Tag Archives: authentic learning

Business professionals give students real perspective

After last year’s amazing success of the students in DECA competition, I am truly committed to the International Telementor Program (ITP).  Even though my students are really capable and committed to the projects they work on, the mentor expertise in … Continue reading

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Humans need the ice bucket challenge and other thoughts about mentoring

When I started this program in 1995, I planned to get it going, staffed and launched, and then continue my engineering work at Hewlett-Packard. Twenty years later, here I am with more passion for the program and its benefits than … Continue reading

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When you give a student a mouse…

…they discover how food additives affect physical and cognitive performance. This is just one of the lessons learned by  students in Marnie Steele’s Nutrition Science class. Through the International Telementor Program, Steele enlisted the help of professionals working in the … Continue reading

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Picture-perfect college and career planning

At the end of each school term, projects supported by the International Telementor Program come to a close and students present what they learn to an authentic audience, including professionals, teachers and their peers. One Parkway High School student in … Continue reading

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Flood zones and student motivation recover when students engage in authentic work

By David Neils When students know they’re tackling real issues, they’ll put in real effort. Molly and Morgan, two 6th-grade students at Trail Ridge Middle School had an opportunity to tackle a real issue recently–the Colorado flood of fall 2013 that ravaged their community of Longmont, Colorado. … Continue reading

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Planting business seeds and growing change agents

Lynne 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 … Continue reading

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Students get birdseye view of nesting birds

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 … Continue reading

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Students learn compassion, project planning by serving others

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 … Continue reading

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Students “dig” real science

Students 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 … 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 beautiful 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 … Continue reading

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