Rhonda Spradling challenges the idea that narrowing education down to job skills deprives our students of the power of imagination.

During her 12 years in public K12 education, Rhonda Spradling has held a variety of roles—from teacher to technology coordinator to instructional coach. She now works at the central office where she builds and launches college and career programs for high school students. Despite her focus on student workforce readiness, Rhonda remains an English teacher at heart, and she continues to promote the arts and humanities as integral parts of a student’s education and lifelong well-being. Outside of work, you can likely find Rhonda painting, sewing, or playing piano in the basement.

Real-world context is at the center of current educational trends, but what does it mean to be real, and what are the hidden dangers when we assume that students need only narrowly-defined real-world experiences?

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