Real World Learning with SMW Viking Designs
Shawnee Mission West (SMW) High School is providing real world learning opportunities for students as outlined in the Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) Strategic Plan. SMSD and other districts in our region are better preparing students for learning and work through Kauffman Foundation's Real World Learning. Together, we are equipping our learners and communities to thrive in a rapidly changing, increasingly connected and complex world.
By 2030, all high school students across our region graduate with
market value assets and a diploma, preparing them for future work and learning.
Real World Learning: In-Person & Online
Real world learning engages students while in-person or online. Online learning may appear distant at first glance, but we are highly connected. While watching videos from our class, listen for interdisciplinary subjects that arise when youth engage in real conversations with business professionals.
Market Value Assets (MVAs) Defined
Internships: Learners perform meaningful job tasks under the guidance of a qualified supervisor.
Client-Connected Projects: Learners analyze and solve authentic problems, working in collaboration with other learners and industry professionals.
High School learners earn nine or more hours of college-level credit, ideally representing a sequence of courses toward an industry-recognized degree or credential.
REGIONALLY VETTED INDUSTRY-RECOGNIZED CREDENTIALS (IRCs)
Learners earn IRCs based on current lists published by state education departments and will be reviewed with employers and validated for applicability and relevance.
Students identify a compelling social or market problem and mobilize resources to research and solve it. Leveraging input and support from multiple stakeholders, students iteratively analyze, prototype, implement, reflect, and adapt potential solutions. Outputs of MVA-level entrepreneurial experiences include a market and stakeholder research summary, a business plan that includes an assessment of costs and benefits associated with development or operation of their solution, and feedback from relevant external stakeholders obtained through exhibition or shark-tank type pitch opportunities.
How SMW Viking Designs Fits
SMW Viking Designs provides students in our Digital Design business course sequence with work experiences by connecting them to client-connected projects and access to Adobe Certification. For more information about Adobe certification, visit https://certiport.pearsonvue.com/Certifications/Adobe/ACA/Badging.
The SMW Viking Designs' Pitch Competition provides students in our Entrepreneurship and Introduction to Business classes with an entrepreneurial experience under the guidance of external stakeholders. For more information about our pitch competition, click here.
For more information about Real World Learning (RWL), visit https://www.kauffman.org/rwlresources/.