Program Planning and Design

Digital Skills Discussion Guide

The Guide, published by Aspen Institute, is based on a series of conversations that their

The Guide, published by Aspen Institute, is based on a series of conversations that their research team held with business representatives from a range of industry sectors during 2020 and 2021. They explored how businesses are adopting technology in the workplace, how COVID-19 accelerated these efforts, how digital transformation is impacting skill expectations for frontline workers, and what approaches businesses are taking to support development of digital skills for frontline workers. The purpose of this guide is to help workforce providers learn how employer partners are integrating technology and upskilling workers.

I-BEST CO-TEACHING VIDEOS

These four videos show demonstrations of six approaches to co-teaching and collaboration. These instructional strategies

These four videos show demonstrations of six approaches to co-teaching and collaboration. These instructional strategies can be used to support and strengthen collaboration between occupational and academic instructors in the classroom and at a distance for a more aligned and integrated education and training experience.

On this page, you’ll find  six research-based strategies, evidence-based theory, video samples of effective instruction,

On this page, you’ll find  six research-based strategies, evidence-based theory, video samples of effective instruction, and curricula samples. The resources in this section can function as a self-directed learning module or as the basis for group instruction.

Occupational Training Resources

It is best practice to use the occupational training provider’s materials and resources for the

It is best practice to use the occupational training provider’s materials and resources for the occupational training materials; however, if those are unavailable, or additional support is needed, this site provides resources to contextualize academic and workplace readiness preparation.

Tips for Contextualizing Content for Fully Integrated IET Programming

Tips for Contextualizing Content for Fully Integrated IET Programming When possible, use the training texts

Tips for Contextualizing Content for Fully Integrated IET Programming

  • When possible, use the training texts and training materials to contextualize literacy and numeracy.
  • Occupational Training Resources: If authentic materials from the target training partners are unavailable prior to the start of training, use relevant materials from other texts or from prepared career kits.

TIPS FOR CONTEXTUALIZING DURING OCCUPATIONAL TRAINING

  • Use occupational training content and resources, such as textbooks and manuals, to contextualize academic skill building (i.e., the literacy and numeracy skills needed to succeed in training).
  • Use occupational training content and resources, such as textbooks and manuals, to contextualize workplace readiness activities (See the table below with definitions and sample activities.)
  • Contextualize academic instruction with workplace readiness activities and occupational training content. See the table of sample activities below.

TIPS FOR CONTEXTUALIZING PRIOR TO OR AFTER THE COMPLETION OF OCCUPATIONAL TRAINING

  • Engage learners with stackable online credentials, such as OSHA 10 and NCCER Core.
  • Frontload occupational vocabulary study from training resources.
  • Frontload occupational math skills from training resources
  • Frontload occupational skills, such as map reading and blueprint reading.
  • Prepare for occupational certification(s).
Developing a Basic Skills Curriculum for IET

This guide is the primary resource for the basic skills training. It is designed to

This guide is the primary resource for the basic skills training. It is designed to enable Title II providers and their training partners to adapt existing curriculum and/or develop new basic skills curriculum to help adult education students successfully complete occupational skills training and move forward on a career path. It focuses on the development of basic skills curriculum, not occupational skill training curriculum. This guide has been informed by preexisting curricula in FIT 4 Manufacturing; FIT 4 Healthcare; Emergency Medical Technician; and Mechanical Components: Mechanical Maintenance, Level 1 developed by Pennsylvania College of Technology; and other IET-related programs, such as Accelerating Opportunity, PluggedInVA, Work Attributes Towards Careers in Health (WATCH), and Elgin Community College Courses. It provides resources and tools that will help practitioners plan, design, and implement the basic skills component of an IET curriculum.

ATLAS Adult Career Pathways Resources

  IET, according to WIOA regulations, is “…a service approach that provides adult education and

 

IET, according to WIOA regulations, is “…a service approach that provides adult education and literacy activities concurrently and contextually with workforce preparation activities and workforce training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster for the purpose of educational and career advancement.” So why IET? How do we interpret and operationalize the intentions of the regulations? How do I create an IET program that fits my particular context and students? How can IET programs be funded? How does IET fit into adult career pathways? The tools and reference materials on this site will help answer many of these questions and guide you in setting the foundation for best practices in integrated education and training.

Building Opportunities: IET Guide

This Guide is intended to be used as a self-assessment in your development or review

This Guide is intended to be used as a self-assessment in your development or review of an IET program. The requirements are followed by review questions.

Motivating Adult Learners to Persist

Motivating Adult Learners to Persist is a chapter in the 2012 book Improving Adult Literacy

Motivating Adult Learners to Persist is a chapter in the 2012 book Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Supporting Learning and Motivation. At the request of the U.S. Department of Education, the National Research Council convened a committee of experts from many disciplines to synthesize research on literacy and learning in order to improve instruction for those served in adult education in the U.S.  Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Supporting Learning and Motivation, which is based on the report, describes principles of effective instruction to guide those who design and administer adult literacy programs and courses.

Career Pathways Toolkit: An Enhanced Guide and Workbook for System Development

This toolkit provides WIOA partners with guidance and resources for implementing the six key elements

This toolkit provides WIOA partners with guidance and resources for implementing the six key elements of career pathways.

Program Planning & Design

Developing an IET program requires intensive collaboration with partnering occupational training institutions, state agencies, community

Developing an IET program requires intensive collaboration with partnering occupational training institutions, state agencies, community partners, and local employers. The resources on this site provide useful guidance for building a program and a curriculum that will meet the needs of your learners, partnering organizations, and employers.

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