Future Ready Spotlight: Iowa Clearinghouse for Work-based Learning

Laura WIlliams, 21C Learning Specialist

This month’s future ready spotlight lands on the Iowa Clearinghouse for Work-based Learning! 

Did you know that there is an Iowa-based project board where business partners can post authentic and relevant projects to support student learning in a variety of career fields and these projects have the potential to meet PK-12 curriculum goals? AEA Learning Online, the Iowa Department of Education, and the Iowa Workforce Development have partnered up to bring you a FREE support to increase authentic and work-based learning in all our Iowa schools. Check out this overview video to learn more!  All teachers in Iowa already have a login to access these projects!

To check out these projects, visit https://wbl.futurereadyiowa.gov/listings and use your AEA training single sign-on credentials (what you would typically use to login into mandatory reporting or bloodborne pathogen training). Once logged in, you have the ability to apply to any of the active projects with area or statewide partners posted on the “active” board. Not finding anything you are looking for? No worries, we have been building in project ideas from PK-12 educators from across the state to add to our project idea board. These projects are built with standards in mind so that we can provide authentic learning experiences as part of core or elective curriculum!  Simply select the “Project Ideas” dropdown on the search bar. 

Hoping to find more local projects with area partners? GREAT! We want to work with you on developing your own district project board! This is a newer feature to the Clearinghouse for Work-based Learning! Check out one of our early adopters, Boone CSD (Via Boone Edge STEM BEST program). 

Curious to learn more about authentic projects in the GPAEA Region? Check out some of our early adopters that have submitted authentic projects via our Clearinghouse for Work-based Learning Mini Grant Projects Spring 2021. There are also some great featured stories on the Success Stories page on the Clearinghouse for Work-based Learning website. 

Ready to get involved with the Clearinghouse for Work-based Learning? Connect with laura.williams@gpaea.orgamanda.brink@gpaea.org or jake.welchans@iowa.gov  to support you today! 

Want to share your future-ready story? Connect with laura.williams@gpaea.org!

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