Friday, August 28, 2009

Calling All Mentors: The SLA Capstone Project

From Chris Lehmann's excellent blog Practical Theory:

Calling All Mentors: The SLA Capstone Project: "In a little over a week, the first class of the Science Leadership Academy starts its senior year. The students will, as a major part of that senior year, embark on a year-long Capstone project where they tackle an idea or a problem of their own design. All students have to create a proposal, detailing how they will incorporate the five core values of the school -- inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation and reflection -- into their capstone to create something original and meaningful. Ideas we have heard cross all disciplines, as students want to do original science research, create and stage original plays, design web-based applications, research the history of education reform, and much more. To do this, they will need mentors -- people with expertise in a myriad of fields -- who will be on the other end of an email or a Skype call when the students need a hand. Students will also have mentors at the school. Advisors are responsible for helping the students stay on-track and subject area teachers will serve as on-site guide as well. But we need you too. Please considering giving an hour a week to be a capstone mentor. You can sign up at, where you can tell us what kinds of projects / areas of expertise you would be able to support.

From the site:

The Senior Capstone Project at Science Leadership Academy is an opportunity for students to demonstrate what they have become over the course of high school as scholars and individuals. It represents the culmination of four years of intellectual growth towards an independent and self-directed learner who can contribute meaningfully to his or her community. As such an ambitious intellectual project, we are looking for mentors in all fields interested in working with students to develop their own ideas and facilitate their progress toward a meaningful product that truly demonstrates our core values of inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation, and reflection. While students are working to develop their own vision of what it means to lead, your participation as a role model of leadership and creativity will be hugely beneficial to them. As a Capstone mentor, your role would be of an advisory nature, in conjunction with two teachers at the school, providing guidance, feedback, and your wealth of knowledge and experience in a mutual relationship designed by the student and yourself.

Please consider volunteering your time as a capstone mentor for an SLA student. (Mentors will be contacted for clearance, etc... to ensure that students are working with an appropriate mentor.)

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