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.
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.
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.
My weekly journal will cover a section the partnerships as well
as the my personal growth and thoughts on this action research project.
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.
This program is planned for an initial three-year pilot. I hope
that it becomes an integral part of the education program throughout