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Apr 3

COABE: Contextualizing Academics Into Workforce Development

April 3, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm CDT

For questions, contact tamara@mockingbirdeducation.net or 469-261-3557

Workshop Logistics

Date: Monday, April 3

Time: 2:00-3:15 EST

Rooms L506-507| V21



In a human-centric approach to curriculum, a  teacher plays the role of facilitator and as a guide, they simulate real world workforce scenarios that contextualize academic learning.  Learn how a curriculum can create meaningful learning experiences that even the most reluctant and vulnerable learners can connect with.  READY TO LEARN is an integrated academics and workforce curriculum that focuses on the learner experience.  Lessons emphasize meaning-making, emotion, active learning, application, and critical thinking.  This is no ordinary curriculum.  Three years in the making and fueling ABE and HSE prep programs across the United States,  our human-centric curriculums have been translated into 4 languages and are found support vulnerable learners in over 12 countries. In this workshop, you will learn innovative curriculum design secrets for contexualizing learning and integrating workforce development into academic instruction AND you will meet a curriculum that exemplifies the approach. 


No registration required.  Event is hosted on COABE’s virtual platform if you are attending virtually.  

Workshop Information

Get ready for an interactive and engaging learning experience!  No talking heads! No boring  lectures!

Our workshops are immersive multi-sensory experiences.

If participating in an online workshop, prepare to use your keyboard and mouse, as well as your voice, browser, pen, phone, and sense of humor.   

If participating in an in-person event, prepare to move, talk, and engage with faciltiator, content, and peers.  

Tamara Thompson

Tamara is an award winning educator with over 20 years teaching experience. She is a former Teacher of the Year Award Recipient for Austin Area Alternative Schools, a Michael Jordan Foundation’s Innovation Grant Award recipient, and a Southern Poverty Law’s Teaching for Tolerance Grant Award recipient. She was a YBUSA Teacher Fellows in 2010 and was awarded a Research Doctoral Fellows at the University of North Texas in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2010. She is CEO and Founder of Mockingbird Education.

Tamara lives in Dallas, Texas. When not at Mockingbird, she can be found in her garden yelling at weeds, or on a boat begging fish to bite. Her children and husband hope she grows up one day to learn how to cook, sit still and watch a movie, and find her keys.

Live and Webinar


Workshop Participant will be able to…

  • Describe contextualization and Integrated Education and Training and identify curriculum design challenges in ABE curriculum.
  • Describe how student vulnerabilities impact curriculum design and lesson delivery.
  • Identify how RTL curriculum meets IET and contextualized learning needs
    Identify how RTL addresses learning ABE vulnerabilities


April 3, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm CDT
Event Category:


COABE Conference