Monday, May 11, 2015

Advisories, Mentors and Internships



There were amazing conversations in our Monday night #plearnchat about advisories, mentors and internships with a fantastic group of people. The topic was from Trend #10 in the 10 Trends to Personalize Learning in 2015.

Each learner can be assigned to at least one advisor over several years. An advisor can be any adult in the building. In fact, each learner can have several advisors that could include another learner. The idea around advisories is that there has to be a purpose for the advisory program, and it is important to start each advisory with a clear structure. 

Each learner can work with a mentor around something they are interested in or passionate about. A mentor can be a teacher, another adult or another learner. Learners can also pursue their career interest through internships. Businesses can develop a partnership with the school or district and offer internship opportunities for learners of all ages. 

The conversations in #plearnchat focused around the big question that went deep with these questions: 

Here are a few resources from the chat:
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Congratulations to Paula Kaiser  who won our book, Make Learning Personal.


Paula is coordinator of K-12 Curriculum and Instruction in areas of Personalization and Assessment for the West Allis - West Milwaukee School District: http://wawm.k12.wi.us working with preK-12. Paula has been involved in the district's personalization initiative since the onset, first as a classroom teacher and then as a key contributor of the district's foundational pillars in the Next Generation Learning. 

Her role includes facilitating professional development across the district with elementary, intermediate, high school educators and district-level administrators and identifying action steps to vertically align, implement and scale personalized learning. In addition, Paula collaborates with regional leadership in personalization and hots visitors from across the nation to share the work and vision of the WAWM School District. Paula's Twitter @PKaiser9

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HEADS UP! Next #plearnchat is in three weeks -- Monday, June 1st, 7pm ET on Teacher and Learner Partnerships
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Archive of #plearnchat of Advisories, Mentors, and Internships on May 11, 2015