Internship Project<br />By David N. Mugerwa<br />The George Washington University<br />EDUC 387A<br />Fall 2010<br />
Introduction<br />My internship was based at Olney Adventist Preparatory School in Olney, Maryland. <br />I completed my required 80 hours by serving as a member of our district wide curriculum committee and also becoming a member of our school’s PR Committee, which included me dedicating many hours to work on our school’s website.<br />
Objectives<br />To work cooperatively with my supervisor, along with Dr. Armstrong, to complete the 80 hour internship as required by The George Washington University.<br />To develop my skill set and interest in school-community relations, which are an integral part of a successful school.<br />To demonstrate how the use of technology can be beneficial to a school.<br />
Activities<br />Publishing of our Middle School Newsletter.<br />Updates made to Olney Prep’s website, which included staff directory, school curriculum, athletics, online grade book, and much more.<br />Meetings with the school board, curriculum committee, and PR committee.<br />Taking pictures at school events, which can be used for the website or brochures.<br />
Stakeholders<br />The stakeholders include the faculty, staff, and students of Olney Prep, the school board, the city of Olney, Maryland and its surrounding neighborhoods.<br />
CHALLENGES<br />These are some of the challenges faced during my internship:<br /><ul><li> Difficulty learning how to use the Adobe Dream weaver application.
Inability to meet with Ted Knight, our former webmaster, for two weeks.
Meetings with different committees due to schedule conflicts.</li></li></ul><li>Examples of Work <br />Our school was featured on Fox 5 Morning News with Holly Morris. This program highlighted our etiquette program. Click here to see the video. <br />Click here to view some of the changes that have been made to Olney Prep’s website. <br />
Examples of Work (Cont’d)<br />Led by Mr. Brett Meliti, the PR committee developed a brochure which highlights Olney Adventist Preparatory School, as well as a postcard which will be mailed out to the local community which will invite them to our open house in January 2011.<br />Click here to view the brochure.<br />Click here to view the postcard.<br />
Pictures<br />The following pictures were taken to be included in PR items, such as our school’s website, brochures, newsletters, etc.<br />
Standardized Testing<br />The Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) is administered every fall and Olney Prep had the highest standardized test score results in our district. Olney Prep is proud to announce that they rank in the top 3% in the nation.<br />During our curriculum committee meeting, it was recognized that every school scored the lowest in the math computation section of the test.<br />The curriculum committee is currently working to collect methods to facilitate our student’s growth in the area of math computation.<br />
Standardized Testing (cont’d)<br />Click here to view a flier created by a member of our PR committee which emphasizes our placement in the ITBS test.<br />
Personal Benefits<br />I have become quite skillful using Adobe Dreamweaver. I will be able to use this application for personal projects.<br />I have developed a stronger relationship with the stakeholders of our school through my involvement of this project.<br />I have developed better team building skills by working with several groups to accomplish the same goal.<br />
Conclusion<br />One must know how important they are as a leader and how great of an impact they can have on their staff, students, and the local community. <br />This project was very valuable to my growth as a future administrator. I have learned an abundance of information that I will share with others throughout my career.<br />