Author Archive: Marissa Nadjarian

Join us at Our Spring Meeting for Fresh Takes on Addressing Poverty!

No Poverty: Exploring the UN Sustainable Goal at our Winter Meeting

Cathy Berger Kaye led the ECSL Winter 2018 meeting, where she unpacked the issue of poverty and how teachers can use the related UN Sustainable Goal to help address the issue locally with students. Take a look inside the meeting to learn how!

Winter Workshop 2018

New year, new opportunity to advance service learning for the sake of our communities and to the benefit of our students’ skills sets for addressing meaningful change! Join us for our Winter Workshop. RSVP below.

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Linking Frameworks of Student Inquiry (Fall Meeting Resources)

ECSL’s 2017-2018 professional development content was introduced at our fall workshop and focused on how the principles of service learning intersect with other student-led inquiry approaches (such as Challenge-Based Learning, Design Thinking, Project-Based Learning, etc). These frameworks are not mutually exclusive- they all support student-driven initiatives with outcomes that serve a purpose!

Participants were given the opportunity to hear two service learning stories with teacher and student presenters from Turning Point and Oakwood School. These stories helped attendees see the process of service learning in action and helped them glimpse ways they can expand and enrich their own plans for social action this year. Following the presentations, students and the supporting teachers engaged in discussion with participants. It was an opportunity for attendees to reflect upon their own programs and establish takeaways applicable to their plans for the school year ahead.

Participants were also encouraged to compare and contrast their existing curriculum frameworks (adopted in their classrooms or schools) with the Five Stages of Service Learning. Seeing the similarities in these philosophies offers teachers new ways of approaching student-led inquiry. ECSL welcomes you to use the framework comparison document shared at the meeting in order to explore ways popular curriculum frameworks intersect with service learning!


In this exercise, teachers examine other frameworks of student inquiry alongside the service learning process. The five stages of service learning are represented in the outer circle of the diagram. The inner circle is used to align elements of another inquiry processes with these stages to draw connections between the practices. With this exercise, teachers see how service learning themes tie into their existing curriculum and how they can use this five-stage method to add rigor to their student inquiry curriculum.

ECSL Dinner Workshop: Pathways to Understanding through Gardening and Food

Sustainability for our planet by reducing waste and growing resilient gardens. Sustainability for our communities by increasing empathy and embracing diversity. Join ECSL and Netiya for an innovative dinner workshop that bridges the concepts of food and social justice. Cook farm-to-table ethnic food and engage in conversation focusing on ways we can link concepts of bio-diversity and cultural diversity within our curriculum and school communities to create a more just society.


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Fall 2017 Workshop

Support ECSL’s Next Generation!

A former ECSL guest speaker and founder of LemonAid Warriors, LuLu Cerone, is launching her book. Come support our next generation of service advocates!



Saturday, May 13th from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Bookstar (Barnes & Noble) 1:30-3:00pm AND Artisan Cheese 3-5pm
12023 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Social Justice Meeting Resources



Identity and Diversity + Building Empathy & Tolerance

Human Library –  “The Human Library challenges stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.The Human Library is a place where people are books on loan to readers for a chat.”

Listening Booth: Public Displays of Attention – An example of a sturcture to discover people’s personal narratives and practice attentive listening.

Greater Good Science Center on Empathy – The GGSC “sponsors groundbreaking scientific discoveries—and turns them into stories, tips, and tools for a happier life and more compassionate society.”

Greater Good in Action – “Synthesizing hundreds of scientific studies, Greater Good in Action collects the best research-based methods for a happier, more meaningful life.” There are several activities and practices to try centered around building empathy.

Exploring Power & Privilege

Privilege Exercise – One example of an activity that explores how people experience privilege in certain areas of their identities.

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere (AWARE)

  • Summer Institute (July 27-30, 2017)
  • Monthly Saturday Dialogues in Santa Monica

The Center for Investigative Reporting, Reveal News – The mission of The Center for Investigative Reporting is to engage and empower the public through investigative journalism and groundbreaking storytelling in order to spark action, improve lives and protect our democracy.

Curriculum Reources

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Speak Truth to Power – “A human rights education program that strives to create a global citizenry dedicated to the highest standards of justice and equality.”

Teaching Tolerance – “A place for educators to find thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools.”

Facing History and Ourselves – “Whole-staff professional development, school-wide programming, curriculum sequencing in civics, social studies, humanities, and language arts education.”

Perspectives For a Diverse America – A curriculum developed by Teaching Tolerance with a focus on providing literacy-based, anti-biased social justice curriculum. Register for free to access the Central Text Anthology- a collection of texts and mixed-media providing diverse voices and perspectives, and that carry anti-bias themes while aligning with Common Core State Standards. The Tasks and Strategies section provides lessons that meet literacy goals and lead students to engage in social action.

Ashoka Changemakers – “Connect here with other social innovators, entrepreneurs, funders, connectors, thought leaders, communicators, citizen sector organizations, and citizens to accelerate lasting social change.”

join the conversation – SOCIAL JUSTICE + SERVICE LEARNING – spring workshop


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Vital Workshop to Grow Your Service Learning in the New Year



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