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Bringing Financial Literacy into the ABE Classroom

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

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

A Not So BASE-ic Resource

A Not So BASE-ic Resource

I have recently spent some time exploring the BAES Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) courses that are now available for Distance Learning. After looking at them through an ACES/TIF lens, I have come to the conclusion that they make up a rich resource collection that would be useful for anyone who wants to learn more about Transitions skills, such as Resilience, Motivation, and Future Goals. Read More

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work for TIF 2.0

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work for TIF 2.0

The Transitions Integration Framework (TIF) – a component of our MN Adult Education content standards – was first published in 2013 and revised in 2016. A dream team comprising dedicated ABE teachers and administrators from programs around Minnesota is now working on exciting and timely updates to the TIF! Read More

A Walk in My Shoes: Videos to Help Everyone Have a Place at the Table

A Walk in My Shoes: Videos to Help Everyone Have a Place at the Table

This documentary video series features stories from first-generation college students and aims “to create awareness about the diversity, the challenges, the opportunities and the benefits each student brings to campus.” Watching the videos would be an excellent way to begin a conversation about a number of important topics, such as the barriers that first-generation college students face, the value of persistence, and the importance of “making room at the table” for diverse voices in educational spaces. Read More

TIF 2.0: Transitioning Into the Future

TIF 2.0: Transitioning Into the Future

Over the past 10 years, the ACES (Academic, Career & Employability Skills) project has grown into a nationally recognized transitions framework that has influenced work being done around Minnesota and across the country. Now we're excited to announce some upcoming changes to the ACES TIF on the horizon! Read More

Project-Based Learning in Action: How to Be a Successful Online Student – Part 2

Project-Based Learning in Action: How to Be a Successful Online Student – Part 2

Instructor Dan Bruski describes how he led his low-intermediate ESL students through a project-based learning activity around composing a list of rules and expectations for their online class. The culmination of the lesson was the creation of a video on "How to be a successful online student," which has an authentic use for orienting new students. Read More

Project-Based Learning in Action: How to Be a Successful Online Student – Part 1

Project-Based Learning in Action: How to Be a Successful Online Student – Part 1

Instructor Dan Bruski describes how he led his low-intermediate ESL students through a project-based learning activity around composing a list of rules and expectations for their online class. The culmination of the lesson was the creation of a video on "How to be a successful online student," which has an authentic use for orienting new students. Read More

Choose Your Own ACES Adventure

Choose Your Own ACES Adventure

The ACES Foundations Course was intentionally designed to be a “choose your own adventure” experience, in which participants decide which of the six category modules to complete. Take this self-paced course to gain a deeper understanding of what transitions skills are, how they form part of our MN ABE content standards, and how to develop them with your learners. You can also earn a total of six CEUs after submitting the final assignment! Read More

Get Them Talking with Career Conversations

Get Them Talking with Career Conversations

There are so many things to consider when helping learners plan for a future career that it can sometimes feel overwhelming. We need to provide opportunities for learners to identify their skills and interests, create a resume, research education and training options, practice interviewing skills, and more. Check out this resource that helps students work on several of these skills at the same time! Read More