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.
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.
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:
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)
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:
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.
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.
Save the Date for ECSL’s Fall 2014 Workshop!
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
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.
EarthEcho International Presents a
Water Planet Challenge Workshop:
Out the Spout & Down the Drain
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.
TO REGISTER, visit https://earthecho.wufoo.com/forms/earthecho-water-planet-challenge-workshop/
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
My name is Annie Gersh, and I am a member of the Girl Up club at Marlborough School as well as the Co-Chair for the Girl Up Teen Advisor Board. I am currently working on a project for Girl Up, an innovative campaign of the United Nations Foundation. They give American girls the opportunity to become global leaders and channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for United Nations programs that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls.
I am working towards creating a Los Angeles coalition of Girl Up supporters made up of Girl Up club heads, teen advisors, and student activists. Through this coalition, the hope is to create inter school events to educate students and raise awareness so that together we can have a larger impact. This coalition will serve as a model for cities across the country, and I would love it if your students could be a part of this project. If there are students at your school who are in 7th grade or older and would be interested in being a part of this coalition, I would really appreciate it if you could send me their information or pass along this email.
Thank you for your support!
More information on Girl Up
There are more than 500 million adolescent girls living in developing countries today. These girls are bright, talented and full of dreams, but are often unable to reach their full potential.
Many of them struggle for the opportunity to go to school, see a doctor or be included in their communities. This has serious consequences including: low levels of enrollment in school, high levels of child marriage and way too many girls facing health risks from pregnancy and early child birth.
Girl Up believes that American girls are a part of the solution. We know that girls give, girls talk and girls get involved. This generation of girls cares about global issues and is concerned about the challenges facing other girls around the world.
The venue was the McCormick Conference Center in Chicago. Keynote speakers included Chicago mayor Raim Emanuel, Jill Biden, and Barbara Bush, and actor Kevin Bacon. I took away a number of good ideas from many great organizations. I would like to share two organizations of particular interest related to the environment.
- TerraCycle (http://www.terracycle.com) offers national programs to collect previously non-recyclable or hard to recycle waste. Most offer free shipping as well as a donation for each piece of garbage that is collected.
- RandomKid (http://www.randomkid.org) is an award winning organization for kids, educators and youth group leaders that is changing the world.
Both websites offer a variety of project ideas, resources, and support information for educators. Check them out!
Are you an educator or youth group leader looking for a way to engage your students in global poverty issues? BeadforLife is proud to offer an interactive service learning curriculum to help educators and youth join in the fight against poverty.
BeadforLife is a nonprofit organization that works to eradicate extreme poverty by creating bridges of understanding between impoverished Africans and concerned world citizens. Ugandan women turn colorful recycled paper into beautiful beads. Women in Northern Uganda, displaced by a 20-year war, are now rebuilding their lives by gathering shea nuts and pressing them into shea butter for cosmetics and soaps. And people who care open their hearts, homes and communities to buy and sell both products. The beads and shea butter become income, food, medicine, school fees and hope. It is a small miracle that enriches us all.
The BeadforLife Curriculum is designed for grades 6-12 but is easily adapted for younger and older students. Students will use hands-on activities, simulations, and discussions to better understand global poverty and ways they can take concrete actions to help.
Using the curriculum is easy and BeadforLife has included everything to support you from start to finish including step-by-step instructions, reproducible handouts, video, original African music and much more.
“I went online, was intrigued by the examples shared and decided to purchase the full package. And I am so happy that I did. I truly think it added to the students understanding of Africa and poverty. It was amazing how it complimented our current curriculum and even took it to the next level of awareness.”
Kristie Coughlin — Silver Lake Intermediate School
In the Take Action section of the curriculum students will learn about how they can help eradicate poverty locally and globally. One option presented is to host a BeadforLife “Fundraising with Curriculum” BeadParty and raise funds for the organization of your choice. Your organization will receive a donation check for 20% of funds raised at your BeadParty. Hosting a BeadParty is fun and easy. BeadforLife will support you every step of the way.