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1 Future Ready Schools North Carolina Graduation Project Implementation Guide Overview

2 Future Ready Schools Guide will be available: On the DPI NC Graduation Project Website at Will be sent to high school and middle school principals and central office staff Available from the NCDPI Publications Office

3 Future Ready Schools Objectives of This Session First, – to give an overview of the NCGP Implementation Guide Second, – to find out what questions have not been answered & – to get feedback

4 Future Ready Schools Guide has Five Chapters and Eight appendices Developed by the Division of Middle and Secondary Education To assist schools with implementing the NCGP process

5 Future Ready Schools The Guide Is intended to provide a comprehensive look at how to implement the NCGP In accordance with NC State Boards policy and intent

6 Future Ready Schools Chapter One: Overview Introduction – NCGP is a performance- based exit assessment NCGP may be an exit standard determined at the LEA level.

7 Future Ready Schools Chapter One: Overview – NCGP is a school-wide responsibility – Students must develop a product rather than a project – There is no set formula - it should be developed and owned by the entire school and community – Allows students to apply practical, real-world skills

8 Future Ready Schools Chapter One: Overview Historical Perspective – The work of the NC Standards and Accountability Commission began activities to increase rigor and relevance – The Senior Project® (Copyrighted by UNC-G) was one of the items they considered – The State Board encouraged schools to expand the use of the concept

9 Future Ready Schools Chapter One: Overview Introduction – Local guidelines should: Be flexible Allow input from various stakeholders Foster student-teacher relationships Nurture the exploration of new ideas Encourage student-centered, lifelong learning

10 Future Ready Schools Chapter One: Overview Introduction – Consist of four components Research paper Product Portfolio Oral presentation Note: Students must complete all four

11 Future Ready Schools Chapter One: Overview Students who transfer from one NC school to another must still satisfy the NCGP requirement Students who transfer from out of state to a NC school must satisfy the requirement if they come in during the first semester of their senior year~ However, if they come in during the second semester of their senior year, they do not have to meet the NCGP requirement.

12 Future Ready Schools Research Paper May use either of two annotation styles – American Psychological Association (APA) or – Modern Language Association (MLA)

13 Future Ready Schools Research Paper Students – Choose an area of interest – Focus on a specific topic Topic should be approved by a school-based committee

14 Future Ready Schools Research Paper Characteristics for paper are set by the GP advisory council Research methods should be taught & practiced through all subject areas, as well as, Pitfalls of plagiarism

15 Future Ready Schools Product Is related to the research paper Selected, designed and developed by student Should fulfill a need or desire Involves 15 hours of documented work

16 Future Ready Schools Product Students should be creative and innovative Products may be: – Tangible or intangible – Short or long-term – Personal or public Products should allow for – Individual differences & – creativity

17 Future Ready Schools Product Should be evidence of the time and effort invested Should be adequately documented – Photographs, logs, letters, journal entries, video, etc Products should not be dependent on the amount of money invested Should link to research topic and thesis

18 Future Ready Schools Portfolio Is a learning record of the – Process & – Progress Sample Table of Contents (page 9- 10) If the school has the resources, students should be encouraged to collect work samples and artifacts electronically

19 Future Ready Schools Oral Presentation Is a culmination of the NCGP Should: – Demonstrate public speaking skills – Deliver accurate, credible information on the topic

20 Future Ready Schools Oral Presentation – Be prepared to respond to questions A list of preparations are provided on page 10 – Should be customized for each school and/or system

21 Future Ready Schools GP Components Activity – 1. Pretend you must decide, as an adult, on a Graduation Project – 2. Write it down & list how the four components might play out for this topic – 3. Be prepared to share with everyone and provide rationale

22 Future Ready Schools Chapter One: Overview Roles and Responsibilities Are suggested not mandated For the: District School & Community Level

23 Future Ready Schools Chapter One: Overview Roles and Responsibilities – District Level is responsible for fair and equitable implementation – Should: Monitor for consistency Establish District policies Provide professional development Support school efforts Generate publicity, etc.

24 Future Ready Schools May establish a District NCGP Committee Ensure statewide intent is followed Concept continuity within the system List of suggested duties on page 11

25 Future Ready Schools Chapter One: Overview Roles and Responsibilities – School Level Principal – sets tone and provides leadership – Monitors implementation Faculty and Staff implement the process and are involved in various roles (page 12)

26 Future Ready Schools Roles and Responsibilities – School Level School-Based Committee coordinates the process and provides – Orientation for staff, etc. – Recommendations for roles – Guidelines and training for roles – Samples of correspondence & forms – Recommendations for establishing review panels – Develops training guides for mentors and reviewers – Identify a GP coordinator

27 Future Ready Schools Roles and Responsibilities – School Level (continued) GP Coordinator is the manager Suggested tasks on page 13 GP Advisory Council (page 14) – Advises Coordinator on implementation & – Their work is confidential Counselor, Social Worker, Media Coordinator and Technology Specialist should be actively involved in all aspects (page 14-15)

28 Future Ready Schools Roles and Responsibilities – School Level (continued) Community Coordinator – May be a parent volunteer – Under supervision of the GP Coordinator – Works as liaison with community mentors Academic Advisor may be a teacher from any discipline

29 Future Ready Schools Roles and Responsibilities – School Level (continued) Students – Much may be done without daily supervision – Must take full ownership – All work will be assumed to be their own – Have responsibilities (see list on page 17)

30 Future Ready Schools Chapter One: Overview Roles and Responsibilities – Community-Level Parents – must be attentive and involved throughout the process and – may play different roles on various committees

31 Future Ready Schools Chapter One: Overview Roles and Responsibilities – Community-Level Parents should also – Help students remember key dates – Stay in communication with GP personnel – Ask questions – Be involved in the students work and provide feedback

32 Future Ready Schools Chapter One: Overview Roles and Responsibilities – Community Level (continued) GP Mentor is a community or faculty member with expertise in the area and is willing to work with the student – 21 years of age or older – May not be a household member – Scrutinized for appropriateness

33 Future Ready Schools Chapter One: Overview Roles and Responsibilities – Community Level (continued) GP Mentor is a community or faculty member with expertise in the area and is willing to work with the student – Allocates time and makes arrangements to work with the student – Provides suggestions and advise – Serves as a support and resource – Signs and returns all required forms

34 Future Ready Schools Chapter One: Overview Roles and Responsibilities – Community Level (continued) GP Review Panel – Is a community or faculty member – participates in the evaluation of a students portfolio, presentation, etc.

35 Future Ready Schools Chapter One: Overview Roles and Responsibilities – Community Level (continued) GP Review Panel Responsibilities – Attends oral presentation – Ask clarifying questions – Be consistent and fair – Be mindful of non-verbal communication – Preview portfolio before presentation – Evaluate the success or failure of the project (completed or not completed) » In accordance with the state-endorsed rubrics

36 Future Ready Schools Roles ACTIVITY – 1. Get into three groups (district, school, or community) – 2. Decide numerous reasons why your group is important to the GP process – 3. Decide which group is most important of the three – 4. Be prepared to share your opinions with everyone

37 Future Ready Schools Chapter Two:Educational Foundation Skills needed for the GP – Identified by a SERVE survey in relationship to the Senior Project® on page 21 – Preparation for the GP should begin in Middle Grades and even at the elementary level

38 Future Ready Schools Chapter Two:Educational Foundation Middle Grades Scaffolding – Successful middle grades programs build the foundation to complete the Graduation Project

39 Future Ready Schools Chapter Two:Educational Foundation Middle Grades Scaffolding – GP skills have been addressed and expanded for the Middle Grades on pages 23&24

40 Future Ready Schools Chapter Two:Educational Foundation Middle Grades Scaffolding – Middle & High schools should align goals and objectives to support the GP – Ways to promote GP at the Middle School level are listed on page 24

41 Future Ready Schools Chapter Two:Educational Foundation Grade Level Benchmarks – A Benchmarking Chart shows what will support the GP at each grade level 6-12 on pages 27 & 28 for: Teacher and students goals Resources and support

42 Future Ready Schools Chapter Three: Teacher Toolboxes One for each subject area with: – Introductory paragraph – Discussion of appropriate project mentors – Sample topics – Sample descriptions of projects – Discipline specific resources

43 Future Ready Schools Chapter Three: Teacher Toolboxes ACTIVITY – 1. Select a subject area toolbox – 2. Read over it and jot down ideas or features you found interesting or subject specific – 3. Be prepared to report out to everyone

44 Future Ready Schools Chapter Four: Options for Completing the NCGP Service Learning National Honor Society Key Club International Advanced Placement International Baccalaureate Advanced Studies Career and Technical Education

45 Future Ready Schools Chapter Four: Options for Completing the NCGP Service Learning – As a graduation project combines service to the community (local, state, national or international) with student learning in ways that improves both the student and community

46 Future Ready Schools Chapter Four: Options for Completing the NCGP Service Learning – Five basic steps are to Brainstorm Focus Implement Evaluation Reflection

47 Future Ready Schools Chapter Four: Options for Completing the NCGP Service Learning – Students should: Meet a recognized need Achieve curricular objectives while learning Reflect throughout Develop responsibility Establish Community partnerships Plan ahead Become equipped with knowledge and skills needed for service

48 Future Ready Schools Chapter Four: Options for Completing the NCGP ACTIVITY – 1. After being assigned one of the other five options on page – 2. Read and prepare to describe what the option is and how it might relate to the Graduation Project – 3. Report out your findings to everyone

49 Future Ready Schools Chapter Five: Diverse Learners Considerations for – Students with disabilities – LEP students All students that must participate in statewide assessment ALSO have to pass all four components of the NCGP

50 Future Ready Schools Appendices A. Overview of Exit Standards B. NCGP Rubrics C. Skills Matrices D. Promoting the NCGP E. Frequently Asked Questions F. Sample Documentation G. Resources H. References

51 Future Ready Schools Appendix A: Overview of Exit Standards Policies governing the Exit Standards to include the NC Graduation Project – Use to explain and rationalize the requirement & it addresses: Limited English Proficient Students Students with disabilities

52 Future Ready Schools Appendix B: NCGP Rubrics A rubric for each of the four components Must meet Exemplary or Satisfactory status in order for each component to be completed May be used as a formative and summative assessment tool

53 Future Ready Schools Appendix B: NCGP Rubrics ACTIVITY – 1. Divide into groups of four and each take one of the rubrics – 2. List each aspect to be evaluated – 3. Choose the one thing under each aspect that you think is the most important and – 4. Be prepared to explain to everyone

54 Future Ready Schools Appendix C: Skills Matrices One for each discipline Shows relationship between SCS goals and objectives 6-12 with Graduation Project Skills

55 Future Ready Schools Appendix D: Promoting the NCGP Ideas for ways to promote and support the NCGP (pages ) for: – Districts – Schools – Students – Parents – Community-at-large

56 Future Ready Schools Appendix D: Promoting the NCGP ACTIVITY Select one promotional idea and describe how it might play out in your particular school or system – Districts – Schools – Students – Parents – Community-at-large – Be prepared to discuss and state benefits

57 Future Ready Schools Appendix E: Frequently Asked Questions Questions related to: – Process – Policy – Grading and Benchmarks

58 Future Ready Schools Appendix E: Frequently Asked Questions ACTIVITY – Look over questions and note those that you have any questions or concerns about – Be prepared to Stump the Presenter

59 Future Ready Schools Appendix F: Sample Documentation Forms for all aspects of the process, such as: – Project proposal – Approval forms – Contract forms – Progress charts – Guidelines – Permission forms – Interview forms – Mentor confirmation form & etc.

60 Future Ready Schools Appendix G: Resources Such as: – 21st Century Learning – Research Process – Questioning – Evaluating Sources – Copyright – Note Taking – Reflection – Career and Technical Education

61 Future Ready Schools Appendix H: References To: SBE Policy Manual URLs to SCS for Each Discipline Senior Project Center Partnership for Dynamic Learning

62 Future Ready Schools Appendix I: Reference for Diverse Learners Differentiated Instruction Literacy & Reading Web Resources Academic interventions Hearing or Visually Impaired Etc.

63 Future Ready Schools You have been officially graduation projected into the 21st century! Have a safe trip Home! Contact: Elissa Brown nc.us


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