Achieving a 90 Percent Graduation Rate: Making Effective Work-Based Learning Real for All Students

The GradNation Campaign invites you to join a webinar on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 from 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. ET to dig deeper on the Pathways Action Platform area and learn from one organization that is successfully providing students with effective work-based learning opportunities. 

Research has shown that providing students with experiential learning while in high school, like internships and other work-based learning opportunities, can have a positive impact on student outcomes. Learning rooted in real-life experience has proven to increase intrinsic motivation to learn, promotes reflection, and associates positive emotions  with learning.  
Given that capacity and resources can constrain traditional high schools in providing youth with real-world work experiences and soft skills job training, what does it take to provide students with the experiences and skills that are needed to succeed in life after high school? How can schools and non-profit partners work together to provide access to these opportunities? What does it take to establish partnerships that positively connect the high school experience to postsecondary pathways?  Urban Alliance works to answer these questions for young people i Baltimore, Chicago, Washington, DC, Detroit, and Northern Virginia. 

Urban Alliance provides underserved high school seniors with professional development training, a 10-month paid internship, one-on-one mentoring, and ongoing post-high school support. They will talk in detail about how they teach professional soft skills to high school students; the resources, partnerships, and capacities needed to implement their model; and the data that speaks to their success. We will also hear from a few youth who have benefited from the work of this organziation. 

Tuesday, March 26th 3:00 - 4:15 PM ET

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The GradNation Campaign is led by:

America's Promise Alliance
Everyone Graduates Center
Alliance for Excellent Education


If you have any questions regarding the webinar, contact [email protected]