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CORD's Educational Model

After more than 15 years of international experience, CORD has learned that no single approach to education works in every culture but that any effort toward education reform will be more effective when based on three main components: 1) carefully crafted curriculum, 2) professional learning seen as a process, not an event, and 3) strong community partnerships. The overarching goal of CORD's international efforts is to provide all students (academic and technical) the opportunity to obtain, maintain, and progress in their careers and in life.

CORD's educational model is a new approach to education based on the need to change several paradigms that are becoming non-functional if the goal is to provide students with better opportunities to be successful in colleges and careers. It is based on the fact that curriculum should reflect and be as the world is: integrated. Excessive fragmentation has become a problem for the efficiency of educational systems. However, there are several ways of interpreting what it means to have an "integrated" curriculum.

In CORD's educational model, classroom practices are an interactive process in which the school and the "real world" meet. The "real world" (community leaders, business-industry leaders, "live forces" in the society) is the natural active partner that should have a say in curriculum development and teaching practices. The lack of active engagement of all interested parties in education has become a problem for the "pertinence/meaningfulness" of today's education.

The CORD model also expects teachers to be an active partner in this process of improving education. With an integrated curriculum based on the societal needs and continually updated because of the school-society interaction, the need to change the method of teaching is essential. Contextual teaching is the key to the future of education. Teachers need to teach students how to learn in a multidisciplinary and globalized world, applying contextual techniques for teaching like the REACT methodology, so they are able to reach more students.

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