Getting Started Toolkit (Part 4): Curriculum Development and Student Support Services

The purpose of this toolkit is to assist programs in developing contextualized instruction and designing comprehensive programs with targeted student services necessary for the effective implementation of a career pathways system.

Debra Hargrove
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Michigan Adult Education Professional Development Project
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This implementation manual and accompanying web-based tutorial are the fourth in the series, Building Bridges for Career Pathways in Michigan. The resource first describes the philosophy and development of contextualized instruction which focuses on teaching skills in real-world contexts. In career pathways programs, basic skills are often contextualized in relation to a particular industry or career. Examples of contextualized lessons and full bridge programs are provided as models. The next section of the resource explores possible collaborative solutions to the multiple barriers that many adult education students confront through the provision of targeted student services.

The Getting Started Toolkit and Tutorials were created to document development and implementation of the Building Bridges for Career Pathways in Michigan project and to provide resources for other state and local organizations wishing to replicate their career pathways process. The complete six-part series of resources from the Building Bridges to Career Pathways in Michigan project can be found at

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Participants will be able to use the tools provided to work with partners to develop contextualized curricula for bridge programs and target necessary support services for bridge program students.

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This resource was reviewed and vetted through the Designing Instruction for Career Pathways initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education under Contract No. ED-CFO-10-A-0072/0001.