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Using Authentic Contexts in Learning to Support Academic and Career Planning

ROOM: Hall of Ideas G


Kevin Anderson, Science Education Consultant, DPI; Rich Merkel, Executive Director, STEM Forward

On the pathway to college and career readiness, students don’t always see the relevance of their day-to-day school work. In this session we’ll discuss connections between core academic areas (ELA, mathematics, and science) and STEM and CTE contexts. We’ll also discuss strategies for connecting to local businesses/contexts to ensure skills and knowledge taught equal what employers are looking for. Authentic classroom learning is more important for academic and career planning than sitting students in front of a computer program.




STEM Education Program Self-Evaluation Rubric