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Resources for ECSL Oct 7, 2014 Meeting: Integrating Service Learning with Intention & Creativity

Click on the links to view and download the resources referenced at ECSL’s Fall Workshop.


Donna Ritter Introduction: Inspire Service Learning with Creativity & Intention

Kim Wynn: Reframe & Stretch your Service Learning Thinking

Addy Porter: Community Service & Service Learning Examples

Sammy Lyon: Rockstars @ Travis Heights Elementary — Echoes of Our Learning: Self, School, Community & World

Jacqui Cameron: Service Learning Standards for Outcomes that Resonate

Marissa Nadjarian: Roundtable Discussions & ECSL Networking

Roundtable Discussion: How Do We Grow Youth Voice?



General Meeting Handouts

Echoes of Our Learning
ECSL Echoes of Our Learning

Rockstars at Travis Heights Elementary (watch video)

Defining Community Service and Service Learning

Essential Elements of Service Learning, by Cathryn Berger Kaye

Service Learning Standards
Service Learning Standards & Benchmarks , American International School of Johannesburg (AISJ) & Cathryn Berger Kaye

5 Stages of Service Learning , by Cathryn Berger Kaye

Across the Curriculum Planner , by Cathryn Berger Kaye

Roundtable Topic Resources

1. What builds administrator buy-in?

Developing a Culture of Service , by Cathryn Berger Kaye

Service Learning Guideposts , by Cathryn Berger Kaye

Teacher Time Infographic , from the Center for Teaching Quality

2. How are you connecting your SL to STEM and Common Core standards?

Common Core and Service Learning , by Cathryn Berger Kaye

3. What’s an SL Coordinator to do?

Service Learning Guideposts , by Cathryn Berger Kaye

4. What sells SL to your faculty?

Why Service Learning Matters , by Cathryn Berger Kaye

Teacher Time Infographic from the Center for Teaching Quality

5. How do we grow youth voice?

Rights, Wants and Needs from UNICEF

6. How can the role of parents be more supportive?

Parent Involvement in Service Learning Booklet from The National Dropout Prevention Center

7. How can we transition from community service to service learning?

Differences Between Service Learning and Community Service , by Cathryn Berger Kaye

Connecting Service Learning Themes , ECSL resource

8. How can we motivate meaningful senior projects?

Finding Your Cause , by Cathryn Berger Kaye

Service Idea Mapping from Generation Earth

Service Meets 21st Century Skills, by Cathryn Berger Kaye

LA Environmental Educators Fair — Sat, March 9


You are cordially invited to participate in Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots California Celebration of Service at the 34th Annual Los Angeles Environmental Education Fair (LAEEF). This year, with a theme of “Going Green Together,” LAEEF will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, Calif.

Join us as several thousand families, educators, student groups, and members of the public from all over will come to network with local environmental community organizations. At LAEEF you can learn about lifestyle solutions that impact the health of our planet through hands-on workshops and presentations. Other event activities include nature tours, multicultural music, science scavenger hunts, art activities, eco-friendly demonstrations and nature games for all ages.

Generation Earth will also be holding a Professional Development workshop that morning from 9:00am-12:30pm.

ECSL Meeting Feb 13, 2013: An Innovative Look at 21st Century Skills Applied to Service Learning


TEDxSanta Monica from Lulu Cerone

This is Lulu Cerone. I am from LemonAID Warriors and wanted to share information about the TEDx event in Santa Monica on Dec. 8th. Youth Voice is a theme and it is FREE to students. I filmed some interviews with youth activists that will be shown.

tedxsantamonicaAttend an upcoming TEDx event in Santa Monica, California — absolutely FREE for students (registration required)! In case you are not familiar with it,TED is a global non-profit organization that hosts annual events where the world’s trailblazers share ideas.



Multicultural Student College Fair 10/21

The fifth annual Multicultural Student College Fair, to be held at Vistamar in El Segundo on Sunday, October 21 from 2-5 PM. High School Juniors, Seniors and their family members are all welcome.


The Vistamar School is located at 737 Hawaii Street in El Segundo, just west of Aviation Blvd and north of Rosecrans.  It is easily accessible from the Rosecrans exits of the 405 Freeway. Ample parking available, approximately 100 institutional exhibitors, workshops on financial aid and navigating the college process.

This event is open to student of ALL cultural backgrounds, but we continue to work especially hard at identifying and inviting populations of first-generation students who often bypass college fairs in general for various reasons. We are doing lots of outreach to church and community groups, allies like Posse and the Fulfillment Fund, foster and transitional living settings—and we continue to seek out others who need to know about this event. We appreciate your help.


Dan Golden

Director of Life Planning

Vistamar School

737 Hawaii Street    El Segundo, CA 90245

310.643.7377  Ext 7011

fax 310.643.7371

Kids Helping Schools


Kate Aschkenasy, a thirteen year old student at The Shipley School in Philadelphia, started an organization called Kids Helping Schools that raises money and provides school supplies to Philadelphia inner city schools. Watch her on ABC News here.

Water Planet Challenge 10/30


EarthEcho International Presents a
Water Planet Challenge Workshop:

Out the Spout & Down the Drain

Led by Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A., author of The Complete Guide to Service Learning

and Kyra Kristof, Director of Learning for EarthEcho International

OCTOBER 30, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Hosted at Windward School, 11350 Palms Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Bring science content to life with Water Planet Challenge Action Guides. These easy to use materials integrate service-learning and citizen journalism into your academics and provides students a comprehensive understanding of contemporary local water quality issues. Can students become community leaders to benefit the health of our water planet? Will you join the Water Planet Challenge?

EarthEcho International offers exciting, interactive workshops for middle and high school educators and their students. Rooted in service-learning and focused on action, these workshops examine how our every day actions make a difference, and how we can make sure the differences we make protect our water planet.

Register for this dynamic three-hour workshop and explore what comes OUT THE SPOUT, goes DOWN THE DRAIN, and youth citizen journalism strategies to enhance service-learning and academic outcomes.

We need to drink water. Does the water we choose to drink matter? Drinking water from local resources, even on the go, protects threatened global water resources, and protects us from potentially harmful chemicals. Worried there might be more coming out your spout than water? Bottled water is not the answer. Do we stop and think that everything we send down the drain—including products that wash off our bodies or pass through our bodies—can end up back in local waterways, the ocean, and our water supply? Why does knowing this matter? With our limited global water supply and current droughts, we do need to make every drop count.

Learn! Discover! Explore!

• Out the Spout—Learn why filtered tap water is always best; find out how you can become part of the Anti-Bottle movement that helps communities kick their plastic water bottle habit while raising money for water-related projects in their own backyard or across the globe.
• Down the Drain—Discover tools you can use to investigate what is going down your drain; develop and implement a plan to defend your drain (and others) from toxins.
• Citizen Journalism—Explore how multi-media documentation of the service-learning process enhances student achievement and gives youth a voice in protecting the environment as citizen journalists.


Or send an email to $25 per adult | Scholarships Available: email

SPACE IS LIMITED! Reserve your space now! Registration includes copies of TWO Action Guides

Additional resources available for purchase on site Light refreshments served. Carpool, please!

Thanks to the Educators Consortium for Service Learning for their assistance

Ribbon Activity

Ernie Levroney from Windward School demonstrates the Ribbon Activity, which helps people connect their ideas and issues to other issues we address in service learning. Watch how it works here.