ACES / Transitions

The goal of ACES (Academic, Career & Employability Skills) is to support teachers in teaching the hard-to-define, yet make-or-break skills needed to succeed in the workplace, college, and community.

Transitions Integration Framework (TIF)

The Transitions Integration Framework (TIF) is the cornerstone of ACES, and it is one of three documents comprising the state-adopted content standards for Minnesota ABE. Visit the CCR Standards page to see how ACES fits into the broader content standards for ABE, including the College & Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRS).

The TIF was designed to provide ABE programs and instructors with guidance on the effective integration of transitions skills (also known as soft skills or professional skills) into instruction at all levels of ABE.

The TIF includes six categories of skills:

  1. Effective Communication
  2. Learning Strategies
  3. Critical Thinking
  4. Self-Management
  5. Developing a Future Pathway
  6. Navigating Systems

Want more information on implementing the TIF in your own practice? Check out the ACES/Transitions resource library!

Online Courses

ACES Foundations

ACES Foundations is a free online course that provides a wonderful overview of ACES and how it can give teachers the tools they need to help students reach their goals.

Online Groups

ACES Networking Group - Schoology

This is an online networking community of practice using the Schoology platform, with a designated facilitator. The group was established as a place to share resources and ideas for integrating ACES/TIF (Transitions Integration Framework) in the classroom.

Study Circles

ACES Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

ACES professional learning communities (PLCs) provide teachers with the opportunity to examine their roles as adult educators in a “transitions” landscape; explore and practice integrating transitions (TIF) skills into their lessons, materials and instructional settings; and work collaboratively with colleagues to reflect on and develop their teaching practice.


Content Standards Integration (CSI) Cohort

The Content Standards Integration (CSI) Cohort is a 4-month professional development activity designed to help instructors build confidence and familiarity with integrating all three sets of MN ABE Content Standards into their curriculum and instruction.

New ACES Resources


Trello is an app used for collaboration and project management, allowing users to create virtual boards to manage their workflow, and then customize those boards by adding lists and cards. Users can also attach files, checklists, and comments to the cards, as well as sharing their boards. A student working on her Adult Diploma, for example, could create a board and share it with her teachers in order to get virtual feedback and support.

Transparency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Ed

Transparency is an important part of creating equitable learning environments in which all students can find success. The Transparency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Ed (TILT) website hosts a useful collection of resources to help teachers better understand what transparent assignments look like and how to start creating them.

Problem-Based Learning at University of Delaware

The Problem-Based Learning resource collection from the University of Delaware contains a variety of tools that teachers can use to begin implementing a problem-based learning approach in their classrooms, including evaluation tools, videos, and over 100 problem-based learning scenarios with lesson plans.

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Latest ACES/Transitions Articles

ACEing Your To-Do List with Trello

With COVID-19 we have all had new responsibilities added to our plates. We are learning to manage as homeschoolers, as caregivers, as remote workers, and as distance learners. I wanted to find a tool that could help with keeping all of these new moving parts organized, and what I found is an app called Trello. Read More

The 3rd “C” in CCRS – Focusing on Community Right Now

College & Career (and Community) Readiness Standards are very much in play right now as we all help our students to navigate this landscape of COVID-19. This article has links to several MN-created math and ELA instructional activities and ideas for how to use them with your own students! Read More

Upcoming ABE Events

July 13, 2020 6:30 pm–7:45 pm
Literacy Minnesota

Using WhatsApp for Teaching Conversation to Adult ESL Learners


Registration Deadline: MON. 7/13/20 Schools may be closed, but the learning hasn’t stopped! Adult ESL teachers and tutors are finding creative ways to help learners continue to develop their English skills. In this webinar, learn about the phone app WhatsApp, and explore its advantages and limitations as… Learn More

July 14, 2020 2:30 pm–3:30 pm

Virtual Iced Coffee Break – Mid-summer ABE Check In!


Registration Deadline: TUE. 7/14/20 So…how’s it going? We miss you! Let’s check in about summer school and how teaching and learning are progressing during these warmer but still distanced months. Got insights or questions about zooming, what’s app-ing, google meets-ing? Join ATLAS staff and consultants to connect across… Learn More

July 15, 2020 10:00 am–11:00 am
Literacy Minnesota

Assisting Adult Learners with Voter Registration During COVID-19


Registration Deadline: WED. 7/15/20 Can you talk about the election and voting with learners? YES you can! We have resources to help you start these important conversations and help learners register to vote safely from home with an absentee ballot! Join Literacy Minnesota and Erickson Saye, Voter… Learn More