ECSL has lost one of its earliest leaders, a most ardent supporter for advancing genuine service learning, a guiding light, & a gentle, inspiring mentor to all who had the fortune of exchanging ideas with her. Ann Nelson came to ECSL in our second year of infancy and was a precious participant as we grew over the last 25 years. She served as an indispensable voice on our Strategic Council, was an anchor for more round-table conversations than can be enumerated, created most our of ECSL handout materials from bookmarks to pamphlets and even made puzzle pieces when we needed to demonstrate how the 5 steps of service learning fit together. She participated at all our national and state conference presentations and developed unique and innovative service learning curriculum. Her creative energy and generosity resonates through the spectacular “spirit dolls” she hand-stitched and decorated for annual recognition of an exceptional ECSL participant. Henceforth this honor will be the “Ann Nelson Spirit Award”. Her legacy lives on through our continued efforts to grow meaningful Service Learning.
Continue your preparation and planning for student-led service by linking to the books and media resources that were available at the Winter Workshop. Categories include: Immigration, Environment, Literacy and Early Childhood Ed, and Poverty. You’ll also find a list of the organizations who attended the meeting along with suggested links between their work and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Coming soon … video footage of the meeting!
Reminder! You’re invited to attend the ECSL Strategy Council Meeting on Monday, June 25 from 9:30-11am in Westwood, CA.
Advisors and stakeholders in our service learning community gather to plan the dynamic strategies, concepts and workshop content for the upcoming 2018-19 school year. We welcome all voices!
RSVP to ECSLabc@gmail.com (address to be provided).
This speaker series, held this month in Venice on June 20th from 7-9pm, directly correlates to our spring panel on poverty. Coordinated by a few of our panelists, we highly recommend attending this special event to witness the power of story and first-hand experiences as a form of service learning investigation!
Following our winter workshop (where we established the essential need to address poverty), educators gathered for a deep investigation into this pressing issue. ECSL invited community organization representatives working on poverty-related initiatives to a panel discussion. We’re pleased to share the video footage from this event, and we invite you to bring it back to your classrooms. This resource will help students see the power of using interviewing as a form of investigation in order to become more deeply informed about an issue- thus being better able to engage in authentic social action towards this cause.
Cathy Berger Kaye led the ECSL Winter 2018 meeting, where she unpacked the issue of poverty and how teachers can use the related UN Sustainable Goal to help address the issue locally with students. Take a look inside the meeting to learn how!