Planting business seeds and growing change agents

trophygirlcropLynne Chrismer, marketing teacher at Holt High School in Wentzville, Missouri, could be called a high-tech farmer. She continuously plants seeds of business savviness and harvests crops of students who are change agents for the world.

With support from the International Telementor Program and professionals around the world who voluntarily work with students to help them learn the ins and outs of business, Chrismer’s students earn high marks and win DECA competitions at state, regional and national levels.

Read why Chrismer partners with ITP and learn some of her secrets for growing a healthy crop of future leaders.

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Students get birdseye view of nesting birds

kestrelStudents 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!

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Students learn compassion, project planning by serving others

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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.

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Students “dig” real science

DSC02677Students in Longmont, Colorado, are digging their science class. They get to solve genuine conservation and natural resources issues that exist in their own backyard.

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

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Teachers should stay home if they’re not taking risks

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Cameron Shinn Real educator, risk taker, STEM champion

“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

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Students find their spark, help others

When students discover their spark–what excites them and moves them to action–it’s a Ibanezclassbeautiful process to witness.

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

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What do you want to be when you grow up?

Blake, one of Turek's students, communicates with his mentor via the ITP website.

Blake, one of Turek’s students, communicates with his mentor via the ITP website.

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

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STEM School Sows Seed of Success for CSA Farm

CSA Farm treeStudents 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

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Northern Colorado Epicenter of World-Class Learning

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

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Bobcats, A Lion and Measurable Student Learning Outcomes—Oh, Deer!

PrestonMiddle School 6th-grade students are learning about and improving wildlife habitat mtnlion_nightin 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

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