High-Quality Criteria and Resources for Work-Based Learning

As work-based learning programs scale across Illinois, how do we ensure that school districts’ implementation prioritizes continuous improvement and equity as they grow? EdSystems has brought together a diverse, statewide advisory group of stakeholders in work-based learning to tackle this challenge in recent months. Together, we have developed a comprehensive resource outlining high-quality criteria for experiences across the work-based learning continuum as part of our Developing Quality Criteria for College and Career Pathways and Work-Based Learning project, with support from the Walton Family Foundation

This webinar is tailored for all stakeholders engaged in work-based learning initiatives, including school districts, employers, and community partners. The high-quality criteria and associated resources will be available for public comment following the webinar. 


  • Gina Fulton, Principal Consultant, CTE Department, Illinois State Board of Education
  • Jennifer Irvin, School-Community Education Partner, BJC Healthcare
  • Ericka Kouba, Career Coordinator, Des Plaines Valley Region
  • Krista Paul, President, IACTE: Illinois Work-Based Learning Division Subgroup of INRS
  • Dorletta Payton, Director of College and Career Readiness, Valley View School District
  • William Rose, Career and Tech Education Educator, Illinois CTE Project
  • Todd Stirn, Work-Based Learning Specialist, Northern Kane County Regional Vocational System
  • Heather Penczak, Innovation and Implementation Director, EdSystems
  • Dania Ibrahim, Innovation Manager, EdSystems
  • Emily Won, Intern, EdSystems

About I-WIN

The Illinois Work-Based Learning Innovation Network is designed for K-12 school districts, postsecondary institutions, employers, and community-based organizations across Illinois to share learnings about innovative, scalable, and high-quality work-based learning models.

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