Please reach out and connect. We are an open, peer to peer collaborative of educators in private and public schools. The only requirements for joining the consortium is the willingness to offer a capstone program, join the conversation, contribute and share your unique approach to teaching and learning.
Together, we discover, design, and deliver transformative, personalized, and authentic learning experiences for all students
Welcome to the new (beta) website of the National Capstone Consortium.
The National Capstone Consortium is an open-source collaborative of educators, represented by a diverse range of schools - public and independent, large and small, day and boarding - from across the country. The capstone programs they represent are similarly diverse, which yields a rich pool of experiences and perspectives.
Members of the National Capstone Consortium believe that long-term authentic and personalized academic research projects culminating in a formal community presentation have the potential to be transformative educational tools. Active participants of the Capstone Consortium want to network with educational leaders from like-minded schools to examine, improve, and expand the reach of this kind of education.
With the generous support of an E. E. Ford Foundation Educational Leadership Grant, the National Capstone Consortium was established in 2012 to provide support for capstone education. The group’s inaugural Summer Summit was held in June 2013 at the Thacher School in Ojai, California. Through lively discussions, presentations, and workshops, participants produced the materials shared on this website in hopes of encouraging, supporting, and nurturing capstone programs at all types of schools throughout the country. In addition to hosting the annual Summits, the Consortium remains an active community, supporting capstone education and teachers throughout the school year.
Capstone projects offer students a chance to create a semi-independent academic experience, with a focus on authentic and personalized learning. The goal of Capstone is for students to merge their various interests, curiosities, and passions with their academic and intellectual lives.
A Capstone project provides students with a critical learning experience and an opportunity for intellectual problem solving, social change, and community engagement. The focus of Capstone is to put students in the position of the “expert” in an area of study or a career setting of their choosing. Capstone projects require students to develop competency in gathering, analyzing, and reporting on data. For students, it’s an opportunity to interweave their learning in all these areas and to do so in an unpredictable, complex, and real-world environment.
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