We are a diverse community of educators, employers, and advocates on a mission to ensure that every student can discover and pursue their potential. We are committed to providing opportunities that allow young people to create a better world for themselves and for others.
Strategy 1: Students
We will equip each student with the capacity to understand and communicate their unique skills, dispositions, purpose, and aspirations.
Strategy 2: Capacity
We will ensure learning opportunities specific to each role within the network for Real World Learning success and sustainability.
Strategy 3: Communication
We will amplify regional understanding and support for Real World Learning
Strategy 4: Partnerships
We will mobilize the region to build a dynamic ecosystem for RWL opportunities.
Here is how we’re helping students succeed beyond the classroom:
Employer & Industry Engagement
Employers play a key role in creating access to quality real-world learning that allows students to explore how their interests, aptitudes, and skills align with local opportunities. Whether providing students with hands-on, authentic problem-solving experiences or connecting them to professional resources, we help employers find ways to get involved.
Client Connected Projects
Client Connected Projects (CCPs) are authentic problems that students solve in collaboration with professionals from industry, not-for-profit, and community-based organizations. CCPs allow students to:
- Engage directly with employers
- Address real-world problems
- Develop essential skills
Young people need opportunities to make and test assumptions, to experience success and failure in constructive ways. Entrepreneurial Experiences (EE) provide the space, support, and resources to do just that. Students are able to work on authentic problems facing any corner of the world, whether social or economic, and connect with professionals to leverage their expertise.
Internships allow students to gain exposure to professional environments, experience work-based learning and enjoy the benefits of mentorship while growing a critical professional network. Beyond providing value for students, they allow employers access to young talent with fresh perspectives and create opportunities for current employees to grow leadership skills.
Industry-recognized credentials (IRCs) are an important MVA category that requires special attention and deep consideration. With IRCs, students can gain a credential signaling professional skills to employers of a specific industry. While there are several state-approved IRCs, it is important to understand which ones are most relevant to local employers.
- Vet IRCs for their value to students and employers.
- Provide regional workforce intelligence, including employment data.
Digital credentials and badging currently serve as important mechanisms for helping students understand their skills and to share evidence of program efficacy. And as we continue to accumulate insights, students’ learning data will unlock progressively valuable information that will inform the long-term RWL strategy. Our goal is to support districts in badging Market Value Assets in a way that is sustainable, integrated, and valuable to students.
- Build a two-sided market
- Integrate badging throughout the course schedule
- Ensure that badging provides value to students
Our data strategy supports equitable implementation of Market Value Assets that makes collective learning more effective, cost-efficient, and impactful for administrators and educators, and ultimately results in students owning their own data.
- Collaborate on data collection, evaluation, and reporting
- Create and share tools and platforms
- Inspire informed policy and systems changes
The RWL Student Agency programmatic work is student-led, and educator-guided groups of students that supports Real World Learning in their districts through:
- Student Ambassadors
- Student Voice
- RWL Storytelling – P.O.V.: Publish Our Voices digital magazine (winter 2024).
- Client Connected Project development
- Equity Strategies
Professional Development that provides educators and school administrators the agency, understanding, and tools to implement MVAs successfully.
- Teacher workshops and externships
- Peer learning and fellowships
- In-person networking and conferences
- Regional & national school tours
Career Education Landscape
Outline and highlight the ways by which school entities can engage their students in career exploration and self-reflection. We provide schools with regional intelligence about relevant strategies.