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Work-Based Learning Toolkit for Classrooms

The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) and Department of Education have partnered to increase student awareness about career opportunities in their communities and help meet South Dakota’s demand for a skilled workforce. DLR encourages schools, businesses, parents, and others in the workforce to join the effort to increase student awareness about careers so they can make informed decisions as they enter the workforce.


Career Ready Advisors Connect Schools and Businesses

Our Career Ready Advisors can assist school districts in establishing connections to business for work-based learning experiences. Contact your Career Ready Advisor to learn more Contact your Career Ready Advisor for guidance and to learn more about the Career Ready SD website.

View detailed PDF map for contact information.

Map of Career Ready Advisors in South Dakota. Click on image to view detailed PDF.

Work-based Learning Toolkit

To assist in this process, we have organized the following resources to assist with incorporating career information in the classroom.

Schools can edit the documents below to adjust verbiage to suit the needs of their district.

Section 1 - Youth Information

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Youth Information

  Quick Facts on South Dakota's Youngest Workers
  Youth Employment Laws
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Section 2 - Job Shadows

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Job Shadow Classroom Handbook

  Job Shadow Classroom Handbook – Word | PDF

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Job Shadow Business Handbook

  Job Shadow Business Handbook – Word | PDF

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Release and Consent for Medical Treatment

  (Select one release below)
  Minor Release and Consent for Medical Treatment (Under 18) – BOA
Minor Release and Consent for Medical Treatment (Under 18) – Spanish
  Release and Consent for Medical Treatment (18 and over) - BOA
Release and Consent for Medical Treatment (18 and over) -Spanish

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Sample Student Learner Agreement

  Sample Student Learner Agreement
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Section 3 - Internships

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Internship Classroom Handbook

  Internship Classroom Handbook – Word | PDF

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Business Handbook

  Internship Business Handbook – Word | PDF

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Release and Consent for Medical Treatment

  (Select one release below)
  Minor Release and Consent for Medical Treatment (Under 18) – BOA
Minor Release and Consent for Medical Treatment (Under 18) – Spanish
  Release and Consent for Medical Treatment (18 and over) – BOA
Release and Consent for Medical Treatment (18 and over) –Spanish

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Sample Student Learner Agreement

  Sample Student Learner Agreement
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Section 4 - Classroom Resources

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Youth Engagement

  Youth Engagement: Two Truths and a Lie Lesson Plan

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Social Media

  Social Media: How to Rep Yourself on the World Wide Web Lesson Plan

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Interest Assessment

  Interest Assessment Lesson Plan

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Financial Literacy

  Living Paycheck to Paycheck Lesson Plan
  Make a Budget Worksheet

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Career Exploration and Preparation

  Labor Market Research Worksheet

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Networking Skills

  Networking Skills Lesson Plan

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Soft Skills: Mock Interview

  Soft Skills: Mock Interview Lesson Plan

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Career Seeking Skills

  Career Seeking Skills Presentation
  Job Seeking Skills: Application, Cover Letter, Thank You Letter Lesson Plan
  Resume and Master Applications Lesson Plan

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Soft Skills

  Soft Skills: Right Way/Wrong Way Skits
  20 Soft Skills That All Students Need Infographic

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Job Retention

  How to Succeed at Keeping Your Job Presentation
  Soft Skills: Job Retention Lesson Plan

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National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC™)

  National Career Readiness Certificate Prep
  National Career Readiness Certificate Review

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Putting Career Exploration and Preparation Together

  Putting Career Exploration and Preparation Together Worksheet

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Monthly Calendar of Events

  April 2024 Calendar
  March 2024 Calendar
  February 2024 Calendar
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Section 5 - Classroom Activities for Young Students

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Career Exploration Publications

  Career Peeks (kindergarten through second grade)
  Career Aware (third through fifth grade)
  Career Wonders (fifth through eighth grade)

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Additional Career Publications

  Career Publications
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Other Resources

  Big Interview
  Bring Your 'A' Game Anywhere
  Connecting Youth & Business: A Toolkit for Employers (created by Gap Inc. supporting the work of the White House Council on Community Solutions)
  Career Ready SD - Work-based Learning website by SD Department of Education and DLR (Student Learner Agreement on this site)
  Dakota Seeds
  Everything You Need to Host a Career/College Day Event (created by Oregon GEAR UP)
  Exploring South Dakota Occupations by Career Cluster
  Junior Achievement
  Next Generation Personal Finance
  Overview of the Western Governors' Association Workforce Development Initiative (YouTube video) (online link)
  SDMyLife
  Soft Skills to Pay the Bills (developed by U.S. DOL, offers an introduction to the “basics” of soft skills/workforce readiness skills to youth, including youth with disabilities.)
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