MVSD Smearing the Boundaries Between the Classroom and the Real World!

Careers in Construction Academy Welding Student The Careers in Construction and Welding Academy, offering industrial trades coursework led by MVSD Instructor, Trent Whatley, supported by TwispWorks offers students with an opportunity to develop and apply authentic, real-world skills and knowledge through a variety of projects and community-based internships.

Grant Lichtman, Senior Fellow with The Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence and author of the book titled, “Moving the Rock,” highlights the important work in front of schools to create student-centric, school and community-based learning laboratories. In a recent article, he stated,

Innovative learning practices that smear the boundary between “school” and “world” are increasingly the hallmark of deeper learning in the 21st century. They create scaffolds around which students learn critical content within the context of personal relevance and interest that generate intrinsic motivation, deeper understanding, and longer retention.

He adds, “As I researched for my book, Moving the Rock, I looked for specific programs and practices that are fundamentally changing the outdated school operating system.”

One of the systems he Lichtman identifies is Big Picture Learning – a network of schools that has pioneered student internships with community partners, resulting in authentic, real-world learning, and in many cases, leading to future employment in an area of interest!

Please join us as we thank Trent Whatley, TwispWorks, and the ILC staff for their progressive approach to teaching and learning!