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.

Next Conferences

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