A Glossary of Common Citizen Schools Terms

Vocabulary used throughout the Citizen Schools curriculum.

Vocabulary used throughout the Citizen Schools curriculum.

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We use the terms listed below throughout the curriculum. Please peruse the list and refer back to it when needed.

Apprentices: Students who work with one or more mentors to master skills related to their apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship: A series of sessions in which two to four mentors work with five to ten apprentices to master specified skills. The apprenticeship culminates in a real, adult-quality performance, product, or presentation.

Explorations: Hands-on learning adventures throughout the city or on campus that engage apprentices in a variety of historical and cultural resources. Explorations take place on non-apprenticeship days and focus on building the academic skills of writing, data analysis, and oral presentation.

Mentor: An adult volunteer who imparts knowledge in his or her field of expertise to small groups of apprentices. Mentors receive training in how to teach.

Team Leaders (TLs): Talented, young educators who support and train mentors while working as liaisions between the school, students’ families, and the after-school program.

WOW: An authentic, adult-quality product, performance, or presentation that showcases what students have created and learned throughout the apprenticeship.



This article originally published on 11/26/2008

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