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Service-learning 101 Introductions and General Overview Name City/School District School Mailing Address Email Regional Centers
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Adults who engaged in service- learning during their teenaged years are more likely than their peers to be politically and socially connected to their communities, serve as role models for young adults, and attain a higher level of education, according to recent research.
…adults who engaged in service- learning during their school years were more likely than the rest of their peers to discuss politics or community issues and vote in an election year.
Focus group participants also said that service-learning taught them the value of education and how school learning can be applied outside the classroom.
The notion of social capital as presented by sociologist James Coleman and political scientist Robert Putnam is used to describe the practices and norms that contribute to and reflect civic engagement. These include social networks, high levels of trust and norms of reciprocity. The concept of social capital provided the basis for a national study called the Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, a project of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. They found that social trust and social connectedness were much stronger indicators of perceived quality of civic life than income or educational level. Another related study, the 1998 final report of the National Commission on Civic Renewal, has developed an interesting index of national civic health based on 22 indicators including political participation, political and social trust, and membership in associations. Using the index, this study concludes that the nation is becoming increasingly disengaged from civic participation. State of Service-Learning Research: A Phenomenological Approach by Marybeth Neal
David E. Campbells article, Social Capital and Service- learning, published by the American Political Science Association, makes the case that: Service-learning is a powerful strategy for increasing social capital. State of Service-Learning Research: A Phenomenological Approach by Marybeth Neal
Learn and Serve America SEAs (Missouri DESE) MOSLAC District Cycle Grants Mini Grants Regional Centers Service- learning Network State Conference Grant-site evaluation State-wide SL support NYLC National Conference National Advisor for Service- Learning National Certification Process National Standards
So whats that got to do with this? What SL is vs. What SL is not Community Service and Service-Learning Service-Learning as a Teaching Method Principles of Effective Practice
DEFINITION Service-learning is a teaching method that enriches learning by engaging students in meaningful service to their schools and communities. Young people apply academic skills to solving real-world issues, linking established learning objectives with genuine needs. They lead the process, with adults as partners, applying critical thinking and problem-solving skills to concerns such as hunger, pollution, and diversity.
Example Picking up trash on a riverbank is service. Studying water samples under a microscope is learning. When science students collect and analyze water samples, document their results, and present findings to a local pollution control agency … that is Service-Learning.
Community Service??? Service-learning is initially a difficult concept for people to understand. That is because people immediately think of volunteerism. People need to understand the distinction between community service and service-learning. Service-learning is a method of teaching which connects classroom content to the community in a way that is helpful to others. The primary emphasis is on enriching the learning that happens as students apply their knowledge to a community context. By contrast, the primary purpose of youth community service is to provide service to the community and to foster citizenship and an ethic of service.
SL Standards for Quality Practice Meaningful Service Curriculum Integration Reflection Diversity Youth Voice Reciprocal Partnerships Progress Monitoring Duration and Intensity
Community Service vs. Service-Learning Service to the Community Classroom Learning
Constantly evolving education Current Practice Problem Based Education Character education Real-life learning Simulations and project based classrooms Next steps STOP FAKING IT – Take the simulations to the real world – Engage students in civil discourse, solve REAL problems, intern as an active citizen – Incorporate work soft skills – Build character in the process
Types of Service-Learning Direct – Students in a business class prepare taxes for the elderly. – Students in a health class set up a free health fair for members of the community.
Types of Service - Cont Indirect – Students in a math class work with measurements to assist in a habitat house. – Students in a drama class perform a play to raise money for a charity. – Students in a science class do a stream clean up and learn to test water quality.
Types of Service - Cont Advocacy and Research – Students in a civics class write letters to the editor to support some issue affecting their community. – Students research, write, and distribute a book about fire safety within their school district.
Service-Learning: Preparation Identify need – Community Needs Survey – Research Analyze what can be done Link need to curriculum Plan outcomes to need Train participants in particulars of action
Service-Learning: Action The actual service – Feeding the homeless – Cleaning up the stream – Planting flowers in community park – Raising funds for UNICEF – Tutoring grade school students – Visiting a nursing home for craft day
Service-Learning: Reflection Most Important Element of Service-Learning – Should be done throughout Cycle Types of Reflection – Journal – Group Discussion (facilitated by Teacher) – Peer Group Discussion – Painting, Drawing, etc – Interpretative Dance
Service-Learning: Celebration Recognition – Local Media Newspaper Radio Television – School Award Ceremony Demonstration of knowledge or skills learned Presenting to the Administration/School Board
Project Examples Empty Bowls Hunger and Homelessness – Arts – Social Studies – Science – Computer Skills
Project Examples Big Time Basketball Basketball clinic for elementary students – Physical Education – Computer skills – English/Language arts
Project Examples Project Faith Health and Human Needs – Science – Social Studies – English/Language Arts – Hospice Training – Computer skills
Project Examples Stream Team Environment – Science – Math – English/language arts
Project Examples Carry On Suitcase Project Domestic Violence – Social Studies – English/Language Arts – Math
Grant Awards for Service-Learning Three-Year Cycle – 1 st year - $8,000 grant award with 100% In-Kind Match – 2 nd year - $7,000 grant award with 90% In-Kind Match and 10% Cash Match – 3 rd year - $6000 grant award with 80% in-kind match and 20% cash match
Service-Learning Mini Grants Student written Limited time frame and budget – One semester – Up to $1,000 No money may go to salaries Must meet the Essential Elements of Service-Learning. Available online
Service-Learning Teacher Mini Grants Teacher written Limited budget – From $1,000 - $2,500 – No large equipment purchase (over $1,000) Can be submitted anytime during the school year but must be expended by June 15.
Operationally Simple … All the tools needed for a school to conduct a successful fundraiser Student and teacher training tools, management templates Posters, photos, flyers, public service announcements
A New School in Kenya Cost : $9,000 raised from 5 California High Schools 8 students and two teachers traveled to help with completion State Minister of Education attended commemoration
Cows for Orphanage 120 students at Kenyan orphanage with no protein Challenge to Jordan Middle School in Palo Alto to fund two cows Cows will produce milk for eight years
Desks for School in Malawi Cooperate with Kisimu Education Fund Desks for 74 students in first-ever primary school Funded by students at Burlingame High School