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A Four-Way Reflection of Service Learning

Four Corners Workshop

This February ECSL was honored to have Cathryn Berger Kaye lead participants through a service learning immersion experience. Four Corners is a highly engaging activity that explores the stages of service learning first hand. Within the service learning methodology developed by Kaye, there are several elements that come in fours; four kinds of action research used to explore a community need and four types of service that can be performed, for example. Such concepts came to life during this dynamic experience. To help capture some of the discoveries made, here are “four” teachable moments participants explored as they immersed themselves in service learning:

Framing: One powerful motivator for service learning lies in the ability to frame the process from a student’s perspective. Their interests, skills and talents can be unveiled and utilized during the service learning process. Students can have a voice for societal issues they care about and be at the center of proactive ways to address their concerns.

Organizing: Students get real experience in community organizing as they explore questions like, “Who amongst us has skills and talents that can be put to good use during this process? Who in the community is doing something to address the societal issue at hand? How can we come together to provide a service for an unmet need in our community?”

Understanding: When students engage in authentic investigation about their community, they come to a deeper understanding about what is needed to support the cause. When they use action research, they immerse themselves in real-life discovery through activities like interviewing or conducting surveys. Students and teachers alike come to know Confucius’ adage: I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

Reinforcing: Throughout the stages of service learning students get a chance to revisit skills they are building. For example, note-taking can be practiced when interviewing a community partner, and then reinforced as they do follow-up research with media content. Students may write letters to invite an expert into the classroom as a part of their investigation, and then revisit the skill again by writing thank you letters for their visit. Students develop proficiency for skills they are able to practice through repetition. They may come to see them as more valuable or practical too because they  are serving a purpose within a real-world context. Four Corners Activity

Teachers, administrators and community organization representatives came together to explore these powerful elements of service learning. Four Corners: A Service Learning Immersion Experience became their road map for the service learning process. Now, they are equipped with tools to take their students on a service learning journey through the four seasons and to the four corners of the earth.

Learn more about Cathryn Berger Kaye’s work on her website, including upcoming professional development opportunities through her Summer Institute  for educators.

ECSL Winter Workshop

ECSL invites administrators, faculty, parents and local organizations to join us for our Winter Workshop as CATHRYN BERGER KAYE, international service learning expert and author, leads A SERVICE LEARNING IMMERSION EXPERIENCE:

Four Corners

This highly engaging interactive experience provides a step-by-step teaching model that combines the five stages of service learning in a practical approach you can use easily with your students. Learn by doing! Cathryn has led this session around the world with great acclaim and now is your opportunity to join in.

Monday, February 9, 2015

11:15 – 1:45pm  (lunch provided)

Hosted at:

New Roads School

3131 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica  (Please Carpool)


All our ECSL gatherings are designed to be highly participatory and always allow for you to connect with fellow educators, local organizations and service learning practitioners. Leave with practical ideas, resources, strategies, motivation, contacts and vision to advance your service learning!

ECSL seeks local nonprofits, teachers-in-training, public and independent school faculty, involved parents and administrators to participate. Bring a neighborhood partner school or educator friend. Kindly pass along contact information so we can invite and inspire other teachers. We are glad to add your referrals to our mailing lists.

Help us update our communications. If you are no longer your school’s Service Learning representative please provide more current contact information.

 

PLEASE RSVP BY Monday, February 2, 2015

Any questions? ECSLabc@gmail.com or call 310 476-0588

*Access the flyer to pass on to colleagues:
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Dynamic Educator Opportunity in Los Angeles

In January, the Museum of Tolerance is offering top-notch educational trainings exclusively for CA based educators.  A great fit for service learning practitioners is Rock Your World, a social justice program that engages upper elementary, middle and high school students, as well as higher ed/teacher training programs and community partner organizations.

Rock Your World is a perfect complement to service learning and project based learning experiences, technology integration and the Common Core.

The two day course is free.  All costs, including travel and accommodations for those out of area, are covered. And, teachers can earn CEUs/LAUSD salary point credit.

The Museum of Tolerance is a powerful experience in and of itself. The exhibits and speakers, coupled with this program, will promote understanding of human rights issues, inspire youth voice, integrate digital literacy and strengthen curiosity while leaving students (and teachers) eager to take action about the things they care about.

To learn more and to register go to www.museumoftolerance.com/edgrant and see the flyer attached.

January 8th and 9th
Rock Your World: Online Curriculum for Social Action
Museum of Tolerance
Register by Dec. 21st
(max enrollment is 65)

*Rock Your World, part of the Creative Visions Foundation, is a featured component of the Become a Defender unit of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights’ Speak Truth to Power curriculum.

Fall 2014 Meeting In Review

“I’ve been an administrator, an educator, and a student, but none of those roles has defined me.  At heart, I am a learner.  I continue to reflect on where to lead, whom to follow, how to teach, and what to learn.” –Holly Chesser, Education Blogger

At ECSL’s fall workshop participants entered as administrators, educators, parents, or community partners. Yet together we were all learners. ECSL representatives shared ways to reframe our service learning practices. We thought about the echoes of students’ service experiences. How do they impact ourselves, our school, our community and our world? We reviewed The Five Stages of Service Learning Standards and Benchmarks. We framed the standards as a series of actions alive in our classrooms. What do the five stages look like? We shared ideas at round table discussions addressing our challenges and goals as service learning practitioners. We found someone new in this network of colleagues to support our endeavors. We learned.

As a virtual learner, you can revisit the fall meeting content through the videos and resources posted on ECSL’s website. Continue your learning at our winter workshop where we will gather with community organizations to grow reciprocal relationships that benefit both educators and organizations; that lead to meaningful and impactful service. Thank you for being a part of the ECSL learning community!

ECSL Winter Workshop
Monday, Feb 9th, 2015
New Roads School
3131 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

*Organization workshop (special in-service for community organizations) begins at 10:15am. Joint educator-organization workshop continues from 11:30am – 1:45pm.

A Recipe for Service Learning Success

Every chef loves stumbling upon a great recipe- one that boasts carefully thought out steps and wholesome ingredients. Like a good chef, the service learning educator plans, prepares and serves healthy curriculum that provides rich, meaningful experiences to nourish their students’ engagement, social-emotional growth, and 21st century skills (to name a few). If you’re looking for a recipe for service learning success, you can find one in Cathryn Berger Kaye‘s A Baker’s Dozen: Guideposts to a Meaningful Service Learning Program. This article has all of the essential ingredients for establishing a vibrant and well-rounded culture of service learning within classrooms and schools. We’re honored to share these guideposts at our fall workshop and feature it here on our blog. Sink your teeth in and enjoy!

School Greening Workshop

TreePeopleAre you looking to create an outdoor classroom by planting trees or a native plant garden on your campus? Join TreePeople on Saturday, October 4, 2014 for our FREE School Greening Workshop. This class will cover the ins and outs of planting and caring for trees as well as planting native plant gardens on school campuses including meeting district regulations. Mini grants are available for all participating schools.

Who: Teachers, Administrators and Eco Club Students

What: School Greening Workshop. See attached flier!

When: Saturday, October 4, 2014 9:00 AM – 12:00 NOON

Where: TreePeople’s Center for Community Forestry, 12601 Mulholland Drive Beverly Hills 90210

Mini Grants include:
1. A FREE project mentor and on-campus support with TreePeople staff
2. FREE tools and event day support for your planting or garden installation
3. FREE trees and plants for most projects
4. FREE gardening supplies

All participants must register at
http://www.treepeople.org/event/10/04/2014/school-greening-workshop

For more information please contact schools@treepeople.org

Innovation: Integrating Service Learning with Intention & Creativity

Save the Date for ECSL’s Fall 2014 Workshop!

Let ECSL infuse your service learning process with innovation and creativity this year

ECSL wants to help you infuse  innovation and creativity into your service learning process this year!

Join fellow educators and stretch your thinking about service learning. Discover easily applicable new frameworks teachers are using to integrate the 5 stages of service learning into their curriculum. Converse with peers about your specific questions and interests as you start the school year. Dynamic, interactive, invaluable workshop to help expand your programs!  RSVP to ECSLabc@gmail.com .
Tuesday, Oct. 7th
3:00 − 5:30pm
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 90049

Tech Tools 101 Fall Session

tech-tools-101-logo       ECSL Advisor, Sammy Lyon, is conducting Tech Tools 101 at The California Science center this fall! Learn practical skills for using technology and social media to engage youth in service learning and community-based education. Get more information and register here. You can also check out this synopsis from a recent session of Tech Tools 101 to learn more about this dynamic workshop.

A Year in the Life of ECSL

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ECSL members gathered this April at our annual spring meeting held at Turning Point School. This year’s theme was “Engagement in Action,” an Expo that allowed attendees to learn about some of the service learning programs brought to life at our member schools. Expo presentations included: Los Angeles Human Trafficking, Community Youth Partnership: Connecting our Students with the Community, Protecting the Lungs of our Planet, Garden Collaboration, and an Intergenerational Writers Workshop.

Along with hearing about  these exciting programs, participants were given a chance to share about and reflect on the service at their schools in the 2013-2014 year. The above word cloud is an exciting visual representation of some of the work at ECSL member schools!

This compilation speaks to the power of service learning. It highlights the dedication of our members. It may spark an interest for your 2014-15 service learning curriculum. We invite you to take part in the connections, network, support, reflection and inspiration that ECSL provides service learning practitioners each school year. We look forward to seeing you at our fall meeting!

 

 

World Oceans Day

Clean the BeachThis year’s World Oceans Day takes place on June 8th. The United States recognizes five named oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic, and Southern (Antarctic) Ocean. To honor these (and all of the water that comprises 71 percent of our Earth), here are five resources you can use to inform yourself, your students, and your community about how to positively impact the threat to our oceans.

1. Visit worldoceansday.org – discover ways to support this movement, like a “Selfie for the Sea.”

2. Order Make A Splash! A Kid’s Guide to Protecting Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands , by Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A., with Philippe Cousteau and EarthEcho International, to help integrate youth-driven action for our waters into your curriculum.

3. See Plastic Paradise – Director Angela Sun schedules speaking and screening events for the film, or see how the website supports pledges to reduce plastic in your daily life.

4. Explore Rise Above Plastics, a project of Surfrider Foundation. Find ten ways to reduce your ‘plastic footprint’.

5. Relive the journey of Plastiki – a boat comprised of 12,500 plastic bottles that sailed 8,000 nautical miles to prove the power of repurposing and the importance of protecting our oceans.