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Policy and Advocacy in Lifelong Learning

February 10, 2020

The ability of adult learners to set and pursue lifelong learning goals is affected by a variety of policy decisions made at the federal, state, and local levels. This panel session will provide information on the ways that policy decisions about voting access, receipt of public benefits, program availability, and census completion can affect access to adult basic education and ESL; adult secondary education and high school equivalency; workforce skills training; postsecondary education; and family and community learning. Presentations by four expert panelists: Michele Diecuch (ProLiteracy), Tracy Teater (National Center for Families Learning), Judy Mortrude (World Education), and Deborah Kennedy (National Coalition for Literacy) will demonstrate why advocacy is essential and how to advocate effectively.


Judy Mortrude is a Senior Technical Advisor with World Education, Inc. Her first adult education teaching job was in 1984, and through the decades she has worked as a teacher, local & state administrator, and national policy advocate. Judy serves on the National Coalition for Literacy board.



Tracy Teater is a member of the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) team serving as the Senior Director of Education. She holds a B.S. from the University of Kentucky in Secondary English Education and an M.S. in Adult Education from Western Kentucky University. She holds a B.S. from the University of Kentucky in Secondary English Education and an M.S. in Adult Education from Western Kentucky University. Tracy has been involved in the field of Adult and Family Literacy since 1989 when she first began as a volunteer literacy tutor. Over the past 25 years, she has served local programs in Tennessee and Kentucky as an instructor, program coordinator, specialist, and director. She utilizes this experience to lead NCFL initiatives that emphasize two-generation learning allowing for stronger families and stronger communities.


Michele Diecuch is the Senior Director of Programs for ProLiteracy. She is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of ProLiteracy’s domestic and international initiatives, including professional development, membership, credentialing, advocacy and awareness efforts, and other grant and special projects that support the mission of ProLiteracy. Michele is also the current vice president of the National Coalition for Literacy. She studied at the State University of New York at Delhi and has been with ProLiteracy in different capacities for more than 25 years.


Deborah Kennedy is a senior consultant at Key Words, a small woman-owned consulting business focused on adult communication skills development and language teacher training. She is an experienced adult educator with a specialization in language for specific purposes, and was formerly the associate vice president for adult English language education at the Center for Applied Linguistics. Ms Kennedy is the author of “A framework for asset-focused advocacy in adult ESL education” in the 2019 volume Advocacy in English language teaching and learning, and is the current president of the National Coalition for Literacy, which advocates on behalf of organizations concerned with adult education in the United States.


Resources: Policy and Advocacy in Lifelong Learning

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This webinar has been generously sponsored by Gemma.

How the COABE Learning Upgrade Challenge Drives Learner Growth!

February 7, 2020

The COABE Learning Upgrade Challenge is a competition that will transform the lives of adult learners. Members can join a challenge to enroll adults in a smartphone app that is proven to improve literacy and math skills. Learners will complete engaging lessons while instructors track their progress. Providers, instructors, and learners will compete for rewards based on activity during each challenge semester.  Join us to find out more and start enrolling your learners!


Vinod Lobo is the founder and CEO of Learning Upgrade, which publishes online courses and smartphone apps to teach English, reading, and math through songs, video, and games. In 1998, he brought together educators, musicians, artists, and programmers to produce innovative, engaging lessons designed to support struggling students in reading and math. Through the incorporation of song, video, games, and educational research, Learning Upgrade has helped over 1 million students find a new path to learning success.



Drew Robinson leads Learning Upgrade’s sales, marketing, and customer service efforts. He has trained hundreds of teachers and enrolled thousands of students across the United States, implementing site specific plans for fast deployments and measurable student growth. Drew works with each site to address their specific needs and assists in launching each Learning Upgrade license with training for teachers and administrators.


Resources: How the COABE Learning Upgrade Challenge Drives Learner Growth!

This webinar has been generously sponsored by Learning Upgrade.

Using Technology to Help Students Set and Achieve Goals

January 29, 2020

Goal-setting is a crucial step for adult education students to reach their objectives and aspirations. Can we take advantage of technology to help students begin this process and keep everyone – students, teachers, counselors – on track? (The answer is yes!) In this workshop, we’ll look at a variety of tech tools, for example, stand-alone apps, social media sites, and learning management system functions, that educators can use as students work through the SMART goal-setting and goal-achieving process in high-tech and low-tech settings. We’ll also consider using technology to help us learn about and celebrate student achievements before and after students leave us. By the end of the presentation, each attendee will identify at least one tech tool they will use with their students to help students set and achieve goals.


Anthony BurikAnthony Burik is a Project Specialist with the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN), a California state leadership project that focuses on assisting adult education staff with integrating technology into instructional practices. He provides face-to-face and online training at sites and conferences across the state. He also assists with managing digital content and digital communications for OTAN. Prior to joining OTAN, Anthony Burik was the ESL and Citizenship Coordinator for an adult education program in the San Francisco Bay Area. He previously worked as an ESL teacher, Distance Learning teacher, EL Civics Project Leader, and GED test administrator, managing the GED testing center and helping open the agency’s PearsonVUE test center. Finally, Anthony has been active in a statewide professional development association for ESL K–adult professionals at the local and state levels. He currently serves on its Board of Directors as Outreach Coordinator.


Resources: Using Technology to Help Students Set and Achieve Goals (PDF)

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This webinar has been generously sponsored by The NROC Project.

Daily Integration of Digital Literacy Skills for Workforce and Transition Success

January 24, 2020

Do your students have the digital skills necessary to succeed in the workforce and higher education? Can they format a Word document, collaborate with Google Sheets, and manage assignments in an online class? This interactive session will cover the use of Canvas in the adult education classroom and the seamless integration of vital digital skills into every aspect of your curriculum. With only a minor shift in thinking—and very little prep—you can incorporate digital skills into every lesson.


Tara PlouffTara Plouff has 11 years of experience teaching adult ELLs. She has an M.S. in Education and a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Technology and Design from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. At Hawkeye Community College’s Adult Learning Center, she is the Lead ELL Instructor/Coordinator and specializes in developing curriculum with a strong emphasis on technology integration. Currently, she teaches three sections of a self-developed hybrid IELCE course, Workplace Technology, in which advanced ELL students learn valuable digital literacy skills, employability skills, and can receive Hawkeye Community College Business and Community Education proficiency certificates in Microsoft Office and G Suite.  


Daily Integration of Digital Literacy Skills for Workforce and Transition Success (PDF)


This webinar has been generously sponsored by Burlington English.

TABE-nology 2.0

January 17, 2020

This webinar is a continuation of the initial TABE-nology webinar held on Aug. 16, 2019. This session will help address some of the common challenges that teachers may encounter during the initial stages of implementation of TABE® 11 & 12 such as where to start, what materials to use, and how to help students succeed in this more rigorous test. This session will focus on teaching strategies and resources that align with the technology-enhanced items and format of the test. In addition, teachers will also explore how to allow students to take full advantage of all the available technology tools on the test. Lastly, teachers will walk away with a wealth of online teaching tools and resources aligned to the TABE® 11 & 12 Assessment Blueprints.


Ronald Cruz is an adult educator for the past 16 years, specializing in ABE and GED Mathematics. He is the lead trainer for the Florida Institute of Professional Development for Adult Educators (IPDAE), who has conducted many workshops across the state in the areas of Adult Basic Education (ABE), GED, and English as a Second Language (ESL) for the past 5 years. He is also a national trainer for GED Testing Service, featured in the last two GEDTS National Conferences and Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) Conferences. He has developed several instructional resources such as face-to-face workshops, webinars, online training modules, curriculum guides, video lessons, training activity books and lesson plans, posted in www.floridaipdae.org. His latest creation, the ABE Mathematics Curriculum Matrix and Instructional Suite, helped many part-time adult educators throughout the state of Florida. He is the president of Bucket, Inc., a company who delivers quality professional development opportunities across the United States.


TABE-nology 2.0 (PDF)


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This webinar has been generously sponsored by Essential Education.

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