2016 Theme: The Human Right to Education
You are strongly encouraged, before doing anything else, to choose who you are going to work with. For this summit project and presentation, you are allowed to work
or in a
Group of NO MORE than 4 students
Take some time to consider who you would like to work with. Think about group dynamics, how you will function together, and if those you are working with will contribute effectively to the project work. This is possibly one of the most important decisions you make in this process, so choose wisely!
Choosing a Topic
Choosing a clear, concise topic is essential. This will take some brainstorming, researching, and critical thinking on your part. Start by making a list. Read books, articles, take a peak at the news, or go on social media to see what are current issues/topics that affect or address the human right to education. Keep thinking, reading, searching, and talking to people until you have ideas that interest you. Take some time to go back through the list and circle the ideas that connect with the theme best. From the ideas that you circled, select one to begin your research.
Most importantly, use your fellow student friends to bounce your topic idea off of, and absolutely consult with your teacher(s) before finalizing your topic to ensure it connects back to theme.
Connecting to the Theme
Remember: your topic must relate back to the larger focus of this summit: “The Human Right To Education.” This general theme was chosen to encourage in-depth investigation and research into specific topics within this area. Understanding the importance of this theme is crucial, so we recommend taking some time to consider this theme carefully. Your teachers should be working with you to develop some baseline understanding of what the right to education means, but this will also take independent research on your own, as well as some questioning and critical thinking.
Project Type Options & Requirements
You have a range of project format options to choose from. Each of the options is listed below. Each option includes a linked document providing further explanation, requirements and suggestions for completing that project type.
Students can propose alternate formats not listed here, but this option must be approved by their teacher. Teachers should then email the project proposal team at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding group material/technical needs for this project.
Submitting Your Project Proposal
After choosing your topic, project type and beginning some preliminary development, we are asking that you submit a brief Project Proposal Form. This form will outline the details of your chosen project, and will ask you a few elaborating questions. This form will be sent and reviewed by our Project Proposal Team.
The Project Proposal Team is made up of Social Studies teachers from many of your schools. The teams’s job is to review all student proposals impartially and objectively, and ensure all participating students and groups have a clear focus and purpose behind their projects. The team is also responsible for deciding which projects/presentations are featured at the conference. Proposals will be reviewed openly and objectively by all participating team members, with no special privileges given to any one school or student group.
Project Proposal Forms are due no later than Friday, October 14th at 12 pm midnight.
The proposal form portal will be closed and offline at 12 midnight.
For any questions or concerns regarding this process of review, please contact the Project Proposal Team at: email@example.com (Please address all emails for the team by putting “ATTN: Project Proposal Team” in the subject line.
Starting Your Research
Developing a Claim
The true purpose behind your summit project is to advance our understanding of a particular topic/issue within the context of the Right to Education. To do so, your project must have an overall CLAIM, in which you explain the significance of your chosen topic to the theme.
A primary source is a piece of information about an event, period or issue in which the creator of the source was an actual participant in or has first-hand knowledge of a particular moment or issue. The purpose of primary sources is to capture the words, the thoughts and the intentions of the event or issue as it is or was lived. Primary sources help you to interpret what happened and why it happened.
Examples of primary sources include: documents, artifacts, historic sites, songs, or other written and tangible items created during the time you are studying
A secondary source is a source that was not created first-hand by someone who participated in the event or issue. Secondary sources are usually created by historians, experts, or others, but based on their reading of primary sources. Secondary sources are usually created after the event occurred, by people who did not live through the event or issue. The purpose of a secondary source is to help build the story of your research from multiple perspectives by understanding how other people have interpreted the event or issue.
You are required to include an annotated bibliography. This bibliography should list all of your sources used (include media sources), and give a brief explanation of WHY you used them, and how it helped you understand your topic/issue.
Annotations are typically 1-2 sentences long.
Final Project Submission
The deadline to submit projects to the Summit Team is Friday, November 18th
To submit your project and materials to the Review Committee, click on the link below and attach any accompanying documents in the space provided.
If you are unable to use this form, or need to send larger or varied files/materials, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and title the subject line: “First Name, Last Name-School-Conference Project Submission”