Presentation on theme: "Experiential Learning: Taking students beyond the classroom"— Presentation transcript:
1 Experiential Learning: Taking students beyond the classroom Dr. Aimee WyattMetropolitan Nashville Public Schools
2 Experiential Learning Experiential learning is the process of making meaning from direct experience. At MNPS, we believe that our high school students are more engaged in the learning process if they are able to reflect on activities they have experienced which have direct correlation to the curriculum being taught in the classroom.
4 Alignment of Experiences Experiences in the Academies of Nashville are aligned to help students narrow their focus during the course of their high school education. Students who are more informed are more likely to graduate, set higher goals for themselves, and better understand the realities of life beyond high school.
6 What is a Capstone Project? Capstone Project – 4 component project that is based in research and real-world experienceStudents enroll in a 1 credit course with a capstone advisorStudents have option oftaking the course on-line.
7 Why do it? MNPS Education 2018 Strategic Plan State Requirement 5 characteristics of a graduatePost-secondary connections21st century skills (4 Cs)
8 But how do we go about doing this But how do we go about doing this? Our Theory of System Change explains our approach and circles back to the personalized learning and three key strategies we discussed earlier.Personalized learning is our lever of change. When we personalize learning, our students will grow, achieve and be empowered, which will lead to student success in college, career and life.The more we transform, and focus on our three core strategies of quality teaching, transformational leadership and excellence for all – the more our students will succeed.The educational support system is the base for our lever and it includesThe Board of Education,The district’s central office,Parents and families,Community partners, andThe community as a whole.All of us play a role in these efforts and we will all share in our students’ success
9 Our high school graduates will all have a plan for post-secondary education and career and will score at least a 990 on the SAT or a 21 composite on the ACT, which is a requirement for Tennessee’s HOPE scholarship. They will have completed at least one course online, which will help them prepare for online learning in higher education and on the job. They will have a work-based or service learning experience of a capstone project and they will have earned either college credit or a nationally recognized professional certification.
11 BackgroundPrior to 2013, approximately 2-3% of students were obtaining internships and work-based learning experiences.2013 district pilot - 16 schools – 12 zoned and 4 magnetCapstone Manual created – can look different for each school, but there are minimum expectations for all63% of all seniors in the district were enrolled in a capstone course in
12 Learned that we needed fewer course codes with more flexibilityBlended Learning and Virtual course16 Lead Capstone teachers meet monthly90% of all seniors are enrolled in a capstone courseCreated capstone website
13 What are Capstone Courses? AP Capstone (Hillwood and Hume Fogg)Approaches to Learning II (IB Capstone)AVID IV (Antioch)Clinical InternshipTheory of Knowledge II (IB Capstone)ISR IV (Hillsboro and Stratford)Senior CapstoneWork-Based Learning (Hunters Lane)*Updated annually
14 Project Types Community Service Extended Observation Internship Research ProjectSenior ShowcaseService LearningWork-Based Learning
15 Project Advisement Not required to stay within Academy theme Advisors don’t say “NO”System of support throughout the schoolJuniors are allowed to submit project topics as early as January and are required to attend a minimum of one senior presentation
16 The Capstone Manual Minimum requirements Guideline, not a lesson plan District expectationsForms and TemplatesSchools should personalizeUpdated annually and placed on MNPS teacher portal
18 Communication Posted on school website Parent contract Student and teacher friendly formatParent contractHave community on presentation panelsStudent meetings for next year’s seniors (held by February each year)Alignment Nashville (website)
19 Differentiation Flexibility – no one way to do this! Student voice and choiceSPED modificationsEL modificationsAdvanced coursework and additional expectations
20 What is the teacher’s role? Facilitator/Connector - allow for student voice and choice, make resource connectionsTeacher – research, organizational and presentation skills, 4Cs, assessing progressMentor/Advisor – giving options and suggestions, narrowing focus when needed, providing supportOrganizer/Documenter – presentation panels, data entry on project information
21 Advising Work along side students to determine projects Moral/ethical implicationsEnsuring that the project challenges the student (no matter their current achievement level)When in doubt, work as a team with other staff members
22 Experiential Hours Self-Placement preferred During school day versus outside of school – dependent on:Type of projectMaster schedulePrincipal’s decisionStudent maintains and submits documentationYou make determination if they are acceptable – communicate with students
23 Experiential Hours YES Intern (paid/unpaid) Shadow (related to project)Interviewing expertsLearning a new skillProviding a service that is challenging or new to studentNOHours used to create their productTime spent researching for their paperProviding service that is not challenging or related to project
26 Blended Learning Blackboard layout Flexible scheduling Digital portfolioTeacher onboarding/training
27 Assessment Calendar guideline Component rubrics Overall rubric Collaboration in assessingFlexibility in grading – grades “in progress”
28 _____________ High School Capstone Project 2015 Capstone Project Final RubricTotal Points Earned for Capstone Project: ___________/1000In order to complete the capstone course satisfactorily, a student must complete all four parts successfully and earn no less than 700 points.
29 Final Presentations Include Junior students Panel consists of teachers, administrators, and business partnersInvite parents – formal invitationsMust utilize technologyMust present portfolio and productReflection on the entire process
30 Project Recognition Site-Based suggestions District suggestions Include in graduation programs or slide showsAwards for top projectsDistrict suggestionsTop project from each school to present at public forum
31 Contact informationDr. Aimee Wyatt Executive Lead Principal for Secondary Schools Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools