One of the many goals of education is to prepare students to be college, career, and community ready. By narrowing the gap between theory and practice, experiential learning (ExpL) creates meaning for students. ExpL provides opportunities for students to learn a variety of skills through rigorous academic and technical preparation with hands-on, authentic experiences.
Students seek clear connections between their current class work and their future academic and career plans. ExpL activities are about awareness, exploration, preparation and training through relevant, real-life experiences. Students gain insight into what skills are needed, how knowledge learned in school is put into action in the workplace, and develops a student's understanding of many post secondary and career options and pathways in a particular field.
MMSD Experiential Learning continuum includes, but is not limited to, guest/career speakers in the classroom, job shadowing (1/2 - 1 day opportunities), internships, cooperative skill standards experiences, and youth apprenticeship opportunities.
MMSD currently provides the following options for students:
- Schools Make A Difference (1/2 day career expos in MMSDs middle schools)
- Work/Volunteer Experiences
- Youth Apprenticeships
If you are interested in hosting a student, from job shadowing to youth apprenticeships, contact Sherrie L. Stuessy, Experiential Learning Coordinator at (608) 663-1978 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're Here to Help
School-based Experiential Learning Liaisons
The School-Based Experiential Learning Liaison is an on-site contact for students to support increased student achievement. The School-Based Experiential Learning Liaison will be the connection between students and the District Experiential Learning Coordinator.
East High School - Annie Potter
La Follette High School - Anna D'Amelio
James Madison Memorial High School - Sacia Wheeler
West High School - Denise Hanson
Capital High - Joel Jarosky
Shabazz City High - Sarah Drake
Experiential Learning Resources
Check out these resources: