Resource Roundup: 12 ways to make learning more real

What are the practical limitations of real-world learning? How do educators balance requirements for meeting educational standards while also preparing students for careers? Who else needs to be involved in real-world learning to make it meaningful? Use these resources to bring real-world learning to your students.

Real-world learning has been a big focus of the Remake Learning blog this month. We traced its roots in the principles of adult education. We observed how schools, businesses, and nonprofits work together to create immersive real-world learning experiences. We heard about the power of high school internships.

Here we’ve collected 12 resources to help educators make the case for real-world learning, and tools to help work through the practical side of things.

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Real-World Learning Rubric

A tool for assessing and designing real-world learning experiences, created by Schools that Can.

Real World Learning Challenge Map

A look at the nitty-gritty challenges facing public school districts interested in adopting real-world learning as an instructional approach.

Time to Rethink Education

A tour of current thinking, exemplary cases, and important considerations for using real-world learning to better prepare students for the future of work.

New Tools for Real World Learning

A collection of tools that educators can use to catalyze a support real-world learning.


Real World Scholars

A national organization partnering with school districts to support professional development experiences for teachers, entrepreneurial experiences for students, and on-the-job mentoring for youth.

Startable Pittsburgh

A free program for high school students to gain valuable entrepreneurial skills, experiences, and connections by starting or growing their own product business.

Learn & Earn

A summer youth employment program for youth in Allegheny County aged 14 to 21. Program applications are accepted in the spring; recruitment for worksites continues year-round.

The Future is Mine

A program connects student teams with employers in the community while developing skills they’ll need to be successful in the workplace.


Assessment for Learning Conference

A convening for educators and system leaders interested in bringing more authentic and relevant assessments for learning into formal K-12 schooling and informal out-of-school learning.

Teacher in the Workplace Grants

An annual program to support teachers, counselors, and administrators working in partnership with local workforce development boards to connect the classroom to the workplace.

Schools That Can Forum

A place for educators, school leaders, and thought leaders to connect and collaborate. The 2020 theme is Connecting Education to Employment in the Digital Age.

Next Generation Learning Challenges

Support for educators designing school experiences that will help students become the next generation of creative leaders.