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

Transparency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Ed

Transparency is an important part of creating equitable learning environments in which all students can find success. The Transparency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Ed (TILT) website hosts a useful collection of resources to help teachers better understand what transparent assignments look like and how to start creating them.

Problem-Based Learning at University of Delaware

The Problem-Based Learning resource collection from the University of Delaware contains a variety of tools that teachers can use to begin implementing a problem-based learning approach in their classrooms, including evaluation tools, videos, and over 100 problem-based learning scenarios with lesson plans.

2020 Census Resources – NCL

In the spring of 2020, households across the United States will be asked to participate in the census. The National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) put together this collection of resources to help Adult Education professionals talk about the census and help learners understand why their participation is vitally important.
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Latest ACES/Transitions Articles

Making Thinking Visible in Math and ELA Instruction: Part 1

Reading, doing math, and learning are often silent, individual activities. They are internal, making it hard for us to know how students are tackling complex questions and making sense of course material. This article is the first of two to explore how to make students' thinking visible for stronger learner-centered instruction. Read More

Creating Transparent Assignments

The idea of transparency is that it makes things clearer and easier to understand. When it comes to the classroom; however, do we make sure that our assignments and directions are transparent? Are we taking the time to clearly outline the purpose of our assignments, along with the success criteria, for our learners? If you have questions, this article has some answers. Read More

Upcoming ABE Events

January 27, 2020 1:00 pm–2:15 pm
Burlington English
Online

Prepare for CASAS: Test Practice and Reporting with BurlingtonEnglish

Online

Registration Deadline: MON. 1/27/20 Do you want to help your students improve their performance on their NRS assessments? Join us and other teachers to learn how Test Practice and Progress Reporting within Prepare for CASAS can help your students improve their test-taking skills, achieve higher test scores, and… Learn More

Online
January 28, 2020 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
Minnesota Literacy Council
Minnesota Literacy Council – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

How Adult Brains Learn Languages

Minnesota Literacy Council – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Registration Deadline: TUES. 1/28/20 Learn what research has to say about how adult brains learn a new language, and what how this influences the teaching practices that we use in the language classroom. Engage in discussions with fellow tutors on how we can apply these suggestions while… Learn More

Minnesota Literacy Council – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
January 30, 2020 2:00 pm–3:30 pm
ATLAS
Online

Get Them Talking! Promoting Classroom Conversation

Online

Registration Deadline: THU. 1/30/20 Join us for continuing support in implementing CCRS at the program and classroom levels! A huge part of implementing the CCRS involves making student thinking visible.  And we can only “see” what students are thinking via what they write or SAY. So, let’s get students… Learn More

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