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Career-focused Contextualized Basic Skills Instruction (CCI) Cohort Application Now Available!

ATLAS and the Minnesota Department of Education invite you to engage in a unique PD opportunity: an evidence-based approach to career-focused contextualized basic skills instruction. If you are interested in teaching basic skills situated within a specific career focus, this cohort may be for you!

  • Do you want to learn more about Backward Design and contextualized lesson planning? 
  • Do you want to make learning relevant to the work lives of your adult learners?
  • Are you interested in teaching a career-focused class but aren’t sure how to focus on career content and build basic skills at the same time?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then please consider participating in the Career-Focused Contextualized Basic Skills Instruction (CCI) Cohort. This is an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about contextualized instruction!

The CCI application is now available (see below), and all applications must be received by December 1, 2017.

Schedule and Activities

The CCI Cohort is a 5-month professional development activity. It will kick off on January 18, 2018, with an interactive webinar and continue with three face-to-face meetings in the metro area (February 1 and 2, and a final meeting on May 18, 2018). There will be online and phone coaching sessions to support your curriculum development from March - May.

We will explore the principles of Backward Design and use those principles as a guide to 1) determine desired learning outcomes and to 2) select materials, activities, and assessments. Participants will choose from one of several career fields that have been identified as growth industries in the state and will work to develop one contextualized unit.

CCI Cohort Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Design career-focused units/lessons to use in the classroom with guidance from experienced coaches
  • Learn how to integrate Minnesota ABE Content Standards in career-focused contextualized instruction
  • Gain experience in developing lines of inquiry and using the process of backwards design
  • Collaborate with other MN ABE colleagues working within a specific occupational sector
  • Earn 30 CEUs and a $300 stipend upon completion of all cohort requirements