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ACES: Academic, Career & Employability Skills. Lenka Bragg Patricia Shapiro- Soydanser Heather Turngren. ACES - Overview. ATLAS (ABE Teaching & Learning Advancement System) project to advance transitions instruction for all ABE learners in Minnesota

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Aces academic career employability skills

ACES: Academic, Career & Employability Skills

Lenka Bragg

Patricia Shapiro-Soydanser

Heather Turngren


Aces overview
ACES - Overview

  • ATLAS (ABE Teaching & Learning Advancement System) project to advance transitions instruction for all ABE learners in Minnesota

  • Transitions = transitioning learners to post-secondary or employment

  • National and State initiatives

  • ACES cohort included 3 base groups of 24 teachers


Aces professional development
ACES – Professional Development

  • Integration of ACES framework into existing curriculum from January - May

  • Readings in transition areas and research

  • Video observations and tasks

  • Moodle instructional modules

  • Online discussions with base groups and facilitators

  • Lesson planning

  • 2 peer observations

  • Final group presentations


Aces transitions integration framework
ACES Transitions Integration Framework

  • Career Literacy / Awareness

  • Critical Thinking

  • Effective Communication

  • Language and Learning Strategies

  • Navigating and Understanding One’s Environment

  • Numeracy

  • Self-Management

  • Technology


Aces framework focused intentional tool for lesson planning
ACES Framework: Focused, Intentional Tool for Lesson Planning.

Questions I ask myself when I plan my lessons:

  • How can I address the eight areas of the framework?

  • What activities will help my students in their jobs or their academic futures?


Career literacy awareness
Career Literacy/ Awareness Planning.

Conduct mock job interviews

Research jobs with MnCareers Books (www.iseek.com)

Integrate grammar into filling out job accident report forms


Critical thinking
Critical Thinking Planning.

Incorporate higher order questions

Compare, contrast and evaluate prices based on information from flyers

Compare money matters in the U.S. and your country

Scavenger Hunt to predict the topic of the lesson

Evaluate different community resources and decide which is most useful


Effective communication
Effective Communication Planning.

Use sentence strips to match symptoms and illnesses

Games

Role play symptoms, guess illness

Partners A/B exchange information

Partners share one worksheet

Jigsaw reading

Practice taking on various team roles (scribe, time keeper, speaker, etc.)


Language and learning strategies
Language and Learning Strategies Planning.

Use graphic organizers (Venn Diagram, grid, schedule, T-chart)

Read for specific purpose

Scan community resources


Navigating and understanding one s environment
Navigating and Understanding One’s Environment Planning.

Discuss the importance of job accident report forms

Fill out a checking account application, checks, withdrawal forms

Discuss advantages and disadvantages of using credit cards vs. cash

Indentify a personal need, contact a community resource


Numeracy
Numeracy Planning.

Compare unit prices

Fill out a withdrawal form

Calculate age

Calculate how many times you can get a prescription refill


Self management
Self-Management Planning.

Organize class materials in 3-ring binders per established order

Use a calendar to track attendance and important dates

Track CASAS test scores using graphs

Set specific learning goals


Technology
Technology Planning.

Scan documents and project them in class

Use technology to locate information and communicate

Endless opportunities



Participants feedback
Participants’ Feedback Planning.

ACES helped with:

  • lesson planning focused on framework

  • lessons being more intentional

  • lessons that were more focused

  • a focus on how to teach, not what to teach

  • transforming teaching

  • making students become more self-sufficient and self motivated

  • engaging students


Participants feedback1
Participants’ Feedback Planning.

ACES is …

  • holistic and purposeful

  • a ‘mindset’ change not a curriculum

  • tailored to all levels

  • a way to make your teaching more intentional and deliberate

  • a toolbox for teaching


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ACES is… Planning.


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ACES is… Planning.


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ACES is… Planning.


Future of aces
Future of ACES Planning.

  • ACES Integration Framework will be adjusted with recommendations of ACES Participants and ACES Advisory Group

  • ACES Participants will present in their programs/sites

  • Plan is for state-wide use by all ABE teachers in Minnesota in future

  • Other states are interested in the ACES Framework