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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

Tech Tools 101 Fall Session

tech-tools-101-logo       ECSL Advisor, Sammy Lyon, is conducting Tech Tools 101 at The California Science center this fall! Learn practical skills for using technology and social media to engage youth in service learning and community-based education. Get more information and register here. You can also check out this synopsis from a recent session of Tech Tools 101 to learn more about this dynamic workshop.

And Now it’s Time for … Demonstration!

Demonstration     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 →

A Picture is Worth a… Service Learning Idea!

The school year is well underway, and likely you have taken some time to get to know your students. You have discovered a little about their interests, skills, and talents and how they can be applied to the service learning process (see our “Back-to-Service” post for an activity to foster this). It may be time to investigate a need within the community that your students are passionate about supporting.

There are many ways that a social issue can come to light. Perhaps it is through a class novel’s theme or as a result of a peculiar lab experiment. Maybe it will be through the personal experience of a student which has been shared with the class. Or, perhaps, the community need that sparks the class’s interest will be discovered through a photo.

We’ve all heard the saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Can it be applied to service learning? Can an image move someone to action? Surely, we’ve all experienced a time when a photograph has deeply moved us. If you are looking to tap into students’ motivation for service, why not try a photo?


What social issues might be present in this Los Angeles photo?

When you set out to discover a need in the community, observation is an important tool. Try looking around to see how many social issues are apparent in your everyday commute to work. Included here are a few examples that might represent a need or issue in someone’s immediate community. You could try the same exercise and share your photos with students. Then, discuss if they agree with or relate to your observations. Or, better yet, ask your students to be the detectives and document the needs they observe in their own surroundings. Maybe the class will discover a theme that is present in many of their photos, or there will be an image so striking that it could move a class to action. Continue reading →

Community Service Fairs Fall 2012

Here are some of the local community service learning fairs happening in the fall. If you would like to attend, please RSVP with the contact person directly. Hosting your own fair? Leave the info in the comments!

Archer School for Girls

Friday, September 14 from 11:35am-12:40pm

Contact: Judey Petix

Milken Community High School

Friday, September 14 from 11:00am-12:15pm

Contact: Wendy Ordower

Campbell Hall

Monday, October 8 from 11:30am-12:30pm

Contact: David Watts

Westridge School

Wednesday, October 10 from 9:30am-10:05am

Contact: Lauren McCabe