SENIOR PROJECT: A Model Approach for  Engaging Seniors Janice   Dreis and  Larry Rehage Copyright 2006
What are the issues/problems regarding the senior year?
 
DISENGAGEMENT
Challenges of the Senior Year <ul><li>Early admissions to college </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of relevance </li></ul><ul><li>Fe...
Key Premises <ul><li>Seniors are </li></ul><ul><li>In transition </li></ul><ul><li>Capable people </li></ul><ul><li>In nee...
Four Programs that Prepare for  Transition and Enhance Engagement <ul><li>1.  Senior Guidance Plan/ Institute </li></ul><u...
Senior Project <ul><li>Concept dates back at least to the late 1960’s </li></ul><ul><li>Many types of programs – “huge dif...
SENIOR PROJECT <ul><li>A five week experiential project in the final quarter </li></ul><ul><li>Beyond the classroom walls ...
Senior Project <ul><li>Rationale </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Offers an antidote for senioritis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encour...
Types of Projects  <ul><li>Creative </li></ul><ul><li>Career </li></ul><ul><li>Service  </li></ul><ul><li>Academic </li></ul>
The Process  <ul><li>Choose  Staff   Consultant & Mentor </li></ul><ul><li>Write a  Research Paper </li></ul><ul><li>Creat...
Benefits <ul><li>Engages seniors in dynamic, student-driven learning experiences beyond the classroom walls </li></ul><ul>...
Role of Project Consultant <ul><li>Helps design project concept </li></ul><ul><li>Helps articulate goals and activities  <...
Role of Community Sponsor <ul><li>Helps develop goals and activities </li></ul><ul><li>Supervises senior at Project site <...
Evaluation Committees Composed of - Two teachers/staff members Two community members One senior (serves as chair) Each com...
Evaluation <ul><li>Daily log  </li></ul><ul><li>Mentor and Advisor Logs </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly reflections </li></ul><ul...
Role of Coordinators <ul><li>Establish timeline and schedule all activities </li></ul><ul><li>Solicit school and community...
Reference Dreis, J. and Rehage, L. (2006). Senior Projectt. Retrieved from http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:kuSce...
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  1. 1. SENIOR PROJECT: A Model Approach for Engaging Seniors Janice Dreis and Larry Rehage Copyright 2006
  2. 2. What are the issues/problems regarding the senior year?
  3. 4. DISENGAGEMENT
  4. 5. Challenges of the Senior Year <ul><li>Early admissions to college </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of relevance </li></ul><ul><li>Few opportunities for self-directed learning </li></ul><ul><li>Same old routine </li></ul><ul><li>Outgrown the institutional structures </li></ul><ul><li>“ Game Over” </li></ul><ul><li>Reference National Commission on the Senior Year - 2000 </li></ul>
  5. 6. Key Premises <ul><li>Seniors are </li></ul><ul><li>In transition </li></ul><ul><li>Capable people </li></ul><ul><li>In need of new experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Ready to apply what they have learned to the real world </li></ul><ul><li>Eager to have a voice in what they learn </li></ul><ul><li>In need of adult interaction and mentoring </li></ul>
  6. 7. Four Programs that Prepare for Transition and Enhance Engagement <ul><li>1. Senior Guidance Plan/ Institute </li></ul><ul><li>2. Senior Instructional Leadership Corps (SILC) </li></ul><ul><li>3. Senior Project </li></ul><ul><li>4. Year-long Senior Service Project </li></ul>
  7. 8. Senior Project <ul><li>Concept dates back at least to the late 1960’s </li></ul><ul><li>Many types of programs – “huge differences” </li></ul><ul><li>Key models: Medford, Oregon; Evanston, Illinois </li></ul><ul><li>Common components </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student directed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experiential </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Final semester </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentation of learning </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. SENIOR PROJECT <ul><li>A five week experiential project in the final quarter </li></ul><ul><li>Beyond the classroom walls </li></ul><ul><li>Under the guidance of a community sponsor </li></ul>
  9. 10. Senior Project <ul><li>Rationale </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Offers an antidote for senioritis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourages independence, responsibility, self-advocacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides transition into the “real” world </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promotes self-directed learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. Types of Projects <ul><li>Creative </li></ul><ul><li>Career </li></ul><ul><li>Service </li></ul><ul><li>Academic </li></ul>
  11. 12. The Process <ul><li>Choose Staff Consultant & Mentor </li></ul><ul><li>Write a Research Paper </li></ul><ul><li>Create a Portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>Complete Project Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Present to Evaluation Committee </li></ul>
  12. 13. Benefits <ul><li>Engages seniors in dynamic, student-driven learning experiences beyond the classroom walls </li></ul><ul><li>Fosters new dimensions of faculty/staff collegiality </li></ul><ul><li>Integrates parent community into educational program </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages educational partnerships with the wider community </li></ul><ul><li>Provides unique leadership opportunities for seniors </li></ul><ul><li>Creates a rejuvenating and vital transition to the next stage of life </li></ul>
  13. 14. Role of Project Consultant <ul><li>Helps design project concept </li></ul><ul><li>Helps articulate goals and activities </li></ul><ul><li>Oversees proposal writing process </li></ul><ul><li>Communicates regularly with Community Sponsor during Project </li></ul><ul><li>Meets weekly with senior during Project </li></ul>
  14. 15. Role of Community Sponsor <ul><li>Helps develop goals and activities </li></ul><ul><li>Supervises senior at Project site </li></ul><ul><li>Communicates regularly with Consultant </li></ul><ul><li>Validates weekly timesheets </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluates senior’s work on Project </li></ul>
  15. 16. Evaluation Committees Composed of - Two teachers/staff members Two community members One senior (serves as chair) Each committee evaluates five senior projects
  16. 17. Evaluation <ul><li>Daily log </li></ul><ul><li>Mentor and Advisor Logs </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly reflections </li></ul><ul><li>Time sheets </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsor Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Self-Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Final Exit Conference </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibition </li></ul>
  17. 18. Role of Coordinators <ul><li>Establish timeline and schedule all activities </li></ul><ul><li>Solicit school and community support </li></ul><ul><li>Foster student interest </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct training workshops for evaluators and consultants </li></ul><ul><li>Recruit and form evaluation committees and coordinate Proposal Evaluations </li></ul><ul><li>Collect all project evaluation materials and distribute to evaluation committees </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinate final Exit Conference and Exhibition </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor and evaluate all phases of program </li></ul>
  18. 19. Reference Dreis, J. and Rehage, L. (2006). Senior Projectt. Retrieved from http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:kuSceqyXs0AJ:www.nsee.org/conf_downloads/60-Minute_Senior_Project_Dreis_Rehage.ppt+Senior+Project+ppt&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESjz_iCIVSug4TPM93pTLGuChMCZzQnqatatSvDidFaWm_AhCbyYTW-4RR5nL6D96PrTb-BDf3hQ7b9kjdcSTnUS_fs8XWUX5CMKlZ94Jxe-X3p_189EUNjAZKFYLoYQU1-78ZEc&sig=AHIEtbQ2btJxTHnJYHaVAq4EIsAI1be6IA
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