Chloe thinks it is unacceptable that students in Years 10-12 feel no ownership of or reason for their learning. Unfortunately, when Chloe began the program only 21% of students at her school were highly engaged, male students were less likely to make it to Year 12 than their female counterparts, and only 58% of students at her school felt they could talk to teachers. Chloe thinks that student self-concept needs to be improved, and she believes in a school where all students are confident and successful and believe that they are capable.
The key to Chloe’s initiative was for students to work with local community members for 30 minutes around success, work, school and happiness.
She started by finding out what her students love/hate/believe they know nothing about. She then found local experts in the area that students could connect with, such as footballers, nurses and tradies. One expert per term was brought into the school for a 30 minute session with students, and if students particularly connected with this person then time was organised for them to meet/work together on projects.
Chloe’s initiative has already positively impacted 20 students who were a part of the program, who have made connections with local experts. Four students in particular have made connections with locals which have led to career development and job opportunities.
“One year 11 was completely disengaged with learning. Working with two of the local experts he now has a clear career path, is engaged in his learning and has work experience. Finally he has taken on leadership roles within the school.”
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Chloe would love your support for Power Sessions, or for you to start a similar program in your school, and she’d love to hear about any ideas you have or lend a hand where she can. Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get in touch with Chloe and we can connect you. Feel free to cheer her on in the comments below as well.
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