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Nurturing a Culture of Real World Learning and Collaboration

(April 2016) -- The Real World Learning programs across Da Vinci Schools have undergone an exciting expansion with increased internship opportunities, work experience placements, industry partners and integration of real world skills within curricula and projects. The purpose of the real world learning programs is to ensure that students are college-ready and career-prepared. Da Vinci Schools provide students with the exposure, engagement, and knowledge to prepare students for the next generation's workforce.

As part of career exploration and knowledge initiatives, summer internship opportunities are aplenty this year. Opportunities range from FIDM to Boeing to Go Stellar Digital Design Agency to Susan G. Komen and beyond. Students will gain career exposure, workplace skills, and resume boosters through participating in the program.

Gyasi Zardes Admires His LikenessThe Spring 2016 semester launched with an exciting collaboration between the LA Galaxy Foundation, Hawthorne Memorial Park, and Da Vinci Design students. Students designed and painted three murals alongside community members and Galaxy players to represent Hawthorne's diversity, community, and love of soccer. Gyasi Zardes, Hawthorne native and star LA Galaxy forward, was memorialized through one of the murals. The event culminated in the unveiling of the city's new - and only - public soccer fields donated by the LA Galaxy and Chevrolet. Da Vinci Design students continued their partnership with the LA Galaxy in March through designing and painting rain barrels donated by Global Inheritance and auctioned off at the March 19th soccer match.

Throughout the Spring semester, 116 students from across Da Vinci's high schools have participated in the work experience elective, often marking their first job. Employers are impressed by their work ethic, commenting that the students are so effective that they worry about current staff being able to complete students' weekly tasks when the program ends! New work experience partners for the Spring 2016 school year include Coast Fitness, Del Aire Park, Dependable Solutions, Inc., and The Bay Club.

Da Vinci Design teachers collaborate with Guild employeesDa Vinci Design's industry partnerships have been further bolstered this semester by Guild, a creative agency located in Hawthorne with offices in Portland and New York. Guild employees worked alongside Da Vinci students to paint six murals as part of a campus beautification effort prior to Exhibition. Despite late afternoon rains that threatened to wipe away murals, Guild team members and Da Vinci students pushed toward completion. On April 4th, all Da Vinci Design teachers visited Guild offices for professional development on project based learning and upcoming project critiques. We are so excited about this new partnership!

To learn more about Da Vinci's Real World Learning programs, including internship opportunities, please visit the Real World Learning blog or contact Natasha Morse, Real World Learning Director, at nmorse@davincischools.org.


 

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