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Work-Based Learning: Strategies for Enhancing Student Outcomes and Career Readiness

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Students in the workplace

Presented by Shannon Shelton, Director, Work-Based Learning, North Kansas City School District (MO); and Kelly Cooper, Chief Secondary Academic Officer, Iredell-Statesville School District (NC)

Sponsored by EVERFI from Blackbaud

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Work-based learning (WBL) is an educational approach that integrates classroom instruction with real-world work experiences, allowing students to apply academic, technical, and employability skills in authentic settings. WBL can benefit students by increasing their motivation, engagement, and achievement, as well as preparing them for college and career success. View this edLeader Panel to learn about:

  • Key components and best practices of WBL
  • How to design and implement WBL programs in your schools and districts
  • How to leverage partnerships with employers and community organizations

You hear from experts and practitioners who have successfully implemented WBL programs and witnessed their positive impacts on students and communities. Join us for this interactive and informative session and discover how WBL can transform your students’ learning and future opportunities.

This recorded edLeader Panel is of interest to school and district leaders of the high school levels.

Shannon Shelton

About the Presenters

With over a decade of educational experience, Shannon C. Shelton has a knack for making meaningful connections with various stakeholders and an insatiable appetite for empowering students to unleash and maximize their untapped potential. Shannon is on a mission to transform education through college-and-career-readiness structures. Over time, her role evolved from serving as a K-12 grade-level teacher, educational advisor, lead college and career coordinator, assistant principal, and principal. Currently, Shannon passionately serves as Director for Work-Based Learning in the North Kansas City School District. Her primary role is to build district-level systems of support in maintaining business and community pathway partners by using work-based learning experiences to shed light on the invaluable talent that students bring to organizations. She firmly believes that this will positively impact classroom learning, increase community involvement, and provide solutions to the demands of our ever-changing workforce.

Kelly Cooper

Kelly Cooper, a resident of Statesville, North Carolina, brings a distinctive blend of corporate expertise and educational leadership to her role as the Chief Secondary Academic Officer for Iredell-Statesville Schools. With a solid foundation in funds management gained at Bank One in WV, Ms. Cooper seamlessly transitioned to the field of education, leveraging her corporate background to make classroom instruction relevant and engaging for students.

Throughout her career in education, Ms. Cooper has excelled in various capacities, demonstrating her effectiveness as a Business Education teacher, assistant principal, principal, and several district-level roles. Her commitment to bridging core content instruction with Career and Technical Education is a genuine passion that she has translated into tangible initiatives.

In her journey from the realm of corporate finance to educational leadership, Ms. Cooper remains committed to providing a Rigorous, Relevant, and Engaging education for ALL students.

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