Work-based learning works best when it is a progressive sequence of experiences outside the school that take place across several years of school. Building on school curriculum, a sequence of WBL activities allow students to develop a career identity, along with the skills and relationships they need succeed after high school. Such a sequence is required for CTE Program Approval by both the New York State Education Department and the New York City Department of Education.

The following documents form a toolkit to support you in planning such a sequence. The Work-Based Learning Resource Center will periodically offer professional development sessions on how to make most of these tools; to be notified of futures sessions, please e-mail us at

1) WBL Overview - Principles of Work-Based Learning, including benefits to students and quality factors

2) Sample Scope and Sequence from 7th – 12th grades

3) Activity Checklist - What forms of WBL are you already providing? This helps you begin thinking through how to scaffold students' experience in and out of the class room to help them develop skills and interests, career pathways, accomplishments and relationships.

4) Activity Worksheet – this worksheet allows you to focus on one particular activity, and identify all the factors that need to be in place to create a quality WBL instructional activity

5) 4-Year Sequence Template – this worksheet allows you to put the activities in order, and determine what resources and industry partners it takes to provide these instructional experiences to all students in the program.

5) Elements of Internship Programs - Essential Tasks (Graphic Organizer) – this worksheet provides a form for all stakeholders to review key assumptions and questions that need to be resolved when launching an internship program.