Webinar Archives

Attention COABE members: We are happy to announce a new change for you on accessing the webinar presentations and recording links! To access recent webinars and related materials you must now go to our Adult Educators Resource website at www.adultedresource.coabe.org. The “Download Resource” links will now direct you to the AER automatically. Please use the instructions listed on the right hand side of this page to sign up/login to our Adult Educator Repository page. You will then be able to view handouts, link to the archived video, as well as any additional materials provided. You are required to be a current member of COABE to access this website.  If you have any questions or concerns you can reach out to aeradmin@coabe.org.

Recent Webinars

Getting Familiar with Google Slides

May 22, 2020

Presented By: Lea Downing

Google Slides is a powerhouse application that can be used to do so much more than produce presentations! From building self-paced professional development trainings to creating well-designed promotional materials, Slides is an application that can help communicate information in a dynamic, engaging manner. Get your feet wet in this webinar that covers basic-to-intermediate Google Slides skills, foundational visual design principles and approaches; and helpful add-ons, online apps, and digital tools.

The Potential of Measurable Skill Gains: Beyond Pre/Post Testing

May 20, 2020

Presented By: Judy Mortrude

WIOA has introduced five types of Measurable Skill Gain (MSG) that are shared by adult education and our workforce development partners. Come learn how MSG has changed the way some adult educators develop and implement programming. Then spend some time sketching out strategies for expanding the way your learners demonstrate success and unmask the full potential of MSG!

We are all Technology Teachers and Learners: Advancing Our Practice Through Collaboration and Inquiry (Plus Google Classroom!)

May 18, 2020

Presented By: Jennifer Kobrin and Jillian Gierke

In a time of uncertainty, many educators have been thrust into virtual teaching with little in the way of support. This webinar will share lessons learned from The PHL Technology and Adult Education Initiative, an ongoing community of practice where Philly-based educators advance their use of technology through collaboration and inquiry with peers. A local program administrator in Philadelphia will provide tips and strategies for Google Classroom she gained as a participant of the initiative, which she has expanded for her learners during Covid-19. Ideas for building community and providing collaborative professional development remotely and in a time of scarce resources will also be shared. Come prepared to connect, learn, and reflect as a community! The PHL Technology and Adult Education Initiative was supported by the Office of Adult Education, a division of Philadelphia’s Office of Workforce Development. 

Reading, Reasoning, and the GED® Test

May 15, 2020

Presented By: Susan Pittman

Are your students proficient and effective readers? Can they analyze and evaluate what they read, or do they struggle with basic comprehension? Do your students struggle with drawing conclusions or making inferences? In this webinar, we will explore reading and reasoning strategies that will help students better understand what they read, whether they are preparing for the GED® test or dealing with real-life reading needs at work or home.

Google Forms and Sheets 101 for Adult Ed Teachers and Administrators

May 7, 2020

Presented By: Joey Lehrman

Google Forms and Sheets can be used in a variety of ways to enhance learning and teaching in adult education. With Forms, we can develop personalized lessons, create automated quizzes, and solicit feedback from students and staff so they can more actively participate in program design. With Sheets, we can organize data dashboards to target student support and visualize instructional needs. In this session, we will take a high-level tour of some core features to hopefully inspire ideas on how we can use these apps to better support students and staff, while also exploring online learning opportunities so participants can extend the learning after the session.

Resources for Online Citizenship Classes

May 6, 2020

Presented By: Jennifer Gagliardi

Participants will identify the latest Citizenship resources in the form of mobile apps, videos, podcasts, websites, online courses, textbooks, and more. By adapting and incorporating these digital resources, participants will be able to implement learning strategies appropriate for Citizenship online classes, blended learning, distance learning environments, or directed self-study.

Google Classroom

May 5, 2020

Presented By: Melinda Holt

Google Classroom is a free blended learning platform that allows educators to create online classes where they can create multiple classes, invite students, distribute, grade, or return assignments, communicate with individuals or entire classes, and add co-teachers. Because Google Classroom is tied to Google’s apps and Drive, creating content is a seamless process and everything is automatically organized.

This workshop will cover the basics of Google Classroom including: steps of creating classes, changing themes, class codes, assignment streams, adding topics, enrolling students, adding co-teachers, organizing streams, calendaring, and basic grading, and how teachers can view their classroom as a student. A tutorial/handout will be available at the end of the webinar.

Prerequisites: All participants must have

  1. Basic computer skills,
  2. Know their login information for either a public Google account (@gmail.com) or G Suite EDU account (@district.org).

Knowledge of Google Drive and its apps (Docs, Sheets, Slides) is preferred but not mandatory.

Introduction to Google Drive and Google Docs

May 4, 2020

Presented By: Nell Eckersley

In this webinar, we will explore all the tools available in Google Drive. We will review how to organize Google Drive and go in depth in how to create, share, and edit Google Docs. We will discuss how Google Docs and Google Drive Folders can be used both for general productivity and as tools for instruction.

Considerations When Implementing Distance Learning

April 30, 2020

Presented By: Jay Wright

Many schools and colleges are taking a “crash course” in distance learning implementation. This webinar looks at some of the key issues – such as pre- and post-test assessment, determining how to count instructional hours, and recording this activity in TOPSPro Enterprise – that have presented challenges.

From I-BEST to Early I-BEST: Designing IETs That Start Students on Career Pathways at Earlier Levels

April 29, 2020

Presented By: Wendy Scheder Black and Laurie Kierstead-Joseph

I-BEST is a recognized and successful IET model that helps adult learners access and succeed in postsecondary level career and technical programs. However, this robust model may not be the right fit for students at a lower skill level, and it can be a difficult model to implement for programs not closely engaged with a community college in their region.

Thriving Not Surviving: How Texas Rose to the Pandemic Challenge

April 28, 2020

Presented By: Anson Green

The pandemic is tough but Texas adult education is tougher! Texas Adult Education and Literacy bucked the trend of program closures and kept every area of the Lone Star state open to not only serve learners but enroll new students, especially those who have become unemployed. State director Anson Green and two local providers will describe what Texas did to rapidly expand distance and remote learning, mobile messaging apps, remote enrollment, and remote testing to keep the (virtual) doors open. Anson will describe the state-level response plan including rapid enhancements to policy, guidelines, communications, and funding. Local providers will describe how they flipped the switch from brick and mortar to remote services and did not let the pandemic take its toll on the progress of adult learners.

Creating Easy Teaching Videos Using Microsoft PowerPoint

April 27, 2020

Presented By: Yecsenia Lorenzo

Learn how to easily create videos that can be used to present content. This presentation will show participants how to create a quick presentation with PowerPoint and then export it as a video which can then be shared with students. Use this tool for all different content areas such as ESL literacy, ABE, ASE, Career Technical, and more.

COVID-19 Resource: Transition your program to online registration

April 23, 2020

Presented By: Jeff Arnott

Brevard Adult Education, who serves 3000 students a year, primarily relied on face to face instruction and registration processes that required students to come to one of our campuses for assistance. Within a week, we were able to transition our teachers and staff to remote settings while expanding opportunities for students. This presentation will also discuss the “silver linings” that will carryover beyond COVID-19.

Advocacy April Funding to Deal with COVID-19 Challenges

April 22, 2020

Presented By: Vinod Lobo and Drew Robinson

Learning Upgrade has a plan to help you continue delivering education remotely without direct student contact. With many education providers now required to teach exclusively online, our plan enables you to provide all steps of instruction remotely with students using their smartphones and devices.

Advocacy April Funding to Deal with COVID-19 Challenges

April 21, 2020

Presented By: Sharon Bonney, Polly Smith, Laurie Kierstead-Joseph and Larriann Torrez

Has your program or have your adult learners been negatively impacted by COVID-19? Are you trying to determine how you will find the funding to ensure adult learners have the WiFi access and laptops they need to participate in class? Pull away for just one hour as we focus on the incredible nationwide need for funding to deal with the challenges brought to our field from COVID-19 and our solution to address this dilemma. Join us for a special webinar featuring leading state associations and individual COABE members who are working to impact funding at the state and federal level! You will leave the webinar with tools and tips for super easy, no fuss outreach tools that will help you connect with legislators who need to hear from our field during this critical time as we pull together for funding at the national and state levels. This is a webinar you will not want to miss!

Student Engagement in Online Learning

April 20, 2020

Presented By: Yecsenia Lorenzo

Empirical research will be presented on student engagement in online learning. The presentation will discuss specific dimensions of engagement considered to be effective educational practices: level of academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, and enriching educational experiences.

Best Practices for Teaching Online

April 17, 2020

Presented By: Yecsenia Lorenzo

Topics include: best practices for anyone just getting started in the online environment; review of strategies and practices that contribute to effective, efficient, and satisfying teaching and learning experiences for both instructors and students; and practices presented can help develop confidence and comfort in teaching online.

EST-Bridging Access to COVID-19 Information Among Adult Learners

April 16, 2020

Presented By: Mariann Fedele-McLeod, Dr. Trenita Childers and Dr. Erica Shelton

Over the past few weeks, our society has undergone major changes to try to slow the spread of COVID-19. Accurate, accessible health information is essential to help people stay safe and healthy, understand federal safety guidelines, and prevent unnecessary fear. The American Institutes for Research (AIR) has created a plain-language FAQ that addresses a variety of topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The document was developed as a resource for schools, day cares, healthcare organizations, and other public centers to distribute. It is designed to make this information accessible and comprehensible to everyone, regardless of education level or background.

Presenters include Dr. Erica Shelton, an AIR researcher and emergency medicine physician in Baltimore, MD and Dr. Trenita Childers, an AIR health researcher specializing in equity and community engagement. The webinar begins by reviewing the FAQs to provide an overview of accurate, medically sound information. Then, presenters will share strategies and resources for providing information to adult learners with low literacy or limited English proficiency. Lastly, we will provide an opportunity for Q&A among webinar participants. By April 10th, please send
• Strategies and resources for providing information to adult learners with low literacy or limited English proficiency (examples may include peer educators, home visits, and illustrated text among others).
• Questions you have about how to best serve the adult learners in your communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional, AIR resources for adult learners and educators in response to COVID-19 are available through AIR’s Adult Education Research and Technical Assistance Center.

Be Prepared: Understanding What the New Immigration Public Charge Rule Means for Adult Educators

April 14, 2020

Presented By: Gabrielle Lessard and Amanda Bergson-Shilcock

A new federal rule that took effect in February 2020 has implications for millions of immigrants and the adult educators who serve them. Most media coverage of the rule has focused on healthcare and public benefits impacts. In this webinar, get a practical overview of what the rule specifically for adult educators. Experienced presenters will cover how adult educators can reassure learners, important information to share with program staff, and more. Learn the clear, simple message you can deliver to your learners: Adult education will HELP, not hurt, their green card applications. Then get details about the kinds of document requests your organization may receive from current and former learners. Ample Q&A time will be provided!

Easy Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Projects for Language Practice

April 13, 2020

Presented By: Barry Bakin

Participants will be shown simple project-based activities for language practice and learning using Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, which serve the dual purpose of language practice (writing and speaking) and learning basic functions of common software programs in use at home, school, and the workplace.

Learning Upgrade's Remote Learning Action Plan

April 1, 2020

Presented By: Vinod Lobo and Drew Robinson

Learning Upgrade has a plan to help you continue delivering education remotely without direct student contact. With many education providers now required to teach exclusively online, our plan enables you to provide all steps of instruction remotely with students using their smartphones and devices.

Census Data For Community Assessment

March 31, 2020

Presented By: Noemi Mendez

Learn about the different types of Census data and how to use to understand your community/clientele.

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