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CORD empowers teachers to make learning meaningful for students through the application of contextual teaching principles.

CORD advocates a constructivist approach to teaching that incorporates what we call the “REACT” strategy (Relating, Experiencing, Applying, Cooperating, and Transferring). Our professional development programs immerse faculty in contextual teaching strategies, enabling them to increase student engagement through hands-on activities, problem-solving, and collaborative and project-based learning.

To determine priority topics and formats for strategic professional development programs, CORD conducts needs assessments in partnership with state and local leaders to develop solutions targeting the specific needs of a state or district. Whether the solution is a single workshop or a year-long program combining face-to-face and online instruction, our goal is to be as strategic as possible in designing professional development to support your team. 

Program Objectives

Through CORD’s professional development programs, participants learn:

  • Innovative teaching strategies that blend academic concepts with workplace applications.

  • Why teaching abstract concepts through concrete experiences enhances students’ ability to learn and retain.

  • How to motivate students through group learning experiences.

  • Classroom management techniques that keep actively involved students on task.

  • How to effectively assess and “grade” contextual learning achievement.

Contextual Teaching Methodology

CORD's professional development programs are designed to enable participants to implement contextual teaching, a proven methodology that reaches a broad cross-section of learning styles. CORD advocates the five elements of the “REACT” strategy for contextual teaching across the curriculum:

  • Relating—Learning in the context of life experiences

  • Experiencing—Learning through exploration, discovery, and invention

  • Applying—Presenting concepts within the context of their use

  • Cooperating—Learning through the context of sharing, responding, and interpersonal communication

  • Transferring—Using knowledge in a new context or situation

Take a look at our current workshop offerings.