Adult Career Pathways Training Agenda- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Adult Career Pathways Training Agenda

Designing Instruction for Career Pathways
May 6 or 7, 2013
Devens, Massachusetts

Training Agenda

9:00 - 9:30Registration
9:30 - 9:40Welcome from the Host and Opening Remarks
9:40 - 9:45Introduction: Designing Instruction for Career Pathways Project
9:45 - 9:50Session 1: Overview of Career Pathways

  • Importance of career pathways
  • Federal commitment to career pathways
  • Definition of career pathways
9:50 - 10:00Session 2: Introduction to the Adult Career Pathways Training and Support Center (ACP-SC)
  • How to register to become a member of the ACP-SC
  • How to locate and search for resources in the ACP-SC Resource Center
10:00 - 10:45Session 3: Contextual Teaching and Learning
  • Definition of contextualized instruction
  • Relevance of contextualized instruction to career pathways
  • Characteristics of contextual teaching and learning
10:45 - 11:00Session 4: Contextual Classroom Characteristics and Roles
  • Characteristics of contextual instruction
  • Roles in a contextual classroom
  • REACT strategies for learner engagement
11:00 - 11:15BREAK
11:15 - 11:45Session 5: Unpacking Contextualized Instructional Resources
  • Workplace context
  • Relevance to career pathways
  • Foundational basic skills, technical skills, and employability skills addressed
  • Learner engagement strategies
11:45 - 12:30Session 6: Large Group Activity
Examine three resources from the ACP-SC instructional resource collection
  • Activity: Washington ABE Contextual Math for the Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics career cluster
  • Activity: Michigan Written Communication in the Workplace for the Business Management and Administration career cluster
  • Activity: Minnesota FastTRAC Healthcare Bridge for ABE/ESL Culminating Activity for the Health Science career cluster
12:30 - 1:15LUNCH
1:15 - 2:00Session 7: Small Group Activity
Examine ACP-SC instructional resources
Activity: Unpack, reflect, and discuss one of the following resources, and report out to whole group.
  • ABE Writing and Communication: Realtor Role Play
  • GED® Math: Calculating Body Mass Index
  • ABE Math: Welding - Cutting Pipe
  • ESL Reading, Listening, Communicating: Assembly
2:00 - 3:15Session 8: Designing Contextualized Instruction
Activity: Participants will select a scenario around which to create a contextualized lesson using a template.
  • Contextualized instruction quick-start
  • Lesson planning template components
  • Activity: Intensive participant lesson development work
3:15 - 3:30Post-Training Activities
  • Post a completed lesson in the private training group in the ACP Community within the next six weeks.
  • Join and participate in the private training group within the ACP Community.
  • Complete the Designing Contextualized Instruction online course (Launch date: Spring 2013).
  • Participate in the ACP Community.
3:30 - 3:45Wrap-Up and Evaluation
  • Follow ACP-SC via computer or mobile device
  • Reflection and evaluation
  • Reimbursement guidance

Last Updated: April 11, 2013

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