About this website. This website provides "how-to" information about using the Massachusetts Work-Based Learning Plan and about using the Online Work-Based Learning Database. The website also provides resources to support the development of youth employment programs, to share information among programs, and to provide ideas for quality youth employment placements. The site is designed for use by staff, youth and employers in Massachusetts programs that use the Work-Based Learning Plan. Many of the resources are also useful for any youth employment program anywhere.
What is the Massachusetts Work-Based Learning Plan? The Massachusetts Work-Based Learning Plan is used to structure youth employment placements, including summer jobs, internships, cooperative education placements, volunteer and service learning experiences, and more. It is a four-page document (or four screens if used online). It is a diagnostic, goal setting and assessment tool designed to drive learning and productivity on the job. It is used throughout Massachusetts to structure co-op, internship, summer job and other work-based learning placements. The Work-Based Learning Plan includes a job description, a description of the Foundation Skills and Career and Workplace Specific Skills used in the student’s placement and a performance review section.
Reflection Screen.Go to thePowerPoint Presentations page for a presentation about the new Reflection Screen in the database. Also see the page titled"Reflection Screen"on the left-side menu under the category "Using the Online WBL Database." The bank of reflection questions (from the new reflection screen) and other resources to support reflection are online at http://resources21.org/reflection
Results of the First Career Steps Survey: The results of the First Career Steps Student and Parent Survey are available at http://resources21.org/firstcareersteps/survey1.htm. Thank you to everyone who participated!!
Professional Development Topics - "GETTING STARTED" Outline: The website has been re-organized to include topic outlines to guide professional development for new staff or for groups that want to create a professional development program. Each section of the website starts with an introductory page with a "Getting Started" guide and the new "Getting Started" outline guides you through the basics of all of the topics.
Forms, Procedures and Practices. See the new "Forms Procedures and Practices" page for valuable links and resources.
Employer Internship Guide: The Employer Internship Guide prepared by the Greater New Bedford region is available for you to view in the RESOURCES section and in the menu item "Working with Youth, Employers, Schools and Communities." This is an outstanding resource, and you are welcome to view it, borrow, adapt and use it for inspiration for your region's work.
Skills Definitions: The skills definitions pages explore the definitions, examples, and evaluation questions for many of the skills highlighted in Work-Based Learning Plans. These definitions and reflection questions are also featured in the "Introduction to the WBLP" PowerPoint presentation for youth and in the new "Reflection Pages" in the database.
Contextual Learning: Do you design and implement contextual learning projects? Have you used the Contextual Learning Portal. A new "Guide to Contextual Learning" is available on the Contextual Learning website at http://resources21.org/cl