The Contextual Learning Portal provides a template to support teachers and program leaders in developing and sharing curriculum.
The portal has been used for curriculum projects from a variety of initiatives, including community service learning, academic support,
creativity-building, community learning center programs and more. For Summer 2019, the portal is providing space for curriculum development and
sharing for teachers participating in teacher externships, focusing on development of curriculum inspired by these worksite experiences.
What is Contextual Learning?
Contextual learning projects engage students in academic work applied to a context related to their lives,
communities, workplaces or the wider world. Projects may range in length from a single class period to a semester-long exploration.
Projects may take place in after-school or summer programs or in work-based learning programs as well as in a regular classroom.
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and career development opportunities
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Ideas & Insights
What are the elements that foster student creativity and innovation?
How do contextual learning projects build family engagement?
What does student reflection look like?
Gather ideas and insights from online forums and from viewing cross sections of Contextual Learning projects focused on topics of interest.
Read the Guide to Contextual Learning:
A guide to project design, featuring ideas and insights from projects in the Contextual Learning Portal.
Teacher Externship Curriculum Projects
Tips for developing curriculum inspired by teacher externship experiences.
Purpose of the Contextual Learning Portal
The intent of this web resource is to provide a place for the sharing of curriculum and instruction techniques in a virtual professional learning community. It seeks innovative, contextual based solutions to gaps in student learning. Reference in this web site to any specific products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.