One of my favorite things to do at performances, shows, or talks, is turn around and look at the faces in the audience.* BASIS.ed Senior Projects, dear readers, is one of those events where, when I turned around, I was greeted with nothing but smiles of serene bliss, those smiles that so uniquely capture pride, respect, excitement, and hope, those of witnessing something truly incredible.
This May, many faculty and staff members from BASIS Independent Schools had the lucky pleasure of traveling to Arizona to witness the annual Senior Project Presentations given by participating BASIS.ed graduating seniors. It was spectacular.
Getting the chance to peek in on the last hurrah of BASIS.ed seniors’ educational journey was so profoundly moving - from the standpoint of witnessing the pride that our students, families, and teachers shared over this long term, deep inquiry-based project that seniors spend the last third of their year doing, but also moving in what the BASIS.ed curriculum and educational program stands for as a whole, what it is that grows and nurtures such incredible people. It was an amazing reminder of why we wake up each day excited to head to our jobs, no matter which campus, and regardless of whether we actually have graduating seniors.
Coming to work knowing that I have any small hand in developing students into the scholars we saw before us in Arizona means that I am part of something big - and I am proud of it.
Last week's blog series; Alumni Angle, highlighted an account from a BASIS Alumi and their BASIS experience, transiton, favorite memories and college preperation. One of the elements we looked at was the overall experience, college preperation and key learning from the Senior Project. In this week's three part series, we focus on the Senior Project, the evolution of the Senior Project and discussion with the Director of Parnerships, who has been instramental in the Senior Project's implementation at BASIS.
In last week's blog series, Alumni Angle: we delve further into the importance of the Senior Project. looked at three-part series offering a closer look at one of the hallmarks of a BASIS Independent education: The Senior Project.
Inspired by the blissful feeling of uncovering connections, our blog Eureka! McLean is about sharing moments that capture the essence of what it is to be a BASIS Independent student, teacher, administrator, or family.