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Pre-Conference Webinar: Monday, October 31st, 3:30 PM EDT

This webinar prepared participants for Using Integrated Instruction to Accelerate Learning, a full-day pre-conference provided for Accelerating Opportunity teams as part of NCTN's annual conference. In the full day session, participants learned the principles and practice of integrated instruction for classes focused on career pathways, with a focus on understanding the purpose, benefits, and challenges of integrating instruction; learning how to develop an integrated curriculum plan out of separate basic skills and a technical skills curricula; and developing a plan for presenting this model to their peers

Andy Nash, Professional Development Specialist, National College Transition Network, World Education, Inc.
Greg Brazell, Division Chair for Business and Social Sciences and Early Childhood Education Instructor, Pierce College, Washington
Lynette Hanson, GED/Basic Skills Instructor, Transitional Education, Pierce College, Washington

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Post-conference webinar: Monday, December 5th, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM EST

This is a follow-up webinar to the NCTN pre-conference session on integrated instruction held on November 13th.

Streaming recording link:

Materials from the NCTN pre-conference session can be downloaded here:

Andy Nash, Greg Brazell, Lynette Hanson
National College Transition Network (NCTN) at World Education, Inc.

This memo to Shifting Gears states offers guidance on how to be intentional and strategic about using the results of various data collection projects and how data can be used to help engage key audiences to build support for desired policy changes.

Shifting Gears
Shifting Gears

This letter provides guidance to Financial Aid Administrators on their use of professional judgment in recalculating financial aid for dislocated workers. (May 2009)

U.S. Department of Education

This letter is to encourage states to broaden their definition of approved training for Unemployment Insurance (UI) beneficiaries, to notify them of their potential eligibility for Pell Grants and other student aid, and to help individuals apply for Pell Grants through One-Stop Career Centers.

U.S. Department of Labor

This policy brief explains the use of state discretionary funds under the Workforce Investment Act to support career pathways and other innovative initiatives.

David Fischer
Working Poor Families Project

This guide informs states how to use data on community college students to identify critical educational outcomes and patterns of progress and achievement.

D. Timothy Leinbach and Davis Jenkins
Community College Research Center, Teacher's College, Columbia University 

This guidance from the DOE Office of Vocational Education (OVAE) provides the Department's interpretation of statutory provisions in the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) that can be used to support the development of career pathway models.

Office of Vocational and Adult Education

A critical synthesis of research literature on the process of organizational change at the institutional level is needed because higher education is being asked to be responsive to an ever-changing environment.
This work focuses on providing the reader several key insights into the change process by:
(1) presenting a common language for organizational change;
(2) describing the multidisciplinary research base on change;
(3) highlighting the distinct characteristics of higher education institutions and how this might influence the change process;
(4) reviewing models/concepts of organizational change derived within higher education, comparing and contrasting different approaches; and
(5) providing principles for change based on a synthesis of the research within higher education.

Kezar, Adrianna
ERIC Digest