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Contextualizing Instructional Design to Meet Student Goals: Connecting learning to practical goals.

Consensus goal: A vibrant system that transforms people’s lives by enhancing their functional literacy skills and English language proficiency and by helping them to obtain mainstream credentials and resources to achieve their goals

How? Quotes lifted from survey responses:

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    More programs are offering a greater intensity of instruction, having a greater proportion of classes meeting at least 10 hours per week. Two organizations compared educational gain among classes of the same instructional type and level within their own programs have found a positive correlation between having classes meet for at least 10 hour per week and higher rates of educational gain.

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      We have created a more intensive class structure and at the same time offered some space for students who can't fit into that to study semi-independently with the support of volunteer tutors.

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    More instructional hours for very low ABE/Literacy learners, Non-literate ESOL learners.

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      More recognition of contextualized training for literacy as a requirement.

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      Tie literacy training to the needs of vocational training programs and consult with these programs.

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      Critical content as curricula. This includes family, health, and financial literacy. I think this trend has

made literacy relevant to outside stakeholders, improved persistence and therefore skills, and helped teachers feel more connected to the work.

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    Sustained-content instruction—movement away from skill and drill.

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      Computer literacy and a core package of computer skills should be mainstream offering of all

programs.

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    ESL population needs more literacy skill building – oral fluency is no longer enough.

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      Self-paced work via Internet/computer programs.

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      Education practices aligned with the construct of new knowledge upon learners' prior knowledge and

classes are workshops for rigorous literacy apprenticeship.

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    Screening students better for likely persistence, authentic goal setting that is based in reality and linked

to curriculum design/instructional methods, and narrower level classes.

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    Learning disability evaluation and PD for teachers working with diagnosed students.

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      Need better counseling for persistence and overcoming prior educational trauma.

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      Additional capacity, including distance and distributed learning resources and an organized volunteer

network.

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