This idea is a result of a "POP-UP" brainstorming session yesterday where about 15 of us gathered thanks to Coach Charlie Shryock. We came to a consensus about the need to have students be provided time and credit for meaningful internships in the community, with businesses, government agencies, and even within the actual school. Real world experiences could also include field trips connected to project based learning for credit. We all learn best through "doing." In order to support effective internships their would need to be student choice, flexibility, and an adult coordinator or mentor for accountability and to support meaningful student reflection. As with most ideas, some sort of technology app with visuals and encouragement- of even a portfolio or sharing community online would be added value.
This is a draft basic idea- and YOU are encouraged to add on to help develop it.