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NAF’s Standards of Quality Work-Based Learning

Outcome Driven
Preparation & Reflection

Students have ongoing interactions with professionals in workplace settings through a variety of experiences.

Students discover careers of interest, make a plan to achieve their goals, develop professional skills and monitor their growth, and make meaningful connections with professionals.

Students prepare for each experience with guidance from their teacher and reflect on their experience after participation.

Students develop career-ready skills by connecting classroom content with intentially aligned student learning outcomes developed in collaboration with educators and partners.

NAF's Continuum of Quality Work-Based Learning


Students build career awareness and begin to identify areas of interest. Students' primary role is to observe, receive information, and ask questions to acquire knowledge.

Guest Speaker

Worksite Tour

Career Fair

Students gain a deeper understanding of the workplace. Students play an active role in the experience and apply knowledge in interactions with adults.

Informational Interview

Job Shadow

Resume Coaching/Review Session

Mock Interview


Skills Workshop

Partner Engagement Project

Students apply learning through practical experiences with industry professionals. Students engage in activities that have consequences beyond the classroom and can be evaluated by professionals.


Clinical Experience

Mentored Industry Projects

Apprenticeship/Youth Apprenticeship