The CUNY HSE Curriculum Framework--Classroom Supports and Career Pathway Connections

This resource looks particularly at different activities and strategies to enhance classroom cohesion. 

Kate Brandt
Rebecca Leece
Mark Trushkowsky
Eric Appleton
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The City University of New York (CUNY)
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This Curriculum Framework is intended for all high-school equivalency (HSE) teachers, with the understanding that there is a wide variety of HSE programs throughout the state. Some programs are rural; some are urban; some are part-time; some full-time. Instruction is offered in many different settings, including classrooms in schools, in community-based organizations and in correctional facilities. Our programs serve a wide range of students at different ages, from diverse communities and with differing levels of achievement in the various academic subject areas. Each teacher in each setting will need to make modifications in order to make their instruction relevant and appropriate to their own students. In this section, we will offer examples of adaptations and enhancements to serve a diverse group of students in a diverse range of instructional environments.

In this section, you will find:

  • Suggestions for icebreakers and warm-up activities  
  • Adaptations for lower-level learners
  • Youth considerations
  • Resources for college planning and career pathway connections


What the experts say

The CUNY HSE Curriculum Framework is one of the first adult education classroom support documents that I would recommend to be used as a LINCS course.  The resource is innovative and very up-to-date with classroom and teaching techniques (adaptations, enhancements, resources and research) that are practical because the information given can be used in a diverse range of instructional environments.

This is one section of a curriculum framework for HSE instruction. It provides concrete ideas for modifying English Language Arts, Social Studies and Mathematics instruction for lower-skilled students, with icebreakers, substantive lesson plans, teaching resources, and guidelines for career exploration. It is a clear and highly practical teaching guide that specifically addresses the needs of low-skilled youth.

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