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.

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

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.

NEW! Metro South Employability Skills Resource Collection

This excellent collection of resources was put together by Alison Wilcox and Metro South ABE. It contains videos that help students to understand what is meant by the terms "soft skills" and "transferable skills." It also contains links to other resources, such as a transferable skills checklist, a skills inventory, and a list of verbs that can be used for resumes.

Teaching Skills That Matter – Navigating Systems

The Teaching Skills That Matter initiative provides high-quality teaching materials and instructional videos that highlight 9 skills that are essential for success in work and community life - including Navigating Systems. The lessons are also designed to build knowledge in 5 key content areas: Civics Education, Digital Literacy, Financial Literacy, Health Literacy, and Workplace Preparation. The toolkit lessons can be used with both native and non-native English speakers, and they were designed by national experts in each content area.
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Latest ACES/Transitions Articles

What Seems to Be the Problem?

Robert Kaplinsky's website is a treasure trove of free resources for building problem solving and critical thinking skills. His Problem Solving Framework is a simple, but powerful, tool that could be used in any ABE classroom. Read on for ideas about how you could be using it today. Read More

Teaching the Skills that Matter: Opportunities to Learn More

In January 2021, we introduced MN Adult Education practitioners to Teaching Skills That Matter - an initiative aimed at helping adult learners develop transferable skills that are crucial to finding success at work and in life. Now we want to spread the word about the 2021 TSTM Virtual Conference, a free event taking place in June! Read More

Upcoming ABE Events

April 16, 2021 8:30 am–12:00 pm
ATLAS
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PELSB Cultural Competency Training

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Registration Deadline: THU. 4/8/21 (This registration is for BOTH April 16 and April 30; you do not need to submit a separate registration for each meeting.) Eligibility: Minnesota adult education practitioners only This Cultural Competency training is only open to Minnesota adult educators. Our apologies if you are located… Learn More

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April 16, 2021 5:00 pm–5:00 pm
MCTM
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MCTM Spring 2021 Virtual Conference

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The theme of this year’s Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) spring conference is Moving Forward. Come learn from engaging presenters and network with teachers from K-12, 2-year colleges, and other ABE programs. More information can be found at the website listed in the Details section below. NOTE: The… Learn More

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April 20, 2021 12:30 pm–1:15 pm
Burlington English
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MN Teachers: Lunch and Learn: Student Progress in BE – What’s New?

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 4/20/21 So much has changed! Join us for this session where you will learn what’s new with locating and using the Student Progress component in BE. NOTE: A BurlingtonEnglish account is required to register. For account setup, contact JennaRose Dahl at: jennarose.d@burlingtonenglish.com… Learn More

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