CBL Purpose

Career Based Learning equips EACH student with skills, tools, and qualities needed to develop a rewarding career plan that fits their talents and interests.

  • CBL is a ​continuum of activities and experiences ​both in and out of the classroom beginning in ​PreK through 12th grade
  • CBL allows students to develop their ​​self-awareness and a ​personalized academic and career plan (ACP)​
  • CBL is a ​student-driven, adult supported​ process ​requiring parents, local businesses, and educators to collaborate ​so that all students take ownership of their career aspirations
  • CBL provides all students will graduate with a ​game-plan ​for reaching their future career and a ​support system to help​ throughout the process

Meet Connor from Madison Middle School

With the help of their public schools, these inspiring students are prepared for their next steps toward college and career!

How do you go from disengaged in school to planning your post secondary studies in 3 years? Here's how it went for Connor Scherg in the Appleton Area School District. Part of DPI's "I'm Ready" campaign celebrating the successes of kids in Wisconsin public schools.

Continuum of activities and experiences PreK through 12th grade​

At the younger ages, students will learn and explore various careers through play, stories, videos, and field trips.

By Middle School students will begin to refine their career options through more in-depth exposure, career profile surveys, and refinement of their academic & career plans (ACP).

By the 10th grade, each student will identify a mentor/ career advisor and review & evaluate progress on his/her ACP.

In 11th & 12th grades, students will:

  1. have a post-secondary plan to implement with a back-up plan,
  2. have actual real-world exposure (job shadow, internship, etc.) in their career focused area,
  3. participate in a reflective evaluation/exit interview.


Student-driven, adult supported​ process​

Each student will be personally responsible for developing, adjusting, and completing their academic and career plan (ACP). Student ownership assures the career options and activities align personal interests and abilities. Coaching, encouraging, and constructive critique are expected from parents, teachers and mentors.

Personalized academic and career plan (ACP)

​It is a student-driven, adult-supported process in which students create and cultivate their own unique and information-based visions for post-secondary success, obtained through self-exploration, career exploration, and the development of career management and planning skills. The range of formal ACP begins in Grade 6 and goes through grade 12 (state requirement starting in 2017).

Requiring parents, local businesses, and educators to collaborate
Parents, teachers, and business (employers) each play a vital role helping students learn about the world of work and career options. While teachers and the classroom serve as a platform for developing student ACPs, parents need to be aware of and closely involved with the evolution of their children’s ACP activities.

Clear communication and on-going collaboration is necessary to provide consistent, meaningful encouragement and support throughout the school years. Businesses will play a vital role in exposing their careers to teachers and students.

Upon graduation each student will have a post-secondary plan for next steps in their career path, whether it is more training or schooling, gaining more specific work experience, whatever moves them closer to reaching their career aspirations.

Support system to help
​Throughout high school each student will have developed a network of people (teachers, advisors, counselors, mentors, parents) that he/she can call upon through the next steps on his/her career path.

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