Students need opportunities to link their learning to the workplace. The effectiveness of learning in authentic settings is well documented. This critical component of O2 will expand opportunities for co-operative placements in workplace and community and provide credits for service learning, volunteering, and community-based programs which focus on leadership. Community learning experiences include paid or unpaid work placements, mentorship, internship, volunteering, and service learning.
Effective career education provides opportunities to integrate related learning experiences in a range of courses and expands access to courses with a career development focus.
Learning opportunities may include:
Learning experiences in all courses should include attention to the development of employability skills and work readiness.
Learning experiences are supported by:
O2 programs in schools should be characterized by integrated courses, a school-within-a-school model, course clustering, and flexible scheduling. Features of an effective Trades and Technology Academy or other school-within-a-school model include the following:
Career Academies are high school based "schools-within-schools." They incorporate a number of innovative features, including: