Experts from the American Institutes for Research to Present at the Annual Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) Conference

Washington, D.C. – Experts from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will present at the annual Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) conference, being held April 2-5 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Fl. More than 2,000 people will attend the conference, which provides professional development opportunities for adult education professionals.

This year’s conference theme is “Adult Education: Today’s Magic for Tomorrow’s Dreams.” AIR sessions include hands-on opportunities to explore professional development topics to enhance adult instruction and learning, and research related to the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC).

Presentations by AIR staff include:

Monday, April 3, 2017

Session 1

9:30 – 10:45 AM EDT

  • Latest Results of the Study on the Literacy and Numeracy Skills of U.S. Incarcerated Adults: A PIAAC Study
    Fiesta 3
    AIR Presenters/Authors: Katie Landeros & Derek Holliday

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Session 5

9:45 – 11:00 AM EDT

  • Blended Professional Development—Some Lessons Learned
    Fiesta 5
    AIR Presenter/Author: Marian Thacher
  • Adult Learners on the Job: What a New Analysis of PIAAC Data Tells Us About Service-Sector Workers with Limited Basic Skills Coronado S
    AIR Presenters/Authors: Bitnara Jasmine Park, Katie Landeros & Emily Pawlowski

Session 6

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM EDT

  • LINCS ESL Pro Materials on Rigor, Digital Literacy, and Career Pathways
    Coronado E
    AIR Presenter/Author: Marian Thacher
  • Who is Not Digitally Literate in the United States?
    Coronado T
    AIR Presenters/Authors: Emily Pawlowski & Derek Holliday
  • Alignment of the CASAS, 2014 GED, and PIAAC: Looking at More than Test Scores
    Coronado S
    AIR Presenter/Author: Terry Salinger

Session 7

2:00 – 3:15 PM EDT

  • Examining Gender Differences in the Mathematical Literacy of 15-Year-Olds and the Numeracy Skills of the Age Cohort as Adults
    Coronado T
    AIR Presenter/Author: Emily Pawlowski

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Session 9

9:45 – 11:00 AM EDT

  • Implementing Effective Teaching in Your Classroom
    Coronado S
    AIR Presenter/Author: Marcela Movit

Session 10

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM EDT

  • The Employability Framework: Research to Practice
    Coronado C
    AIR Presenter/Author: Marcela Movit

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About AIR
Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education, and workforce productivity. For more information, visit


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