How do Diploma Plus and Real World Learning support student success?
LSR7 graduates leave high school ready for learning, work, and life. Real World Learning work is important because it engages students, providing them experiences and opportunities to increase the value of their high school diploma.
When does Diploma Plus start?
Starting with the class of 2022, the district will be awarding the Diploma Plus. They do so by acquiring an industry-valued and recognized skill before they graduate.
What is Diploma Plus?
The Diploma Plus is defined as high school graduation AND a market value asset (PDF) for every graduate. This initiative will positively impact elementary and middle school innovative learning, as well as program offerings and structures at the high school level.
What does Diploma Plus mean?
We are defining this work with the concept of graduates earning a Diploma Plus. What is the “plus” you ask? It is the diploma plus a marketable asset, such as work experience, extensive college credit, industry certification, or entrepreneurial experience. The Diploma Plus signifies that our graduates have social capital. This social capital among our graduates will manifest itself through the active connections within the community and through observable target behaviors. All of this to develop a skilled workforce needed to ensure economic prosperity.
What work has LSR7 done to support the goals of Diploma Plus?
LSR7 has been doing this work for years through career and technical education (CTE), Partners in Education, or such programs as Summit Technology Academy or the Innovation Track. Moving forward the goal is to have 100 percent of our graduates leave high school ready for learning, work, and life. To do, means approaching this work through a journey.
Who can participate in Diploma Plus?
Stakeholders for Diploma Plus recognition include: students, parents, pre-K through 12 teachers, and employers. Throughout a student’s educational journey from Pre-K through 12th grade, they will have the opportunity to document and engage with the business/industry professionals in our community. The exploration of careers starts in the elementary years, continues to ignite excitement in middle school, and culminates with any one of 5 ways to experience real world learning in high school and earn the Diploma Plus.
Students who leave high school with the Diploma Plus will be more likely to enroll in postsecondary education/training and successfully navigate the voyage from school to employment without getting lost along the way.
Is Diploma Plus mandatory?
Diploma Plus is not a graduation requirement as much as it is an achievement for certifying “I had experiences in high school beyond the requirements that give me a leg up in the workplace, in college, and in building a resume or portfolio.”
Current lists published by state education departments will be reviewed with employers and validated for applicability and relevance as either a Industry-recognized Credential (IRC) or a stackable credential. There may be a small number of regional ‘custom’ credentials identified that also become part of this category. Examples of certifications or stackable credentials available to LSR7 students include: CNA, AWS, iCAR, Autodesk, Cisco, CompTIA, TestOut, NIMS, ASK, MT1, Microsoft, ProStart
Students identify a compelling social or market problem and mobilize resources to research and solve it. The project originates with the student or group of students but must include interactions with business community. Professionals who might help solve the problem include a Project Sponsorship, Project Reviewers, and/or Informational Interviews with a Subject-matter Expert (SME). Leveraging input and support from multiple stakeholders, students iteratively analyze, prototype, implement, reflect and adapt potential solutions. Outputs of MVA-level entrepreneurial experiences include a market and stakeholder research summary, a ‘business plan’ that includes an assessment of costs and benefits associated with development or operation of their solution, and feedback from relevant external stakeholders obtained through exhibition or ‘shark-tank’ type pitch opportunities.