Upcoming Webinars

(Webinar space is limited to 500 and is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.)

“Your webinars have provided teaching tools we will use well beyond this pandemic crisis. Thank you for showing us a greater and better way to teach! Keep them coming…Please!”

Vickie Byrd, AEL Instructor at Literacy KC, Kansas City, MO

Upcoming Topics

  January   Numeracy
  February   DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)
  March   Corrections
  April   Advocacy
  May   IET
  June   High School Equivalency
  July   ESOL and English Language Learners
  August   College and Career Transition
  September   Family Literacy
  October   Apprenticeships
  November   Workforce
  December   Digital Literacy & Technology

Upcoming Webinars

The Three Pillars to Successful ESOL Remote Instruction

DATE: Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Time: 2:00–3:00PM (Eastern Time)

What is the foundation for successful remote instruction? What are the considerations that will help to reach and teach ESOL students, whether remote, in-person, or some combination of the two? If you are preparing ESOL classes amidst ongoing uncertainty, this webinar will help to identify the components of an effective communication plan, discuss ways in which you can organize and structure your class for maximum engagement, and examine elements of successful course delivery.


Kate Anderson has been in the field of adult education for the past 15 years serving in many roles, including community planner, instructor, and program director. Currently, Kate is a member of the statewide SABES professional development team working to bring high-quality ESOL PD to the field of adult education in Massachusetts. With an MEd in Instructional Design, Kate has been in the trenches creating programs to successfully design and deliver effective remote instruction for ESOL learners.

This webinar is generously sponsored by Burlington English.

Bridging the Gap between Adult Education and Apprenticeships: Promising Practices in IL

DATE: Thursday, July 28, 2022
Time: 2:00 (Eastern Time)

Heather Martin and Tara Schwab from the Southern Illinois Professional Development Center will share how adult education programs in Illinois are preparing their students for apprenticeship programs. They will discuss how contextualized content is being worked into existing adult education structures.


Heather currently serves as an ESL Supervisor at Elgin Community College in Elgin, IL and an Educational Training Specialist for the Southern Illinois Professional Development Center, part of the Illinois Community College Board Professional Development Network. Prior to that, she served as an instructor of adult education at Waubonsee Community College for seven years. She also worked at College of DuPage where she co-developed the Adjunct Faculty Institute, a program designed to provide a comprehensive professional development program for incoming and existing adjunct faculty to help give them the tools needed to effectively share their subject matter expertise with their students in a way that promotes active, engaged learning. Heather also taught undergraduate courses in learning theories, assessment, and ESL teacher preparation at Aurora University. In addition to her work in the classroom, Heather has written curricula for adult education programs and designed and facilitated professional development opportunities for adult educators throughout Illinois. She has presented at several local, state, and national conferences including COABE (Coalition on Adult Basic Education), AAACE (American Association for Adult and Continuing Education), and CSCC (Council for the Student of Community Colleges). She also serves as the Junior Director of Region 2 on the board of the Illinois Adult and Continuing Educators Association (IACEA). Heather holds a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with an ESL endorsement from Concordia University. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education with a minor in Spanish from the University of Illinois. She has a Doctor of Education in Adult and Higher Education with an emphasis on Community College Leadership from Northern Illinois University.

Tara Schwab has 20+ years of experience in education in the areas of instruction, training, curriculum development and implementation, and mentoring. Tara began at the high school level and expanded to adult and higher education for the past 14 years. Her experience includes all types of adult education classrooms including ICAPS, ESL, ABE and ASE. In addition to her work in the classroom, she has valuable experience in training and mentoring teachers in curriculum development and delivery, teaching methods and practices. Tara has written, submitted and implemented curricula through the Illinois Community College Board and various community college settings and designed and facilitated multiple professional development opportunities for community colleges and adult educators in the Chicago area. She has presented at many local, state, and national conferences.

Optimizing Transition Advisor Performance in the 2020s

DATE: Friday, August 19, 2022
Time: 2:00 (Eastern Time)

The role of the transition advisor for adult education in the U.S. is changing in tandem with our “post-pandemic” society as a whole. To identify the most salient of these changes and adapt our advising practices accordingly, we are implementing a “Shift & Impact Inventory.” By naming the major cultural shifts of the 2020s and assessing likely impact on transitions advising, we can adapt responsively to the new behavioral, economic, and cultural realities in AE students’ lives.


Dr. Corinne Benedetto trained as a sociologist at the University of Chicago, researched and published in the sociology of occupations and professions, and served as associate professor at DePaul University for 20 years. While at DePaul, she supervised the School for New Learning advising team. She currently manages the transition advising team at Triton College.


Leveraging a Flipped Classroom Model for IET Programs

DATE: Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Time: 2:00 (Eastern Time)

Integrated Education and Training (IET) programs are one way to create inclusive career pathways. By incorporating language and other foundational skills training with career and credential preparation, programs can help immigrants, refugees, and speakers of other languages quickly access the skills and qualifications they need for family-sustaining wages. However, one of the perceived challenges with these programs is that they often have learners with a wide range of educational and linguistic backgrounds. Fortunately, a flipped classroom model allows programs to meet the needs of diverse learners with strategic individualized instruction. This webinar brings together two experts in both workforce development and English language training to discuss how and why the flipped classroom is so successful with IET programs. After a brief discussion of how and why this model works, the webinar will include practical, contextualized examples of successful programs.


Katie Brown, PhD is the founder and chief education officer of EnGen, a public benefit company focused on leveraging technology to enable immigrants, refugees, and speakers of other languages with the English skills they need for meaningful careers. She has a Ph.D. in second language acquisition from the University of Maryland, and she’s been a classroom teacher, an assistant professor, and a research scientist. She’s spent over 20 years teaching languages, researching how to teach languages, and/or teaching people how to teach languages in various settings around the world. Katie lectures and writes about all things related to language learning and educational technology.


Marc Goldberg is currently the Principal and Owner at Skills Strategy Consulting after more than 13 years as associate vice president, dean and director at community colleges in Oregon leading adult education, workforce development, CTE, and career pathways programs. Marc has chaired the Oregon Council for Adult Basic Development, the Oregon Pathways Alliance and helped to lead Oregon’s statewide Pathways to Opportunity and SNAP E & T Consortia. He is passionate about student success and equitable opportunity and is currently focused on projects that elevate student voices to shape inclusive policies and programs. He holds a Master of Arts in Education/Instructional Systems Development with an ESOL/Bilingual concentration from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


This webinar is generously sponsored by Engen.

Navigating Guided Pathways in Basic Education for Adults

DATE: Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Time: 2:00 (Eastern Time)

This webinar shows a tried method of incorporating Guided Pathways into BEdA programs meant to assist students throughout their time earning their high school completion and preparing them to smoothly transition into college courses.


Jessica Strickland has been teaching since 2008. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines and in Ukraine. Later she taught in China, before moving back to the U.S. to earn her MAT at USC Rossier School of Education. Strickland spent 2 years teaching at the University of Texas at Arlington before moving back to Washington State to teach Adult Education/High School Completion. Strickland has been involved in Guided Pathways since 2017.

This webinar is generously sponsored by Burlington English.

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