Presentation on theme: "Setting the Foundation: Service-Learning at its Roots"— Presentation transcript:
1 Setting the Foundation: Service-Learning at its Roots
2 ObjectivesUnderstand the differences between community service, experiential learning and service-learning.Learn the key elements of a service-learning project.Understand the steps to developing and implementing a service-learning project.
3 What is it?As a table, decide if the scenarios are community service, experiential learning or service-learning. You will have 5 minutes.
4 Similarities & Differences Service-LearningCommunity ServiceExperiential LearningTied to AcademicsNOT tied to AcademicsOccurs over months or YearOften occurs only onceMay happen once or over the course of timeStructured reflectionNo structured reflectionYouth Voice presentOften planned by agencySome Youth Voice presentFocus on meeting a community needMeets a needFocus is not meeting a community needCompleted as a groupCompleted as an individual or group
5 Service-Learning Key Elements Meaningful ServiceLink to CurriculumReflectionDiversityYouth VoicePartnershipsProgress MonitoringDuration and Intensity
6 Revisit ScenariosEach table will now have 4 minutes to discuss how they could turn their assigned scenario into service-learning. Be prepared to report out to the whole group.
8 InvestigationTeachers and students investigate the community issues they may potentially address.Investigation typically involves some sort of research and mapping activity.
9 Types of Needs Assessments Community MappingWalk AboutClassroom BrainstormingInformal Research like reading the newspaper or internet searchCommunity partner presents a needSAE
10 Planning & Preparation Teachers, students, and community members plan the learning and service activities, contact community partners and address the administrative issues needed for a successful project.One of the most important parts (if not the most important part) of this step is creating a link to curriculum!
11 ActionThe “heart” of the project: engaging in a meaningful service experience that will help your students develop important knowledge, skills, and attitudes, and will benefit the community. The action occurs both in the classroom and in the field.
12 Pre Reflection: prepares participants for the project Reflection is On-GoingPre Reflection: prepares participants for the projectActive Reflection: occurs in the field and requires critical thinkingPost Reflection: is used as an evaluation tool
13 DemonstrationParticipants publicly demonstrate their knowledge gained and accomplishments achieved through the service-learning project.
15 Benefits of Service-Learning Involves ALL students.Increases visibility of Ag. Ed. and FFA within the school and community.“The exposure is helping the school see that we (FFA & Ag. Ed.) are extremely valuable and should not be cut out of the school academic program because of budget cuts.” – Advisor from PAAllows Ag. teachers to create cross curriculum partnerships.Creates SAE opportunities.Opportunities for financial support.
16 Please sit as states (if possible). Note About DinnerPlease sit as states (if possible).We will also have a table for individual chapters.Use this time to discuss what you would like to gain from this training.