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A New Opportunity: Using Standards to Enhance Speaking and Listening Instruction in ESL

This session grappled with how content standards help us to teach the vital speaking and listening skills our learners need; identified ways in which the CCRS Speaking and Listening standards and the TIF Effective Communication skills are already being addressed in ESL classrooms; and identified the ways we can use content standards to boost rigor in our classes and improve the oral language demanded of our learners in today’s world.

Academic Language & Skills Are Everybody’s Business in ABE!

This session demonstrated that academic language is used not only in school, but at work and in our communities. It is language that gives all learners access to opportunities. 

ACES 101 workshop

From 2014 ABE Summer Institute - Patsy Egan, Lia Conklin Olson, Astrid Liden

ACES Facilitators Catalog

Do you need help finding an ACES facilitator to conduct a workshop or run an ACES PLC (Professional Learning Community) in your area? Check out the ACES Facilitators Catalog!

ACES for Volunteers (and relevant for part-time teachers!)

From 2014 Volunteer Management Conference - Mary Zamacona, Minnesota Literacy Council

ACES Observation Tools

These observation tools have been developed to make it easier for you to keep track of ACES implementation in your program.

ACES Professional Learning Community (PLC) 1

Provided here are all the tools needed to facilitate ACES PLC (Professional Learning Community) I.

Facilitation tools:

  • ACES PLC Report – The form facilitators must submit after conducting an ACES PLC in order for their participants to receive CEUs.
  • ACES PLC Participant List Template – The form for facilitators to list all the participants in their PLC; this completed form should be uploaded into the above report.

Below are the materials for both types of PLC 1:

  1. Face-to-face (F2F) PLCs
  2. Hybrid PLCs

(NOTE: The actual content for both PLC formats is the same.)

PLC 1, Meeting One – F2F

PLC 1, Meeting Two – F2F

PLC 1, Meeting Three – F2F


PLC 1, Meeting One – Hybrid

PLC 1, Meeting Two – Hybrid

PLC 1, Meeting Three – Hybrid

ACES Professional Learning Community (PLC) 2

Provided here are all the tools needed to facilitate ACES PLC (Professional Learning Community) 2.

Facilitation tools:

  • ACES PLC Report – The form facilitators must submit after conducting an ACES PLC in order for their participants to receive CEUs.
  • ACES PLC Participant List Template – The form for facilitators to list all the participants in their PLC; this completed form should be uploaded into the above report.

Below are the materials for both types of PLC 2:

  1. Face-to-face (F2F) PLCs
  2. Hybrid PLCs

(NOTE: The actual content for both PLC formats is the same.)

PLC 2 Introduction

PLC 2, Meeting One – F2F

PLC 2, Meeting Two – F2F

PLC 2, Meeting Three – F2F


PLC 2, Meeting One – Hybrid

PLC 2, Meeting Two – Hybrid

PLC 2, Meeting Three – Hybrid

ACES, TIF and Small Programs

From 2014 ABE Summer Institute - Rosemary Sharkey & Becky Smayling

ACING Critical Thinking Skills: Using the TIF with Low-Level Students

From 2014 ABE Summer Institute - Stephanie Sommers, Susanna Johnson

The Bachelor(ette) ACES Style!

From 2014 ABE Summer Institute - Lia Conklin Olson

Using ACES to Plan, Implement, and Evaluate Transitions-Minded Instruction

From 2016 ABE Summer Institute - Stephanie Sommers, Heather Turngren