These characteristics have been identified as factors for success by current
practitioners. As you read through this list, think about your school or district
and whether or not a student technology leadership program will work in your environment.
Will adults in the school accept student assistance? Building
support with all stakeholders - teachers, principals, and technical support
staff - should be part of the plan. Without their approval and support,
students will be fighting to help them.
Students will match the level of commitment that the school shows. If you plan to
launch a student program, commit time and resources to doing it right: name the
group and publicize it; give students t-shirts, jackets, or name badges; provide
a classroom or location for the group to meet and store equipment.
Elementary, middle, and high schools each have their own
scheduling challenges. What will students have to give up to be part of the
program? Will target students have transportation options if the program is
outside of school hours? How will students provide support throughout the
day without missing classes?
What happens when this year's students graduate or the
faculty advisor leaves? A progressive curriculum gives students options to
continue the program and mentor beginning students. By involving a team of
faculty and staff during development or joining an external organization, the
program exists beyond the classroom of one dedicated teacher.
Funding the program
Will funding come from the existing budget? How will the district make a
commitment to continuing adequate funding to support the program? Is there a
plan for fundraising or grant writing? How will these funding sources be sustained?
Students will need access to appropriate resources: tools,
software, spare parts, Internet access, email, etc. Ask students for their
input throughout the year. They can research new solutions and tools as part
of their study.
From: GenYES 2.0 Implementation Guide © 2008 Generation YES Corp.
Used with permission.
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Student Tech Support: Success Factors - School Elements