Connecting Activities programs uses a set of Work and Learning Program Elements to guide programming and structure reporting.  The program elements are designed to help us build connections in schools so that Connecting Activities programming is an integral part of school-wide efforts to support College and Career Readiness for all students.

Definitions of the "Work and Learning" Program Elements:

A = All Work Experiences. Total number of students participating in jobs/internships brokered by Connecting Activities. Brokering may include direct placement, managing Work-Based Learning Plans, providing workshop or classroom programming or other brokering roles.

G = Planning Goals. Number of students in jobs/internships linked to individual student formal planning goals, based on a College and Career Plan, Individual Education Plan, Educational Proficiency Plan or other formal planning process.

R = Raising Graduation Rates. Number of students in jobs/internships where the student was targeted or identified through school-wide initiatives to raise graduation rates. This may include, for example, students identified through a MassGrad program, the Early Warning Indicator System, MCAS results for students who need to re-test, and dropouts who have re-enrolled in school.

O = Workshop or Classroom Component. Number of students in jobs/internships with a classroom or workshop component. This may include an internship class, Academic Support program, CVTE program, career pathway program, or workplace readiness or career development classes and workshops.

W = Work-Based Learning Plans. Number of students in jobs/internships with Work-Based Learning Plans.

E = Number of Employers. Total employers providing jobs/internships through Connecting Activities. The Work and Learning Performance report also includes a count of private, nonprofit and public employers.

Details -- Work and Learning Program Elements, Reporting and Data Entry:

A = All Work-Based Learning Placements.

All Work-Based Learning Experiences placements count in the category "A = All Work-Based Learning Placements."  The database reports will look at the field "Program Type" and count all of the "Work-Based Learning" experiences.... which is filled in by default on all entries in the database.

G=Connected to Planning Goals - Work-based learning experience is coordinated with a College and Career Plan, EPP, Transition Plan or IEP, WIA service plan or other planning process.

This defintion emphasizes that this element should highlight programs that are coordinated with college and career plans or other planning processes.  "Coordinated" can mean that a student was referred to a job or internship program via a planning process, or that the student selected a career interest area for their job or internship via a planning process, or that students update their college and career plan after participating in a work-based learning experience, or that career specialists who coordinate the work-based learning program help students with the college and career plan, or other direct coordination.  (It is not enough that the student happens to have a college and career plan, EPP, IEP, Transition Plan or other plan, if there is no connection with your program.)

In the database, choose one of the following:

Yes-College and Career Plan (use this answer when the student has a College and Career Plan and participation in a job or internship is one of the student's goals.)
Yes-Other (use this answer when the student has any other type of plan, such as an EPP, IEP, Transition Plan, WIA Inidvidual Service Plan, or other document,  and participation in a job or internship is one of the student's goals.)
Not Applicable

R=Raising Graduation Rates - Participant was targeted/identified through a school initiative to raise graduation rates.  This includes students identified through MCAS results who need retesting, as well as students identified through an Early Warning Indicator Index, Dropout Recovery Program, or other school-wide initiatives to raise graduation rates.  It is important that Connecting Activiities programs be a "natural" part of a school-wide initiative, and not "artificially" target students for participation based on any of these factors.  Connecting Activities staff should work with school leaders to make jobs and internship and career development activities an integral part of the school's programming for students who need extra support to graduate.

In the database, this field is a simple Yes, No, Unknown or Not Applicable.  There is a comment field that allows extra detail as desired.

O=Has Workshop or Classroom Component - A workshop, class or academic program is connected to this work-based learning experience.

In the database, choose one of the following:

Yes-Work and Learning Academic Support Program
Yes-Work and Learning Academic Support Program
Yes-Internship Class
Yes-CVTE Program
Yes-Career Pathway Program
Yes-Work Readiness Workshop
Yes-Career Exploration Workshop
One-on-one coaching (this is just for information - does not count as a YES)

A comment field is available if you wish to enter the name of the class or workshop or other details.

W=Has Work-Based Learning Plan? This element has been part of Connecting Activities Reporting for many years.  It is filled in automatically in the database when you start the job description in Step 2 of the database screens.  Or you may enter a "YES" if the student has a Work-Based Learning Plan that is pen and paper or in the Microsoft Word document.  The Work-Based Learning Plan counts as a "yes" for reporting as soon as it is started; with the expectation that during the summer or during the year the WBLP will include a job description and a list of skills/tasks and the student will have at least two performance reviews.

In the database, choose one of the following:

Yes - In Database
Yes - In Word
Yes - Pen and Paper

E=Employers As always, a count of employers who provide work and learning experiences is part of Connecting Activities reporting.  In the database, new screens are being added to help us to manage information about employers.