Expert in Residence - Real World Learning

Expert in Residence

Enhance student learning with long-term partner collaborations.

Engaging a long-term volunteer as an expert in residence is a valuable way for students to learn first-hand skills and from experiences. An expert in residence can serve as a mentor, lead guest lessons, and provide helpful classroom feedback.

Students learning from an expert

A tablet with a map marker on the screen
How does this fit with my class?

This opportunity enhances classroom learning and can culminate in a presentation of student work and learning.


  • Learn a specific skill or process from professionals
  • Communicate and engage with professionals
  • Receive instruction and feedback on work from expert practitioners
  • Gain insight about a specific field and work
Activity Location
  • A school building In school
  • Students looking at a presentation on a screen Virtual
  • A bus Out of school
Prep Time
  • A clock showing 15 minutes Low
  • A clock showing 30 minutes Medium
  • A clock showing an hour High
  • A lesson book Lesson
  • A calendar with a gold star on it Event
  • A gear being orbited by three dots Program

Full Battery
What will my students gain?

Adam Middleton, Red Mountain High School, Mesa, AZ; Daniel Hughes, Desert Sky Middle School; Elizabeth McDonald, Tuscon High School, Tuscon, AZ

From the Partnership for 21st Century Learning:

Communication & Collaboration

  • Articulate thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and nonverbal communication skills in a variety of forms and contexts
  • Listen effectively to decipher meaning, including knowledge, values, attitudes and intentions
    Use communication for a range of purposes (e.g. to inform, instruct, motivate and persuade)
  • Communicate effectively in diverse environments

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

  • Analyze how parts of a whole interact with each other to produce overall outcomes in complex systems
  • Reflect critically on learning experiences and processes

Life & Career Skills

  • Participate actively, as well as be reliable and punctual

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