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, May 6, 2015

New TDL Math Lessons!

Thanks to Pat Luehmann for creating thorough and engaging new math lessons for Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics (TDL). These are housed with the TDL contextualized math curriculum on the ICCB website. Visit and look under math for the following lesson resources. Feel free to use these lessons whether you are teaching TDL or just looking for ways to engage your students and expand their thinking and application of math in real life situations.

Contextualized Math Module Supplemental Lessons 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015

New Contextualized Math Lessons Available!

Visit the ICCB website to see new extensive contextualized math lessons on the following topics:

Calculating Dosage                                        Conversions &  Dosage by Weight
Calculating IV Flow Rates                             Using the Metric System
Weight Management Calculations

If you’re looking for fresh ideas or have been hoping someone would help you contextualize, this is for you!
Visit: http://www.iccb.org/adulted.curriculum.healthcare.html
New lessons under healthcare supplemental math 2015

Contextualized Manufacturing Curriculum - Bill Kuban

Thanks to Bill Kuban of Prairie State College for creating new materials and sharing them at the IACEA conference last week. Bill is an experienced Adult Education and CTE instructor who created supplemental lessons for the contextualized manufacturing curriculum in the areas of math, reading, writing, social studies and science. These lessons are aligned with Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), Certified Production Technician (CPT) and their Safety Course. Another resource constructed by Bill are pre- and post-assessments for use with adult education students interested in pursuing MSSC certification.

For more information on where to find these materials, contact Sarah Goldammer at sgoldam@siue.edu

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Team Teaching Let's Talk....Heartland Commmunity College by Sarah Goldammer, SIPDC

From Starr Gobtop, Adult Education Instructor, Team Teacher, Heartland Community College

Tell us about the relationship you have with your team teacher.

We had a very positive relationship. Both of us have years of experience and were able to teach together quite well.  The ability to think on our feet in the classroom was a big help. When one of us was presenting the lesson, the other was able to focus on the students to see if any one needed extra help.

How do you work together on planning?

We met to go over the chapters that were coming up and decided which one of use would present the information. During the lesson, each of us would ask questions or clarify a statement or topic. The students seemed to be able to grasp the information a bit better.

How has each member enhanced the instruction?

Having 2 instructors in a classroom brings different ways to present the information to the students. When one teacher clarifies an idea, maybe stating it in a different way, students are able to understand the concept better.

How has each member aided the other member and the students in your program?

I learned a lot about the math topics that were covered in the class. With both of us, we were able to focus on those students who needed extra help in understanding the topics that were covered. The students got more one-on-one time with a teacher and that helped them understand and gain the knowledge that was needed.

What advice do you have for new teams of teachers?

Be patient and be willing to learn new ways of doing things.  Discuss strengths and weaknesses before and during the semester. Keep on talking with each other and challenging each other to be better.