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Graduation Project Overview

  1. 1. Graduation Project Implementation Plan 2008-2009 Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools Department of Instructional Services
  2. 2. The Big Picture <ul><li>2005 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Department of Public Instruction mandated successful completion of a Graduation Project for the class of 2010 and beyond </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2006-7 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WSFCS created the Graduation Project Program Specialist position </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Small pilot implemented </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2007-8 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Data collected and implementation recommendations determined </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Several pilots implemented </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2008-9 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All schools pilot </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2009-10 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Full implementation as state requirement </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. The 7-Year Plan: Middle School <ul><li>Students and teachers are aware of the Graduation Project </li></ul><ul><li>Students focus on foundation skills across the curriculum: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing skills: reflective writing, formal writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information skills: source identification and bias </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentation skills: informal public speaking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Life skills: organization, time management, responsibility, leadership </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Students explore possible topics through the curriculum </li></ul>
  4. 4. The 7-Year Plan: Grades 9 & 10 <ul><li>Students attend an orientation that introduces/reviews the components of the Graduation Project </li></ul><ul><li>Students focus on foundation skills across the curriculum </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Formal writing skills: organization, source citation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information skills: discriminating source identification, source evaluation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentation skills: formal and informal public speaking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Topic exploration </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The 7-Year Plan: Grade 11 <ul><li>Students begin Graduation Project Portfolio </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore and identify research topic and essential question </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write Letter of Intent, formal declaration of research topic and intended product </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete preliminary forms for participation in Graduation Project </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. The 7-Year Plan: Grade 12 <ul><li>Students complete all components of the Graduation Project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research Paper: 8-10 page paper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Portfolio: collection of assignments, forms, and logs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Product: 15-20 hour personal learning extension </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentation: 8-10 minute speech </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. The Components: Research Paper <ul><li>Students may revise research paper written for any class to meet Graduation Project criteria and standards </li></ul><ul><li>Students may write new paper on approved topic outside of class </li></ul><ul><li>Senior English teachers may integrate research paper into class time depending on needs of students </li></ul><ul><li>Students will be supported by English teachers and Faculty Advisors </li></ul><ul><li>Research papers will be evaluated using the NC Rubric by 3 faculty members </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Components: Product <ul><li>Students will self-identify site/direction of the product </li></ul><ul><li>Students must produce tangible evidence (physical result, PowerPoint, scrapbook, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Students may log hours beginning the summer prior to their senior year </li></ul><ul><li>Database of potential mentors/sites being developed now (W-S Chamber of Commerce, United Way Women’s Leadership Council) </li></ul><ul><li>Products will be evaluated by 3 faculty members using the NC rubric during Senior Symposium </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Components: Portfolio <ul><li>Students will complete assignments, forms, and logs to track progress </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty Advisors will monitor portfolio component closely </li></ul><ul><li>Portfolios will be evaluated by 3 faculty members using the NC rubric during Senior Symposium </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Components: Presentation <ul><li>Students will combine research and experience in their presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Students will present their product as part of their speech </li></ul><ul><li>Students will be assessed by a panel of 3 trained evaluators using the NC rubric </li></ul><ul><li>Senior Boards will be held in December and April </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Support System: Graduation Project Coordinator <ul><li>Organizes and facilitates the Graduation Project at the building level </li></ul><ul><li>Provides professional development for Faculty Advisors and training for presentation judges </li></ul><ul><li>Monitors participation of faculty and students </li></ul><ul><li>Secures judges for presentation evaluation </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Support System: Graduation Project School Committee <ul><li>Supports implementation of the Graduation Project </li></ul><ul><li>Reviews Letters of Intent referred by Faculty Advisors </li></ul><ul><li>Supports efforts of the Graduation Project Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>Consists of representatives from across the curriculum/school </li></ul>
  13. 13. The Support System: Faculty Advisors <ul><li>Assigned to students during junior year </li></ul><ul><li>Assigned an “advisory” non-credit class through NC Wise to record the outcome (pass/fail) of the Graduation Project </li></ul><ul><li>Receive training on how to support Graduation Project components (including research conventions) </li></ul><ul><li>Support students throughout the Graduation Project process </li></ul><ul><li>Review advisees components prior to evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate components according to NC Rubric (not work of Advisees) </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Support System: Community Mentors <ul><li>Complete an application form </li></ul><ul><li>Represent expertise in the student’s area of interest </li></ul><ul><li>Are not a student’s immediate family member </li></ul><ul><li>Complete an evaluation of the student and verify attendance log </li></ul>
  15. 15. The Result <ul><li>“ The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically... Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.” </li></ul><ul><li>--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. </li></ul><ul><li>The Graduation Project can bring us one step closer to providing “true education.” </li></ul>
  16. 16. Questions? <ul><li>Alexandra Hoskins, Program Specialist </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>336.727.2358 ext.34216 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Visit the WSFCS Graduation Project webpage </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>