On Tuesday evening, May 16, the Shorewood School District hosted the first annual Authentic Learning Showcase in the Shorewood High School Arena. Over 500 attendees, including community members, partners, teachers, and students, packed the venue to see authentic learning projects from all grade levels, K-12.
Authentic learning connects students' skills and knowledge to real-world issues and needs. Students engage in deep research and reflection, and collaborate with peers to advance their learning and present high-quality work to audiences beyond the classroom. These educational experiences help prepare students for the future in college, careers, and beyond.
During the first half of the Showcase, there was an "open house" format, with guests browsing 35 exhibit tables and learning more about student projects. During the last half of the event, five student groups took to the main stage to tell their authentic learning stories. All of the stage presentations were recorded and archived through Facebook Live, and can be viewed by visiting @ShorewoodSchools on Facebook.
You can also view a photo album from the event here.
Much of the student learning on display at the Showcase was a direct result of the Meet the Match Campaign, completed in November 2015, which raised over $1 million to support authentic learning experiences across the district. Programs like Expeditionary Learning, Project Lead the Way, and many of the projects on display at the tables across were made possible by Meet the Match funding. The event was also grounded in a vision that was created by community members, parents, staff, and students at the Shorewood School Summit in February of 2016. Participants identified Authentic Experiential Learning as the top priority for the District to strive for in 2025.
The event was sponsored by the Shorewood SEED Foundation, Office Depot, Clearwing Productions, and Stone Creek Coffee.