Work-Based Learning

I-WIN Events

Onboarding and Supporting Employer Partners

Learn how the Valley Education for Employment System (VALEES) is engaging employers in their region to be prepared to host and support young people in work-based learning opportunities, including internships.

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I-WIN Events

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.

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I-WIN Events

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.

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I-WIN Events

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.

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Scaling Transformative Advanced Manufacturing Pathways (STAMP)

Through a community of practice and technical assistance to regional teams, STAMP serves secondary students enrolled in manufacturing pathways that articulate to community college programs and employment opportunities, with a particular focus on under-represented students with one or more barriers to education, training, and employment.

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I-WIN Events

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.

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I-WIN Events

WBL Continuum in Education

I-WIN’s November community of practice on November 16 focused on experiences along the work-based learning continuum in the Education sector.

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News

Working Toward a Thriving Illinois

EdSystems applauds the adoption of the Illinois Board of Higher Education’s new 10-year strategic plan, A Thriving Illinois: Higher Education Paths to Equity, Sustainability, and Growth.

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I-WIN Events

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.

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I-WIN Events

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.

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I-WIN Events

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.

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I-WIN Events

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.

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I-WIN Events

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.

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I-WIN Resources

Explore resources to support innovative and equitable work-based learning opportunities, including a statewide resource bank of team-based challenges.

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Career Development Experience Toolkit

Released in 2019, the Career Development Experience Toolkit adheres to the framework of the PWR Act for College and Career Pathway Endorsements. These materials serve any organization that seeks to provide rigorous work-based learning opportunities to youth.

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Report cover for "Career Pathways Dictionary: A Unified State Framework for COllege and Career Readiness and Success." Cover includes the Seal of the State of Illinois and the logo for Work Learn Grow: Pathways to the Jobs of Illinois' Future.
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Career Pathways Dictionary

This document includes the overarching Illinois State definition for Career Pathways and the work-based learning components of Pathway Endorsements as agreed to by multiple State of Illinois agencies, state boards and committees, and other stakeholders.

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