Project Overview

Project: Fall 2018 College and Career Exploration
Teacher: Nick Moore
School: Benton High School
Location: 6136 Hwy 3
Start Date: 09/10/2018
End Date: 12/14/2018

Participant Totals
Student Participants: 0
Mentor Participants: 1

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

Teacher Project Survey Results

Please select those areas where you witnessed significant improvement for your participating students.
Yes No Area of Potential Impact
0 1 Improved math comprehension and ability
0 1 Increased registration for advanced math courses
0 1 Improved science comprehension and ability
0 1 Increased registration for advanced science courses
1 0 Improved Communication skills (Written or Oral)
1 0 Improved subject grades
1 0 Improved standardized test scores
1 0 Improved critical thinking skills
1 0 Improved teamwork
1 0 Improved school attendence
1 0 Increase in self-directed learning
1 0 Increase integration of knowledge across subject areas and interest areas
1 0 Increase in knowledge of the workplace
1 0 Increased desire to become a proactive learner
1 0 Increased desire to go to college
1 0 Other areas

Please describe additional areas that may have been impacted by this program.
Students, for the first time in their lives, realize that they have to take ownership of their education. Many people will be there along the way to help them reach their destination, but my students now know that they have to take the reins and be responsible for their journey. If they don't, then who will?

Please indicate the percentage of your students who are actively moving in the direction of becoming proactive learners.

I have a better understanding of the importance of doing well in math.
Students had to conduct research on their own and communicate with their mentors whenever they needed clarification or feedback regarding project steps. The kids did this with no prompting from me, their teacher.

How many students would you prefer to directly supervise in the program next year?

Please provide some tips on how we can partner with you to expand the program in your area.
The single biggest factor in helping students achieve success in the MP program is to pair each student with an enthusiastic and knowledgeable mentor.

How would you rate the quality of the matches between your students and mentors overall on a scale of 1 - 5?

Please describe any changes you'd like to see that might further improve the quality of the matches.
Although the goal of achieving a perfect match for each student is the ideal, there are always going to be matches that are less than perfect. I've been fortunate to have only experienced a few less than perfect matches through the years and even those worked out pretty well in the end. One of the keys to a great match is for the mentor to be working and tied closely to the student's choice of career. When there is a chasm between the two, it is often hard for students to get over the fact that their mentor is not really a doctor, lawyer, scientist, or whatever career field the student is interested in.

Describe a few things you and your students and mentors were able to accomplish through this program that would have been difficult or impossible any other way.
Hearing about the importance of college and career planning and working on soft skills is something that students can't hear to much about. The great thing about Mentored Pathways is that it provides a means by which students can not only learn those skills but they can also practice them.

How would you rate the quality of the help you received from the International Telementor Center staff throughout this project on a scale of 1 - 5?

How often were you able to communicate with the mentor group as a whole?

How often were your students able to communicate, on average, with the mentors?

Describe significant changes that you would like to see in the program or school environment that would improve the effectiveness of the program for you and your students. Please note who would be responsible for making those changes.
No significant changes are needed.

How has this program assisted you to use technology more effectively?
My students are pretty tech savvy, and they enjoyed communicating via the Internet with their mentors. The kids got answers to their questions with just enough anonymity included in the mix.

Please note the impact this program has had on meeting state or national standards on a scale of 1 - 5. Where 1 is none and 5 is signifigant

Please describe this impact, if any, in your own words.
Students now have a road map that will guide them to college and career success.

If "students at-risk" are defined as those who have low motivation to learn, what percentage of the students you supervised this year met this criterion.

When you applied to be a teacher contact you were asked to meet the following requirements.
  1. All student/mentor commmunication is project based
  2. Participating students receive a subject grade and turn in work at least biweekly
  3. Teachers should communicate at least biweekly with the mentors
  4. Students should be self-selected for participation.
  5. Teachers should expect a high degree of accountability from their students.
  6. Teachers should respond to specific program problems within 48 hours
How many requirements you were able to meet this year.

Please describe which requirements, if any, helped you be successful in the program?
My goal is to help students achieve their college and career goals and the first step begins with holding them accountable for their work.

Please describe which requirements, if any, were difficult to meet. Please note why these requirements were difficult to meet.
Students did a pretty good job completing their Career Education Plan, but it is still a work in progress. As freshmen, it is still hard for some of them to see the value in planning for their college and career goals. Some students just believe that everything will magically fall into place when they finish high school. And for some, maybe it will, but that is not a gamble that any of them should be taking.

If you were helping a new teacher start in this program, what advice would you offer that would aid this new teacher and his or her students to be successful participants?
Trust your mentors to do their jobs but also be sure to provide regular encouragement and feedback to them. You provide this to your students, and you need to provide it to your mentors as well. Everyone needs to occasionally adjust his sails.

Do you plan to participate in the program next year?

Please estimate how many students in your school district or city could take advantage of this program next year?

What additional training would you recommend for teachers next year?
No additional training needed.