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1 Introduction to generationOn – Real-World Learning Through Service-Learning (with PBL and STEM connections)

2 About Us: generationOn is the Youth Division of Points of Light Enterprise, which is the world’s largest nonprofit focused on volunteerism and service. The mission of generationOn is to inspire, equip, and mobilize youth to take action that changes the world and themselves through service. Learning to Give – Service-learning lessons and teaching resources. generationOn is being facilitated in Indiana through IASP (Indiana Assoc. of School Principals) and IMLEA (Indiana Middle Level Education Assoc.) by a grant from the Lilly Endowment to help bring more philanthropy education and service-learning to Indiana students. Free Support and introductory training at your school is available from Joan Belschwender – Co-Coordianator generationOn Indiana –

3 Mini-grant opportunities generationOn Indiana mini-grants – see handout –$250 mini-grants for teachers in Indiana schools to support service-learning projects. –The LIVE LINK to this online application is ed to you from Joan Belschwender after you register. -These mini-grants are funded by the Lilly Endowment and facilitated by IASP. -Mini-grant requirements: -Teacher must be registered on the website, -Use a Learning to Give lesson with the students, -Submit the data from the project on the service- learning tracker on the website. -Other mini-grants on the website can be found ontheEducatorTabhttp://www.generationon.org/educators/ lessons-resources/grantshttp://www.generationon.org/educators/ lessons-resources/grants

4 Register “Join Now” on the website – This is at NO COST! All the resources, updates, and support from generationOn are FREE!! Just log onto and “Join Now” on the main page.www.generationOn.org Benefits of registering: Just a few below: –Updates from generationOn including a monthly generationOn Schools e-newsletter. –Establishing an account that so you can access and download ANYTHING on the website and submit service-learning projects on the tracker individually or as a school. – - Eligible for mini-grant opportunities and - Technical assistance from generationOn IN

5 Points of Entry into generation On – see handout generationOn Schools Program –Learning to Give Lessons – Over 1600 K-12 lessons. –Themed Units/Lessons – engage youth in service to meet learning objective and address real-world issues. –Monthly Moments of Service – Real-world teachable moments to connect academic content and service. –Service-learning tracker –Professional Development opportunities on Service- Learning and Philanthropy Education –Monthly genOn Schools e-newsletters generationOn Service Clubs –Elementary age – Kids Care Clubs –Middle or High School Age – genOn Service Clubs Monthly Clubs e-newsletters Grant opportunities Service tracker KIDS, TEENS, ORGS TAB – Service project ideas and plans by issue,how to do guides, much more.

6 Learning to Give 1,600+ lesson plans searchable by: Standard (state or common core) Keyword Theme Calendar Event Themed Units Moments of Service Calendar Project Toolkits Professional Development generationOn Inspire, equip and mobilize young people to take action that changes the world and themselves through service. Tabs for different audiences. Educators Kids – Elementary age Teens – Middle and High School Parents and other Caring Adults Organizations Website Tour

7 Service is… volunteer action to meet the needs of others or for the common good. Service-Learning is… a research-based teaching and learning strategy that engages youth in service to meet learning objectives and address real-world issues through service. 7 Service, Service-Learning: What is the difference?

8 The Six Steps of Service-Learning Investigation: Matching student passions and community needs. Preparation: Getting ready for service through learning. Action: Service – Direct, Indirect, Advocacy or Research Reflection: Making meaning through multiple modes. –Used throughout the process Demonstration: Public display of the process and impact of service-learning. Evaluation: Assessing students’ learning and service. There are professional development modules and documents on the website that explain these steps in detail. Downloadable and Printable templates to use with your students. Log into your account to access this website page: resources/ipardehttp://www.generationon.org/educators/lessons- resources/iparde 8

9 Service-Learning and the Common Core State Standards Key Traits of the CCSS and how Service-Learning Correlates Demonstrating literacy with a variety of texts Applying learning to new situations, especially real-world contexts Knowledge and skills for success in college and career Engaging students in critical thinking and problem solving

10 Connections to Curriculum – 21 st Century Skills Service-Learning uses: 21 st Century Skills: Learning Skills Collaboration Communication Creative Thinking Critical Thinking Problem Solving Literacy Skills Life Skills – Social responsibility, Leadership, Initiative, Productivity

11 PBL and Service-Learning Connection The Service-Learning teaching and learning strategy is Project-Based Learning with Social Awareness! PBL – an interdisciplinary approach to teaching that promotes 21 st century literacy and learning. Hands-on, student directed learning strategy that challenges them to solve a problem and demonstrate their solution. In-depth investigation using 21 st Century skills.  Identifying a problem  Determining success criteria  Investigating possible solutions  Selecting a solution  Testing and Presenting that solution  Reflection.

12 Continued : Service-Learning – Connection to PBL Service-learning is a student-directed teaching and learning strategy that empowers students to make a difference addressing real-world issues related to academic content.  Service-learning helps increase student interest, allows for practicing 21 st century skills, and promotes self-directed learning and teamwork.  Connections to curriculum are infused into the stages of service-learning. (Similar to PBL steps)  Investigation  Preparation  Action  Reflection – used throughout process  Demonstration  Evaluation

13 STEM and Service-Learning Combining STEM with service-learning is a particularly effective teaching strategy for 21 st Century learning. Teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through projects that address community issues equips students to become more competitive in the global workforce, develop leadership skills, and address critical issues. Learning to Give lessons and concepts give deeper knowledge and real-world purpose to STEM content.

14 5 Steps of the Scientific Process correlating to the 5 steps of Service-Learning Scientific Process Service-Learning 1. Questioning 1. Investigation 2. Research 2. Preparation 3. Propose and 3. Action Test Hypotheses and Experimentation 4. Draw conclusion 4. Reflection 5. Communicate Results 5. Demonstration SAMPLE LTG/ STEM Lessons on your Handout

15 Sample LTG Unit – Grade 6-8 Power of Children – Grade 6-8 – This is a PBL unit developed by Ryan Steuer – Decatur M.S. Apex Team –Indpls.IN –Driving Question: How can students create a positive change in our community? The students individually identify a need in their community and research how a service-learning project could be beneficial. Students form small groups and create a layout of a service-learning project (including a budget and timeline). Hold a “Service-Learning Expo” where students present their projects. The participants vote on the best projects, and the winning ones will be implemented by the class or school during the rest of the s chool year. Twelve lessons.

16 Sample LTG Unit (Grades 6-8) Farm to Table and Food Security - Developed as a Project Based Learning Unit. PBL and service-learning have very similar paths of discovery and presentation. The two make a great combination! Focus Question: What farm to table factors affect the cost of food production, and how do choices in food production and distribution affect food security in the U.S.?

17 STEM focus - Unit 379: Our Air: The Quest for Quality Lesson 3: Concern + Action = Clean Air Solutions Summary: This lesson will serve as the final learning piece, and the accumulated knowledge will be used to assist the learners in utilizing a role play scenario to come to a consensus plan of action that moves “their community” toward compliance with Air Quality Standards (AQI).This unit is also intended to inspire personal or group action plan for promoting the common good. Academic service learning options will be made available for the learners to plan how to be engaged in direct service, indirect service or take an advocacy position that addresses concerns about air quality. Service Create an air quality PBL unit with this as the culminating activity.

18 Recycling Lessons and Programs Unit 378: One Person’s Trash Lesson 1 – Molehill or Mountain Summary: The purpose of this lesson is to introduce learners to the different types of trash, the amounts that are being discarded and what could be done to alleviate trash in their own communities. Unit 376: Global Garbage Lesson: Talking Trash Summary: The purpose of this lesson is to introduce learners to the vocabulary and concepts related to garbage removal.

19 Environmental - Water Unit 5: Are You a River Keeper Lesson 2: Speedy Water and Sediments Summary: This lesson will focus on the effect the speed of water has on erosion rate and the deposition of sediment with learners using inference to draw conclusions. Learners will relate commons, stewardship and the roles of all sectors in reducing rates of erosion in rivers and lakes. Learners will relate what their responsibility is to give of their time, talent or treasure, and take action in preserving and protecting lakes and rivers. Service Clean up of a river or water area in your community.

20 Energy Unit 384: You Light up My Life Lesson: You Light Up My House Summary: The purpose of this lesson is to show learners how electricity is used, measured, recorded and calculated. Through the use of data collection tables, this lesson will help students realize how much electrical energy their families consume. They will also develop an understanding of renewable and non- renewable resources that are used to produce electricity. The learners will recognize that stewardship of community resources is the careful management of those resources held by a community for its citizens. –Service These lessons are used to develop driving questions for my 6 th grade energy unit and promote ways to for students to save energy at home, in the community, and the world.

21 Sample of Themed Units (Curriculum) from Learning to Give Introduction to Philanthropy Units – Every grade level K-12 pdf Save the Earth -A compilation of resources to teach young people about the critical subject of environmental stewardship. Paw Prints to Learning – Units for K-2, 3-5, 6-8,9-12 – Animal Welfare Lessons Character Education Lessons – This unit is grade 6-8 and Anti-Bullying Lessons Financial Literacy – Units for 2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 – Money Smart Children – There are Many more Themed units on Disaster Relief, Global Citizenship, Health, and Life Skills. ALL LTG lessons coded to CCSS and State Academic Standards

22 Moments of Service Calender Moments of Service and generationOn Signature Events Click on the this link to access the calendar and all the Moments of Service Lessons and Project Ideas by Month: Service Project Toolkits Projects of the Month

23 Community Service Project Ideas – On Kids, Teens, Parents, and Orgs Tabs Find hundreds of Project Ideas and plans by Issue: –Animals, Environment, Health, Homelessness, Hunger, Literacy, Peace, Senior, Military –Let your students INVESTIGATE the issues that interest them to start the service-learning process!! – “How to Guides” for Kids and Teens

24 Service-Learning Tracker and Post a Service Story Sign into your account Record your students' service-learning experiences on generationOn's online service-learning tracker. This helps you tell your service-learning story and measure impact and document learning outcomes. By sharing the results, you can demonstrate to students and the community that young people are able to apply their learning to “make their mark on the world” in meaningful ways.online service-learning tracker

25 Introduction to generationOn Content Pack Link Type this link below into your browser to access a file of downloadable documents and links to the website to give you a Great Overview of the generationOn Website to view, download, print, and share with others.

26 generationOn Clubs Empowering Kids and Teens to Make Their Mark On the World

27 GenerationOn Clubs provide kids and teens with the knowledge, access to resources, adult support, project ideas, and opportunities for action that they need in order to discover their power to make a difference. generationOn Kids Care Clubs – Elementary age generationon Service Clubs – Middle and High School age

28 Thank you! Joan Belschwender Contact information: Joan Belschwender : Co-Coordinator generationOn Indiana Phone: x201 Hope to see YOU registered Soon!!!


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