Check out all the recent updates in the realm of ACES (Academic, Career & Employability Skills)! Eighteen new standards-aligned ACES/TIF lesson plans are now available, along with an updated TIF (Transitions Integration Framework) and a new ACES/TIF Foundations course hosted on the Canvas platform. Read More
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 Adult Education. 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:
- Critical Thinking
- Developing a Future Pathway
- Effective Communication
- Learning Strategies
- 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.
This free online course on the Canvas platform provides a thorough introduction on how to integrate academic, career, and employability skills (ACES) into your instructional context through the use of the Transitions Integration Framework (TIF). Participants can earn 6 CEUs for successful completion of the course.
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.
New ACES Resources
Good news: the ACES/TIF Foundations course is now available on our new online learning platform, Canvas! This course is designed to provide a thorough introduction on how to integrate academic, career, and employability skills (ACES) into your instructional context through the use of the Transitions Integration Framework (TIF). Read More
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