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A case for Real World Learning

Real World Learning Clouds

Re-examining the high school experience

Students, parents, and employers feel that a high school diploma no longer signifies graduates are prepared for the real world, nor for the changing demands of the future of work.

But what do graduates need to be successful in life and learning after high school? In Kansas City, education, business, civic and community leaders connect around the Real World Learning initiative to create valuable experiences for students. Together, they provide students with the skills and credentials needed to succeed in the real world, as well as providing the Kansas City region with the diverse, prepared workforce needed for a vibrant community and economy.

A new case study by Getting Smart, a nationally recognized organization that focuses on accelerating and amplifying innovations in teaching and learning, says that the real impact of the initiative has yet to emerge, as more students gain valuable experiences and local employers benefit from a better-prepared workforce.

Remarkable community support and school mobilization

With more than 80,000 students impacted in 75 high schools in urban, suburban and rural districts spread across six counties and two states, the initiative is expansive in its reach and unusual in the amount of regional cooperation it is generating, according to the case study, “Real World Learning: How Community Agreements Mobilized a Regional High School Transformation Initiative.”

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To find career success, students need more real-world skills

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To find career success, students need more real-world skills
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Kauffman Sketchbook – “Real World Learning Land”

In Kansas City, the region’s school districts and employers are coming together to prepare students for life after high school. By gaining professional experiences across a multitude of interests and industries, learners gain the skills to better navigate their future.
Kauffman Sketchbook – “Real World Learning Land”
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Empowering students with entrepreneurial thinking

This powerful short documentary shows real world learning in action, as high school students gained skills to better prepare them for careers or the opportunity of entrepreneurship, and ultimately help close the racial wealth gap in their communities.
Empowering students with entrepreneurial thinking
RWL BLOG

5 ways local businesses are benefiting from Real World Learning

Professionals from JE Dunn, CommunityAmerican Credit Union, Diagnostic Imaging, South KC Chamber, and Webco Manufacturing share how their business benefited from working with high school students.

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A vision for the future of student success is urgent

Our education system must prepare students for learning, work, and life after high school in a rapidly changing world, which means the time to provide real-world learning opportunities – for all students – is now.

A vision for the future of student success is urgent
GETTING SMART ARTICLE

Real World Learn: Kansas City Region

One of the largest regional high school improvement projects in the country, the Real World Learning initiative was developed to ensure that all students are ready for life beyond high school.
Real World Learn: Kansas City Region