Pathway Curriculum Integrates Academic and Technical Content
The curriculum used in pathways differs from that used in traditional high school programs. Lessons feature real-world industry themes, and engage students through both challenging academic and demanding technical instruction. Learning becomes exciting because students see how academic subjects relate to practical applications.
Academic curriculum addresses technical content, and technical curriculum intentionally incorporates academic standards.
Teacher teams made of academic and technical teachers collaborate to plan and implement integrated project-based units throughout the year.
For example, in a building and engineering pathway, students might learn about geometry and algebra while designing and building a physical structure.
In an arts, media, and entertainment pathway, students might learn persuasive writing skills while developing business plans.
ConnectEd has both developed, and collaborated with others to develop, high-quality integrated instruction for various industry themes.
Key Principles of ConnectEd Curriculum:
Courses are designed according to applied learning theory. They connect to students’ lives, present challenging and engaging problems, and make theoretical material interesting through practical application.
Lessons present students with "essential questions" so that students master rigorous academic and technical content, and use teamwork, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills.
Classroom lessons address state and national academic standards that lead to high school graduation and success in postsecondary education.
Each integrated curriculum unit addresses technical knowledge and skill standards that have been validated by industry professionals.
Sample course sequences and course descriptions for specific pathways: