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What is REAL?

Rural Entrepreneurship thru Action Learning

  • A nationally based K-12 entrepreneurship curriculum with 20 year history in 43 states, training over 250 Vermont teachers
  • Develops Knowledge, skills, and abilities in three recognized 21st century disciplines
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Personal finance
  • Economics

What's different?

Experiential Learning

  • Students actively participate in exercises, reflect, and apply it to real life
  • Project Based Learning is accomplished by "doing" while having fun
  • Students learn to plan, set goals, and manage their time
  • Students address ethical issues as they build their plans and model ethical behavior in their teams
  • Students connect with communities and work with people outside the classroom
  • Enhanced opportunities for service learning & social responsibility

 Why Entrepreneurship Education? 

Transformation & 21st Century Skills    

  • Financial literacy
  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Engage students
  • Facilitated Learning
  • Flexible learning environment

 Next Generation & Workforce Readiness 

  • Feeds pipeline of future entrepreneurs
  • Helps keep youth in Vermont
  • Increases student interaction with local community
  • Increases readiness for successful employment
  • Motivates and prepares students for post secondary study

Curricula

High School and K-8

Aligned with Vermont and National Standards

  • Math
  • Economics
  • English Language Arts
  • Science
  • Entrepreneurship Education 

Helps achieve Transformation of Education goals

  • Provides business / entrepreneurial skills
  • Financial literacy
  • Engaged and excited students
  • Students practice 21st Century Skills
  • Apply 21st Century skills to real life
  • Enhances drop- out prevention
  • Students have fun
  • Potential Work Readiness Credential & post secondary prep

 Delivered by currently licensed teachers who have completed a REAL Institute

  • High School is a 38 hr institute which carries 3 college credits
  • K-8 is a 32 hr institute which carries 2 credits
  • Institutes can be delivered regionally