Real World Learning Through Real Business Startup
Shawnee Mission West (SMW) High School is teaming up with the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation and schools throughout the district to promote real student owned businesses through SHOPSMSD.org. We promote businesses owned by any student (K-12) enrolled in SMSD. (Students submit businesses here.) Educators are encouraged to align classwork with the needs of student business owners:
Use personal or persuasive essays on their website's About page (English/Language Arts);
Create financial forecasts to determine potential profit/loss (Mathematics);
Create products and offer services (Art/Career Technical);
Conduct research on their target market (Social Studies);
These opportunities align with 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.
From Classrooms to Community Storefronts...
SMSD works with industry partners to promote student entrepreneurs. Our first digital storefront is located at Oak Park Mall in Overland Park, Kansas. Mall visitors scan the QR code on the doors to access our website and connect with student owned businesses.
For additional information about classroom resources and educator partnerships that support student owned business startups, please contact Tiffany Dixon at TiffanyDixon@smsd.org.
If you are a business professional who is interested in promoting and supporting student owned businesses, please contact Laura Harsch at LauraHarsch@smsd.org.
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Real World Learning Happens Online Too...
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. Check out the impact of real world learning by listening to some of our conversations below!
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.
SMW Viking Designs
SMW Viking Designs provides students in Business Management, Entrepreneurship, and the Digital Design course sequence with client-connected projects. Our Digital Design students also have 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 also provides students in our Entrepreneurship and Business Management classes with an entrepreneurial experience under the guidance of external stakeholders.
For more information about Real World Learning (RWL), visit https://www.kauffman.org/rwlresources/.