Contextualized Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers one instructional strategy for teaching basic skills in a context that is meaningful and relevant to students' lives. In spring 2009, the RP Group released a CTL primer introducing faculty to this strategy through a review of related literature and a presentation of 11 different CTL approaches, including career preparation, community service, and social justice models. We designed this resource for practitioners — particularly CTE, math, English, and ESL instructional and counseling faculty.
In fall 2009, we partnered with Career Ladders Project to create video shorts featuring students’ perspectives on how contextualized instruction enhances motivation, accelerates learning, increases retention, and builds academic confidence. During 2010, we used these videos to start conversations with faculty through a series of statewide presentations about how contextualization might fit into their classrooms.
RP Group Lead
Kelley Karandjeff, EdM, Project Director
RP Group Project Team Members
Elaine Baker, Kathy Booth, Dr. Robert Gabriner, Laura Hope, Co-Director of Leading from the Middle, Roy Robles
Academic Senate of California Community Colleges; Bay Area Workforce Funders Collaborative; Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund; Foundation for California Community Colleges; The James Irvine Foundation; S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Fund; Walter S. Johnson Foundation; and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Career Ladders Project
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