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, December 9, 2020

ICAPS/IET and Bridge Learning Communities

To support the FY21 ICCB IET grant recipients and to fulfill the mission of the Transitions Academy, we are excited to announce the formation of an Illinois ICAPS/IET Learning Community and a Bridge Learning Community.  All programs are invited to be a part of either of these learning communities to share information, ask questions, and earn from one another.  All ICCB IET grant recipients for FY21 are required to be a part of the ICAPS/IET group.

Details of the learning communities:

  • ICAPS/IETs meets second Thursday of each month at 2:00 pm (CST)

  • Bridge meets third Thursday of each month at 2:00 pm (CST)

  • Meetings begin in January 2021 and run through July 2021

  • Format will vary each month and will include directed discussions with guiding questions and presentations from experienced ICAPS programs


Look for more information coming soon on how to join these learning communities!


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Fall 2020 Adult Education Transitions Newsletter

The latest edition of the Transitions Newsletter is now available here

 It's full of information on the latest resources and reports from Illinois transitions as well as the latest from our partners around the country. Thanks to the many individuals who contributed to this edition and to all of you making smooth transitions a reality for those we serve!



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