Join us for the I-WIN Design Workshop: Career Development Experiences on August 11

I-WIN members are invited to attend workshops this summer for designing experiences along the WBL continuum. Each session will have a design challenge, along with models and resources to draw from as inspiration. Attendees will engage in small breakout rooms to develop a WBL experience that addresses the design challenge. All stakeholders in WBL are welcome for these workshops; consider the team members who engage directly with young people and/or in the design/implementation of WBL, along with any external partners that would benefit from and contribute to the workshop.

The August design workshop will focus on Career Development Experiences: “A supervised work experience relating to an individual’s career area of interest that 1) occurs in a workplace or under other authentic working conditions; 2) is co-developed by an education provider and at least one employer in the relevant field; 3) Provides compensation or educational credit to the participant; 4) reinforces foundational professional skills including, at a minimum, those outlined in the Essential Employability Skills framework; 5) includes a Professional Skills Assessment that assesses skill development and is utilized as a participant feedback tool; and 6) takes place for a minimum of 60 total hours. Career Development Experiences may include any of the following, provided the experience meets the definitional criteria: internship, school-based enterprise, supervised agricultural experience, cooperative education, research apprenticeship, remote work for a client or employer, student-led enterprise, or youth apprenticeship.”

Date: August 11, 9 a.m. CT
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Who: Open to all WBL stakeholders

Previous Design Workshop Resources

Career Exploration Design Workshop: June 23, 2021

The workshop began with an overview presentation by Pathways & Policy Manager Heather Penczak, that included a review of the WBL definition from the Illinois Career Pathways Dictionary and an overview of resources, best practices, and community models to provide inspiration and spark thinking for attendees. Attendees then moved into breakout rooms in groups of 3-5 to discuss and respond to the questions and prompts provided in the Design Challenge Template, a collaborative working document.

As attendees finalize their plans for the experience, they are encouraged to submit their models using the Career Exploration Template. Submissions will be made available as a statewide resource through I-WIN. I-WIN members interested in hosting a design workshop for their school/district may contact Heather Penczak.

Team-Based Challenges Workshop: June 21, 2021

The workshop began with an overview presentation by Pathways & Policy Manager Heather Penczak, which included a review of the WBL definition from the Illinois Career Pathways Dictionary and an overview of resources, best practices, and community models to provide inspiration and spark thinking for attendees. Attendees then moved into breakout rooms to collaborate on the Design Challenge Template, a collaborative working document.

As attendees finalize their plans for the experience, they are encouraged to submit their models using the Team-Based Challenge Template. Submissions will be made available as a statewide resource through I-WIN. I-WIN members interested in hosting a design workshop for their school/district may contact Heather Penczak.

About I-WIN

The Illinois Work-Based Learning Innovation Network is designed to:

  • Highlight and explore innovative models for work-based learning with a current focus on virtual opportunities.
  • Engage in conversations on creating sustainable, high-quality models that provide broader and more equitable access to work-based learning, building social capital for Black and Latinx students.
  • Build connections among communities to offer best practices, learnings, and resources.
  • Identify needs for state policy changes or support systems.
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