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COABE National Awards Honoring Excellence in Adult Education due January 31

Posted on 01/04/2016

You or someone you know could qualify for COABE's prestigious national-level awards External link opens in new window or tab.

State associations and large group members are encouraged to nominate state-wide winners for COABE awards. COABE members can nominate individuals for awards, however self-nominations will not be accepted. All members may apply for incentive grants or scholarships.

Applications are due by January 31, 2016. Winners will be notified by February 15, 2016 and honored at the COABE/TALAE National Conference 2016 in Dallas, Texas on April 11, 2016.

The Adult Learner of the Year Award is provided to a learner who has demonstrated leadership within the formal or non-traditional learning environments. This award is given to a student who has overcome difficult circumstances to pursue adult learning, who has supported other adult learners, and who has managed significant adult responsibilities such as those related to employment, family or community.

The Outstanding Teacher of the Year is provided to a practitioner with five or more years of adult education teaching experience that participates in school and community activities. This award is given to an individual who understands the characteristics of the adult learner and who is committed to the adult/continuing education profession.

The Adult Basic Education Administrator of the Year Award is awarded to an adult education administrator with five or more years of experience who has made an outstanding contribution toward fostering the concept of education as a continuing life-process. The awardee must demonstrate a contribution to adult education at the community, state, and/or national levels.


COABE provides incentive grants which support activities or projects in the field of adult basic education through the secondary level. The best practices gained by the incentive grant winners will be archived in an online repository as a resource for the literacy field. The overall purposes of the grants are to promote:

  • Field-based, practitioner-developed activities for student/faculty growth
  • Program improvement through enhanced curriculum, instruction, assessment, counseling, student services, research/evaluation, or community involvement


Scholarships from COABE fund, or partially fund, college level courses of study that will advance the professional standing of COABE practitioners. Examples of scholarships include employees or volunteers in the field of adult basic education earning a degree or a state certificate/credential; obtaining an ESL certificate; teacher/counselor obtaining counselor/administrative credential; earning an advanced degree in adult education.


COABE National Awards, Grants, and Scholarships.2015.(accessed January 4th, 2016) http://www.coabe.org/awardsandgrants/ External link opens in new window or tab