Contextual Learning: Integrating Math & CTE to Become Future Ready

Contextual Learning: Integrating Math & CTE to Become Future Ready is a unique professional learning opportunity for secondary mathematics, business and CTE educators.

Contextual Learning provides participants the opportunity to take a contextual approach to teaching the standards of the entry-level courses of Algebra 1 and Geometry at their intended level of rigor and provide authentic, highly engaging application in introductory Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses and generate interest in a variety of pathways.

Through implementation of this training, Algebra skills are applied in manufacturing processes, entrepreneurship and design, which can be paired with business, agriculture, or family consumer science courses. Geometry skills are contextualized in a construction project, which can be paired with various applied science programs, such as construction or manufacturing. Students will be prepared for entry to and success in the next course in the high school math sequence.

Implementation options are flexible. It could be as robust as co-teaching Algebra 1 and/or Geometry and a CTE course using the curriculum included in the training. It could be as simple as increasing hands-on application and applying engaging, innovative instructional practices to units in traditional math or CTE courses.

Contextual Learning in the News!

Grant Wood Area Education Agency's efforts were highlighted by KCRG! Agency math consultant Emily Logan was interviewed for this segment.

Contextual Learning video from K C R G

See How Contextual Learning Can Revolutionize Mathematics and CTE Instruction

Testimonials from Area Educators

  • This is the best content PD I've attended in my 20+ year career. Kudos to all of you for providing this training/program for us. I'm excited to implement this in the fall!
  • The rigor is still there 100% AND it makes them excited to learn it?! No brainer!
  • Building a community has always been so important to my philosophy but can seem challenging in a math classroom. This demonstration was inspiring and I can't wait to implement it.
  • All useful in the classroom – can’t wait to implement! 
  • Best PD I have EVER been to. Actually relevant and I can USE the activities in class.
  • This class addresses problems that I have been puzzling over for some time and supplies a solution that I've been trying to find.

Future course information will be determined:

More information will be coming soon on this exciting new initiative.

Questions? Contact:
Ann Norton - Grant Wood AEA Regional Administrator
Phone: 319-399-6455