I-WIN Workshops: Designing Experiences Along the WBL Continuum

In the summer of 2021, I-WIN members were invited to attend workshops for designing experiences along the WBL continuum. Each session included a design challenge, along with models and resources to draw from as inspiration. Attendees engaged in small breakout rooms to develop a WBL experience that addresses the design challenge.

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: July 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.

Career Development Experience Workshop: August 11, 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 Career Development Experience Template, a collaborative working document.

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 (I-WIN) 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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