Seniors are encouraged to start early and discuss their ideas for Senior Project with family, friends, favorite teachers, advisors, the senior project coordinator, the grade dean, community contacts, etc. In particular, the senior project coordinator and the senior advisor will serve as students point-people on campus.
In coordination with the Senior Grade Dean and Advisors, the Senior Project Coordinator
oversees all communication of the Senior Project to the Burke community; supports advisors and advisees to brainstorm and reach out to possible contacts; helps to maintain a database of potential contacts, sets the Project’s dates and deadlines; develops the Project proposal, guidelines, and expectations; meets with students in grade homeroom and individually to review what successful projects entail, e.g., how to reach out to potential contacts in the community, send a professional email, make a professional call, show potential partners that they are responsible and committed teens, etc.; oversees the final presentations of projects; conducts follow up surveys of seniors’ and community partners’ experiences; and helps to ensure that senior realize their goals for their individual projects.
In addition to their regular advising duties, senior advisors
serve as an on-campus project supervisor and support their advisees preparation for their Senior Project. Specifically, senior advisors brainstorm possible ideas and contacts with their advisees; offer guidance in reaching out to potential contacts in the community, including how to send a professional email, how to make a professional call, how to show potential partners that they are responsible and committed teens, etc.; keep advisees on track with deadlines; help them prepare for the proposal “defense” and final presentation to the Burke community; and help to ensure that their advisees engage in well-thought out and meaningful Senior Projects.