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View the PowerPoint presentations below in the Agenda Overview section and at Resources. 

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The U.S. Department of Education is pleased to host this event to explore how work-based learning experiences can integrate young people into long-term career pathways and academic success.  This event is the fifth in a series of six workshops that are part of a research and technical assistance project being conducted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).  This workshop is being co-hosted by U.S. Federal agencies, national associations, and philanthropic organizations and will focus on the need for work-based learning in skill development to achieve better economic and social outcomes.

Purpose/Outcomes of this Workshop

  • To review initial analytical work by the OECD on the topic of work-based learning and school-to-work transition for at-risk youth;
  • To review other research and promising practices on work-based learning in the US and participating countries;
  • To facilitate dialogue among countries on program and policy solutions for expanding work-based learning; and
  • To provide the youth “voice” and perspectives on work-based learning.

Presentations may include references to education stakeholders to promote continuing discussion of educational innovation. References do not endorse, or imply endorsement of, any educational product, service, organization, curriculum or pedagogy.

RTI International is filming presentations and conducting interviews for use in a series of video learning modules on work-based learning that will be produced for the U.S. Department of Education and made available on http://cte.ed.gov

Hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development with conference planner’s insights from Advance CTE, AFL-CIO Working for America Institute, Association of Career and Technical Education, National Governors Association, New America Foundation, Siemens Foundation, and U.S. Department of Labor.

Agenda Overview

                 Monday, 25 July 2016

6:00-8:00 p.m. Early Registration

Day 1    Tuesday, 26 July 2016

7:00 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. Welcome
8:30 a.m. OECD Project Overview
8:45 a.m. What the Research Tells Us
9:45 a.m. Reactions from Abroad
10:15 a.m. Break and Networking
10:45 a.m. What the Trailblazers Are Doing
11:15 a.m. Youth Voices Panel
12:00 p.m. Lunch – available for purchase from the hotel.
12:50 p.m. Site Visits
4:30 p.m. Return to Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor

Day 2

 Wednesday, 27 July 2016

8:00 a.m. Welcome and Day 1 Review
8:30 a.m. Roles for Employers, Unions, and Communities
9:30a.m. The State’s Role in Supporting Work-based Learning
10:30 a.m. Break and Networking
11:00 a.m Factory of the Imagination
12:15 p.m. Lunch – available for purchase from hotel
1:15 p.m. Ideation Workshop
3:30 p.m. Break and Networking
3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks
4:30 p.m. Conference concludes