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.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Enhancing Support for Special Populations through Understanding Neurodiversity

ICSPS invites you to join Dr. Ann P. McMahon for an engaging and informative day learning
to serve learners through an understanding of neurodiversity. Dr. McMahon will provide
an overview of the research on how attachment, scarcity, trauma and response to failure form
neurodiverse patterns in the brain. Participants will be invited to apply the research to create strategies that accommodate neurodiverse learners in their classrooms. Through an
increased understanding of neurodiversity, workshop attendees will be better equipped to support learners to consider, pursue and succeed in both traditional and nontraditional careers.

For more information and to register visit http://icsps.illinoisstate.edu/events/?ee=42

Monday, April 14, 2014

Team Teaching: A Story from the Field

Laura Deters, RN and Basic Nursing Assistant instructor at Lake Land College shares an interesting and inspiring story about an Accelerating Opportunity student. This student, who tested at a 4.2 reading level, didn’t meet the reading requirement to be accepted into the basic nursing accelerated program. Because of his demonstrated determination and expressed willingness to put in the needed hard work to achieve and make the broad reading improvements, this student was granted an exception and allowed to enter the program where most non-AO nursing students read above the 9.0 level.
With persistence and dedication from the student and with the help of both his team teachers, Deters and Aaron Hacker, Adult Education Instructor, this student finished the program at Lake Land! He fulfilled all of the state requirements for instruction and was an exceptional hands-on caregiver, but the state certification test still loomed ahead and everyone knew this test would be a challenge for him to pass with his reading and learning difficulties. Unfortunately he missed the passing criteria by only 4 points.
Deters and Hacker both encouraged the student to try again. They saw in him the potential to be an outstanding CNA and a true professional. It took a few months of motivating encouragement, but finally in November of 2013, he was ready to try again! The student came to Deters for review and tutoring. Working together, he was able to integrate and understand all of the needed information to be ready for another try at the state certification test.
After testing in early December, the wait for results was on with all involved anxiously awaiting the hoped for good news. Deters reports shortly before Christmas she received the desired phone call with the excited student relaying that he had passed! “It was the best Christmas present I could have received!” Deters said. “He had the drive and the willingness to succeed and Accelerating Opportunity gave him the support and structure he needed. It’s a win for all of us as now he will work and provide a needed service in our community.”
The winter 2014 Transitions Newsletter featured a story about the team teachers at Lake Land College. Visit the following link to read the story: http://www.siue.edu/SIPDC/Transitioning/Newsletter%20-Winter%202014.pdf

Friday, February 7, 2014

SIPDC Master's in Science in Education Curriculum

The Southern Illinois Professional Development Center has been working with the Curriculum and Instruction Department at SIUE to link our professional development offerings with courses for a Master’s in Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on an Adult Education cognate.  It is anticipated that most of the coursework for this degree will be provided online with trainings we provide being included in the coursework.  This is still in the development phase, but is anticipated to start in the fall of 2014.  

Attached is information on a couple of classes which will count as electives for this degree as well as improve your knowledge in instructional technology.  Please respond to the registration information on the flyer if interested.  When you register, please let them know you got this information from us.  It helps to build the need for the master’s degree.  The link for information on each of the two courses and registration information is included on the link to the flyer below. 

Thank you,
Bevan Gibson
Director, SIPDC

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Braided Funding and Sustainabilty Workshop


Visit the link above to collect the presentation from the January 29th Braided Funding and Sustainability workshop in Bloomington, IL.  Learn strategies, streams and benefits to braid funding for program success.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Pathways to Careers Network Upcoming Events

Survey – Respond by Feb. 14 to shape a bold policy agenda to make adult college and career transitions a priority for Illinois! Do you want to help adult learners move from low skills to good jobs? Do you want to make adult college and career transitions a priority for Illinois leaders? Do you want the chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, we encourage you to respond to the Pathways to Careers Network survey. As a collaboration of Women Employed and the Chicago Jobs Council, the Network brings together people and organizations to move adult learners from low skills to good jobs. We provide information on effective program models and we facilitate connections among education and workforce development providers to share ideas and strategies. 
Your input helps us develop and advance a bold policy agenda that makes adult college and career transitions a priority for Illinois. Please take time today to respond to our survey to help us identify the opportunities and barriers to expanding effective programs for adults like bridge programs. We’re interested to learn your feedback on funding sources, policies, and partnerships.

Your time is as valuable as your feedback, that’s why we’re offering the chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card to all respondents who complete the survey by Friday February 14, 2014. Click here to take the survey today!

Webinar – Register today to help shape OVAE national action plan, Time for the U.S. to Reskill

The Pathways to Careers Network and Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition will host a webinar on Tuesday February 25 from 12-1:30 PM to gather your input to send to the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) at the U.S. Department of Education. 

Your input will help OVAE develop a national action plan in response to an OECD report that shows 36 million adults lack basic skills. 

During this 90-minute webinar you will have a chance to provide feedback on the following topics: 

Strengthen the link with the economy: Your experience with career pathways programs, like bridge programs or other occupational skills programs, will inform OVAE's action plan to engage more employers and increase their support through things like jobs, internships, and curriculum.

Setting Priorities: The OECD data shows a big gap in adult skills for specific groups and they want input on whether resources should be focused on specific groups, i.e. immigrants, African Americans, ex-offenders.  

Expanding and Scaling Opportunities: The report documents the gap in resources to help low-skilled adults and OVAE wants to know your ideas about how federal resources for adult learning can leverage other federal, state, and local resources, as well as private-sector resources.

Improve the quality of teaching and instruction: How do we ensure the placement of college and career readiness standards at the center of all instruction and assessment in adult education programs across the country? And what tools, support, and professional working conditions are necessary for teachers to develop a world-class adult education workforce?

To ensure a rich discussion, please read OVAE's brief consultation paperTime for the U.S. to Reskill, and review OVAE's one-page infographic profile of Illinois adults.

Click here to register for the webinar.

To learn more about the Pathways to Careers Network, access archived webinars, or download daily lesson plans for bridge programs, please visit our website or contact: Mary Kay Devine mdevine@womenemployed.org 312-782-3902 ext. 224.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Transitions Newsletter

Please follow the link below to view the newest edition of the Transitions Newsletter. If you have any information for the next issue, please contact Sarah Goldammer at sgoldam@siue.edu.