Over the course of the last school year, I noticed a trend... students that were fully capable of success in college level courses struggling to survive. My first glimpse into this problem was when we received our PSAT scores back... I saw many students with very high scores, but still, scores that were not competitive with the national averages. I knew we could do better. After seeing this, I also recalled hearing about many of our students that would gain admission into universities, but always struggled to balance their academic world with their demands from their life. Once again, I knew we could do better.
I began to collaborate with our English and Math Instructional Coaches to design a summer program designed to support students to improve their academic and leadership skills. Our three week institute works with students to help them to gain a better understanding of who they are, what their values are, where they fit into the world and what they might want to pursue as an ultimate career. From this point, they explore college options, college admission standards, and career expectations. Students also develop leadership skills that are so vital to post secondary successes - self advocacy, problem solving, goal setting, and perseverance... just to name a few.
Students are also exposed to a wide array of career options, learning what it takes to thrive in these careers. Many industry professionals have shared their time with us, speaking to what it is like to walk a day in their world. Each date listed below included a panel of speakers enlightening students to all of the options for career choices that are available to them. They also helped to illuminate the path to get there for them.
July 13th Visual & Graphic Artists Panel
July 14th Visual & Performance Artists Panel
July 19th Business & Finance Panel
July 20th Business Administration & Marketing Panel
July 21st Health Sciences Panel
July 25th Criminal Justice Panel
July 26th Business & Technology Panel
We will end the three week institute with a visit to Rice University to see what the college life is really like and how important it is to be mindful about the choices that you make before you get there. On our final day we will present the plan for the next year or two of high school and how students can make a difference in their world today.