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    60 minute senior-project_dreis_rehage 60 minute senior-project_dreis_rehage Presentation Transcript

    • SENIOR PROJECT: A Model Approach for Engaging Seniors Janice Dreis and Larry Rehage Copyright 2006
    • What are the issues/problems regarding the senior year?
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    • DISENGAGEMENT
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • SENIOR PROJECT
      • A five week experiential project in the final quarter
      • Beyond the classroom walls
      • Under the guidance of a community sponsor
    • Senior Project
      • Rationale
        • Offers an antidote for senioritis
        • Encourages independence, responsibility, self-advocacy
        • Provides transition into the “real” world
        • Promotes self-directed learning
    • Types of Projects
      • Creative
      • Career
      • Service
      • Academic
    • The Process
      • Choose Staff Consultant & Mentor
      • Write a Research Paper
      • Create a Portfolio
      • Complete Project Experience
      • Present to Evaluation Committee
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Evaluation Committees Composed of - Two teachers/staff members Two community members One senior (serves as chair) Each committee evaluates five senior projects
    • Evaluation
      • Daily log
      • Mentor and Advisor Logs
      • Weekly reflections
      • Time sheets
      • Sponsor Evaluation
      • Self-Evaluation
      • Final Exit Conference
      • Exhibition
    • 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
    • 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