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Contextual Learning Portal

Connect with others who are creating contextual learning experiences in classrooms and out-of-school settings. Browse projects and resources and submit your own. Be inspired by others; get insights into ways of planning and organizing projects; find resources; and share your results!

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.


Creativity and Innovation

What are the elements that foster student creativity and innovation? Read More...

Ideas & Insights

How do contextual learning projects build family connections? Family Engagement

What does student reflection look like? Reflection Examples

What are the elements that foster student creativity and innovation? Creativity and Innovation

Guide to Contextual Learning: A guide to project design, featuring ideas and insights from projects in the Contextual Learning Portal.

What are the Projects About? A Tag Cloud

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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.

Creativity and Innovation Forum
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