The purpose of Seminar is to provide time for students to seek individual help from teachers, work on special projects, make up tests/assignments, receive extra preparation on graduation proficiencies, and meet with college representatives in the College & Career Center. Other activities which may be conducted during Seminar include assemblies, career days, advisement, and pre-enrollment. The goal of advocacy time is to provide students an opportunity for growth toward post-secondary readiness and effective citizenship.
A 24 minute help session is provided during Seminar on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. All students are expected to be engaged during the entire Seminar period. Students remaining in their regular Seminar class during help sessions are expected to use this time to study, complete homework, read, or participate in activities as directed by the teacher.
The Seminar schedule is as follows:
8:05-8:10am Pass to help session
8:10-8:34am Help session (students must remain in help session classroom until 8:34am)
In seminar, grades will be based on student-provided evidence of Behavior/Work Habit (Employability Skills) for Kansas Department of Education Standards. This is called Standards-Referenced Grading, which provides clarity, consistency and equity in the way student learning is measured and communicated. The Seminar teacher will provide meaningful and individualized feedback on Behavior/Work Habit (Employability Skills) standards. The student will be empowered to take ownership of their learning and set goals to achieve college and career readiness. Seminar will be a pass/fail course. Thus, the Seminar grade will not count towards GPA.
The four Behavior/Work Habit (Employability Skills) are:
- Work Habits
- Character Development
- Social Development
- Personal Development
Assessments will be scored on a 4 point scale:
- 4.0 - Advanced, exceeds grade level standards (P)
- 3.5 - demonstrates some understanding beyond grade level standards (P)
- 3.0 - Mastery, demonstrates mastery on grade level standards, also called the targets (P)
- 2.5 - demonstrates partial success on grade level standards (P)
- 2.0 - Developing, demonstrates basic understanding and skills and is partially proficient at grade level standards (P)
- 1.5 - demonstrates partial success on basic skills, major errors on grade level standards (F)
- 1.0 - Emerging, with help, student demonstrates some understanding of basic skills and grade level standards (F)
- 0.5 - with help, student demonstrates some understanding of basic skills (F)
- 0.0 - even with help, student is not successful or nor evidence is shown (F)
Each standard will get an overall score from 0-4. The score for each standard will be generated using the Power Law. The Power Law is a curve of best fit that weights most recent assessments more to generate a score that indicated the student’s current level of success. The overall seminar score is an average of the 4 scores for each standard. If student is absent, does not participate, or does not turn in work, No Evidence/No Evidence Absent (NE/NEA) may be given.
*NO EVIDENCE CAN BE USED TO EDIT FINAL STANDARD GRADE AT TEACHER DISCRETION.
0.0-1.9: Fail 2.00-4.0: Pass