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 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:

  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

ACES Routines

ATLAS is working to cultivate a collection of ACES Routines that can be used at a variety of levels and in many different teaching contexts. New routines are available here! Do YOU have a great ACES routine that would help learners to develop and hone their skills in one or more of the TIF categories? Write up your idea as an ACES Routine and submit it to be shared as part of the TIF 2.0 updates! (And earn 1 CEU for your work!)

A Walk in My Shoes Documentary Series: First Generation College Students

This series of 5 short videos was created by Kansas State University College of Education. In each video, a first-generation college student shares their inspirational story. The videos are a great resource for bringing diverse voices and perspectives into the classroom, and they would make for wonderful conversation starters.

Federal Reserve Education – Critical Thinking

This is an excellent resource for teaching financial literacy and personal finance skills. The collection can be searched using keywords or by applying filters for audience, type, topic, or standards. No account is needed to access all the resources.
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Latest ACES/Transitions Articles

Bringing Financial Literacy into the ABE Classroom

Financial literacy is too often overlooked. People of all stripes may have a level of financial literacy that hinders their ability to function day to day, much less build life plans or get ahead. Our primary constituency here at the International Institute of Minnesota ─ new Minnesotans who were born outside the country ─ are especially vulnerable. Read More

COMING SOON! Dev Ed/ABE Virtual Symposium on February 16

Mark your calendar for the first-ever FREE, virtual Dev Ed/ABE Symposium coming up on February 16 from 8:45am-12:30pm! Registration for "Improving Student Dev Ed Outcomes Through Highly Effective Partnerships with Adult Basic Education" opens on January 23, so watch for more information. Read More

Upcoming ABE Events

January 31, 2023 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
Literacy Minnesota
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Working with Literacy and Beginning Level ESL Learners

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 1/31/23 ELIGIBILITY: This session has reached capacity for out-of-state (non-Minnesota) attendees. If you are located in Minnesota and wish to attend, please email Kelly at krynda@literacymn.org for the link to register. Please indicate your MN ABE program in your email. Thank you!… Learn More

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February 1, 2023 1:00 pm–2:30 pm
Minnesota Department of Education
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WebChat with MN ABE

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Registration Deadline:  WED. 2/1/23 If you need ASL interpretation for this event, please contact Wendy Her at info@literacyactionnetwork.org by Monday, January 23rd, 2023. Web Chat with MN ABE is a webinar discussion led by state ABE staff from the Minnesota Department of Education. Web Chat webinars provide updates… Learn More

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February 1, 2023 3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Literacy Minnesota
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MobyMax Webinar #4: Progress Monitoring

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Registration Deadline: WED. 2/1/23 In this session, we will discuss how teachers can review learner progress and results. We will also examine specific reports that allow teachers to track learners’ time on task as well as standards and skills mastered. Learn More

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