New 'Senior Seminar' Course to Teach Valuable Life Lessons

The Tyler ISD Board of Trustees approved a new course requirement for graduation that focuses on the life skills students need to be independent and successful citizens.

“This course focuses on critical skills for success in life that state-required curricula does not offer,” Superintendent Dr. Marty Crawford said. “The course covers a variety of topics that our community and educators have asked for when it comes to educating the next generation. Students will learn that a firm handshake and looking someone in the eye are simple, essential skills when interviewing for a job, being successful while employed, and fulfilling a successful career. This course will also provide students with the ability to understand finances, how to work with others from diverse backgrounds, civic responsibility, and citizenship.”

Senior Seminar topics include:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Social and Interpersonal Communication Strategies
  • Problem Solving
  • Effective Written/Oral Communication
  • Time Management
  • Project Management
  • Research Skills
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Collaboration
  • Moral & Ethical Decision-Making
  • Financial Literacy
  • College/Career Planning
  • Citizenship
  • Resume Building/Interview Skills
  • Business Etiquette
  • Civic Responsibility

The opportunity to learn these skills is nothing new for Tyler ISD students. For years now, the District has offered students elective courses in these subjects or it has been embedded in other courses.

“Implementing a local requirement fits the Board and Administration’s vision for successful student outcomes, blends the District’s character and College/Career/Military Readiness initiatives, and will positively influence all seniors and early graduates as they begin to prepare for life after high school,” Dr. Crawford said.

During the 36-week course, Tyler ISD students will spend nine of those weeks learning about financial literacy through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. Seniors will develop resume writing and interviewing skills to help secure employment, internships, and ultimately a job. In addition, the District teaches students the importance of participating in the voting process by giving all seniors 18 years and over the opportunity to register to vote.

The District is also in the process of becoming a K-12 Leader in Me district through the national Leader in Me leadership development program. Leader in Me teaches students leadership skills, supports educators in creating a culture of student empowerment, and builds student skills for academic and life success. These skills will be worked into all grades as well as the Senior Seminar course.

Students would receive 1.0 State Credit for the locally approved innovative course. While the course is required, there could be instances that take precedent: graduation, EOC requirements, Advanced Placement/Dual Credit, and extracurriculars.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Hines at 903-262-1064.