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A Getting Smart partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Over the years, we’ve been fortunate to partner with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation on a number of different education and learning initiatives. Our most recent partnership focuses on Real World Learning, an initiative to get high school students varied and formative hands-on experiences doing real work within their communities.

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#IRL: 20 Tips for Real Life Learning

Join Tom Vander Ark on the blog as he outlines 20 tips on how to boost engagement and relevance with real-world learning.

Rethink ED: 3 Hallmarks of the Future of Learning

Mason recaps ReThink Ed (#RethinkED), an event where innovators in education gathered together in Kansas City sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation and the Debruce Foundation.

Kansas City High Schools Add Real-World Learning

The largest effort to make high school more valuable—to young people and their communities—is underway in the six-county, two-state Kansas City metro area.

Podcast: Rebecca Parks on Learning and Exploring through Nature and Science

Kearney School District Superintendent Dr. Nicely, and R. Parks of Southview Elementary and LENS talk about learning through nature and science.

The Kansas City Area Real World Learning Initiative and Recognizing the...

By: B. Nicely. The Kearney School District Superintendent describes the role the Real World Learning Initiative plays in career success preparation.

Where High School Starts with Leadership and Design Thinking

Imagine a high school that started with design thinking and leadership training. Imagine having the opportunity to prototype a solution to a community problem and earn a provisional patent. For students at a Kansas City high school, it's a reality.

Podcast: Lia McIntosh on Community Development

Today's episode is with Lia McIntosh, a marketer, organizer, pastor, and most recently, a grant-maker at the Kauffman Foundation.

Effective Professional Learning: More Essential Than Ever

As administrators prepare for an entirely different launch to the coming school year, doubling down on professional development by engaging the team at Getting Smart can make a sizable difference in teachers supporting learning from home.

Corey Mohn and Shameka Montgomery on Next Gen Career Education

In today’s episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Tom Vander Ark is joined by Corey Mohn and Shameka Montgomery to discuss next-gen career education.
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A District’s Grappling With Anti-Racism: The Kearney School District Story

By: Bill Nicely. Kearney School District is committed to ending systemic racism in order to provide the lives and learning that all students deserve.
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Donna McDaniel on Real World Learning

On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, we sit down with Donna McDaniel to chat about the new Real World Learning Initiative and the CAPS Program.

Early Lessons From The Real World Learning Initiative

The Real World Learning Initiative is a high school improvement project that aims to prepare students for the future of work.

Delivering Essential Skills for Students by Students

By: Crystal Everett. Life Skills Series: KCPS Edition, is a real-world learning project supporting Kansas City Public Schools students to acquire the skills needed for the future of work.

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