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Teaching Skills That Matter – Navigating Systems

The Teaching Skills That Matter initiative, funded by OCTAE, provides high-quality teaching materials and instructional videos to help advance the field of Adult Education – including the ACES skill of Navigating Systems. The lessons in the project toolkit highlight 9 skills that are essential for success in work and community life. The 9 skills are:

  • Adaptability and Willingness to Learn
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Navigating Systems
  • Problem-Solving
  • Processing and Analyzing Information
  • Respecting Differences and Diversity
  • Self-Awareness

The lessons are also designed to build knowledge in 5 key content areas:

The toolkit is divided into these five sections, with five detailed, ready-to-use lessons in each. Additionally, the toolkit and supporting materials introduce teachers to three highly effective instructional approaches: problem-based learning, project-based learning, and integrated and contextualized instruction. The toolkit lessons can be used with both native and non-native English speakers, and they were designed by national experts in each content area.