ACES / Transitions

The goal of ACES (Academic, Career & Employability Skills) is to support instructors 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 resource library!

Webinars & Workshops

Facilitated by the ACES Coordinator and Minnesota ABE teachers and administrators statewide, webinars are offered throughout the year to keep adult educators up to speed on ACES work and keep these important transitions skills fresh in educators’ minds. To increase their applicability, ACES webinars are often combined with other content areas and initiatives, such as the College & Career Readiness Standards (CCRS), Northstar Digital Literacy, and adult career pathways.

ATLAS also offers ACES-related workshops at Fall and Spring Regionals across Minnesota.

For information on upcoming opportunities, check the Events calendar.

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.

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.

Cohorts

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

Career Conversations from the American School Counselor Association

There are several Career Conversations toolkits, each with a specific focus. Each toolkit is organized around various mind sets and behaviors that are strikingly similar to the categories in the TIF. Learning strategies, self-management skills, and social skills (similar to effective communication) are all represented, and there are questions that align to each area. The toolkit questions are rich and engaging, and they could be used in myriad ways with adult learners.

Success Skills Library (NCTN)

The Personal & Workplace Success Skills Library is a curated collection of resources to guide the integration of personal and workplace success skills into curriculum and instruction, advising and coaching, assessment, and program design. The library is fully searchable and is an excellent resource for those who want to embed more transferable skills into their ABE instruction. This resource touches on all 6 of the TIF categories.

Problem-Solving Resources – Robert Kaplinsky

Kaplinsky's website is devoted to helping students become better problem solvers, critical thinkers, and mathematical reasoners. It contains free, downloadable lesson plans that are leveled from K-8th grade, are built around real-life situations, and take a problem-based learning approach. Both Kaplinsky's lessons and Problem-Solving Framework have useful applications inside and outside of the math classroom, and could be used to help students unpack a writing prompt, understand a complex question on the GED test, and so on.
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Latest ACES/Transitions Articles

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Instructor Dan Bruski describes how he led his low-intermediate ESL students through a project-based learning activity around composing a list of rules and expectations for their online class. The culmination of the lesson was the creation of a video on "How to be a successful online student," which has an authentic use for orienting new students. Read More

Upcoming ABE Events

December 3, 2021 8:30 am–2:45 pm
Literacy Minnesota
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2021 Virtual Literacy Volunteer Management Conference

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Registration Deadline: THU. 12/2/21 The Volunteer Management Conference (VMC) is a one-day professional development opportunity that brings together Adult Basic Education staff who work with volunteers: coordinators, teachers and managers alike. This year, the conference will be virtual, on Zoom. The conference is free for participants in Minnesota;… Learn More

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December 3, 2021 3:00 pm–4:30 pm
ATLAS
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Counting with Purpose: Teaching Social Justice and Math

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Registration Deadline: FRI. 12/3/21 If you require ASL Interpretation, please contact Gail Rutan at grutan01@hamline.edu Presenter: May Vang Swanson, math instructor Social justice issues can be intimidating and uncomfortable, but social justice issues have a place in education and especially in math. Last year, May Vang… Learn More

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December 6, 2021 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
Literacy Minnesota
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Volunteer Foundations Training – Core Training Module 1: Overview of MN Adult Education & Program Accountability

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Registration Deadline: MON. 12/6/21 Participants learn about Adult Basic Education programming in Minnesota, demographics of learners, instructional content standards, initial and on-going assessment and other accountability measures. Learn more about Literacy Minnesota’s Volunteer Foundations Training at https://www.literacymn.org/volunteer-foundations-training. Learn More

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