I-WIN Events

Find recordings and resources from our I-WIN convenings below. Have an idea for future convenings? Email Heather Penczak if you have a topic you’d like to present on through I-WIN!

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Supporting Young Women in Manufacturing

We shared best practices, community models, and resources for supporting young women to pursue experiences in manufacturing. This session also shared insights and feedback gathered from female high school and college students on what they want to see in these efforts.


Regional Team-Based Challenges

Leaders from Ridgewood High School, Triton College, Waubonsee Community College, and Elgin Community College shared how they are hosting regional team-based challenges in education, manufacturing, and health sciences.


CDE Model: School-Based Enterprises

Collinsville Area Vocational Center shared how it facilitates Career Development Experiences through school-based enterprise models in building trades, auto mechanics, food service, education, and health sciences.


Health Sciences Career Exploration Event Showcase

Learn from three Illinois communities that piloted a multigenerational Health Sciences Career Exploration event this past year. These events were designed to provide information on education and career opportunities for both students and families.


WBL Continuum in D214’s Business Pathway

Please join our next community of practice on Monday, July 18 from 10:30–11:30 a.m. We will focus on experiences along the work-based learning continuum in the business sector. Learn how District 214, along with their industry and school partners, support and design opportunities in their business pathway.


Energy Conservation School-Based Enterprise

At the I-WIN convening on June 27, 2022, leaders from California-based Climate Action Pathways for Schools shared their model for inspiring and implementing climate education programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while saving money for school districts.


WBL Continuum in Manufacturing

This convening focused on experiences along the work-based learning continuum in the manufacturing sector, with guest presenters from Ridgewood High School and the Illinois Manufacturer’s Association.


Reflections & Innovations

The May 2021 I-WIN session featured community presentations from the Mayor’s Employer Advisory Council in Evanston and North Chicago Community High School on their processes to shift typically in-person WBL events to fully virtual opportunities.


Host/Partner Engagement

The April 2021 I-WIN session featured community presentations from Alignment Rockford and Chicago Public Schools on engagement with partners who host work-based learning experiences including recruitment, ongoing support, and celebration of their partnerships.


Data Insights & Models

The March 2021 I-WIN session included a review of lessons and insights from collecting, analyzing, and reporting on metrics related to work-based learning from the Great Lakes College and Career Pathways Partnership and a review of emerging ISBE expectations for reporting related to the College and Career Readiness Indicator, the College and Career Pathways Endorsement, and Perkins.


Advancing Equity Through Work-Based Learning

The January 2021 I-WIN convening includes a review of the Brookings report on how work-based learning can advance equity and opportunity, as well as a presentation from Here to Here on the value and impact of work-based learning to address educational equity and opportunity gaps.


I-WIN Launch

Policy & Program Manager Heather Penczak provided an overview of work-based learning and the I-WIN initiative, plus guest speakers from Career Connect Washington, GCAMP, and Science Olympiad shared experiences and resources.