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The Acceleration Institute

Acc Inst

The goal of the institute was to provide technical assistance and professional development on various acceleration strategies such as mainstreaming/co-requisite, NCBOs, IRW, holistic advising, and contextualization models. Additional sessions provided included a panel discussion by experts in the Developmental Education field and working with students with learning disabilities. Please click on the following links to access the videos and resources from the institute (additional resources from the institute will be added as obtained):

Title Presenters Institution

Non-Course Based Options at UTEP

Dr. Denise Lujan

The University of Texas at El Paso

Contextualizing Intermediate Algebra into General Education Math Courses

Dr. Garry A. Sigler & Shelley K. Parks

Texas State Technical College at Waco

Puente and INRW: Developmental Education and Cultural Relevancy


Dolores Zapata & Esmeralda Macias

Palo Alto College & South Texas College

Intentional Holistic Advising & Placement


Dr. Rebecca Goosen, Deborah Smith & Emily Savino

San Jacinto College

Leveling the Playing Field in Freshman Composition: A Co-requisite IRW Course for Under-prepared Students


Rebekah Johnson, Karen Dulweber & Karen Johnson

Kilgore College

Accelerating Access and Support for Students with Disabilities

Dr. Russ Hodges & Dr. Clint-Michael Reneau

Texas State University

The Future of Developmental Education: A Panel Discussion


Dr. Susan Bickerstaff, Columbia University & Community College Research Center

Robin Ozz, Phoenix College & President of National Association for Developmental Education

Dr. Patrick Saxon, Sam Houston State University

Dr. Jeanine Williams, University of Maryland University College


Communicating Data

Jenna Cullinane Hege

Melissa Humphries

Kathy Zarate


TSI and DE Legislative Updates


Dr. Suzanne Morales-Vale, Director

Division of College Readiness and Success

Developmental and Adult Education



The following is a compiled list of resources on contextualization and includes research articles, literature reviews, briefs, videos, toolkits, and instructional resources. The direct link to each resource is provided. Additional references for various developmental education topics, including contextualization, are available on the Texas DEPCO website.

Contextualized Teaching Resources
Center for Occupational and Regional Development (CORD)

Contextualization Resources: Contextualized Curricula at the Local Program Level (OAACE 2016)

Right from the Start: An Institutional Perspective on Developmental Education Reform (Adopting and Adapting Contextualization Strategies: A Practitioner Brief) (2014)

Empowering Community Colleges to Build the Nation’s Future: An Implementation Guide (2014)

The National Council of La Raza Contextualized Bridge Program Tool Kit (2014)

A Review of Contextualized Learning and Its Importance to Career Advancement for Adults in Connecticut (2013)

From Research to Practice: A Framework for Contextualizing Teaching and Learning (2013)

A Contextualized Curricular Supplement for Developmental Reading and Writing (2013)

Career Ladders Project: Contextualized Teaching and Learning (video, 2013)

Contextualized College Transition Strategies for Adult Basic Skills Students: Learning from Washington State’s I-BEST Program Model (December 2012)

Models of Contextualization in Developmental and Adult Basic Education (July 2012)

Changing Course: A Planning Tool for Increasing Student Completion in Community Colleges (2011)

A Contextualized Intervention for Community College Developmental Reading and Writing Students (January 2011)

Facilitating Student Learning Through Contextualization: A Review of Evidence (July 2011)

Facilitating Student Learning Through Contextualization: CCRC Brief No. 53 February 2011

Breaking Through Practice Guide (Spring 2010)

Breaking Through Contextualization Toolkit: A Tool for Helping Low-Skilled Adults Gain (Spring 2010)

A Contextualized Reading – Writing Intervention for Community College Students (June 2010)

Effective Basic Skills Instruction: The Case for Contextualized Developmental Math  (January 2010)

Contextualized Teaching & Learning: A Promising Approach for Basic Skills Instruction (Handout, October 2009)

Contextualized Teaching and Learning: A Faculty Primer (Spring 2009)

Promising Practices for Community College Developmental Education (October 2007)

Building Bridges to College and Careers: Contextualized Basic Skills Programs at Community Colleges (January 2003)



Career Pathways Toolkits

The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services funded the development of a catalog of Career Pathways Toolkits for use as a resource by Career Pathways initiative stakeholders. The catalog was last updated in 2016 and the resources included are categorized by name, publisher, target population, intended audience, element addressed, and industry.  A Toolkit Summary Table is also provided which lists the name, publisher, intended audience, and target populations for each of the toolkits listed in the catalog. In addition to information based on the categories listed above, the section on each of the toolkits includes the purpose of the toolkit, a summary of the approach, and the URL link.

Click here to download this resource.

Contextualization Summit: Finding Common Ground

Common Ground

This training introduced contextualized instruction and presented career-centered approaches for the common goal of teaching adult learners. Instructors and staff of Adult Education programs, ESL/ELA programs, and Developmental Education programs connected, collaborated, and communicated as they discovered common ground and common understanding on the teaching of adult learners.

Click here to view the PowerPoint slides for this training.

CASP 2015

Integrating Contextualized Instruction into the Developmental Education Classroom

PowerPoint Slides

Integrating Contextualized Instruction into the Developmental Education Classroom


Texas College & Career Readiness Cross-Disciplinary Standards

This at-a-glance document was created by The Education Institute at Texas State University under the direction of the THECB Transition project. 

Contextualization Lesson Planning Template

This worksheet is for participants to brainstorm preparation and integration contextualization into their content areas, in addition it provides space to address challenges.


Finance in the Classroom

Providing high-quality personal finance materials for K-12 educators, students and parents, Finance in the Classroom is the place to help you prepare Utah's youth to be money smart.

Vocational Information Center

An education directory that provides links to online resources for career exploration, technical education, workforce development, technical schools and related vocational learning resources.             

Texas Workforce Commission:

Find labor market information about the Texas economy and workforce. Use tools to target your business development, explore industry and economic trends, and research and track emerging and evolving occupations in Texas.

Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education - OCTAE

An online center to direct adult learners to free, high-quality resources related to education, job and life skills. Resources accessed through the site can help adult learners improve their reading, writing, math, science, and English skills; build job skills; acquire an understanding of American government and history to obtain citizenship; and find a nearby adult education, computer training, or postsecondary education or training program.



Texas Workforce Commission or  or

This website provides career planning information and tools for Job Seekers and Employees as well as labor market information and training provider resources for community and workforce partners. 

Texas Cares Online

This link provides another route to the Texas Workforce Commission Labor Market and Career Information and ONet (national labor market and occupation).

Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas

Here you will find career guides with information about the education and training needed to earn a job in various fields, including local information about career opportunities and average wages for the West Central Texas area.

Workforce Solutions

Workforce Solutions provides comprehensive human resource services for businesses and residents of the 13-county Houston-Galveston Gulf Coast region. The Jobs and Careers section of the website is designed to help job hunters do what is necessary to meet basic needs and find a job. While this site is a good resource in the pursuit of a job, Workforce Solutions locations can be of additional help. Each location provides free computer, fax and telephone usage to customers for job searches. We are located throughout the Gulf Coast area to aid job hunters in finding a good job.

Rural Capital Headlight

Provides profiles by county that include wages, demographics, employment trends and other information related to rural economic development and labor markets for the Rural Capital Area.

Texas Career Clusters

The goal of the Career Clusters project was to identify common learning outcomes between secondary and post-secondary courses to facilitate regional articulation. The project focused on creating a vertical alignment process between high school and community college career and technical education courses.

CareerOneStop Toolkit

This national site provides extensive information on occupations. You can search by state using several criteria including wages, level of education, fastest growing, and most in demand. It includes videos of occupations.  In addition, the site has many useful career exploration tools.


Contextualized Teaching and Learning: A Faculty Primer

This report offers California college faculty a closer look at contextualized teaching and learning (CTL) as a promising set of strategies and practices that can be expanded through the state's Basic Skills Initiative.

Baker, E. D., Hope, L., Karandjeff, K., & Academic Senate for California Community, C. (2009). Contextualized Teaching & Learning: A Faculty Primer. A Review of Literature and Faculty Practices with Implications for California Community College Practitioners. Academic Senate For California Community Colleges

Right from the Start - An Institutional Perspective on Developmental Education Reform

This overview introduces "Right from the Start: An Institutional Perspective on Developmental Education Reform," a series of three practitioner briefs on developmental education. Created by Achieving the Dream and MDC, the briefs spotlight successful reform efforts in developmental education at seven Achieving the Dream colleges.

Lass, L., MDC, I., & Achieving the Dream, I. (2014). Right from the Start: An Institutional Perspective on Developmental Education Reform. Practitioner Briefs. Achieving The Dream

Facilitating Student Learning Through Contextualization: A Review of Evidence.

This is a review of evidence for contextualization, defined here as an instructional approach connecting foundational skills and college-level content. Two forms of contextualization are identified, contextualized and integrated instruction. Despite methodological limitations, the available studies suggest that contextualization has the potential to accelerate the progress of academically underprepared college students..

Perin, D. (2011). Facilitating Student Learning Through Contextualization: A Review of Evidence. Community College Review, 39(3), 268-295. doi:10.1177/0091552111416227

A Framework for Higher Education Labor Market Alignment: Lessons and Future Directions in the Development of Job‐Driven Strategies

This paper provides a framework for understanding LMA efforts across postsecondary education, providing a common language and key insights for practitioners, policymakers, and researchers to develop better policies and practices. Further, this paper assesses what is known based on current research and practice on LMA to provide guidance on moving from policy to action, as well as charting out priorities to future research to guide ongoing LMA efforts.

Van Noy, Michelle. “A framework for higher education labor market alignment: lessons and future directions in the development of jobs-driven strategies”. New Brunswick: John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, 2014. Online. Internet. 01 Oct 2015. . Available:

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