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

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

Social and Emotional Learning for Adult Multilingual Learners Toolkit

The Social and Emotional Learning for Adult Multilingual Learners Toolkit was created to “offer explanations, tips, materials, and links to help ESOL teachers and programs better understand and integrate social-emotional learning [SEL] into the adult English language classroom.” It also helps adult education instructors understand the connections between ABE and SEL. Although this resource was developed to be used with non-native speakers of English, the information and activities could be used with any adult learner.

Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility

Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility is being added to the Featured Resources as part of our effort to look at ACES/TIF through the important lens of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and social emotional learning (SEL). Part of how they fulfill this mission is by sharing a robust collection of classroom resources that focuses on helping people understand current issues, celebrate diversity, and explore intersectionality. The lesson collection is very well-organized and can be searched using key terms and/or by applying various filters.  

TIF 2.0 Lessons

This folder contains new example TIF lesson plans that were updated in 2023 as part of the TIF 2.0 project, using a newly designed lesson plan template. They include ideas for incorporating important topics like DEI (Diversity/Equity/Inclusion) and SEL (Social Emotional Learning), as well as strategies for adapting the lessons to a variety of delivery models.
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Latest ACES/Transitions Articles

A Social-Emotional Learning Resource Developed Just for Adult Learners

The Social and Emotional Learning for Adult Multilingual Learners Toolkit was created to “offer explanations, tips, materials, and links to help ESOL teachers and programs better understand and integrate social-emotional learning into the adult English language classroom." Learn more about this toolkit and join us for a webinar on April 18 to delve more deeply into Social and Emotional Learning for adult education. Read More

R-E-S-P-E-C-T in ABE

Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility has an impressive resource collection that is very much worth exploring. It has lessons that will help your students feel more respected and connected, including a lesson for Women’s History Month centered on Aretha Franklin's recording of the song “Respect.” Read More

Upcoming ABE Events

June 6, 2023 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
Literacy Minnesota
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Completing the Annual Volunteer Report

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 6/6/23 Are you ready to complete the Annual Volunteer Report using your data in SiD? Join data gurus Jenny Schlukebier and Mary Zimmerli  as they look over the report and discuss where the numbers come from. They’ll  also cover how to find and clean up… Learn More

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June 9, 2023 1:00 pm–3:00 pm
Literacy Minnesota
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How Adult Brains Learn Languages

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Registration Deadline: FRI. 6/9/23 Learn what research has to say about how adult brains learn a new language, how trauma and stress impact learning, and how this influences the teaching practices that we use in the language classroom. Participants will leave the webinar with suggestions for ways teachers… Learn More

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June 14, 2023 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
Literacy Minnesota
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Teaching Online: Support and Idea Swap

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 6/13/23 Teaching Online: Support and Idea Swap session. Looking for new ideas , excited about a new project or need a little advice with something you are already working with? Attend the  Teaching Online: Support and Idea Swap. Come prepared to share, ask, and advise. Learn More

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