Work-Based Learning Misconceptions
Learn more about the key elements that make up quality work-based learning experiences and common misconceptions.
What is and isn't Work-Based Learning (WBL)?
Provided below you will find the key elements that make up quality work-based learning experiences. There are also common misconceptions about work-based learning.
- a collection of experiences that start with career awareness, move to career exploration and then into the hands-on preparation necessary to pursue a specific career pathway after high school graduation
- an ongoing process that can take place as early as grades in the elementary level all the way to high school
- aligned with students’ career interests
- exposure to a wide range of career pathways
- a collaboration between employers with a partnership and educators with clearly defined roles
- Intentionally planned so that students are provided the ability to reflect on their experiences
- Reportable in SIS grade books as an assignment that is entered by teachers in all high school courses
- a School Accreditation requirement that will show up on VDOE reports in the command center
WBL is not...
- experiences that remove the need for classroom instruction
- only available for students enrolled in Career and Technical Education courses at the middle and high school levels
- an experience-based activity that does not tie to a curricular area of study
- a graduation requirement so these experiences will not show up on student transcripts at this time