Category Archives: Service Learning News

Fall 2017 Workshop

Vital Workshop to Grow Your Service Learning in the New Year

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Local Fair to Launch Service

Bridges Academy in Studio City is hosting a community service fair on October 15th that may give you and your students some opportunities to connect with organizations and launch service learning ideas:

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ECSL Fall Workshop: Conversations that Matter!

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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.**

PLEASE CALENDAR:  SATURDAY APRIL 16, 2016

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 ECSLabc@gmail.com 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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A Four-Way Reflection of Service Learning

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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:

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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.

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

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.