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Signature Courses

  • The curriculum for each of our high school Signature Programs is crafted to be rich with opportunities to see learning come alive through purposeful engaging activities and planned opportunities for students to meet professionals working in industry, government, and organizations throughout the public and private sectors.  Signature Explorations Courses exist in every high school.  These unique courses are semester or year-long survey offerings that introduce students to their school’s Signature theme.  These workforce-relevant Signature Exploration courses are collaboratively designed by AACPS educators and community/business partners working alongside one another.

  • Business, Innovation & Leadership Exploration 1A 

    Rationale:

    This course has been developed as an introduction and overview for students who wish to participate in Severna Park High School’s Business, Innovation, & Leadership Signature Program. In this course, students will explore components of business, innovation, and leadership through a project-based approach.  Students will develop a sense of individual responsibility, learn life and career skills, gain business knowledge, creativity and the critical thinking skills required to achieve the highest levels of personal, academic, and career success.  This course explores the competencies as well as the workforce connections of our 21st century globalized community.  Strategies integral to this course include the effective and ethical use of the internet and various forms of media, the ability to discuss and debate relevant topics, the ability to work collaboratively on a variety of projects and assignments, and the ability to communicate outcomes. 

    Program Outcomes:

    By the end of the course, the student will:

    • Understand the social and professional opportunities provided through the Signature Program at Severna Park High School and in the wider local, national, and international community.
    • Participate in case studies to investigate the world beyond their immediate environment.
    • Gain a basic understanding of business practices, roles, and systems.
    • Design an “innovative strategy” or “product.”
    • Communicate their ideas effectively with diverse audiences.
    • Acknowledge and develop individual passion while recognizing the perspectives of others.
    • Understand core skills necessary to be successful in a career pathway.

    Course Structure:

    Each unit of study will include:

    • A broad instructional overview of the topic
    • Identification of organizations and companies related to each specific unit of study
    • Examination of the topic through the lens of a company
    • Development of an innovative strategy or product
    • Guest speakers and or field trips
    • Authentic real-world assessments
    • Occupational explorations related to the unit of study

    Modular content (6):

    • Business
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Financial Literacy
    • Human Resources
    • Innovation
    • Communication
  • Business, innovations, Leadership Explorations 1B

    Course description:

    In the Business, Innovation, & Leadership Explorations 2 course, students will work collaboratively using entrepreneurial thought and action to analyze the organization of businesses, current national and international business policies and trends through case studies, field trips, and guest industry specialists.  They will work collaboratively in teams with a mentor from the Integrated Community Stake holder partnership to solve an innovative project-based business challenge.  Students will formally present their idea to their mentor, community stakeholders, and students.

    Capstone Project:

    The Explorations capstone project enables students to bring together the concepts learned in Explorations 1A & 1B through an engaging and thought-provoking challenge.  Students will work in teams to solve a business challenge presented to them by community stakeholders.  They will formally present their findings to the stakeholders which includes the completion of a business plan with global impacts, advertising and marketing components and product prototypes.

    Course Structure:

    Each unit of study will include:

    • A broad instructional overview of the topic
    • Identification of organizations and companies related to each specific unit of study
    • Completion of real-world business challenge
    • Guest speakers and or field trips
    • Authentic real-world assessments
    • Occupational explorations related to the unit of study

    Modular content (6):

    • Group Dynamics and Teamwork
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Sustainable Business
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Innovation
    • Communication
  • Signature Exploration Course 2

    In the Severna Park High School Business, Innovation, & Leadership Signature Exploration 2 course, students will apply skills learned in Explorations 1 to work collaboratively to run and maintain a student-led business. In this course, students will be able to design and manufacture products to be marketed and sold throughout the school and community. Technical, design, and manufacturing skills are learned while using various machines ranging from vinyl cutters, laser engravers, CNC machines, 3D printers, and screen printing. Financial literacy and entrepreneurial thinking are practiced through managing pricing, marketing, sales, and inventory.

    Each unit of study will include:

    • A broad instructional overview of the topic
    • Identification of organizations and companies related to each specific unit of study
    • Completion of a real-world business challenge
    • Guest speakers and or field trips
    • Authentic real-world assessments
    • Occupational explorations related to the unit of study

     

    Modular Content:

    Module 1: Planning a Business/ Corporate Governance

    Module 2: Product Design & Manufacturing

    Module 3:  Marketing/ Running the Business

    Module 4: Corporate Responsibility

  • Leadership Institute

    The SPHS Leadership Institute strives to develop a positive attitude and spirit among students and to promote high moral character, civic-mindedness, self-reliance, and service for the improvement of the school and community.   Members participate in leadership courses, attend seminars, and take part in service projects which prepare them to lead their own service project during their senior year.  The leadership institute can also be used to satisfy program requirements in the Business, innovation, & Leadership Signature program.

    Freshmen in good academic standing may apply to the SPHS Leadership Institute in the spring to participate during 10th, 11th and 12th grade.   Once accepted to the Institute, sophomores are required to enroll in the first of a series of semester-long leadership courses.

    With a hands-on approach to leadership, students explore:

    • Leadership traits and characteristics
    • Goal setting
    • Decision making
    • Communication and listening skills
    • Conflict resolution and problem solving
    • Group work and teambuilding
    • Meeting skills
    • Project planning
    • Financial literacy
    • Character and ethics
    • Organizational skills
    • Critical thinking skills
    • Civic responsibility

    SPHS Leadership Institute is a one-semester elective, three-year sequence. At the end of senior year, graduates will have completed:

    Student Leadership 10th grade (.5cr)

    Student Leadership 11th grade (.5cr)

    Leadership Practicum 12th grade (.5cr)

     

     

     

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