Superintendent Debra Livingston has announced a
partnership with Southern New Hampshire University and the National Center for
Competency-Based Learning to launch the 1,000 Mentors program for high school
students in Manchester. The initiative aims to connect community members,
businesses and organizations directly with the schools, expanding the number of
ways students can earn academic credit outside of school.
The 1,000 Mentors program will emphasize
students’ understanding of a subject or skill set. The mentors will be
recruited, trained and matched with Manchester students. Expectations for both
mentors and students in the program will be explicit, and achievement will be
clearly defined. Students will earn academic credit by demonstrating mastery of
concepts and skills.
Anyone in the community – doctors, lawyers,
electricians, software developers, news reporters, painters, musicians – is
welcome to take part in the 1,000 Mentors initiative; every specialty and area
of discipline will be considered for participation.
Those who are interested
can complete our online application.
high school students allowed to receive credit toward graduation outside of
Hampshire education regulations allow for non-traditional learning through mentorship/internship
experiences, called extended learning opportunities (ELO). Credits toward graduation
can only be achieved by demonstration of mastery of required competencies,
regardless of where, when, or how the competencies were mastered.
students qualify to have a mentor for credit?
students at every Manchester high school can participate in 1,000 Mentors! No
matter the academic track or which classes they take, any student who expresses
interest in earning graduation credits through an ELO may have the opportunity
to do so and will be matched with the appropriate mentor.
will decide what competencies participating students must master?
mentorship experience will have a set of learning expectations aligned with the
subject area the mentorship aims to cover. Educators will assist mentors in the
creation of the competencies that will be mastered by students under their
supervision. In many cases, these competencies may be the same or similar to some
of the standards of the district.
are the expectations of the mentors?
is expected that mentors will provide valuable, real world learning experiences
for students to acquire skills and lessons necessary to prepare them for
college, careers, and life. Mentors will commit to the schedule agreed to with
the school and work with educators to assess students’ success on the expected
long will the mentorships last?
The time table for mentorships will be determined by the mentor and the school,
keeping in mind that students learn at different paces. Additionally, the
experiences will carry varying credit weights which will likely vary the length
of the mentorship experience.