As an open-source collaborative and as cultivators of fine Artisanal Professional Development, members of the National Capstone Consortium have access to all of the dynamic curriculum, instruction, assessment, and planning documents from all of our member schools. The only requirement for membership is the willingness and ability to collaborate, share, and support the development of authentic and personalized learning opportunities for more students. Click here for the 2013 inaugural Capstone Summit Report.
As a member of the Nat Cap Con, you will find a variety of resources from organizing your initial planning teams and process to the information you need to launch your capstone programs.
What makes the Nat Cap Con so special is the diversity of our schools' capstone programs. We support the "32 flavors and then some" approach to teaching and learning. Our Capstone programs are never canned curriculum. You can't buy these off-the-shelf. Our programs represent the very best curriculum and instruction of the dynamic cultures of each of our schools.
Planning and Operations
We are biased toward collaborative creation. Our strength comes from the celebration of our unique school communities. We believe in creating a shared approach to authentic and personalized learning for our students and we know the best way to serve our students is through ideation that takes the lessons learned from emerging and established capstone programs and apply them to the process that will help all of our students succeed.
One of the best parts of becoming a member of the Capstone Consortium is connecting with a national network of like-minded educators that are committed to pushing their practice and creating ecosystems of opportunities for their schools and their students.
Consulting and Collaborating
ALA - AASL: Position Statement on the Role of the School Librarian in Capstone Projects
Senior/Capstone projects provide students with the opportunity to direct their own investigation of a topic of interest. The process includes research, collaboration, communication and presentation skills. School library programs, and specifically school librarians, are integral to the successful implementation of these projects.
AASL’s Standards for the 21st-Century Learner identifies the skills and dispositions vital for students to successfully complete a Senior/Capstone project. Students need to:
- inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge
draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge
share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society
pursue personal and aesthetic growth
School librarians possess the knowledge of instructional strategies, resources and technology to work with students in developing these skills and dispositions. Additionally, school librarians possess unique leadership skills and expertise to play an important role in design, coordination, and implementation of Senior/Capstone projects.
- School librarians provide expertise in the development of project guidelines and requirements, and participate in review and revision of the same.
School librarians connect students to resources, experts and technology tools necessary for successful completion of projects.
School librarians deliver classroom and individual instruction on the research process
School librarians offer instruction and assistance in student presentations of their projects.
School librarians assist in developing assessment tools to evaluate student projects as well as providing formative and summative assessments.
School librarians provide professional development for teachers, mentors and parents about the Senior/Capstone project.
"Position Statement on the Role of the School Librarian in Senior/Capstone Projects", American Library Association, July 17, 2014.
http://www.ala.org/aasl/advocacy/resources/statements/capstone (Accessed February 7, 2018)