The Plan

 
 

 

 

The Final Plan
Provide teachers with one-on-one technology training
through a project of their choice utilizing student mentors.
Teachers gain self-confidence in technology.
Students learn new technology skills.
Teachers have assistance in completing a project.
Students gain a new perspective on a field of study.
Both learn and practice mentoring skills.

Partnership for Learning will pair student tech-mentors with teacher subject-mentors. This format provides each partner the opportunity to both mentor and be mentored. The student provides technology support ~ both training in technology skills and work on a project. The teacher provides an opportunity for deeper experience in the student's area of interest. While my role is to help shape the general goals and guide the process, the two partners will work out at specific contract for the year and own the process.

  • The student-teacher partners meet twice a week for training sessions.
  • The students work two days each week on the project.
  • The students meet with me once a week for mentoring help and technology training on specific skills.
  • The teachers meet with me at the beginning and end of each quarter for planning and assessment.

 

Plan, Act, Observe, Reflect, Revise, Repeat

Planning: Setting up the program includes securing student wages funding, lining up partnerships, and developing the materials. These include the brochure with the ethics statement, the application, the form for the project scope. This specific planning will occur from January through March, our winter quarter. An understanding of how to lay this out will come from two one-on-one mentoring projects underway already. Those will be formalized and incorporated in the Partnership for Learning.

Action: Two cycles of action occur during the course of this program. The initial cycle tests the hypothesis with two teachers working on specific projects with a mentor. Also included in this cycle are shorter projects with one-on-one mentoring. The second cycle is the formalization of Partnership for Learning. This includes a one-year commitment, defined goals, applications, contracts, and regular meetings. Allowing students with a GPA of 2.0 to apply, explores the possibility that working in an area of interest with a close one-on-one relationship will provide the spark that ignites their learning in general and their GPA will improve.

Observation: Assessment will include skills evaluations completed at the beginning and end of each quarter, as well as anecdotal evidence from both partners. The student partners will provide a brief journal twice a quarter on the teacher's progress and what they themselves have learned both in their area of interest and in technology. I will conduct oral interviews with the teacher partners. These assessments will be written as case studies.

Reflection: My weekly journal will cover a section the partnerships as well as the my personal growth and thoughts on this action research project.

Revision: Minor adjustments will be made as needed. Formal changes will be done quarterly with program evaluation done at the end of a year for each partnership. The quarterly and annual revision plans will be noted under CONCLUSIONS.

Repeat: This program is planned for an initial three-year pilot. I hope that it becomes an integral part of the education program throughout Principia.

 

Community of Practice
Wake Forest University, David G. Brown and Andrea Ellis of their STARs program
Robert Poselli, Killingly Public Schools, Dayville, CT 06241, polsellir@mps1.org
Rick Snoeyink, Trinity Christian College


Critical Friend

Kathi Beyer

College Faculty Education Deptartment worked with University of Missouri grant team on faculty development; author of published report

Validation Team
Richard Booth Director of IT Covers both campuses; I report to him.
Mike Moyle Principal Lower School
Bill Fabian Academic Dean Upper School   

Paula Manker

Trainer Both campuses on MS office products and other packages
Roger Bower

Technology Coordinator

PreK-8th grade

Subject Collaborators
Mary Talcott
(historical)
Excel College Admin, Office of Special Programs 
John Glen
Ethan Swartz
PPT College Faculty, History 
College sophomore, History major
Roger Batz
Ella Watson
Web pages College Faculty, Sociology
College junior, Sociology major
Gary Fleener
Stephanie Rader
Web Site
Mountain Ecology
College Faculty, Biology
College sophomore, Biology major
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