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How to Get Involved

If you would like to be added as a contact on LSR7's business partner platform, please fill out the form using the link below. 

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We are actively seeking business participation at all levels:

Industry Advisory Committees 
Participation in Virtual Career Fair
Provide Internship Opportunities
Have an Apprenticeship Program
Provide Client-based Projects
Host a Teacher for Externship


Overview of Real World Learning

The Kauffman RWL is a Kansas City community initiative to help prepare our region, students, and employers for the future. In a Real World Learning community, learners are prepared for work, school, and life after high school graduation. By gaining immersive experiences across a multitude of interests, industries, and employers through real-world projects and internships, learners gain the skills to navigate their future. Mutually, employers can participate to help share and prepare today’s students to become the talent of tomorrow. When students complete these experiences, they are earning a marketable asset.  These experiences are referred to as “Market Value Assets” or merely an asset that accompanies the high school diploma.

The Student RWL Experience

RWL experiences accumulate and prepare students to earn 'Market Value Assets'. The term Market Value Asset, or MVA, was coined by PREP-KC - a local education intermediary with a long history of working with schools and under-resourced students. Their experience has shown that students attaining MVAs in high school are much more likely to persist and succeed in work and learning beyond graduation.

  • Work experiences
  • Dual-college credit
  • Industry-recognized credentials
  • Entrepreneurial experiences

Learn about the Real World Learning process - Click here for Kauffman Foundation MVA definitions

FAQ about Business Participation in RWL

As a person or associate in the community, what are the various ways I can be involved with real world learning projects?

There are so many roles that an associate from an employer or organization can play in an ecosystem where learners of all ages have access to a robust continuum of experiential/real world learning experiences. Employers play a key role in creating access to quality experiences that allow students to see how their interests, aptitude and skills align with opportunities in our region. Check out this complete menu of opportunities called Menu of Employer Engagement Roles

Where would I find something that explains the big picture overview of employers/associates roles as it relates to engaging with school districts for real world learning?

A critical ingredient to a thriving regional economy is a ready supply of diverse, skilled talent. Kansas City is committed to creating an ecosystem where learners of all ages have access to a robust continuum of experiential/real world learning experiences that help them develop the  knowledge, skills and behaviors critical to success in life and work. Kansas City employers play a key role in creating access to quality experiences that allow students to see how their interests, aptitude and skills align with opportunities in our region. Employers can engage in a variety of ways that make sense for them. Ultimately, a student’s journey is informed by multiple touches, with deeper experiences delivering the most direct results in terms of job readiness and interest alignment. To support scaling of experiential/real world learning opportunities as a community, we have developed a common framework and language to make it simpler and easier for everyone to understand the options and how they can engage in a way that best suits their needs. Check out this document that explains the four overview areas:  explore, engage, immerse, and ecosystem support called  Kauffman Employer Engagement Strategies

As an employer, how can I get involved if I prefer to work with teachers as opposed to the students?

Your involvement in what we call “ecosystem support” is crucial.  Your role would be one of advocacy, job and career path info, curriculum input/design or even providing facilities or equipment.  Real world learning strives to increase collaboration between districts seeking industry-specific guidance with employers in our region through industry section alignments.  According to data from MARC and KC Rising, the KC high demand industry sectors include advanced manufacturing, design and build, finance and insurance, information and technology, and life sciences.  In addition, the Lee’s Summit School District has identified industry sectors as part of our career and technical education (CTE) programs.  If you want to get involved in ecosystem support, check out our CTE advisory website.

What is the difference between an employer/organization being a project sponsor versus a project reviewer?

A client-connected project requires that an employer associate initiate and validate student work. They will provide feedback on job performance throughout the project.  In essence, the role of project sponsor is the source of the student project.  A client-connected project must involve at least 24 hours of work with 4 hours engaged with the project sponsor.  The project is jointly evaluated by the project sponsor and the classroom teacher.  It is the completion of the client-connected project that counts as a market value asset, which would earn the student(s) the Diploma Plus.  

On the other hand, the entrepreneurial experience project originates from the student or group of students.  Students identify a compelling social or market problem and mobilize resources to research and solve it.  Student(s) in collaboration with teacher liaison identify employer associates who are willing to review their project.  The entrepreneurial project culminates in a shark-tank type presentation of the project.  Project reviewers evaluate the project.  The project reviewer helps ensure the approach reflects real-world expectations and skills.  It is the completion of the entrepreneurial experience project that counts as a market value asset, which would earn the student(s) the Diploma Plus.  Check out this document that explains the difference:    Employer Engagement Roles - Project Sponsor vs Project Reviewer Roles

What if an employer/organization wants to offer work experience in the form of job shadowing or internships?

Employers may want to scaffold engagement perhaps by starting with agreeing to be a subject matter expert (SME) for a teacher’s students.  Then, an employer/organization may want to host student(s) for job shadowing either onsite or virtually.  The ultimate engagement would be a full-blown internship.  It is the internship that counts as a market value asset, which would earn the student the Diploma Plus.  Check out this document that helps explain the differences.   Employer Engagement Roles - Exploration vs Immersion