Information on Work-based Learning

  • Work Based Learning in Linked Learning: Definitions, Outcomes, and Quality Criteria (PDF, 450 KB)
    The primary purpose of this document are to: 1) Provide clarity for teachers, partners, and others implementing Linked Learning concerning the definition of high-quality, outcomes-drive work-based learning, and 2) Increase alignment among Linked Learning partners and technical assistant providers so that support for Linked Learning practitioners around work-based learning can be more coherent, coordinated, and effective.
  • Preparing Youth for Life: The Gold Standards for High School Internships (PDF, 181 KB)
    This publication, produced by a National Academy Foundation-led task force, outlines 10 Gold Standards for high school internships, such as aligning academic learning with internship experiences and creating systems of support to sustain internships.
  • Work-Based Learning in California: Opportunities and Models for Expansion (PDF, 427 KB)
    This WestEd report examines work-based learning in California, detailing implementation strategies and opportunities for expanding the approach to engage more students.
  • Internship Handbook (PDF, 657 KB)
    A resource developed by the Career Academy Support Network for work-based learning coordinators.
  • Mentor Handbook (PDF, 742 KB)
    A resource developed for mentorship coordinators and mentors for developing quality mentorship programs.
  • Internship Toolkit for Employers, Students, and Teachers
    A resource developed by the National Academy Foundation for creating quality internship programs developed by the National Academy Foundation.

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