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NAVIANCE SUMMER INSTITUTE 2014
PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
NAVIANCE SUMMER INSTITUTE 2014 | PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
Learning by Doing
Experiential Learning Options for Teens
Marie ...
3
Agenda
•  Why Experiential Learning is Important
•  Conduct Assessment
•  Opportunities by Category:
•  Definition
•  Id...
4
Why Experiential Learning is Important
•  Raises awareness of skills that
students will need for their
future
•  Builds ...
5
Conduct Assessment
•  List non-academic enrichment activities/
requirements in your school
•  Determine # and % of stude...
NAVIANCE SUMMER INSTITUTE 2014 | PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
Community Service
7
Definition: Community Service
•  School Year vs. Summer
•  Group vs. Individual
•  Short Term vs. Long Term
•  Local vs....
8
Identify Opportunities
•  Define optimal experience for your
students.
•  Establish/Review your community
service policy...
9
Design & Implement Program
•  Review/approve policy
•  Establish partnerships with local
non-profits
•  Offer Service Le...
NAVIANCE SUMMER INSTITUTE 2014 | PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
Summer Programs
11
Definition: Summer Programs
•  More than 5,000 summer programs
for middle & high school students
•  Local vs. overnight...
12
Identify Opportunities
•  Search “Enrichment Programs”
on Family Connection
•  Search TeenLife.com
•  Explore programs ...
13
Design & Implement Program
•  Discuss summer plans with
parents/students
•  Recommend areas of
exploration/skill-buildi...
NAVIANCE SUMMER INSTITUTE 2014 | PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
High School Internships
15
Definition: High School Internships
•  School Year vs. Summer
•  Interviewing/networking skills
required
•  Job skills ...
16
Identify Opportunities
•  Identify local employers and
professional associations
•  For profit or non-profit
•  Engage ...
17
Design & Implement
•  Teach students how to create a
resume and apply for a job or
internship.
•  Dedicate a faculty or...
NAVIANCE SUMMER INSTITUTE 2014 | PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
Gap Year
19
Definition: Gap Year
•  Year of exploration/learning
before college
•  Structured or unstructured
•  Benefits include g...
20
Identify Opportunities
•  Gather information from
alumni and colleges attended
by your students
•  Understand costs & f...
21
Design & Implement
•  Invite a knowledgeable
speaker to a staff meeting.
•  Offer a gap year information
session/webina...
NAVIANCE SUMMER INSTITUTE 2014 | PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
Measure & Improve Outcomes
23
Measure & Improve Outcomes
•  Correlate involvement in
experiential learning
activities with school
outcomes – by stude...
NAVIANCE SUMMER INSTITUTE 2014 | PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
Resources from TeenLife
25
Family Connection
Activate Enrichment Programs
26
Family Connection
Add Resource Links
27
TeenLife.com
28
Publications
29
TeenLife Blog
30
Write a Review
31
Join TeenLife
32
In Conclusion…
33
Questions?
Visit the TeenLife Booth at NSI!
Find TeenLife in the Naviance Marketplace
#NSI2014
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NSI 2014: Learning by Doing: Community Service, Summer Programs, Internships, and Gap Years

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NSI 2014: Learning by Doing: Community Service, Summer Programs, Internships, and Gap Years

  1. 1. NAVIANCE SUMMER INSTITUTE 2014 PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
  2. 2. NAVIANCE SUMMER INSTITUTE 2014 | PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA Learning by Doing Experiential Learning Options for Teens Marie Schwartz Founder & CEO, TeenLife Media July 16, 2014
  3. 3. 3 Agenda •  Why Experiential Learning is Important •  Conduct Assessment •  Opportunities by Category: •  Definition •  Identify Opportunities •  Design & Implement Programs •  Measure & Improve Outcomes •  Resources Offered by TeenLife
  4. 4. 4 Why Experiential Learning is Important •  Raises awareness of skills that students will need for their future •  Builds self-confidence, work readiness, and clarity about interests and goals •  Has a positive impact on students’ academic interests •  Imparts new knowledge and skills that matter to employers
  5. 5. 5 Conduct Assessment •  List non-academic enrichment activities/ requirements in your school •  Determine # and % of students engaged in these activities each semester •  Conduct student survey about summer & out-of-school activities •  Ask parents what they need help finding •  Research options offered by peer schools
  6. 6. NAVIANCE SUMMER INSTITUTE 2014 | PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA Community Service
  7. 7. 7 Definition: Community Service •  School Year vs. Summer •  Group vs. Individual •  Short Term vs. Long Term •  Local vs. Abroad •  Service Learning vs. Community Service •  Volunteer Internship Experiences
  8. 8. 8 Identify Opportunities •  Define optimal experience for your students. •  Establish/Review your community service policy. •  Identify in-school and local volunteer options. •  Explore school-sponsored community service trips or programs. •  Determine/Establish faculty and/or PTA support. •  Search TeenLife.com and other websites.
  9. 9. 9 Design & Implement Program •  Review/approve policy •  Establish partnerships with local non-profits •  Offer Service Learning content or curriculum •  Determine tracking requirements (if any) •  Assign resources to support students •  Host a Community Service Fair •  Tell TeenLife to add your non- profit listings
  10. 10. NAVIANCE SUMMER INSTITUTE 2014 | PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA Summer Programs
  11. 11. 11 Definition: Summer Programs •  More than 5,000 summer programs for middle & high school students •  Local vs. overnight •  One to eight weeks •  Offered by Colleges, Schools, and independent companies •  Broad range of interest categories and program content
  12. 12. 12 Identify Opportunities •  Search “Enrichment Programs” on Family Connection •  Search TeenLife.com •  Explore programs offered in your community •  Research summer activities listed in Naviance student survey •  Get suggestions from coaches and teachers •  Research funding sources
  13. 13. 13 Design & Implement Program •  Discuss summer plans with parents/students •  Recommend areas of exploration/skill-building •  Promote resources for finding programs, including local summer camp fairs •  Distribute fund-raising ideas or hold a fund-raiser •  Advocate for students who need scholarships •  Distribute TeenLife Guide to Summer Programs
  14. 14. NAVIANCE SUMMER INSTITUTE 2014 | PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA High School Internships
  15. 15. 15 Definition: High School Internships •  School Year vs. Summer •  Interviewing/networking skills required •  Job skills not required •  Shorter duration than a job (60 hours) •  Requires support from a parent or teacher •  Requires training and mentorship by the employer •  Highly-valued by students and parents alike
  16. 16. 16 Identify Opportunities •  Identify local employers and professional associations •  For profit or non-profit •  Engage vendors and service providers at your school •  Engage parents and alumni •  Search websites like Internships.com and Idealist.org
  17. 17. 17 Design & Implement •  Teach students how to create a resume and apply for a job or internship. •  Dedicate a faculty or parent resource to assist students. •  Partner with associations to host a Career & Internship Fair. •  Consider offering a course/program to seniors before graduation. •  Distribute TeenLife Guide to Finding Jobs & Internships.
  18. 18. NAVIANCE SUMMER INSTITUTE 2014 | PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA Gap Year
  19. 19. 19 Definition: Gap Year •  Year of exploration/learning before college •  Structured or unstructured •  Benefits include greater focus, engagement, and success in college •  Wide range of programs offered in US and abroad
  20. 20. 20 Identify Opportunities •  Gather information from alumni and colleges attended by your students •  Understand costs & funding options •  Search Enrichment Programs in Family Connection •  Search TeenLife.com •  Explore AGA and USA Gap Fair websites. •  Speak to an independent gap year advisor.
  21. 21. 21 Design & Implement •  Invite a knowledgeable speaker to a staff meeting. •  Offer a gap year information session/webinar for parents & students. •  Distribute resources on gap year education. •  Tell students and parents to search on TeenLife.com. •  Promote local Gap Year Fairs. •  Distribute TeenLife Guide to Gap Year Programs.
  22. 22. NAVIANCE SUMMER INSTITUTE 2014 | PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA Measure & Improve Outcomes
  23. 23. 23 Measure & Improve Outcomes •  Correlate involvement in experiential learning activities with school outcomes – by student and overall •  Measure satisfaction with in-school activities and use feedback to improve programs •  Ask alumni what enrichment activities during the high school years had the most impact
  24. 24. NAVIANCE SUMMER INSTITUTE 2014 | PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA Resources from TeenLife
  25. 25. 25 Family Connection Activate Enrichment Programs
  26. 26. 26 Family Connection Add Resource Links
  27. 27. 27 TeenLife.com
  28. 28. 28 Publications
  29. 29. 29 TeenLife Blog
  30. 30. 30 Write a Review
  31. 31. 31 Join TeenLife
  32. 32. 32 In Conclusion…
  33. 33. 33 Questions? Visit the TeenLife Booth at NSI! Find TeenLife in the Naviance Marketplace #NSI2014

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