Senior Mastery Process
Junior Workshop, Senior Practicum, and Senior Workshop are the three courses that make up the Senior Mastery Process. Students must successfully complete each course prior to graduation.
Please see the Senior Mastery Process overview chart for an illustration of this process.
This page is under construction so please check back often for updates.
Junior Workshop is a ten-week course that is required for all juniors. It is an individualized seminar to help students develop the focus, materials, skills and plan for completing the Senior Practicum and the Senior Workshop. This course is a prerequisite for Senior Practicum and must be passed in order to proceed.
There are four components -
Learning About Self
Exploration of personal character traits and discovery of how they can impact their performance in school and in future endeavors
Learning About Careers
Investigation of possible career choices using Career Cruising, an online career exploration program
Learning Job Skills
Creation of a professional resume and are mock interviewed by working professionals in order to understand the challenges of matching skills and interests with career exploration
Developing a Professional Portfolio
Construction of a personal portfolio that identifies important academic and employment credentials to potential employers and college admission officers Students complete Junior Workshop by writing a Final Reflection paper on their workshop experience and their upcoming internship as part of Senior Practicum, the next course in the Senior Mastery Process.
Senior Practicum is the opportunity for seniors to gain real world experience by interning at a professional work place. In Junior Workshop students explored how certain professions match with their interests, goals and personalities; out of this exploration students developed a Top 2, which are two careers that were identified as best matches. Senior Practicum, which is the course that follows Junior Workshop, then connects students to internship opportunities (preferably) in one of the Top 2 careers.
Requirements of Senior Practicum
Intern for 75 hours at a work site (student is responsible for own transportation)
Work with an Adult Partner, who is your supervisor at the work site
Attend Academic Coaching sessions with the Practicum Coordinator
Maintain a time log and reflective journal
Create a unique product that will remain at work place
Write a Part II Paper that details your practicum experience
Some of these ideas may not fit your particular topic. Whatever you do, think professional. You might also have to combine some of these ideas into one project. Remember, this is a big part of your grade! You are expected to demonstrate your growth and maturity as well as show a sufficient understanding of your subject matter. Here are some possible ideas:
Video demonstration or live demonstration
Advertisement (radio, video, display) or pamphlet
Debate, play, skit or role play
Mock press conference
Design a magazine or a game
Create a song
Note: A PowerPoint presentation is NOT an acceptable product.
Senior Practicum Forms
Senior Practicum Checklist
Academic Coaching Information
Description of Senior Practicum for Adult Partner
Adult Partner Agreement Form
Adult Partner Orientation Completion Form
Adult Partner Personal Data Form
Student Weekly Activities Log
Student Weekly Practicum Time Log
Student Weekly Progress Report (completed by Adult Partner)
Practicum Product Approval Form
Rubric for Final Product
Part II Paper Guidelines
Final Performance Evaluation by Adult Partner
The Senior Mastery Process paper, which is a research paper that analyzes data and information collected from the Practicum experience, also consists of the Junior Workshop and Part II papers.
Students also refine the product they developed during Senior Practicum. Final products must demonstrate their learnings and findings to their research questions. Final products can be but are not limited to any of the suggestions listed above. However, they must demonstrate in a creative way what students have learned throughout the Senior Mastery Process.
The final stage of the Senior Mastery Process is the Senior Defense. Students present or 'defend' their research as well their Practicum product in a 25-minute presentation to the Defense Committee that consists of the following people: Adult Partner, Advisory teacher, Senior Workshop teacher, Practicum Coordinator, and a teacher and fellow student of the defending student's choice.
The Defense Committee hears the defense, reads the Senior Mastery Process paper, and after an evaluation provides feedback to students. The process ends with the recognition of the students' tremendous accomplishment and the celebration of the completion of the Senior Mastery Process.
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