Back to school looks very different these days. Students, educators, schools and parents are seeking out engaging ways to learn from home. The Wharton Global Youth Program and its Knowledge@Wharton High School (KWHS) website are here to help. We have free resources developed for high school students that are available online whenever you need them. Here is a guide for discovering our engaging business-related content and activities for high school students.
Content at Your Fingertips
Articles, Videos and Podcasts
Wharton has hundreds of published articles, videos and podcasts created with high school students in mind to help them explore all aspects of business, finance, entrepreneurship, economics, leadership and career and college prep. Go to the KWHS homepage and search topics in the website search engine or go to the top navigation bar and click on the appropriate tabs. You can also scroll through the homepage content blocks to access resources. Each article page includes a side toolbar featuring Related KWHS Stories, Glossary Terms, Conversation Starters, Related Links and Related Lesson Plans. Sign up for the KWHS Newsletter for updates.
Google Classroom & KWHS
Our KWHS site now includes an “Add to Google Classroom Button” on every article page. Simply click the on any of our articles and you can choose between posting the item as an announcement in your classroom or creating an assignment. For assignment ideas and using KWHS to bring out student voices, see our suggestions below.
Members of the Wharton faculty have collaborated with the Wharton Global Youth Program to tape brief videos that define more than 500 business terms on the KWHS website – everything from Accounts Receivable to Zoning. These video definitions are hyperlinked in our articles and video and podcast transcripts, and accessible in our online glossary. Just click on the linked word and a brief videotaped definition will pop up featuring a Wharton professor explaining the meaning and using the word in a sentence.
Explore Business Mini-sites
Wharton Global Youth’s Explore Business mini-sites are gateways to conversations, readings and activities to help high school students think deeply about issues affecting the world market. Each site includes materials from our online journal and activities that deliver Wharton business insights and ideas wherever and whenever students are eager to learn. The first mini-site features “Race and the Entrepreneur,” a Wharton discussion led by Dean Erika James that addresses the impact of racism on business and society.
Ask the Wharton Faculty
Get valuable insight into how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting the business world by sending questions to our Ask the Wharton Faculty platform. Wharton faculty are using their expertise to help all of us understand how COVID-19 is affecting the stock market, supply and demand, business decision-making, the health care industry, the global economy, and so much more. Wharton management professor Mauro Guillen (pictured here) just helped to launch a new online course for Wharton students that looks at various business implications of the crisis. This is your chance to hear from Wharton thought leaders.
Using KWHS to Give Your Students a Voice
Comment and Win Contest
The KWHS Comment and Win contest is an opportunity for high school students to dig into the hundreds of online KWHS articles, videos and podcasts and post their thoughts in comments about the topics that interest them most. It’s a great way to read, reflect, and deepen the conversation around some fascinating issues – and get recognition for their ideas from the Wharton Global Youth Program. We will be launching a new Comment and Win contest soon, so stay tuned! In the meantime:
- Click here for a brief guide on the KWHS Comment and Win contest.
- Simply encourage students to post comments and then share screenshots or links on your remote learning system.
- Our 2020 Remote Learning Comment and Win contest lasted from mid-March through May 18 and was a big success! More than 200 commenters expressed their opinions, ideas, emotions, and stories on our KWHS articles! Be sure to read about all the winners for Round 1 (comment on anything), Round 2 (respond to another commenter), Round 3 (storytelling) and Round 4 (innovation in action). And congratulations to Abby C., the 2020 Comment and Win Grand Prize winner! Abby won a spot in The Saturn Parable online leadership simulation.
We regularly publish essays written by high school students. Students, send us your ideas! You can use our brief guide on writing student essays for KWHS for inspiration — or for teachers, to help shape a remote assignment.
UPDATE: Thank you to all the students who sent in wonderful essay ideas during this time of remote learning! We will soon be working through our backlog to publish new monthly essays on Knowledge@Wharton High School.
We always want to hear from you. Do you have ideas, feedback, suggestions for improvement? Contact our Wharton Global Youth team.