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In these online interactive sessions, you will explore resources and develop skills for developing career-focused instruction that meets English, literacy and numeracy goals. Under the guidance of contextualization expert and CareerKits developer Ellen Baxt, you will identify and adapt existing resources to meet learner’s career interests and academic needs. This session will combine an initial webinar, the completion of an exploration and planning  activity, and a final debrief and sharing meeting.


This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Adult HSE, Intermediate ESOL or ABE teachers who want to deepen their ability to integrate career-focused content into their lessons at all levels through proven methods and materials

When classes use career contextualized adult literacy materials, students are exposed to a wide variety of career information while making progress toward their reading, writing, speaking, listening, critical thinking and math goals. In this online session, you will develop strategies and plans for creating and implementing career-focused instruction that meets diverse academic learning goals. Among other resources, you will explore and identify activities to use from the NYSED/CUNY CareerKits, an 11 volume set of labor market data informed, career-contextualized adult literacy activities developed to meet requirements to address career content for all students.

Part 1: (Tuesday, May 26th from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m): Introduction to the CareerKits

In the initial webinar you will explore the CareerKits, become familiar with several literacy-based and numeracy-based career exploration lesson types, and build skills and strategies for developing and implementing career-contextualized instruction, including how to:

  • Address reading, writing, math, critical thinking and research skills through career exploration activities
  • Access career exploration activities across ten industry sectors, drawing on student interest

Part 2: (Friday, May 29th from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m): Deep Dive into Activities and Implementation Planning

The activity and debrief will allow participants  the opportunity to focus on one or a few activities in detail, as students would, and consider making adaptations based on student need. Then participants will select activities from the CareerKits that they will incorporate into a career-focused implementation plan. Including how to:

  •  Identify and select career exploration activities in line with the academic objectives of classes
  •  Incorporate career exploration technology tools, such as MyNextMove and the Occupational Outlook Handbook

Part 3: (Thursday, June 4th from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m): Implementation Plan Share

In this interactive webinar, participants will share their implementation plans, including CareerKit activities they plan to use, how they will allocate the time for activities, “chunking” activities where necessary, for example, and any adaptations they plan to make. They may also include supplemental activities.

Time Commitment: 6 hours

The total time for this PD activity is approximately 6 hours. This PD event involves three activities and all are required to complete the PD.

Part 1: Webinar (1.5 hours)

Part 2: Webinar plus planning  (3 hours)

Part 3: Webinar (1.5 hours)

We will be contacting you a week before the webinar with information on how to access the webinar. Watch for a confirmation email from

Learning Objectives: 

Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Use communication and differentiation strategies to address diverse career interests and academic needs through career-contextualized activities
  • Plan and implement a career-contextualized lesson series adapting CareerKit lessons to match learner interest, levels and localities
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s): 
05/26/2020 - 10:00am
End Date: 
06/04/2020 - 10:00am
PD Center: 

Career Pathways

SABES Program Support PD Center - Career Pathways
Topic Area: 
Career Pathways
Curriculum Development
Curriculum Frameworks/Standards
Education and Career Planning
Educator Effectiveness
Workforce Development
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