Project: Community Exploration

Teacher: Deborah Ronnebaum
School: Capital City School
Location: Topeka, Kansas USA
Start Date: 06/09/2009
End Date: 07/09/2009
Project Plan
Unique Requests of
Participating Mentors:

We need mentors willing to guide teenagers that have a mixture of abilities, skills, and experience as they explore how their interests can serve as a path to educational and career goals. The project focus will be to assist students as they explore oppportunities within their city, county and state. While students complete their project mentors should be comfortable with and possess patience in working with students who have limited knowledge of keyboarding, the Internet, and using on-line correspondence functions (web-based message system). Mentors should be willing to encourage the students to stay focused on the project outcomes. Mentors are asked to submit reflective/critical thinking-type questions and provide feedback to the students’ about their communication skills. Students will benefit from gaining information and sharing with mentors about their community in Kansas and information that also applies to the mentors city, county and state where they reside. (HINT: we really want these students to recognize the importance of seeking out new information and developing an understanding of their community. We want them to gain information - like think (and see) outside of the box).


The Goal of this project is to create an awareness of the students concerning what exists in their city, county, state. This will be done by internet exploration, speaker presentation, and field trips to two sites within the city. After Action Reports will be completed by the students and shared with the mentors, providing information they gained from the experience. This project is being implemented into the ESY(Extended School Year) at Capital City School.


The district goals (aligned with state benchmarks) that are met with this project are: technology (technology basics, application and integration of technology, use of creativity tools, and technology in life and society); reading (literal, inferential, and evaluative comprehension skills; technical reading. Use of written communication to convey intended thought and be able to verbalize and understand.



Grade Level:


Content Area:

Social Studies

Student Outcomes:

Students will retain copies of all lessons, internet research and After Action Reports (Evaluation of field trips, presenters, and other activities) relating to this project in class portfolios of "best work." Materials completed from this project will be scanned to the "new" student portfolio's electronically and hard copies retained and stored in a binder (Student Individual Portforlio). Information from this project will be added to the students Career Transition Plan.

Evaluation of
Student Outcomes:

Students will discuss with their mentors the results of the activities they complete. Following activities students will complete and share an After Action Report. They will learn the skill of communication by responding to the mentors messages relating to the information they recieved. Students will use proper grammar, spelling and writing. Skills in writing will improve through the course of the project.

Teacher Role:

Explain guidelines of the assignment; assist students with technology (message/email) usage, researh opportunities available in the city,county, and state. Coordinate job shadowing/field trips, introduce schedule presentation resume/interview sessions; send a Project Update message to mentors and answer any questions from mentors. Mentors will be notified in group and individually as needed per student. Teacher will also have the support of the district telementor coordinator.

Mentor Role:

Mentors will be asked to communicate information concerning Kansas and share similar information from the state they reside. Students need to expand their knowledge of resources, government agencies and begin building information and resources that will allow them to continue to reach out, setting goals and moving forward with their Career/Transistion Plan.