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Mentor Orientation

The Mentor Orientation will take place in early September. This year orientation will take place on August 30, 2021. Potential mentors will meet with the AER mentor coordinator and learn in greater detail about the AER program and the benefits of their role. It will be made clear the expectations of the mentor versus the expectations of the student. Due to the unique nature of this program, there will be a strong emphasis on professional standards and interactions with the students. Potential mentors will be made aware of the program timeline, project components and various milestones.

At the orientation, mentors will:

  • Receive a copy of the AER Mentor Handbook
  • Sign the AER Mentor Agreement
  • Establish a LBUSD Email address
  • Complete the fingerprinting process

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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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