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Work-Based Learning Toolkit

Work-Based Learning

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    Work-Based Learning Continuum

    A continuum of work-based learning experiences can begin as early as kindergarten and continues into adulthood. Stated most simply, the stages of work-based learning can be described as:

    1. Learning ABOUT work
    2. Learning THROUGH work
    3. Learning FOR work

    These experiences and this tool kit are organized in a sequence of the following categories:

    • career awareness
    • career exploration
    • career preparation (practicum & internships)
    • career training
    Career Awareness
    A listing of student learning outcomes supported by Career Awareness.
    The goal of this module is for students to learn effective communication skills which can be applied in the workplace.
    Career Exploration
    This is a 1-page description of the components of ECCO, a curriculum for teachers to use to introduce and prepare students for worksite visits as well as other WBL experiences.
    A listing of student learning outcomes supported by Career Awareness.
    A timeline for creating group job shadow opportunities in pathways.
    A guide aimed at site-coordinators participating in Junior Achievement job shadowing opportunities.
    A student workbook for students participating in Junior Achievement job shadowing opportunities.
    A guide for teachers involved with Junior Achievement job shadowing opportunities.
    An example job shadow guide used in Volusia County Schools.
    A guide targeted to employers who participate in job shadowing opportunities.
    Career Preparation (Practicum and Internships)
    A logbook for students to use to record their internship experience.
    A manual that describes the connections between schools, business and the community to support high school students in obtaining work-based learning experiences.
    Internships allow students to spend time at a particular work place. However, they are not jobs in the traditional sense. They are learning experiences. This handbook focuses on internships as they apply to Academies.
    A guide for teachers who participate as mentors for senior projects.
    Examples of innovative internship and career practicum efforts within the National Academy Foundation network.
    Career Training