Playbook - Real World Learning
Real World Learning


The Real World Learning Playbook details and showcases more than 20 programs and initiatives that school districts and organizations have implemented to support equitable engagement with real world learning opportunities.

About the Playbook

In 2018, Digital Promise worked with educators, thought leaders, researchers, and 12 school districts to identify the challenges schools and communities face in supporting equitable real world learning opportunities for students. The result of this work are tools that support districts in developing a real world learning strategy and help classroom teachers map ways to implement real world learning.

In December of 2019, Digital Promise launched a cohort of leaders from schools and education organizations across the country to take a deep dive into the partnerships and strategies needed to advance this work, both in and out of school. This playbook compiles nuts-and-bolts examples of programs and initiatives that cohort members have implemented in their schools and communities. You can use them as models or inspiration for your own real world learning initiatives.

Each snapshot includes:

  • Information about the organization or district and their students and communities
  • Their vision for real world learning and a description of the initiative they implemented
  • Details on how they did it, with specifics on curriculum integration, partnerships, professional learning, and support structures needed
  • Connections to additional resources on our Real World Learning Roadmap
  • Measures and outcomes from the work and plans for sustaining it in the future

You can filter snapshots by category, contributing districts or organization, or types of real world learning activity. You can view them all here or start by exploring the topics below.

Want to learn more? Check out other Real World Learning resources from Digital Promise!

Implementing Real World Learning can be challenging. Our approach involves schools connecting with community partners and industry experts to engage students in authentic, life-relevant projects and experiences. Click here to view our resources to support Real World Learning planning and implementation.

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