Project Overview

Project: Spring 2013 Career Exploration and Education Plan
Teacher: Elaine Bradford
School: Airline High School
Location: 2801 Airline Dr
Start Date: 02/04/2013
End Date: 04/02/2013

Participant totals:
Student Participants: 0
Mentor Participants: 3

Survey Totals:
Teacher Survey: 1
Student Surveys: 0
Mentor Surveys: 3

Mentor Project Survey Results

Please indicate the student skill areas that you feel you influenced through this project.
0 - Improved math comprehension and ability
0 - Improved science comprehension and ability
3 - Improved written communication skills
3 - Improved basic research skills
3 - Improved project management skills
2 - Improved collaboration skills

Please indicate if your mentoring support aided your student in the following areas.
3 - Better understanding of a professional work environment
3 - Improved awareness of post-secondary educational opportunities
3 - Increased desire to research and plan for post-secondary education
3 - Improved awareness of the value of a professional support network

The average quality of the messages received from students throughout the project.

Did your student share a final product (presentation, research report, plan, etc) with you for this project?
1 - N/A
2 - Yes
0 - No

Average level and quality of assistance received from the teacher throughout the project.

Average level and quality of assistance you received from Mentored Pathways staff throughout the project.

Things either the teacher or the Mentored Pathways Staff do to make a similar project more successful.
My student dropped out of sending messages after spring break. We were doing really well before that. Zac stepped in and set up a teleconference with his class which went very well, but the project never got back on track. In this case I was sending messages every week, but getting no responses. I also think the project schedule changed, but I wasn't really aware of the changes.
I thought both provided the appropriate level of interaction. The biggest help was encouraging the student to stay involved.
I felt that this particular project was the least interactive with the mentor of the ones I participated in. I'm not certain if it was due to the student or the program. I thought at the outset there would be a lot more opportunity for interaction and mentorin.

Feedback regarding the quality of the student's final project as well as suggestions for improvement.
I didn't see a final project per se but was pleased with the progress she made during our interaction. She thought through the process, research options, evaluated them effectively, and had a good plan at the end. Well done.
I did not get materials from the student or needed to ask. I'm do not know if this was due to lack of demand to do so by the teacher or if the student was unmotivated. I would suggest that in future versions of the sort of project have stricter requirements for mentee communication with the mentor

Overall experience in the program.

Would you consider mentoring new students in the future?
0 - No
3 - Yes

Why or why not.
I enjoy encouraging students to think about life after high school and, in this case, helping them to appreciate the value of and gain expertise in building a professional network.
I will consider it in the future but will carefully try to assess the project. I found this particular round very frustrating.

The most rewarding aspect of participating.
Seeing her progress in thinking through options.
Hoping to positively influence a student who may not be receiving all the support he or she should need.

The most difficult aspect of participating.
Didn't find any of it particularily difficult.
The lack of direct contact is frustating. I've mentored students for an underserved college/graduate school population supporting science eduction. The ability to pick up a phone to discuss issues if there is little or no timely email exchange is helpful. I understand the limits in this program but the firewall makes performing the service harder.

First time you've been part of a formal mentoring program.
3 - No
0 - Yes