Category Archives: Los Angeles

Special Opportunity to Share your Service Learning Work!

**Share your service learning program at the upcoming Environmental Justice Showcase and Curriculum Hack that ECSL is co-sponsoring with Environmental Charter High School.**


ECSL is making available a special opportunity. You are invited  to share a 10 minute talk with 5 min Q/A in a roundtable type conversational format. We are providing a personal ECSL mentor to help facilitate review and teacher preparation for this collaborative workshop along with a simple template to utilize.

The purpose is to discuss the process, more importantly than the result.  It will be an chance for you to examine various stages from where you might have felt stymied in your SL process, to taking positive outcomes to the next level.

This meeting will provide time for interaction, exchange of ideas/needs, connections and will genuinely aid faculty with the five stages of service learning, fostering student voice and choice and developing meaningful community benefits.

WE HOPE YOU WILL CONSIDER JOINING THE OTHER FACULTY (from K-12 schools, private & public) who have agreed to tell their service learning stories….Faculty who shared at last year’s ECSL expo felt they actually learned more from the experience than the observers….so take advantage of this unique opportunity to partner with an ECSL mentor and enhance your service learning (no matter whatever stage you are currently practicing).

PLEASE REPLY to as soon as possible IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE an ECSL mentor and the presentation template.

INCLUDE: YOUR NAME, CLASS LEVEL/SUBJECT TAUGHT, TOPIC PRESENTING.  This “show and grow” will take place in the morning, although there are worthwhile activities and exchanges from 9-3pm. The topic you choose does not necessarily need to be environmentally based…. any Service Learning program in which your students are currently engaged has justice and curricular tie-ins.  Lastly, feel free to bring some of your students along to present with you and experience the day.

.….We are looking forward to hearing back from you soon and hope you choose to be a part of this exciting day!


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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? or call 310 476-0588

*Access the flyer to pass on to colleagues:

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 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.

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

For more information please contact

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 .
Tuesday, Oct. 7th
3:00 − 5:30pm
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 90049

High School Opportunity: Human Trafficking LA Youth Poster Contest

Lauren McCabe of Westridge School (an ECSL member school) shares this opportunity to raise your students’ awareness for the critical issue of human trafficking:

Students at Westridge have been working with a coalition of local non-profits and government agencies on a youth poster contest focused on the issue of human trafficking, presenting a tangible way for students to get involved in the issue.  The poster contest is designed for students ages 14 to 25. After the contest, students at Westridge will be organizing a conference/workshop that trains peers to be advocates in the implementation of SB 1193 and the posting of fliers at businesses affected by the bill.  This training will take place in early February, with more information to follow as the details of the training become available. This will also be a great way for your students to get involved in the issue of human trafficking.

A link to information regarding the poster contest announced by the National Council for Jewish Women, Los Angeles is included here.

High School Opportunity: Environmental SL Prof. Development

Sammy Lyon, a faculty representative for ECSL’s Advisory Council, shares this environmental service learning professional development opportunity in Spring 2014. This program is provided by Green Ambassadors, a program of Environmental Charter Schools. Courses teach educators how students can solve real-world environmental issues with Common Core aligned curriculum that can be implemented immediately in the classroom. Scholarships are available that include FREE tuition, a copy of the curriculum, and up to $1000 in sub reimbursements. Scholarship applications are due January 15. Visit the Green Ambassador website for more information.

Show & Grow Project Summaries

Check out all the great service learning projects presented at the ECSL Show & Grow at Carl Thorp School on April 24, 2013! Click on the project summaries to find out how these teachers used the Five Stages of Service Learning to engage students in service projects at their schools!


Camp Darfur

Paige Leven, Roybal Learning Center HS (view project summary)

Creating Intergenerational Connections through Service Learning

Lauren McCabe, Westridge School for Girls (view project summary)

Trash… All the Way to the Ocean

Marissa Nadjarian, The John Thomas Dye School (view project summary)

Water Quality and Conservation PSAs

Robin Gose, Turning Point School (view project summary)

Water Quality PSA Assignment

Family Portraits at Westside Children’s Center

Jennie Willens, Windward School (view project summary)

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.

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