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