COABE presentations?

Hi all,

I’m looking forward to the COABE Conference coming up March 30 in New Orleans.  I’d love to hear what people are presenting on.  This year I collaborated with my colleague, Lizelena Iglesias, to put together a Science and Technology half day preconference.  The description is below.


Integrating Digital Skills: Using Google Slides in Science Instruction

Presenters: Nell Eckersley and Lizelena Iglesias

Science, Half-Day Preconference

Sunday, March 31st 8:30am-11:30am, Studio 3

Like PowerPoint, Google Slides has many applications in education and work. In this half-day preconference we are going to explore how Google Slides can be used in science instruction with a particular focus on representing cycles in science. Participants will develop and strengthen their own conceptual understanding of the Earth as a living system by exploring the connections among all parts of the system: air, water, land, and life. They will also learn and strengthen their skills in creating Google Slides by building their own Google Slides if/then stories. Bring your own laptop for the hands-on components of this preconference. This workshop is aimed at people with low level Google skills and some basic science knowledge. People with more advanced skills are welcome but should know that we are starting at the beginning. Participants should come with a Google account and the credentials to log into it.


Learn more about how to register for preconference sessions here:


Hi, Nell-- Literacy New York is looking forward to COABE too!  We're presenting a workshop called Volunteers: Partners in Adult Literacy Education.  Description below-- see you there!

Session 4, Monday, April 1st 4:00pm-5:00pm, Bayside C Literacy New York programs have been training, placing, and supporting volunteers for 60 plus years—and seeing positive results for students and programs. This workshop is about envisioning multiple ways to use volunteers in adult education – and recognizing what needs to happen behind the scenes for volunteer programming to be effective.    We’ll focus on three volunteer models: • Volunteers in traditional adult education classrooms • Volunteers from colleges and universities • Volunteers in local workplaces We’ll address the role of technology—Literacy NY is able to train and support volunteers virtually, leading to savings in time and resource for programs and allowing us to tap into pools of “new volunteers”. We’ll also talk about how New York State supports community-based literacy programs, perhaps leading to ideas of how to get support from your state.    Great potential is possible if we all are willing to expand our thinking!


Thanks, Nell, for starting this discussion. I hope many presenters offering technology presentations at the spring annual COABE conference in New Orleans will respond.

I will be presenting a session on Tuesday, April 2nd from 2:45 - 3:45, Digital Literacy & Technology, Session 8, Tuesday, April 2nd 2:45pm-3:45pm, Balcony L, "Onboarding Adult Learners to Apps for Adult Basic Skills (Including ESL/ESOL)"

Here's a description: Most adult basic skills (including ESL/ESOL) learners now have smartphones, yet few know that free or low-cost apps can help them learn, as a supplement to what they are learning in class or while waiting for a class or a tutor. David J. Rosen will present models for “onboarding” adult learners to have access to a suitable education app,feel comfortable and competent in using it, and begin acquiring online learning skills they will need for their learning throughout their lives. The models are suitable for adult basic skills (including ESL/ESOL) programs and for public libraries.

David J. Rosen


Hi, all,

Thanks to Nell for getting this session-sharing thread started! As COABE conference in New Orleans gets closer, I wanted to invite everyone to a half-day pre-conference and a technology-use session from the 2018 CAPE research project, which was sponsored by VALUEUSA and funded by Dollar General Literacy Foundation. In a nutshell, CAPE found a wealth of new insights about the 90% of adults without high school diplomas in our target population - the people we want to have come into adult education programs - and their motivations as well as their use of technology. These insights come straight from the adult nonparticipants our research team interviewed - and they didn't hold back! Nearly 200 adult educators across the USA have engaged with these findings so far, and the feedback has been tremendous. Looking forward to seeing you in New Orleans,


Solutions to Nonparticipation in Adult Education: Unmasking New Learner Potential

Sunday, March 31, 8:30-11:30 AM, Salon C

A new five-state research project, CAPE, asked adults who could participate, but don’t, about their reasons for not participating in adult education. They also recommended actionable solutions to get them involved. The surprising solutions nonparticipating adults recommend will help educators recruit and retain them in adult education. In addition to findings on nonparticipant deterrents and solutions, this interactive session also shares nonparticipants’ motivations around adult education and suggests ways adult educators can provide educational support to adults who experience effects of prior trauma. 

Online Technology Use of Adult Nonparticipants in Education

Monday, April 1, 4-5 PM, Balcony M

CAPE also surveyed nonparticipating adults on how they use online technology. This interactive session shares and discusses survey findings on their technology use, learning via online technology, using online technology for collaboration and problem-solving, and recommended technology-related solutions. Participants will receive a set of adult interviewee recommendations for future use in planning. 

  • How Two Urban Programs Are Helping Adults Develop Basic Skills, Family-Sustaining Employment, and Stronger Communities.  Primary Presenter:     Laureen Atkins, The Literacy Cooperative Co-Presenter(s): Lecester Johnson, Lisa Soricone Open Door Collective, Session 8, Tuesday, April 2nd, 2:45pm-3:45pm, Galerie 3.  Since the 1980s, adult basic skills programs have been encouraged to work with other stakeholders to help job seekers and incumbent workers attain, succeed in, and advance in employment. While significant work in workplace literacy and career pathways has developed useful models, current efforts too often are limited in their ability to recognize and respond to learners’ employment challenges and opportunities. We will identify those challenges and opportunities, discuss strategies (from two urban programs and elsewhere) that adult educators and other stakeholders can use, and share resources adult educators can use for professional development and collaboration in this area.
  • The Power of Partnerships: Adult Literacy and Libraries. Primary Presenter: Kristin Lahurd, American Library Association Co-Presenter(s): Alicia Suskin, Gwenn Weaver Open Door Collective, Session 4, Monday, April 1st 4:00pm-5:00pm, Rhythms 2.  Part of the Open Door Collective strand, this session will explore the partnership developed between the American Library Association and ProLiteracy—and with national leaders from the Open Door Collective—to highlight the role of public libraries in helping meet the adult literacy need by establishing and expanding their services for adult learners. Attendees will become familiar with a variety of resources beneficial for both library staff and literacy practitioners, including Adult Literacy through Libraries: an Action Agenda and the free companion online course, the Open Door Collective’s Public Libraries Issues Group, and the American Dream Literacy Initiative, a grant program for public libraries to expand services for adult English language learners or adults in need of basic education and workforce development.
  • Criminal Justice and Adult Education: Unmasking the Potential for Incarcerated Immigrants and Basic Skills Learners. Primary Presenter: Margaret Patterson, Research Allies for Lifelong Learning Open Door Collective, Session 9, Tuesday, April 2nd 4:00pm-5:00pm, Rhythms 2.  Recent topics the criminal justice reform issues group in the Open Door Collective have considered are 1) reducing incarceration and alleviating poverty through basic skills education, and 2) the intersection of immigration and incarceration and how immigrants' contributions are interrupted when they are incarcerated. This session begins with a short overview of two issue briefs based on current research. The presenter will guide participants through interactive activities on the implications of both topics for society and for learners in correctional settings.
  •  Reducing Poverty Through Partnerships Between Adult Ed Programs, Health Centers, Libraries, and Safety Net Advocates. Primary Presenter: David Rosen, Newsome Associates. Co-Presenter(s): Judy Mortrude, Alicia Suskin, Kathy Harris Open Door Collective, Session 3, Monday, April 1st 1:30pm-2:30pm, Galerie 3. The Open Door Collective is a national group of adult educators and others committed to reducing poverty and income inequality. We will describe the Open Door Collective's efforts and invite discussion about community partnerships that support adult basic skills, community health, libraries, and safety net services advocacy.
  • What Research is Telling Us about How Basic Skills Services Can Support Family-Sustaining Employment and Stronger Communities. Primary Presenter: Lisa Soricone, Jobs For The Future Co-Presenter(s): Lecester Johnson, Laureen Atkins Open Door Collective, Session 10, Wednesday, April 3rd 8:00am-9:00am, Galerie 3.  This session will build on the “How Two Urban Programs Are Helping Adults Develop Basic Skills, Family-Sustaining Employment, and Stronger Communities” workshop and focus on what experience and research in work-related basic education are telling us about the realities of such programs nationwide. We’ll review strategies recommended by researchers and funders; challenges that programs face; and actions stakeholders can take to further strengthen and expand basic skills development supports for workers. Audience members will have opportunities to share their experience in these areas and to connect with resources (e.g., materials and resource persons) for further collaboration and professional development.
  • At the Digital Crossroads: The Intersection of Adult Literacy and Digital Inclusion. Primary Presenter: Gwenn Weaver, Independent Consultant Co-Presenter(s): Jennifer Maddrell, Jen Vanek, Stephen Reder Open Door Collective, Session 2, Monday, April 1st 11:15am-12:15pm, Rhythms 2.  A part of the Open Door Collective strand, this session is a product of the Digital Inclusion Issues Group of the ODC and will introduce case studies, examples, research results, and other information to help participants learn about the intersection of adult literacy and digital inclusion and to consider potential strategies for practical application. Digital technology has become the driving force for many aspects of life, including education/learning, financial management, e-government/public services, working, shopping, health & wellness, transportation & travel, entertainment, creativity, etc. Consequently, adult learners need more than just basic skills and conventional computer skills training to engage with life in the 21st century. Digital inclusion is a concept that allows people to embrace the digital world to the fullest.

David J. Rosen