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.
The students 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 Winter Projects in the Spring 2016 Trinity-Pawling Magazine:
Senior Independent Project
During the summer between junior and senior year and throughout the fall term, each senior will work on an independent project whereby he is linked with an alumnus or friend of the school. With his mentor, he will explore 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.
Global Collaborative Challenge
In the spring term the entire junior class will be placed into random groups of five. Each group selects a global topic and then presents 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.
Read more about the Global Collaborative Challenge in the Fall 2016 Trinity-Pawling Magazine: