Educational Project

IMPLEMENTATION RULES FOR EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS
Middle School


Chapter I. General Provisions

§1. The student of Middle School – Gimnazjum is required to join the Middle School Project, the outcome is recorded on the middle school final report in accordance with the provisions of the education law (pursuant to §21a of the Minister of National Education of 30 April 2007. On the conditions and manner of assessment, grading and promotion of students and listeners and for conducting tests and examinations in public schools, Journal of Laws no. 83, item 562 with further amendments ), and also has an impact on the assessment of behaviour. Detailed criteria for evaluation of behaviour, taking into account the participation of students in an educational project are stored in the Handbook.
§2. The Project is a planned educational project undertaken by a team of students, with the support of a teacher - called a Supervisor, having to solve a specific problem using various methods.
§3. The aim of the project is to teach students responsibility for their own progress, creating a group of ideas, the ability to search, sort and use information from various sources, to solve problems in a creative manner, the ability to apply theory to practice, the development of self-organisation and creativity, preparing for public presentations, and learning independence and completing activities.
§4. The Project can be implemented in M2 and M3. In special cases, this period may be extended, but not later than the end of the first semester of M4.
§5. The Project is based on the core curriculum for different subjects, or exceeds the content.
§6. Students can pursue educational projects in one subject / cross-curricular and-or in one class / combined classes.
§7. A student may participate in the implementation of more than one project.
§8. In the case referred to in §7, the student or his parents shall choose (no later than May 30 of the school year in which the student joins the project) which topic of the educational project will be entered on the final report.
§9. The duration of projects is dependent upon the problems encountered - with the exception of §10, but should not exceed three months.
§10. In special cases, the Supervisor of the project after consultation with the Project Coordinator may extend the project.
§11. At the beginning of each school year, the form teachers inform the students of M2 and M3 of the terms and conditions of the project and take note of these regulations.
§12. Parents shall be informed at the first meeting not later than 15 September (during the school year 2010/2011 to 30 November 2010).

Chapter II. Selection of project topic

§13. By the end of June in the preceding school year in which students will pursue their educational project, the teachers will agree upon proposals for the themes and deliver them to the Project Coordinator.
§14. In determining the guiding theme of the projects the important anniversary events, social and environmental determinants of the local needs of schools, the implementation of the curriculum, as well as that the content goes beyond the curriculum is taken into account. Topics may also take into account proposals made by the students.
§15. Up to September 20, of the school year in which the educational project will be implemented, teachers - in consultation with the Project Coordinator, together determine a set of educational projects (or one project) to be implemented in a given school year, choosing from previously submitted proposals. Then, up to September 30, Supervisors submit to the Project Coordinator a list of topics (or one topic) with the objectives, description and documentation issues that will be required during the project. The coordinator shall provide information to the Deputy Head.
§16. The list of suggested project topics will be available to students on the school website, in the school library and through the form teacher.
§17. By October 15 Supervisors (or Supervisor) conduct(s) meetings with students, providing guidance and answering questions.
§18. Students choose a project topic by October 30 (during the school year 2010/2011 to 28 February 2011), signing the “Project Card” (Karta Projektu) with the rest of the project team members.
§19. The same project topic can be selected with the consent of the Supervisor for several student groups.
§20. If a student:
       1) does not select topic,
       2) does not choose a team, to implement the project with,
       3) was not able to declare a topic or team for reasons independent of each other (eg due to illness)
the form teacher will place him/her on a specific team, taking into account the student’s interests and abilities.

Chapter III. Project goals, planning stages,
implementation and execution of planned activities

§21. The project will begin with a meeting at which the Supervisor of the project with a team of students jointly determines, in particular:
       1) The duration of the project, in accordance with §9.
       2) The forms of work, gathering information and documenting the work.
       3) The division of tasks in the team and the principles of cooperation.
       4) The criteria for project evaluation.
       5) The presentation and summary of the project by typing it on the Project Card.
§22. Supervisors and teachers working with students determine the location and timing of the consultation.
§23. Projects are implemented on the principles set by the Supervisor, and after considering the comments of the students taking part in it.
§24. While working on the project – the Supervisor of the project should monitor the work of the team and its individual members and give advice and guidance.
§25. Teachers who are not Supervisors of projects are required to cooperate with the Supervisor(s), to help students.
§26. The students are supervised by teachers on the project until the end of the deadline, and then prepare a report on the implementation of the projects within the deadline set by the Supervisor of the project.
§27. The Headmaster provides and creates conditions for the project within the resources available.
§28. Students may use school premises for the purpose of the project during school hours under the care of a teacher(s) only.
§29. The Project Coordinator with other teachers prepares a programme – "The Day of the Projects" by the end of May, approving a format for the presentations of individual projects.
§30. Implementation of the project can be done in class, unless it interferes with the principles laid down by the teacher, and also during non-school extracurricular activities, and according to a predetermined schedule.
§31. Students conduct a project self-evaluation.
§32. The Supervisor of the educational project evaluates the student’s project.
§33. Documentation (see annexes) concerning the project should include the project charter, self-assessment sheets, evaluation of the project, a contract with the students, the project evaluation sheet and other documents that the Supervisor deems necessary to implement the project.

Chapter IV. Public presentation of project results

§34. The project ends with a public presentation; the form to be dependent on the theme of the project.
§35. Presentations are held on the "The Day of the Projects" within an agreed schedule of the school year, and if it is not possible to present all the completed projects, the Project Coordinator, in consultation with the Supervisors, shall appoint another suitable date.
§36. In the case when a project has been done as an experiment, for example, such a project will be shown in accordance with the agreed plan, adopted in the project.
§37. Depending on the theme of the project during presentations the following observers and invited guests may attend:
       1) students of the class;
       2) students from other classes
       3) students’ parents;
       4) people or representatives of institutions, organisations, local governments, etc., which were linked to the project's theme;
5) other people whose presence the Supervisor(s) and students deem important and necessary because of the nature of the project.
§38. During "The Day of the Projects" Supervisor(s) evaluate the presentation of the projects.

Chapter V. Project Evaluation

§39. Students together with teachers evaluate their work, which should contain information about:
       1) The achieved objectives,
       2) The strengths and weaknesses,
       3) The committed errors and how they were solved.
§40. The Supervisor evaluating the project may consult with other teachers prior to its implementation.
§41. Evaluation of the project relates to the implementation of the project as a whole, the level of the task performance, the student’s initiative during group work, participation in the assembly(s), the method of documenting the projects and the public presentation and also takes into account the students' self-evaluation / self-esteem.
§42. The Supervisor should provide information to the form teacher about the progress made by the students and the assessment of the individual student project.
§43. Assessment is descriptive, separately for each student participating in the project and concludes with a general assessment of the student’s level of participation during the Educational Project will be entered as “Completed”. This will be entered on the Middle School Final Report and other school documents. If the student as a result of their negligence does not complete any project (e.g. does not join the project, refuses to implement it, stops the project, blames the rest of the team for taking over its tasks), of the student’s level of participation during the Educational Project will be entered as a "Failed to complete”. This will be entered on the Middle School Final Report and other school documents.
§44. If the project or its part is closely linked with the subject, the assessment may be entered in the register being presented with one or more subjects. The assessment will be determined by the Supervisor of the project (if the Supervisor is also a subject teacher) or the subject teacher on the basis of the descriptive assessment referred to in §43.

Chapter VI. Role of the Headmaster / Deputy Head

§45. The Headmaster, in consultation with the Council of Teachers sets out specific conditions for the implementation of the Educational Project written in Implementation Rules for Educational Projects.
§46. The Headmaster approves all amendments to the Rules with a directive.
§47. The Headmaster shall appoint a Project Coordinator.
§48. The Headmaster, with a written, well motivated request by the parents (guardian(s)), in appropriate cases, random or health wise, may exempt a student from the project. The application must be submitted by October 30.
§49. In the case of exemption referred to in §48, the school final report, in the space reserved for entering the evaluation of the student's contribution to the implementation of the educational project will state: "Exempted".
§50. The Headmaster, in consultation with the Council of Teachers may modify the provisions of these Rules, adapting them to the realities and organisational capabilities of the school.

Chapter VII. The role of the Project Coordinator

§51. The Project Coordinator is a teacher appointed by the Headmaster, whose mission is to:
       1) coordinate the work of teachers, including Supervisors;
       2) collect from the project teams or individual teachers proposals for project topics, making a list of those topics and showing them to the Headmaster and spreads them throughout  the school;
       3) prepare and publicise the schedule for the school year;
       4) monitor project implementation;
       5) disseminate information regarding ongoing projects;
       6) organise a public presentation of projects;
       7) make a summary of the projects and provide the Council of Teachers a summary report at the end of the school year.

Chapter VIII. The role of the Supervisor

§52. The Supervisor of the Educational Project is in particular responsible for:
       1) identifying project topics which include the interests of the students and the content of the curriculum;
       2) discussing with students the thematic scope and objectives of the project and coordinating the distribution of students' individual project teams;
       3) developing a project charter and other documents (a contract for students, an evaluation sheet of the project, tools for evaluation, project evaluation criteria and instructions for the project - see annexes)
       4) providing consultation to students pursuing the project;
       5) motivating students to work systematically;
       6) helping during the presentation of the project;
       7) communicating with the student’s form teacher on his/her participation in the project;
       8) coordinating the work of teachers in the case where an educational project is cross-curricular;
       9) evaluating the project in collaboration with the teachers who supported its implementation.

Chapter IX. The role of the Teachers

§53. Teachers who are not Supervisors of the project – within the scope of their competence - they are obliged to assist in the implementation of the projects of project teams who, through the Supervisor ask for help, and, at the request of the Supervisor of the project, participate in the development of criteria for project evaluation and the assessment of the project .

Chapter X. The role of the Form Teacher

§54. The tasks associated with the form teacher of the project is to:
       1) inform students and their parents (guardian(s)) of the terms of the educational project;
       2) carry out organisational activities related to project implementation for all students of the class, in particular: the choice of project topic and group classes for every student, monitoring students' participation in its work through contact with the Supervisor;
       3) provide information on the results to parents;
       4) communicate with their teachers on projects assessing behaviour;
       5) make records of the student's educational project in the school documentation (diary lesson, mark sheets, certificates, others determined by the school).

Chapter XI. Tasks of the student

§55. Selection of the project topic after hearing the objectives and issues raised by the Supervisor of the project.
§56. Together with the project Supervisor to discuss and establish the principles of cooperation and division of responsibilities in the team during the project.
§57. Active participation in the project implementation and fulfilment of the measures taken and designated tasks.
§58. The public presentation of the project after its completion by the date agreed with the Supervisor of the project.
§59. When a student has decided to join the project, has made the teacher a written declaration of agreement the project cannot be abandoned. If the project is abandoned, the procedure described in §43 will be applied.
§60. Student's project work cannot be plagiarised. Detailed rules for dealing with plagiarism are defined in the General Handbook. In such a situation the student is required to implement a new Educational Project with the same or another Supervisor.

Chapter XII. Project Documentation

§61. Documentation on the project should include a draft card, the self-assessment card, the project evaluation card, the card presentation of the project evaluation report on project implementation, project evaluation, the student contract, and other documents that the Supervisor deems necessary to implement the project.
§62. Records shall be retained until the end of the school year in which the student finishes Middle School.

Chapter XIII. Final Provisions

§63. The above rules have been adopted by the Teachers Council on 19 January 2011.

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