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1 Service-Learning The Time Is Now Building Capacity and Sustainability in Your District JoAnn Henderson Education Commission of the States Terri Mutranowski, Colleen Perry and John Weiss Greendale Middle School Building Capacity and Sustainability in Your District JoAnn Henderson Education Commission of the States Terri Mutranowski, Colleen Perry and John Weiss Greendale Middle School

2 Building Capacity Building Sustainability Professional Development Creating Partnerships

3 Service-Learning in Greendale Move from community service to service-learning Americorps and Vista volunteers Staff and student leadership Offering professional development

4 Service-Learning in Greendale Seek funding sources Learn and Serve Grant Collaboration with area districts Implementation of projects

5 Building Sustainability Support from administration and school board Strategic plan Building and district goals Yearly school board update School board policy

6 Building Sustainability Educate community Part of curriculum review process Use data to show benefits of service-learning Build capacity

7 Building Sustainability Provide sources for information Publicize what you are doing Make it part of the hiring process Educate new teachers/mentor Link to character education and school climate programs

8 Professional Development Goal-setting model Provide opportunities for professional development Identify funding sources Educate new teachers

9 Professional Development Attendance at service-learning conferences Provide staff with resources Opportunities for sharing Time Create product that can be shared

10 PartnershipsPartnerships Importance of establishing partnerships Process of identifying partnerships Making connections to community

11 Bringing Communities Together

12 Service Learning~ The Time Is Now Greendale Middle School By Colleen Perry, 8th Grade Social Studies Greendale Middle School By Colleen Perry, 8th Grade Social Studies

13 SustainabilitySustainability 8 th -grade social studies ~ curriculum is built with service learning opportunities in mind: Africa Project Africa ProjectAfrica Project Project-based learning: BIE BIE Students make connections to real world problems Presentation Piece ~ accountability, sharing findings, making connections, moving students to act... Helping America Help Africa is born Helping America Help Africa is bornHelping America Help Africa is born

14 After the Project ~ Student assessment/ self and peer with interest opportunity/ideas Meeting for the Africa Committee planned (32 students interested) Helping America Help Africa is born with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS, hunger and academics Executive Board is elected by group Raising funds begins: News Article Online News Article OnlineNews Article Online

15 Unexpected Outcome~ Partnerships Micro level of students working toward a common goal Leaders learn to lead and motivate Anxious members learn to focus attention on one project at a time, follow through to completion, celebrate accomplishments Reaching out to community ~ home/parent support, sharing mission at bake sale, with Greendale Patch reporter

16 Next Steps ~ Educate Others on Issues Students are anxious to spread their knowledge with others ~ some ideas: Elementary students: assembly with digital presentation and interactive stations demonstrating challenges the people of African countries face Public: through a Walk for Africa Stand at village celebrations ~ and beyond through high school

17 Partnerships Building Community Terri Mutranowski - 6 th -Grade English

18 The Village of Greendale

19 Greendale Middle School Proximity to Village Some GMS students are viewed as trouble

20 Building Community Students want the business people to come and speak to our classes to see how we can Build Community together T-shirts are made for both students and partners

21 Guest Speakers Brainstorming ways to build mutual respect

22 Work two Fridays each month Cleaning at Ferchs Malt Shoppe and Grille Put Us to Work!

23 Gardening for Shoppe Around the Corner Put Us to Work!

24 Making Candy for Apples of Eden Put Us to Work!

25 Vacuuming for Broadstreet Coffee Put Us to Work!

26 Filing for Reimann Publications Visitors Center Put Us to Work!

27 Business partners show appreciation through certificates, thank you notes, etc. The Payoff!

28 Recognition Certificates are framed to give to business partners

29 Reflection Business partners are given questionnaires regarding objectives of the service-learning project Valuable feedback is given Partners want to continue the project in the future

30 Curriculum Links One of the links is our iPhoto books project using the theme of building community Student Voice - Students suggest that the settings of the books take place at our area businesses Student Voice – Give businesses copies of the books

31 Celebration Invite our business partners to an assembly to celebrate our partnerships Presentation of iPhoto books Award iPhoto books as gifts to partners

32 Assembly Celebration

33 Students share iPhoto presentations Celebration

34 Business partners enjoying presentations and receiving iPhoto books Celebration

35 Business partners receiving iPhoto books Celebration

36 Partnership Notes Weekly communication with students Reflection through questionnaires Incorporate academic links at the businesses in addition to the classroom Partners included in the celebration Partners need to want the involvement

37 Education Commission of the States National Center for Learning & Citizenship Education Commission of the States National Center for Learning & Citizenship


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