Mulgrave’s 2nd Round of US Dragon’s Den (DD) Applications Due Feb 20!
This year we are taking some student-centred/student-led risks and — following the ideas from Justice High, at Capilano University — we now require all student service, MYP/CAS eFolio, club or other school-based student-generated activities to be pitched to a panel of students, who then recommend, defer or decline (for this year) the pitch. Currently, for the first round of DDs, the panel students are G9-11s from the Senior and Middle Service Action Councils. I’m sure this model will change, to adress fair representation and voice, but this is what we’ve started out with and it has worked very well because those who run the panel have taken the responsibility to peers and school very seriously. And they run the panel interviews with student applicants without direct teacher supervisor.
Our goals are to inspire greater authentic opportunities for student ownership, personalisation, learning and leadership in student and of school life. Here’s a little more about what we do from the handouts we created. In the future, I’ll get critical feedback from students on how it went from the perspective of the panelists and applicants.
What is The Den?
Got a great idea for a new Mulgrave club, service initiative/activity, community event, fundraiser, or cause to support at Mulgrave and beyond?
Make your pitch to The Den!
The Mulgrave Dragon’s Den (The Den) is a new student-led panel facilitated by SAC (Service Action Council), which reviews all new citizenship, service, social good or fundraising proposals by students and makes decisions on whether the pitch moves forward with special awards, resources and opportunities. They also decide on the scope and impact on school. All new service ventures at Mulgrave must be evaluated by the Den; once approved in some form by the Den, they are pitched to the school Senior Leadership Teams (principals, etc.) for final approval, if relevant to our community. Please be aware there is always the possibility that what the Den approves will not be approved by others.
This year’s Den is led by Seniors Flo B, Mark B, Noojan M, David Ch, David Cr, Natasha V, Ameeqa A, Gina S, Spencer G and Noah G. Mark B is the panel host facilitator. Flo B is the communications coordinator.
There are two Dragon’s Den sessions tentatively planned this year: November 16-22 2011 and late February/March, 2012.
There are three possible steps to participating in The Den:
- Submit an email application by the due date to Flo [email protected].
- Attend The Den, student panel review (scheduled at lunch or after school), and make your pitch, following the guideline in the application.
- Attend a final follow-up Den panel session, if required or invited.
Have fun and good luck to all applicants!
And here’s our follow-up reply to those who’s applcation is successful…
You Get to See the Dragons!
Thank you to all those who expressed an interest in promoting a cause, idea or event through Dragon’s Den. You will be required to make your pitch to the dragons this week or the following based on the schedule attached in the email. You will have 10 minutes maximum. Here’s what you have to do:
- Give a 30 second Elevator Pitch (sell your cause and idea!).
- Provide a brief plan with a target audience.
- What do you want from the school?
- Final Plea: Why is your cause/idea/event right for Mulgrave?
- There will be a short question period at the end so please be prepared.
You must highlight why your cause, idea or event is one worth promoting and the motivation behind your initiative. Your emphasis on a plan is highly recommended as the more prepared you are the more serious we will take your pitch. You may also pitch for an event outside of Mulgrave or that only includes certain grades for example. You must also include what you plan to ask from the school.
This may include the following:
- Awareness Opportunities @ School (through Assemblies, Foyer/ Screen Displays, Foyer display/presence, Announcements)
- Activity/Event Opportunity @ School (lunch/after school/during class)
- Opportunity Beyond School
- Time (day/week/lunch/after school)
We suggest implementing some of the following to make your presentation more appealing:
- Visuals (such as film)
Note: Any attempt at bribery will result in an automatic disqualification. All ideas and presentations must be cool for school.
All applicants will be recommended for one of three categories:
- Recommended: Endorsed/approved to be sent to SLTs for final approval (we will try to make it happen @ Mulgrave);
- Deferred: Not approved at Mulgrave this round. Please reapply next round with suggested improvements;
- Declined: Not recommended for Mulgrave this year.
All applicants, regardless of the final recommendation from the dragons, will meet with Prefects or Senior leaders who will support you in your next evolution of your project, whether approved or not by the dragons for this round.
The presentations will take place next week on Wednesday November 30th in the morning and during blocks B and C as well as on Thursday November 31st during E block (note: this is a short class because of early dismissal). Attached is the schedule and the slots you have been placed in. If you would like to change your time please e-mail Flo at [email protected] ASAP. I cannot guarantee any slots. Although it will only be for 5 min please let your teachers know you will need to leave their class.
The Mulgrave Dragons