Students from Westview Middle School in Longmont, built a nesting box for kestrels right before their spring break. The work was part of their International Telementor Program-supported conservation project. Jason Helmus, their teacher, provided some help as well. The nesting box is equipped with a WiFi camera and located in the backyard of ITP Founder and President David Neils. It offers an up-close and personal view of how birds keep house and prepare to expand their families. Take a look!
Whitney Harris, an AVID* teacher at Gateway STEM High School in St. Louis, Missouri, wants her students “to do great big things” and be successful in life. She’s chosen to partner with the International Telementor Program (ITP) to help support her students, who typically are academically average and perhaps from families with a low income that do not have a tradition of college attendance.
With the help of professionals who volunteer as ITP mentors, students conduct research to discover areas of need in their community, learn who’s working on the identified issues–if anyone, and develop projects to either enhance work already taking place or to address the need in a fresh way.
Beyond learning to serve others, Harris feels ITP mentors help “…students learn to effectively collaborate and how to depend on and trust professional relationships.” And for many of her students, learning to trust is a big deal. Read more.
With the help of Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch in Loveland, Colorado, and mentors from Agilent Technologies, Hewlett-Packard Co., Merck & Co., Inc. and Thomson Reuters, 8th-grade students from Westview Middle School are getting their hands dirty and learning about wildlife management and ways to mitigate erosion. Continue reading
“If you’re just going to play it safe, you might as well stay home.” This is how Cameron Shinn, a 6th-grade English teacher at Preston Middle School in Fort Collins, Colorado, feels about his profession. He believes risk taking is part of the job of providing students with an authentic education that prepares them for real life. Continue reading
Directed by their teacher, Rachael Ibanez, and guided further by mentors provided through the International Mentor Program, some students at Preston Middle School in Fort Collins, Colorado, connect their passion with community service. The juncture of the two is where authentic learning takes place, but having mentors providing encouragement makes all the difference. Continue reading
This question stumps many young people and causes them a lot of anxiety the closer they get to high school graduation. But without much life experience or solid information on which to base an answer, how can they know?
Joan Turek, a teacher at Parkway High School in Bossier, Louisiana, offers her students an opportunity to explore various career areas in which they are interested. She also offers them help in doing so from top professionals in their career area of interest through the International Telementor Program. Continue reading
Students enrolled in the Westview Middle School’s STEM Academy are allowed space in their academic agenda to explore topics in which they are interested. When given the freedom to explore real-world issues and support from real-life professionals through the International Telementor Program, students have turned out real-world results. Continue reading
NOTE: Listen to 88.9fm KRFC on Thursday, June 13, at 5:55 p.m. MST, to hear Cameron Shinn, English teacher at Preston Middle School in Fort Collins, Colorado, tell why he partners with ITP.
Move over traditional pedagogy. There is an earth-moving learning approach producing amazing student outcomes around the world and it is centered in northern Colorado. Continue reading
PrestonMiddle School 6th-grade students are learning about and improving wildlife habitat in their 3,000+ acre science classroom located at the Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch west of Loveland, Colorado. International Telementor Program Founder and Director David Neils arranged for northern Colorado students participating in ITP to use the ranch to conduct real experiments that impact Colorado’s wildlife. Wildlife management professionals are assisting the students with research through ITP’s secure online messaging system. Continue reading
“Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.” Albert Einstein
Some people avoid evaluation, fearing less than satisfactory feedback. (It’s much like why some people avoid going to their doctor; they are afraid they might hear bad news.) To have the most effective program with the highest possible outcomes, however, it’s necessary to periodically review methods and processes to determine what’s working well and make refinements in areas that need improvement.
At the International Telementor Program, we are grateful for the recent evaluation of our work by Dr. Chance Lewis, director of The Urban Education Collaborative in the College of Education at The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Charlotte. Lewis collected quantitative and qualitative data by surveying participants about their ITP experience. Read a just-released, special issue of Telementor, The Journal of the International Telementor Program to learn how we fared. It summarizes Lewis’ findings and recommendations for improvements, as well as comments from teachers and students. Continue reading