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:
“The humble question is an indispensable tool: the spade that helps us dig for truth, or the flashlight that illuminates surrounding darkness. Questioning helps us learn, explore the unknown, and adapt to change. That makes it a most precious “app” today, in a world where everything is changing and so much is unknown.”
Warren Berger, Author of A More Beautiful Question
Have you thought about how the role of questions will advance your service learning process this year? Students engaged in service learning are challenged to find and address authentic needs facing their community. To do this they must inquire about what is happening in the world around them. As the process of service learning gets underway in your classroom, it is important to help build a culture of inquiry that celebrates students’ questions as much as their answers. Use this guide to help you make questioning a vibrant part of your service learning culture this year.
1. Asking Questions About Ourselves
Knowing who’s in the room will be an essential resource for your service learning endeavors. What interests do your students have? This might give insight into the societal issues that will engage them or that they will find relevant to their lives. What skills and talents does each student bring to the table that will be of value as they design and implement their service plans? Service learning consultant and author, Cathryn Berger Kaye, developed the Personal Inventory process as a resource for student-centered service learning from the beginning of the experience. This activity can help you with an important motto for creating student voice and choice: To thine own students be true. Continue reading →
“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.
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!
Click on the links to view and download the resources referenced at ECSL’s Fall Workshop.
General Meeting Handouts
Echoes of Our Learning
ECSL Echoes of Our Learning
Defining Community Service and Service Learning
Essential Elements of Service Learning, by Cathryn Berger Kaye
Service Learning Standards
Service Learning Standards & Benchmarks , American International School of Johannesburg (AISJ) & Cathryn Berger Kaye
5 Stages of Service Learning , by Cathryn Berger Kaye
Across the Curriculum Planner , by Cathryn Berger Kaye
Roundtable Topic Resources
1. What builds administrator buy-in?
Developing a Culture of Service , by Cathryn Berger Kaye
Service Learning Guideposts , by Cathryn Berger Kaye
Teacher Time Infographic , from the Center for Teaching Quality
2. How are you connecting your SL to STEM and Common Core standards?
Common Core and Service Learning , by Cathryn Berger Kaye
3. What’s an SL Coordinator to do?
Service Learning Guideposts , by Cathryn Berger Kaye
4. What sells SL to your faculty?
Why Service Learning Matters , by Cathryn Berger Kaye
Teacher Time Infographic from the Center for Teaching Quality
5. How do we grow youth voice?
Rights, Wants and Needs from UNICEF
6. How can the role of parents be more supportive?
Parent Involvement in Service Learning Booklet from The National Dropout Prevention Center
7. How can we transition from community service to service learning?
Differences Between Service Learning and Community Service , by Cathryn Berger Kaye
Connecting Service Learning Themes , ECSL resource
8. How can we motivate meaningful senior projects?
Finding Your Cause , by Cathryn Berger Kaye
Service Idea Mapping from Generation Earth
Service Meets 21st Century Skills, by Cathryn Berger Kaye
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
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!
This 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.
Soon the curtains will close on another school year. You may be starting to wrap up your service learning efforts that you embarked on with your students. But, before the lights go down … roll the credits! Recognize and celebrate all that was learned and accomplished along the way.
Demonstration is a valuable step in the service learning process that helps tell the story of your service learning journey. This stage allows students to share what they have learned. They can continue their critical thinking by synthesizing their experiences and teaching others about the social issue they encountered. Of course, celebrating their hard work and effort may be a natural part of this process too.
But most of the time, the end of the school year comes, and the social issue you addressed still exists. Can demonstration be used to help continue the process beyond what was accomplished this school year? Here are a few ideas for using what this year’s students generated as a starting point for future service. Think of it as an outline for a movie sequel! Continue reading →