CAS Advisors Checklist October 1, 2013
Introduction • This presentation discusses how the author goes about reviewing CAS proposals and reflections. • I am a engineer by training, and like to have a simple, methodical “checklist” approach to handling my CAS advising duties: • Marking activities as approved. • Marking activities as complete.
Reviewing Activities • Process starts when student creates a new activity/project in Managebac. • CAS advisor receives email or logs into Managebac and sees that a new activity has been entered.
Activity Review Checklist • Is this an activity or a project? • Project must involve collaboration and 2 out of the 3 - C, A, or S. • Prefer “issues of global importance” • Are the hours reasonable? • Are 4 or few learning outcomes chosen? • Is there at least a one paragraph description? • Projects should have a longer description – 2 to 3 paragraphs. • Description should speak to the learning outcomes. • No obvious spelling or grammar mistakes. • Supervisor: • Should not be a student unless leader of an org. and approved by Amy/Chris. • Use of parents/family members to be avoided. • I remind students to collect extra evidence in this case. • Dates: Should not cross semester boundaries. • Have student break activity into multiple activities to avoid this. • Should not start before first day that they are a “rising junior”, June ?
CAS No No’s • The following are absolutely not allowed: • Paid work. • Religious proselytizing. • Work done by a religious group in the wider community, provided that the objectives are clearly secular, may qualify as CAS. • Example: Working in a church run food bank. • Required work done for a non-elective class. • Acceptable: band, orchestra, musical, DECA, FBLA, etc. • If in doubt, ask student “is this something you must do for a class you must take?”
Activity Review Checklist • A good activity:
Activity Review Checklist • A bad one: • Hours excessive for time period. • Where’s the creativity? • One sentence description with spelling errors. • Sibling as supervisor. • Too many learning outcomes.
Completion Checklist • Ask students to notify you when they complete an activity. • Completed activity should have: • At least one reflection of at least one paragraph. • Should address learning outcomes. • Acceptable spelling and grammar. • Failure is ok. • Either: • Supervisor review. • Evidence entered in Managebac (e.g. photos).
Appendix • Links: • CAS Advisors Page: http://ihsib.wikispaces.com/CAS+Advisors