Welcome to the Illinois Transitions Blog

This blog provides a platform for resources to be shared and discussions to be engaged in by anyone providing transitioning services. The content of the blog is especially applicable to those involved in the Illinois Transitions Academy.

The Transitions Academy is designed to assist colleges and partnerships working on developing Bridge and ICAPS (Integrated Career and Academic Preparation System) programs by increasing awareness of the expanding partnership between Adult Education and Career and Technical Education as it relates to the ICAPS model, Accelerating Opportunity, Illinois Bridge programs, and Illinois Programs of Study. The Transitions Academy is designed to assist colleges and partnerships working on developing Bridge and ICAPS (Integrated Career and Academic Preparation System) programs.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020


Designing for Equity and Access for ALL Learners

Logo for Designing for Equity and Access for ALL Learners, colorful arrows pointing up

To best reflect current research and needs of our learners, beginning fall 2020, training will be available to all Illinois Adult Education teachers in Designing for Equity and Access for ALL Learners. This training, formerly known as Special Learning Needs, will be part of the Instructional Staff Professional Pathways already in place.

The Southern Illinois Professional Development Center in collaboration with the Illinois Community College Board and the Adult Education Professional Development Network is excited to announce this transformation.

Special Learning Needs training has been in place in Illinois since 1999 and has undergone multiple modifications to reflect new research, progression in technology, and the evolving needs of our students. This current transformation provides a rebranding of the training to reflect our need to ensure equity and access. As a part of the push for equity, infusion of Universal Design for Learning will be emphasized in the training. Some of the key components of the original SLN training will remain, including effective instructional practices and designing instruction with learner needs in mind.

All Standards Proficient credentialed instructors will see connections to their
already-completed training. Participants will be encouraged to build on their prior knowledge and completed work in Standards Proficient training.

Training opportunities include:

Foundations of Designing for Equity and Access for ALL Learners (asynchronous and synchronous online sessions with opportunities for application exercises with students – 9 hours of professional development)

Institute for Designing for Equity and Access for ALL Learners (asynchronous and synchronous online sessions with opportunities for application exercises with students – 15 hours of professional development and resulting in a credential of Specialist in Equity)

Update for Prior Completers of the Institute to Credential Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists (asynchronous and synchronous online sessions with opportunities for application exercises with students – 5 hours of professional development) For the many prior completers of the former training, an update training will be provided to allow them to refresh their training and earn the new credential.

Look for more information coming soon about the training, and check the Excellence in Adult Education website.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Moraine Valley Community College
Remote Support Services


One idea for remote support services we are implementing at Moraine Valley is a Peer Tech Support Team. Since the Fall 2020 semester is going to feature significant online instruction, we have a team of 2 instructors and 2 specialists who are available for technical support with Canvas, Zoom, Webex, and contacting students via the internet. We divided the instructors into 4 groups and each group has a specific person (team leader) to contact for tech help. So far, the Peer Tech Support Team is working well for our ESL and HSE instructors!   

Thanks for sharing this idea, Meg Dawczak! What other ideas are out there to share?


Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Check out this promo video from Harper!

We love to see videos such as this from Harper College Adult Education Supported Career Certificates. Do you have a promo video to share? Click here to view Harper's video

Monday, August 10, 2020


Meet Guillermo, Jasmine, Caroline, Jonathan and Aniella – five students on the spectrum take us on campus and into their lives to see how they’re doing college. Every fall, more and more students on the spectrum who are capable of academic work at the college level go off to college.


Getting in is often easy enough, but navigating college on the spectrum can be challenging in many ways. Students are figuring it out by doing it. From deciding which school will be the best fit, to interactions with professors and peers, facing roommate situations, handling money, homesickness, finding work, overcoming setbacks, staying on track to graduate– these students come up against aspects of college life students typically encounter.


Autism Goes to College is a first of its kind film, packed with honest insights for student, parents and educators offering an eye-opening look at what a growing number of neurodiverse students are bringing to campus.


Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The Southern Illinois Professional Development Center is searching for new or newer Career Navigators who would like a mentor. Experienced Career Navigators working to earn their Career Navigator Specialist credential need to mentor a newer individual as part of their credential process. Contact SIPDC Trainer at sipdctrainer@gmail.com to request a mentor. Mentors and mentees can meet remotely sharing resources, materials, answering questions, and providing professional support.

If you would like to earn a certificate in the Career Navigator Professional Pathway, go to the
 Excellence in Adult Ed - PD Portal for more information.

Monday, July 6, 2020

New edition of Transitions Newsletter

Click here to view the newest edition of the Transitions Newsletter. Highlighted in this edition are how Adult Education programs have innovated to continue ICAPS/IETs during COVID-19. Thanks to all the programs who shared information as well as to everyone who is working hard to move our students forward!

Thursday, June 4, 2020

How does the ICAPS band play during COVID-19?

June 11, 2020 - 10:00 am - 11:30 am                                                   

Register here

Join us for this Transitions Academy Online Event on June 11th 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. as five programs share what they have been doing to continue to provide ICAPS/Bridge programming during the COVID-19 shutdown. Program representatives will share what their program is doing to continue to provide quality ICAPS and Bridge programing during the COVID-19 crisis, how they are addressing marketing and enrollment, and how the ICAPS partnership of CTE and Adult Education instructors are thriving through this challenging time to address CTE instruction, labs and support courses.