interdisciplinary
seminars

At Pathways High we deliver the state required high school academic standards through multi-subject experiences called Interdisciplinary Seminars. Students' learning is shown through final projects and evidence of Mastery Standard proficiency.

Students select seminars that contain the Mastery Standards they need in order to graduate. Students are supported by their Academic Advisor in selecting the seminars to keep them on track for graduation.

 

Each seminar contains the following components:  

  • IMPACT EXPERIENCE: Real-world learning opportunities, including field experiences, industry expert speakers, and community service projects.

  • EMPOWER SKILLS: Seven future-readiness life skills 

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  • MASTERY STANDARDS: 6-10 Mastery Standards with the ability for students to "kick it up a notch" by adding additional or advanced standards with staff approval.

  • MILESTONES:  Per the syllabus, students periodically submit evidence into our learning management software for staff assessment.

  • FINAL PROJECT: The deliverable that demonstrates a student's understanding of the essential seminar question.  Students will select a final project to present during our bi-annual exhibition.

Florida State University. The Washington NFL franchise. Mukwonago High School. Marquette University. One of these things is not like the other. At one point, all four had American Indian nicknames and mascots. Florida State, Washington, and Mukwonago all still do. Marquette changed their mascot. But why? Why were these nicknames used in the first place? Who are and who were the people who are used as these mascots and nicknames? Why might there be a problem with this representation? What is their real story?

 

In this seminar, students will research these questions and more, learning an introduction to journalism and podcasting, and creating real world-ready products. Students will write episode scripts and record a podcast series that will be posted and shared on all major podcast platforms. Students will meet and interview experts in the field, preparing them for interactions with professionals across a range of careers.

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Fix your sink with Ramen noodles! Can’t dunk? Here’s how! Turn that ripped pair of jeans into a new purse! Cake decorating 101! You can learn almost anything online through quick 5-minute videos by Tasty or Creative Hacks. But does it work? We will put it to the test in the first half of the seminar. Through analyzing and running real tests of online tutorial videos, we will determine the successes and failures to apply to our own online manual and tutorial.

 

The second half of the seminar, you will be teaching an audience a skill or creation by first writing a technical manual and then filming the process in the style of those we have analyzed. Get ready to get messy while you fail, succeed, and share your talent with the community. Your final projects will be published online so others can learn from you. The subject of the tutorial will be all your own, with support from professionals, so don’t be afraid to choose something you haven’t perfected yet. Fixing a flat bike tire. Jumping rope. Doing hair. The opportunities are endless. What will you teach us?

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