A study in necessity and implementation
more than Start-Ups
and New Jobs
World Economic Forum
turning ideas into action
A key competency for ALL
• Analytical Thinking
(Norwegian Directorate for
Education & Training, 2011)
Authentic Learning Experiences Not Available in Most Schools
We need more programs that immerse learners in active
environments where they acquire life-long skills (Adams et al., 2016)
Learn Lessons From Established Entrepreneurs
Utilize novels, short stories and guest speakers as case studies
(Bumpus & Burton, 2008)
the Community and
Engage students in community-
based learning that both serves
the community and addresses
their learning needs (Boethel &
Development Lab, 2000)
Students Are Not Prepared for 21st
Workers frequently change
Memorizing facts and
standardized tests is no
Deeper learning along with
transferable skills and
competencies are now
“Education is not preparation for life;
education is life itself.”
Develop the capacities of young people to be self-directed
innovators not passive receivers of knowledge (Wagner, 2012)
Transform the Classroom Experience
We NEED students with an entrepreneurial spirit
Active Learning Environments • Authentic Problems • Connected to
Community Leaders and Entrepreneurs • Self-Directed Innovators
Authentic Problems and Active Learning Environments
Students will create their own coffee shop and learn to perform all
aspects of the business from the selection of product to the
marketing mix to the proﬁt and loss statement.
Community leaders and
entrepreneurs will be brought
in to mentor our students
throughout each phase of
building their business.
Throughout the initiative students will be constructing their learning
based on the questions they devise to build their business.
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