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About the Real World Challenges

Real World LMI is a collaborative initiative from the Government of New Brunswick and the Canadian Career Development Foundation

You'll love the Real World Challenges if you:

  • Work with high school students in New Brunswick's Anglophone School Districts
  • Are looking for lesson plans and resources to support your students -- no matter the subject
  • Are excited about bringing Career Connected learning to your professional development as an educator.

How it Works

Educators across New Brunswick are using the Real World Challenges with groups of students or their classrooms. The Real World Challenges are designed to integrate Project Based Learning with any curriculum outcome, and any size group. Sign up your group, and Becca McCarthy from CCDF will support you through the process, connecting you with project funding. Complete the Career Connected teacher modules before the end of the semester's end to learn about project-based learning and the labour market. Share with your students the Real World Challenges that the Government of New Brunswick faces every day. Using or adapting the offered Lesson Plans and Resources, your students will use Project-Based Learning to create solutions to one or more of these challenges, and deliver a final product or presentation showcasing their solutions.

When you see these buttons on the website, they will take you to each page that is helpful to every step of the project.

Sign Up

Fill out the form to commit to completing the challenges with your group at the end of the semester.

Complete the Modules

Three Career Connected modules are there to support you through in the project. Feel free to reference them at any time if you are looking for support or help on the topics of LMI or Experiential Learning.

View the Challenges

Take a look at the challenges and see which ones best work with your course learning outcomes/objectives. If only one really fits, great! If you'd like to propose more than one, awesome!

Lesson Plans and Resources

Use or take inspiration from the Lesson Plans and Resources available to you. Resources are available in English and French where indicated, and don't forget to connect with the Becca from the Canadian Career Development Foundation for brainstorming, other resources, or with your questions!

Wrapping Up

Wrapping up is integrated as part of the suggested Lesson Plans, and through the Project-Based Learning process. Students will present the solutions to the challenges to their class. Send all or some of the solutions to Becca, and deliver a wrap-up survey with your students. Each student that completes the survey will impact the longevity of this project!

Created as a response to a growing need for career education integrated throughout the curriculum. The Real World Labour Market Challenges allow students to see themselves outside of the classroom, to understand their role in the labour market, and use labour market information to inform career decision-making.

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Registration Opens

Commit to take the Real World Labour Market Challenge by contacting us. The project team will support you, and you will be welcomed to join a community of practice.

Complete the Career Connected Learning Modules

These professional learning modules are designed to support educators in preparing learners for the future. Three Career Connected Learning modules are required to participate in the Real World Labour Market Challenge, and are essential to the success of the provided lesson plans, and your classroom projects.

Use and Deliver your Lesson Plans

Use any of the provided lesson plans, or adapt your own to problem-solve using Labour Market Information (LMI) sourced from the Government of New Brunswick or student's own research.

Put Together Your Final Project

Using PowerPoint, Video, blog post, or Microsoft Sway, your classroom can put together their LMI-based solutions to share with each other. A minimum of one final project that addresses any or all of the challenges must be submitted to the project team at GNB to receive additional classroom funds for your wrap-up party.

Celebrate Together

The solutions to the Real World Labour Market Challenges that your classroom addresses will be awesome! Wrap up the challenge with your classroom, and have students complete a survey to share with GNB and CCDF their experience to keep the Challenges going year after year. Their feedback will directly inform future Challenges!

Join a Community of Educators

Across New Brunswick, teachers are taking up the Real World Labour Market Challenge and implementing project-based learning in their classrooms. By completing the three modules, using any of the provided lesson plans, and engaging students to get Career Connected, you will be joining a community of forward-thinking educators.

Involve Your Students in their Career

Students who are connected with their own career development are individuals better prepared to help themselves and support their communities. Individuals who understand the interdisciplinary nature of career development are better poised to take on real world challenges. By introducing students with the skills to understand and use labour market information they jump-start their success, and increase their community contribution. 

Connect with Real World Community Challenges

When students leave their classroom environment, they begin to participate and contribute to their communities. Project-based learning offers students a new lens and new vocabulary to see and experience their community in action. Ignite curiosity and exploration and open doors to opportunity with Career Connected Learning.

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