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How one teacher discovered the perfect teaching tool: a business

Jun 24, 2016 | San Diego’s High Tech High encourages its teachers and students to think outside the box. Instead of traditional curricula, the school emphasizes experiential projects and student-teacher equality, like using teachers’ first names in the classroom

Kids Incorporated

February 2016 | With a rock-solid business plan in place, teachers and students at Elm Street Elementary are making us all second guess the question:

Are you smarter than a first-grader?

Teacher Challenged Students To Create Prototypes, And Barkbox Turned Their Designs Into Real Life Toys!

March 9, 2020 | An early-morning marketing meeting at BARK HQ turned into the MOST AWESOME MEETING EVER (who says that, right?) when we learned about a teacher and her fourth-graders in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan.

Local teacher challenges students through technology

May 7, 2019 | Chris Seanard teaches through problem solving at Dalewood Middle School. “You have to constantly judge where they’re at,” said on Tuesday. “Right before they’re about to break, you have to help them out a little bit to keep them going. That keeps them motivated.”

Transforming Students into Entrepreneurs

September 21, 2018  | Real World Scholars is a nonprofit organization that supports entrepreneurial learning in classrooms all over the country. Cofounder Elyse Burden has turned her passion for children into a thriving business giving kids job training in the classroom. 

Anchorage teacher wins national award for inspiring young entrepreneurs

June 16, 2019 | Linda Hulen teaches at Bowman Elementary School. She’s one of eight teachers selected for the 2019 Leavey Awards for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education. It’s a program awarding hundreds of teachers over the last 40 years for innovative teaching of free market enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Real World Scholars Teaches Students How to Become Entrepreneurs

December 1, 2017 | There are different ways to learn. There’s sitting in a classroom, listening to the teacher and learning as much as possible. There’s also developing your own line of sugar scrubs, handcrafted wooden guitars or personalized drink coasters. That’s what Real World Scholars has made possible for thousands of students around the country. The nonprofit, in its own words, has created an e-commerce platform that allows any teacher to operate a classroom-based business. 

Entrepreneurship is encouraged at Austin High School

April 4, 2019 | Many students will graduate from Austin Area School District with experience in running their own businesses, creating a business plan and marketing their product.

The 14 most innovative schools in America

May 27 , 2016 | American education catches a lot of flack for falling behind other countries in global rankings, but test scores aren’t everything. The truth is, some of the most cutting-edge learning takes place on US soil.

EdCorps Teacher, Jerry Webb, wins HFTFS Prize for Teaching Excellence

November 2018  | Jerry Webb is a veteran skilled trades teacher of 21 years and currently teaches the manufacturing, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) Systems pathway at Chattanooga Central High School in Harrison. 

These Pittsburgh kids are e-commerce CEOs via EdCorps

October 15, 2019 | E-commerce businesses are booming in the Pittsburgh area — and some of the CEOs are kids.  Michelle David and her fifth-graders at Ramsay Elementary in the Mt. Pleasant Area School District, sell custom coffee mugs, water bottles and other items online at Eagle Street Marketplace. They’ve shipped their products to eight states and Canada, but they’ve experienced a few bumps in the road along the way.

These Lake Shore kids are finding being kind pays off

October 10, 2019 | Fourth-graders at J.T. Waugh Elementary School in Angola already know: For $2, they can send you a necklace, magnet or keychain with an uplifting message. It’s a business that started last January, and it brought in nearly $900. The class donated $500 of that to charity.

Fourth-graders spread kindness and charity, bottle cap by bottle cap

October 10, 2019 |

ANGOLA — “You’re beautiful.”

“You’re good as gold.”

“You’re as bright as a rainbow.”

“You’re as young as cotton candy.”

What kind words and what a kind way to start — or end — a day. At the Kind Kids Compliments store run by J.T. Waugh fourth graders, you can buy products containing these and other compliments — on a keychain or a necklace or a magnet — and give them to someone to have 24 hours a day.

Sugar Kids Beauty team uses part of profits to help stock community kitchen

November 12, 2015  | “Every now and then, you have a moment,” the operations manager at the Rome-Floyd County Community Kitchen said. “When people do things so amazing and kind, it happens rarely, but I see it here a lot. Today was one of those moments.”

Real-life lessons lead to profits on many levels for Zachary students

October 11, 2017 | An early-morning corporate board meeting is similar to other business meetings.

Budget reports are shared and Operations provides project updates. Marketing plans are briefly hashed out before a majority rules on a course of action to shine light on a new product line. A bell rings, book bags are grabbed and the team forms an orderly line and heads to lunch.

From Woodshop to Invention Makerspace: How One Career Technical Educator Buitl an Invention Pathway for His Students (Case Study)

January 2019 | In the early 2000s, the wood shop at Colfax High School in Colfax, California, was facing a shutdown. The instructor was retiring and the shop was deemed too expensive to run. Jonathan Schwartz, a math and pre-engineering instructor, saw something in the shop that others didn’t – a place for invention – and offered to take it over and bring it back to life

This Nonprofit Is Blending E-Commerce and Education

September 8, 2017  | Soap-making and jewelry design aren’t usually taught in K-12 classrooms, but more students are learning how to make and market real products with the help of Real World Scholars, which aims to teach kids entrepreneurship so they don’t have to wait until they grow up to run a business.

Second grade students in Marana develop student-run business

December 6, 2017 |Second grade teacher, Aimee Katz, and her students at DeGrazia Elementary, within the Marana Unified School District, have embarked on a unique journey and are learning real-world business skills.

Skilled Trades Classrooms Start Student-Run Businesses as Students Think Outside the School Walls

March 28, 2018 | This Spring, 20 high school skilled trades classrooms in four US cities have the opportunity to put entrepreneurship to work at the center of their learning experience. With the guidance of Real World Scholars (RWS) and support from Harbor Freight Tools for Schools (HFTFS), students are starting class-run businesses with teachers as their coaches throughout this unique learning experience.

Waugh teacher receives Teacher of the Year award

April 2, 2020 |  January 30th was proclaimed Nikki Wegrzynowski Day in the State of New York when Assemblyman David DiPietro presented the 4th grade teacher an award for “Teacher of the Year” in his 147th Assembly District. During a surprise assembly at J.T. Waugh Elementary School, Mr. DiPietro, a former teacher himself, noted that he represents some 2,000 teachers in his district. And, he said, he periodically reaches out to honor someone, “who really sticks out and does something special.”


Pandora-Gilboa teacher wins national award

May 26, 2015 | Ohio has been tagged as ‘the heart of it all.’ Mark Suter, Pandora-Gilboa teacher and, as of May 19, one of 10 teachers to place first in the Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Award, is making sure that “heart” is full of entrepreneurial spirit.


Meet the seventh-grade innovators from High Tech Middle Media Arts

March 21, 2019 | A group of creative seventh-graders at High Tech Middle Media Arts in Point Loma have started their own lip balm business called SD Lip Balm. A group of 55 total students are involved, and humanities teacher Gina Wickstead is their supervisor. The students are doing this as their project, as High Tech Middle Media Arts is a project-based school. The school’s grant, through Real World Scholars, gave these students the start-up money to help them progress on their idea.

Middle school students running their own pet supply company

November 21, 2019 | It’s not easy being the CEO of a company overseeing production and the website. It doesn’t make it any easier if the CEO is 12-years-old.Cameron Summerville is a 7th grader at Sperreng Middle School. He’s also an executive at Paracord Pets, a student-run business.

P-G Engineering Design teaches through real-world commerce

October 15, 2015 | Most high schools offer a variety of clubs to engage student interest. As of last year, students in Pandora-Gilboa High School’s P-G Engineering Design (PGED) club serve the community through design and innovation. “The program began a year ago exactly,” said Jessica Klass, the club’s director and supervisor. “We got more equipment and there was more drive to do real-world projects.”

‘Jawnaments’ Top Selling Item For West Philly High School Entrepreneurial Club

December 5, 2017 | The Workshop School in West Philadelphia is unlike most high schools. When you walk through the door, the first thing you see is not a classroom, but a carpenter’s workshop.

Real World Scholars to Launch at the ASCD Annual Conference

March 11, 2014 |Real World Scholars (RWS),  is pleased to announce that it will begin accepting grant applications from high schools for the 2014-2015 school year at the ASCD 69th Annual Conference & Exhibit Show ( 

Entrepreneurship Returns at Mineola Made by MusBuyTangs

October 23, 2018 | MusBuyTangs, the student-run business based in Mineola High School, is back. Its mission is to digitally design and manufacture unique and creative products for the community, made by students and sold by students.  Launching year two with new products like iPad and phone stands, as well as the return of some best sellers like mugs, coasters, T-shirts, socks, and smartphone wallets and popsockets. MusBuyTangs is managed by students in the Entrepreneurship class and the Business Club.

Going Offscript with EdCorps

May 17, 2017 | Authentic learning. It’s an Ah-Ha moment when a fifth grader uses a sewing machine for the first time. It’s a humble realization by a teacher that learning alongside her students requires releasing control.

It sounds wonderful, but fostering this kind of learning isn’t always easy… especially in a system driven by student performance and standards.

Growing Young Minds

May 17, 2017 | Center Grows has proved popular at local schools, teaching kids how to save the environment while teaching business acumen. 

Jefferson Hills Intermediate students launch 3D store

November 12, 2019 | Sarah Greenblatt is designing a snowman ornament that she thinks all cold weather fans will love.Ava Sorley’s ornament will showcase Pittsburgh sports, because she loves cheering on the black and gold on the field and in the rink.Sage Mares has opted to create a Valentine’s Day ornament with layers of hearts to bring love to all.

A group of fourth and fifth graders at Jefferson Hills Intermediate School have created everything from TJ-themed cookie cutters to black and gold cat toys on the 3D printer.

Fueling the Fire: In Kentucky, an Innovation that Honors the Past

July 11, 2017 | “When you shake a tree, you don’t know what will fall out. The trick is to have a basket to catch it all.”

These words from Benny Lile, Superintendent of Metcalfe County (Kentucky) Schools, capture his philosophy and approach for engaging the community in the process of rethinking schools. It was just this kind of tree-shaking that led him and community leaders to take a significant leap in implementing next gen learning without demolishing the old high school, a much-loved community asset. Here’s a hint: it involves donuts.

Beverly students create own candle-making business

May 8, 2016  |There’s a new candle business in the city, but its location is unexpected. It happens to be tucked away in a Hannah Elementary School fifth-grade classroom. Since last fall, students in teacher Tanya O’Malley’s class have been making candles and selling them as a way to learn entrepreneurial skills.

Named the Hannah Candle Co., the shop was created with help from Real World Scholars, a nonprofit that provides seed funding to kindergarten through 12th-grade classes to start their own business.

Elm Street’s ‘Sugar Kids Beauty’ first graders to headline conference speaking to 10,000 teachers

August 20, 2016 | First-grade students from Elm Street Elementary in Rome will headline a conference where 10,000 teachers are expected according to the AJC.The kids at Elm Street Elementary School in Rome have garnered attention because of their business, which has raised more than $17,000. They run Sugar Kids Beauty, making products with names like “Calming Coconut Lemongrass” and “Succulent Cinnaberry,” and selling the facial scrubs at $10 a pop on their own slick-looking website.

At the Carwash

April 30, 2016 |Remember when you did a carwash to raise money for that… mission trip/sports team/club you were a part of?  You had to market, and get the word out, you had to serve others, you had to hustle.

That was a lot of learning.  To bad it only lasted for one afternoon.  

Young entrepreneurs enter the business world

April 10, 2018 | Neosho’s newest entrepreneurs are younger than anyone might expect – they are 7th and 8th grade students at Neosho Junior High School. Despite their age, the businesses they are operating are very real in an elective class called Wildcat Creations.

This Hamilton County educator helps his students run a business

March 6, 2019 | Chris Seanard’s classroom is admittedly unusual — more of a student-run small business than a middle school art studio. His students at Dalewood Middle School in Hamilton County run a T-shirt design and manufacturing business — honing digital design skills and entrepreneurship basics. Marketing their wares to peers, faculty, sports teams and other area residents, they have sold more than $3,000 in shirts last year.

Customer Spotlight: Small Town Studios

At Coastal, we love hearing success stories from our customers. When we discovered one of our customers was a growing, student-run business of 5th graders, we just had to reach out to learn their story. Today, it is a pleasure to introduce to you…Small Town Studios!

Spotlight on EdCorps Teacher, Mark Suter

January 25, 2016 | In the hands of the right educator, tech classes can yield more than coding and computer skills for their students. Just ask Mark Suter, who combined his students’ entrepreneurial energy with their tech skills, to produce professional – and successful – business people.

Sioux City eighth graders not ‘bombing’ at business

May 14, 2017 | As Kaleb French explained to me how the 3-D printer at his job works, I couldn’t help but feel a bit overwhelmed at how technical the whole process was. I also should preface this by noting Kaleb is an eighth-grade student at West Middle School in Sioux City. His job is to operate two devices that generate three-dimensional inspirational phrases that are later embedded inside some of the items manufactured by Imbue Beauty Products.

Las Vegas fifth-graders run businesses out of their classrooms

March 20, 2017 | A group of fifth-graders stood around a desk with ingredients, including detergent, food coloring and glue, spread out in front of them. They were making homemade slime.And as they squished the gooey product in their hands, 11-year-old Dayan Torres said, “It’s really fun to play with and it’s a stress reliever.”

Philly high school students are selling 'jawnaments' for Christmas

December 4, 2017 | The slang word jawn recently achieved a certain level of respectability in the eyes of the dictionary editors at Merriam-Webster, who said that its origins and prevalent usage make it worthy of consideration for an entry some day.

Elida High School Students Offer Web Design Business

December 20, 2016 | The company was just started this year. It’s actually run out of the high school by students, and they’ve already started servicing local businesses in the area. 

North Beverly Elementary fourth graders start a business

April 9, 2016 | With the help of Beverly High School DECA members, North Beverly Elementary School fourth grade students have been learning the important entrepreneurial skills and attributes necessary to run a business, from scripting a commercial and designing promotional materials to manufacturing the product.

That product, Endangered Animal Savelets, will be sold to a global audience online, as well as right here in the Beverly community.

Central middle school students run business

February 7, 2017 | When Michelle Hopkins first started Central Relaxation with 16 of her middle-school students, they almost thought they’d never be able to sell anything. Each time they tried to make a new bath bomb or body butter, disaster would strike: the products would be misshapen, they’d fall apart or they’d have strange things growing on them.

The 16 girls from Central York Middle School who are running the business kept at it, though

School Startup Spins a Profit

June 19, 2017 | It’s a rare business that gets to take the summer off. But a startup run by Fair Haven fifth-and sixth-graders has earned some slack time after landing and delivering on a legit $1,000 manufacturing contract this past school year with San Francisco-based Slack.

And it all revolved around a faddish chill-out device called a fidget spinner.

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