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Mentor Expectations

Interested mentors will participate in a Mentor Orientation to review the AER Mentor Handbook and go over any questions. At a Welcome Breakfast in late September, mentors will be paired with a mentee according to the field of the student’s choosing. Once the student-mentor partnership has been established, it will be up to the student and the mentor to determine when and where they will meet. Mentors can expect a time commitment of 40 to 50 hours throughout the school year.

As an AER mentor, you will . . .

  • mentor 1-3 students (depending on the project(s)
  • sign the AER Mentor Agreement before corresponding with students
  • serve as a content expert to support and facilitate students’ work
  • supervise students’ work in lab, office, or other appropriate environment (as necessary)
  • create an atmosphere that empowers and encourages students to ask questions
  • guide students’ progress and ensure each project is on track
  • monitor students’ work and provide appropriate and timely feedback
  • check in with the AER Coordinator (as necessary)
  • spend approximately 40-50 total hours mentoring over the course of the school year (late August - early June) depending on the number of students

Guidelines for Interacting with Students

The nature and frequency of your interaction with students will depend on the scope of the project and the needs of the student. As mentioned, it is up to you and the student to determine the method of communication and location of interactions. The following guidelines are offered as suggestions.

  • Check in with your student once per week via email (or other form of communication, if requested by the student and authorized by the parent).
  • Communicate with the student as often as necessary.
  • Introduce student to relevant materials for their chosen field of study (i.e., previously published research).
  • Attend the Celebratory Showcase in May (if possible).
  • Stress the importance of asking questions. Be careful not to make students feel inferior while they learn to formulate stronger and more focused questions.
  • Cite examples of the types of methods and techniques that can be used to address research questions.

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Laguna Beach High School’s Authentic Exploratory Research (AER) Program students presented their project proposals during a special class session on October 13, 2021. Teachers and students of the Palo Alto USD’s Advanced Authentic Research (AAR) program and their mentors were invited to join the special class via Zoom to collaborate and offer feedback. Attendees in the hybrid meeting included mentors, AER parents, Superintendent Viloria, and a handful of District staff.

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Laguna Beach High School Welcomed the 2021-2022 Authentic Exploratory Research Program Mentors

 

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. - On Monday, September 13, our second Authentic Exploratory Research (AER) program cohort gathered in the LBHS Senior Patio for a welcome breakfast. Handpicked mentors connected individually with their mentees over breakfast as they began to learn more about one another and engage in preliminary discussions around the mentee's year-long project.

The AER independent research course provides the opportunity for students to propose their own driving questions in order to explore their passions and career pathways in a variety of fields. Students are purposefully matched with adult mentors to aid in their research and analysis. From Fashion Designers to Gaming Industry founders, mentors include Industry experts and leaders, and university-level academics.

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