ERIC Number: ED442685
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Making Standards Work! A Teacher's Guide to Contextual Learning: Integrating Academic Content Standards with Career Development and Workplace Competencies. History.
McAlonan, Susan; Longo, Pat; Hotchkiss, Heather; Roark, Kelli; Fitzgerald, Joy
This handbook, intended for K-12 teachers in Colorado, is a tool to help educators weave academic content standards, assessments, and career development methods into an integrated and comprehensive educational strategy that prepares all students to meet their future goals. The examples contained in the handbook were created to provide a vision of how teachers can deliver instruction in ways that help students reach high academic standards in history, develop effective work habits, and gain career knowledge. Standards in the handbook reflect a "thinking" curriculum that requires students to know basic skills, to communicate effectively to solve problems, and to understand and apply academic principles and tools. They define a set of skills and knowledge that will prepare Colorado students for employment, citizenship, and life-long learning in the new century. The handbook presents explanatory material such as an introduction; a list of workplace competencies divided into communication skills, organizational skills, thinking skills, worker qualities, and technology skills; and "Opportunities for Success" that offers guidelines for educators to help special student populations to meet academic content standards. The history handbook is divided into three broad sections: (1) Grades K-4; (2) Grades 5-8; and (3) Grades 9-12. Each of the six standards in each of the three sections lists an Integration Matrix and a Classroom Activity. A Sample Rubric (an assessment rubric) follows the three sections. A list of school-to-career regional resource centers concludes the handbook. (BT)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Career Development, Competency Based Education, Education Work Relationship, Elementary Secondary Education, History Instruction, Learning Activities, State Standards, Student Educational Objectives, Student Evaluation
Colorado Department of Education, 201 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80203. Web site: http://www.cde.state.co.us.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.; Colorado School to Career Partnership, Denver.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado