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1 Project Ideas for Service- Learning Kathleen (Kathy) Staudt, PhD Professor of Political Science Director, Center for Civic Engagment

2 For enthusiastic teachers: Students WILL engage in active learning, relevant to their community Step one: INTERNAL contact leaders in your district for ideas, help and/or forms Step two: EXTERNAL build mutually respectful relationships with potential partners, beginning F2F, then phone and/or . Stop to reflect: all on the same page?

3 Students’ buy in: They will co- construct this new knowledge! Introduce and brainstorm Training: you and the partner? How will students obtain credit and/or recognition? (% of grade? Certificate? Lines on their c.v./resume? Contacts?) Allow adequate time for planning in class On or off campus? (former easier; latter: challenges re: travel)

4 Project Ideas: scaled up (higher grades); scaled down (lower grades) Organize events (Meet the SB trustee candidates! Canutillo HS teacher… Ni Una Más: Bowie HS teachers) Tutoring and/or Mentoring (my students with 9 th graders in AVID programs) Futures Project: UCLA. Research on drop-out/push out with the experts—those closest to the issues

5 Using interesting ‘hooks’ to get at TEKS knowledge, writing skills “federalism”: historic decentralization and increasing centralization (NCLB) in schools and standardized testing “policy change,” Congress, and “pressure groups”: immigration debates, activism of “public-private collaboration: development in economically distressed neighborhoods: Acción—brochures in Spanish and English; visiting businesses re: internships for HS students; revised parking plans

6 Good Luck/Buena Suerte! See my syllabus: scale it up or down… See ideas from my lecture script in the Teaching Democracy course Good news: None of these required $$$ Realistic news: Quirks emerged the ‘first time around’—the pilot test. Learn lessons, and tweak for increasing success! Questions, Comments?


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