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2018 Bonner Student Development


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Tools for education, training, reflection and development shared at the 2018 New Bonner Directors and Coordinators Orientation.

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2018 Bonner Student Development

  1. 1. Bonner Student Development Tools for Education, Training, Reflection, and Development
  2. 2. What We’ll Cover • Student Development Frameworks • Bonner Meetings • Recommmend Themes and Workshops • Cornerstone Activities • First Year Trip • Sophomore Exchange • Junior Immersion • Junior/Senior Capstone Projects (covered extensively later) • Senior Presentations of Learning
  3. 3. Student Development Frameworks
  4. 4. Expectation Exploration Experience Example Expertise The Five E’s Pre-College Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4
  5. 5. First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year
  6. 6. Student Development Frameworks •Result of network input, program design, innovation, experimentation, research & scholarship ‣ Common Commitments ‣ Skills ‣ Knowledge •Link to Bonner Cornerstone Activities
  7. 7. Bonner Common Commitments Cool Schools Do Intense Community Serivce
  8. 8. Bonners Gain Valuable Skills Personal • Active listening • Balance & boundaries • Communication • Decision making • Organization • Planning • Time management • Goal setting Professional • Budgeting • Event planning • Fundraising • Grant writing • Marketing • Mediation • Networking • Public education and advocacy • Volunteer management • Research Leadership • Conflict resolution • Delegation • Planning • Public speaking • Running a meeting • Teamwork • Working with diverse groups
  9. 9. Exploration • Place-Based Immersion • First Year Seminar Experience • Public Policy Courses • Economics Courses • Issue-Based Courses (i.e., Food Justice) Example • Undergraduate Research and Methodology • Community- Based Projects Expertise • Capstone Seminars • Integrative Capacity- Building Projects Corollary Academic Pathways
  10. 10. Example: Certificate in Community Development Exploration • Social Context Course Experience • Diversity and Community Engagement Course Example • Data Collection and Analysis Course Expertise • 9-Credit Practicum or Capstone
  11. 11. Bonners Deepen Their Knowledge Place Politics & Public Policy Power & Privilege Poverty & Economic DevelopmentIssues
  12. 12. Cornerstones Are High-Impact Experiences First Year Trip new context for service & learning (i.e., poverty in campus and distant place) Orientation pre-college immersion provides a sense of community and a foundation for success Second Year Exchange- the sense of a national movement and connections across campuses Jr/Sr Capstone Projects an opportunity to complete a capacity building or social action project (ideally connected to academic learning) Senior Presentations of Learning
 an integrative reflective activity through which students synthesize and make meaning of their four years
  13. 13. Bonner Outcomes Rubric • Civic Agency • Civic Identity • Critical Thinking and Perspective • Communication Skills • Diversity and Intercultural Competence • Empathy • Integrative Learning • Leadership • Place- and Issue- Knowledge • Social Justice
  14. 14. How Learning Outcomes Matter? • Institutional Mission • Outcome-Based Program Design • Scaffolding • Developmental Meetings and Courses • Advising and Reflection • Assessment
  15. 15. Bonner Education & Training
  16. 16. Why are meetings important? Student Impact and Alumni Survey demonstrates strongest contributors for program effectiveness are: • dialogue across difference • mentors (staff, peers, site supervisors, & faculty) • structured reflection and education • Promote retention and success
  17. 17. Meetings also… •Build skills (i.e., project management) •Build knowledge (i.e., public policy analysis) •Support outcomes (i.e., intercultural competence) •Build community — Bonner Love •Promote accountability •Foster campus-wide and community connections
  18. 18. Class Meetings •at least every other week •cohort-based meetings for each class year (or two, if small program) Meeting Types All Bonner Meetings •every month •engage Common Commitments, partners, and issues
  19. 19. Cornerstone or Project Meetings • occasionally •trips, campus-wide events, Bonner Congress, Bonner Leadership Team Site Meetings by issue, team, or cluster • every other week or monthly — • planning, project management, and problem solving
  20. 20. Campus-wide or National Events •Speaker series, IMPACT Conference, national conferences... flavor not main ingredient Course-based Meetings •can be used for cohort or projects •link with integrative pathways •DO COUNT for hours!
  21. 21. Education, Training & Reflection •Hold at least once every other week (2x/month)...even more for freshmen •Staff lead cohort meetings using recommended themes and workshops •Students lead other sessions (All Bonner Meetings, specific topics) •Fill in with other faculty, speakers, etc.
  22. 22. Recommended Themes and Workshops
  23. 23. 1st Year Semester Fall Spring Training & Education Theme GETTING TO KNOW YOURSELF, EACH OTHER & YOUR PLACE SOLUTIONS-ORIENTED COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Workshop Modules Identity Circles Shifting Focus to Solutions; 
 Discovering What Works An Introduction to Place Measuring Impact; Creating the Greatest Possible Impact River Stories Attacking the Root Causes Community Asset Mapping Cultivating Collaborations & Leveraging the Power of Relationships
  24. 24. 2nd Year Semester Fall Spring Training & Education Theme LEADING GROUPS KNOWING 
 YOUR ISSUE Workshop Modules Leadership Compass Researching the Scope of a Local Problem Planning Effective Meetings Researching Key Organizations, Current Programs and Policies Introduction to Effective Facilitation Identifying Proven Programs and Practices Advanced Facilitation Techniques and Strategies: Leading an Issue-Focused Discussion/ Forum
  25. 25. 3rd Year Semester Fall Spring Training & Education Theme MANAGING PROJECTS MANAGING ORGANIZATIONS Workshop Modules Overview of Project Management: Setting Goals and Analyzing Stakeholders Understanding the Public Sector – 
 A Systems View Analyzing Project Requirements, Steps, and Risks Assessing and Building Organizational Capacity Creating a Task List, Timeline, and Budget Fundraising and Resource Development: Creating and Executing a Plan Executing and Evaluating a Project Finding Your Vocation - Considering Many Sectors
  26. 26. 4th Year Semester Fall Spring Training & Education Theme LEAVING A LEGACY LIVES OF COMMITMENT Workshop Modules Preparing a Leadership Transition Through Evaluators’ Eyes – Senior Resume Review Public Speaking and Presentations of Learning Interviewing Skills Resume Writing and Senior Resume Review Financing Your Life After Bonner Finding Your Vocational Fit (using new Sector Guides) Life After Bonner: Staying Well and Engaged
  27. 27. CAPSTONE SERIES 1st Stage #1 Creating Your Capstone Palette: An Introduction to the Bonner Capstone Project #2 Primary Colors: Building the Foundation for the Bonner Capstone Project: 2nd
 Stage #3 Introducing the Capacity Building Mindset and Potential Capstone Projects: #4 Creating Your Personal Development Plan 3rd
 Stage #5: Nuts & Bolts of Your Capstone #6: Finalizing Your Capstone 
 Focus and Plan 4th
 Stage #7 Blueprints for Success: What Legacy Will Your Bonner Capstone Leave Behind? #8: Your Bonner Legacy: Translating and Sharing your Capstone Work
  28. 28. COMMON COMMITMENTS SESSIONS Exploring Diversity and Intersectionality Unpacking the -Ism’s
 Bridging the Gap Between  Service, Activism, & Politics Interfaith Perspectives Diversity and Identity: Unpacking Race, Privilege, and Oppression Four Corners (Stand and Declare) Class and Social Capital Discussing Gender and Sexual Orientation Bridging the Political Divide Advocacy and Public Education Black Lives Matter Differently Abled Get Out the Vote Refugee and Immigrant Voices
  29. 29. Implementing Bonner Workshops
  30. 30. Engage Relevant Leaders Students Faculty PartnersStaff
  31. 31. Who Leads 1st Semester 2nd Semester BLT Identity Circles Interfaith Perspectives Staff An Introduction to Place Shifting Focus to Solutions BLT Time Management Unpacking the Isms Staff Capstone Session #1 Capstone Session #2 BLT All Bonner Meeting - Exploring Diversity and Intersectionality All Bonner Meeting - 
 Interfaith Perspectives Staff River Stories Measuring Impact BLT All Bonner Meeting - Bridging the Gap Between  Service, Activism, & Politics All Bonner Meeting - 
 Four Corners 
 (Stand and Declare) Staff Community Asset Mapping Attacking Root Causes Cross-Campus Finding a Summer Internship Cultivating Collaborations
  32. 32. Bonner Resource Wiki
  33. 33. Each is a full lesson plan, with activities and handouts Bonner Workshop Modules
  34. 34. 1. Determine the schedule for your meetings for each class year 2. Discuss whether you will have any courses involved (and at what stages) 3. Identify who can assist with planning and leading meetings 4. Start with recommended themes and workshops (4 per term & led by staff) 5. Plug in the capstone workshops (1 per term) so that they will work according to your project timelines (i.e., junior and/or senior year) 6. Fill in with other Bonner Curriculum workshops, especially those focusing on the Common Commitments. All Bonner Meetings are a good place for these. 7. Fill in with other campus-based sessions (speakers, partners, other offices, etc.) 8. Delegate who will lead based on the topics and level of facilitation needed (staff, Senior Interns, BLT, faculty, etc.) Implementation Checklist (p. 29 in Handbook)
  35. 35. First Year Trip
  36. 36. First Year Trip • 3-7 day cohort experience for frosh and new Bonners • Somewhere distinct from local context • Provide a chance to delve into an issue - like poverty or immigration • Use available funds & national partners 10% 10% 10% 10% 60% Service or Meaningful Action* Culture &and History Community and Team Building Education, Reflection &and Discussion - meetings with issue experts Learning about the Organizations & Issues
  37. 37. Bonner Resource Wiki
  38. 38. • What have been the best First Year Trip experiences? • How might you tap National Bonner Partners? Sharing Best Practices
  39. 39. Sophomore Exchange
  40. 40. Second Year Exchange • Cohort experience for second year students that exposes them to the bigger picture • Pair up with 1 or more other Bonner Programs or other schools • Delve deeper into an issue - like poverty, diversity, policy • Use available funds • Can take students to IMPACT or other national conferences!
  41. 41. Be Strategic
  42. 42. Bonner Resource Wiki
  43. 43. Sharing Best Practices • What have been the best Sophomore Exchange experiences? • How do you integrate higher level developmental experiences?
  44. 44. Junior Immersion
  45. 45. Junior Immersion • Cohort experience for some or all Third Years • Individual Bonners CAN study abroad and be engaged in regular 8-10 hour positions • The junior class often raises funds for global service trips • Campus-wide or national projects can also work • These experiences often help Bonners to understand an issue in local, national, and/or international contexts
  46. 46. National and International Bonner Partners
  47. 47. Sharing Best Practices • What is happening at your campuses? • How can programs build sustained partnerships internationally (& even link with courses)?
  48. 48. Junior/Senior Capstone Projects
  49. 49. Capacity-Building Capstone Projects • Bonner Capstones engage students in an individual or team project in junior/senior year. • It has a clearly defined community purpose for a partner or constituency (involving an advisor). • It allows the student to integrate academic and experiential learning. • It involves a staff or faculty mentor (who can provide structure, help, feedback, and other supports. This may or may not involve credit).
  50. 50. CAPSTONE SERIES 1st Stage #1 Creating Your Capstone Palette: An Introduction to the Bonner Capstone Project #2 Primary Colors: Building the Foundation for the Bonner Capstone Project: 2nd
 Stage #3 Introducing the Capacity Building Mindset and Potential Capstone Projects: #4 Creating Your Personal Development Plan 3rd
 Stage #5: How Will 
 You Capstone? #6: Finalizing Your Capstone 
 Focus and Plan 4th
 Stage #7 Blueprints for Success: What Legacy Will Your Bonner Capstone Leave Behind? #8: Your Bonner Legacy: Translating and Sharing your Capstone Work
  51. 51. Longer Intro After Lunch
  52. 52. Senior Presentation of Learning
  53. 53. Senior Presentations of Learning • An integration reflection across four years of experience • An inspiring presentation to one’s cohort, campus, and community • A high-impact practice in which a student articulates her or his journey and learning • Can be linked with assessment
  54. 54. Use and Inquiry Approach to Assessment •Use student work to evaluate their learning •What can you learn (as program staff) from what students are saying during their Senior Presentations of Learning?
  55. 55. Pilot the Capstone Rubric •Does the student demonstrate capstone level learning?
  56. 56. •What guidance can your program provide to students to create their Presentation of Learning? •How might you pilot the integration of a learning outcome and assessment? Sharing Best Practices
  57. 57. 1. Review examples and resources for Cornerstone Activities. 2. For First Year Trip, think about the place or destinations that will work best for you (considering distinctive context, institutional partnerships, location, travel costs, etc.) 3. For Sophomore Exchange, think about potential partner schools (programmatic lessons, location, travel costs, etc.) or events (Gulf South Summit, Impact, etc.) 4. For Junior Immersion, investigate institutional partnerships (i.e., Study Abroad, Bonner Partners, etc.) and determine what might be sustainable 5. For Junior/Senior Capstones, begin to articulate the expectation and examples during recruitment and to this year’s freshmen (and perhaps others) 6. For Senior Presentations of Learning, review and beef up your guidelines, linking them with at least one defined learning outcome Implementation Checklist (p. 30 in Handbook)
  58. 58. One-on-One Advising
  59. 59. Why Advising? • Build relationships upon mutual trust and respect with students through genuine communication • Make the experience personal for each student • Emphasize the importance of positions and accountability • Recognize good work privately (and in a group settings) • Get to know your students and support their interest and talents • Help students internalize & integrate learning across their Bonner and college experiences
  60. 60. Holistic Focus •Bonner Work •Coursework •Identity and Wellness •Academic Interests •Social Life •Goals •Post-Graduate Interests
  61. 61. First Year Written Reflections • Identity and place: Let’s talk about experiences in service in which you learned about place and thought about your identity and the identities of others different from your own. What have you learned? • Recognizing Solutions: Let’s talk about issues you have begun to find a passion for addressing. What strategies and solutions have you learned? What courses and other college experiences have meshed with these interests?
  62. 62. Second Year Written Reflections • Leading others: Let’s talk about times you were an active member or leader of a team or civic community. What tools, skills, or knowledge did you use? How did this experience shape you? How did it make you feel? What have you learned about leadership? • Understanding An Issue: Let’s talk about ways that you have begun to better understand the issue you are working to address. What projects have helped you do this? What courses or trainings have helped you? What ideas for next year have surfaced?
  63. 63. Third Year Written Reflections • Managing projects: Describe a time you took initiative or leadership to create and/or manage a project at one or more sites. How has your work helped to build capacity for the agency or community? How have you begun to link your Bonner work and academic learning? • Managing organizations: Let’s talk about your reflections of your work in community engagement at this, your third, year. What do you think the impact of your engagement has been for the community? How has this engagement shaped your own knowledge and viewpoints about change?
  64. 64. Fourth Year Written Reflections • Leaving a legacy: Let’s talk about the evolution of your work in service and community engagement. What are the most meaningful contributions and impacts you believe you’ve helped to make? How will or has your capstone project allowed you to integrate your identity, learning, service, and long-term interests? • Civically-engaged Lives: As you reflect on your whole Bonner experience, what impact do you think it has had on you? How has the experience clarified or shaped your own personal values or aspirations? What are your hopes for how you carry forward this learning after graduation?
  65. 65. 1.Identify who can help with one-to-one advising (Director, Coordinator, other staff, faculty, etc.; some programs have a Class Advisor) 2.Develop or use recommended questions and forms that include a holistic focus (i.e., positions and internships, majors and coursework, wellness and social life, post-graduate planning) 3.Integrate written reflection assignments. 4.Use recommended prompts or develop them (from learning outcomes). 5.Set up a schedule for each semester. Implementation Checklist (p. 31 in Handbook)