Practicum for Civic Leadership
Practicum: Winter Projects, Global Collaborative Challenge And The Senior Independent Project
Trinity-Pawling wants students to learn how to think using a multi-disciplined approach to address a problem. Working collaboratively to understand an issue, learning how to give an oral presentation both as part of a group and as an individual, as well as learning how to ask the right questions when confronted with a challenge are critical 21st century skills. The three pronged multi-dimensional Practicum introduces every student to these learning challenges.
Senior Independent Project
During the spring term, juniors select a Senior Independent Project topic. Over the summer and throughout the fall term, each senior works on an independent project whereby he is linked with a faculty member and an alumnus or friend of the school. With guidance from both the assigned faculty member and mentor, each senior explores a specific topic in great detail. This Practicum consists of an oral presentation as well as a final presentation to the entire school using an alternative medium such as a chapel talk, newspaper article, T-P Ted talk, etc. Part of the exercise is figuring out how to share the findings with the community. The Senior Independent Project is graded as High Pass, Pass or Fail. This Practicum is reported on the student’s transcript and given two academic credits. Here are some of the projects students chose in past years.
NEW: Trinity-Pawling is now offering a Diploma With Distinction for students who choose to go above and beyond with their Senior Independent Projects. The Diploma With Distinction is designed in an effort to reward students who are self-directed and design products that can be shared with the community. These students will go through a more intense presentation process where they will present to a panel of faculty members and the SIP Committee, in order to gain approval to present their product to the community in a fair style format during the W1 Marking Period.
Read more about Senior Independent Projects in the Trinity-Pawling Spring 2017 Magazine
All non-juniors select from a broad range of interdisciplinary course offerings and pair up with two teachers (one from each discipline) on a project that requires using the tools from both disciplines. Students are also encouraged to design their own projects. Each year’s Winter Project is reported on the student’s transcript as a number grade and given two academic credits. Read more about the offerings in our course catalog.
Read more about Winter Projects in the Spring 2016 Trinity-Pawling Magazine:
Global Collaborative Challenge
In the winter term, in lieu of a Winter Project, the entire junior class works on multiple global issues. The students are placed into random groups of five, and each group selects a global topic. They then present a solution to the topic in a twelve minute collaborative presentation to a group of faculty. After the presentation the group must defend its position. The group is graded on its ability to address the enormity of the global topic, the depth of research, the quality of the presentation, the collaborative nature of the presentation and the group’s defense of its presentation. The Global Collaborative Challenge is graded as High Pass, Pass or Fail. This Practicum is reported on the student’s transcript and given two academic credits. Here are examples of past Global Collaborative Challenge topics.
Read more about the Global Collaborative Challenge in the Fall 2016 Trinity-Pawling Magazine: