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Service Learning

November 2, 2012

Opportunity

As was once again pointed out to me last week while I was at the middle level conference (MAMLE) at Sugarloaf, the arts and service learning are a great match! When I received this information from a colleague on a workshop opportunity for planning and implementing service learning I was compelled to include it in a blog post for you to consider. It is a two-day workshop that will provide all the details around helping you guide your students to service learning.

The Service-Learning planning and implementing workshop will be held on November 29-30, 2012; 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at REAL School, Mackworth Island in Falmouth.

Service-learning is a hands-on, learner-centered teaching strategy that challenges young people to work with community partners, applying academic knowledge and skills to solve real problems and needs.  Through service-learning, students develop and demonstrate proficiency of content standards, including essential 21st century skills – critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and team work.

This 2-day training will help participants develop a basic understanding of KIDS Consortium’s award winning service-learning model. Through interactive games and visuals, participants will learn the difference between community based learning, community service, and service-learning, and why service-learning is an effective teaching strategy. You will be prepared to implement a high quality service-learning project using tools and strategies from our KIDS As Planners Guidebook and have time to plan “how to” integrate service-learning in to your teaching environment and receive feedback on your ideas.

Registration is required. Fee is $300 and includes the KIDS As Planners Guidebook, contact hours certificate, light breakfast and lunch each day. Please visit our Website to register. We accept, check, PO’s, and credit card payments: http://www.kidsconsortium.org/getting_started.php

Here’s what participants have said about this workshop:

“The graphic organizers that illustrate the service-learning process were very helpful.  Each activity we did helped in the learning process.  I feel much more prepared for guiding my students through service-learning.”
 
“I enjoyed the time you allowed us to digest, reflect and try parts of the information/activities presented.”
 
“I am inspired to return to my science students and provide them with more voice and choice…I am so passionate about environmental stewardship, yet I was reminded of the importance of stepping back and letting the students take the lead.”

Graduate Course: KIDS as Planners – Service-Learning Institute for Educators

KIDS Consortium is offering a year-long (October 2012-June 2013) Graduate Course for three credits in collaboration with Endicott College and the Mount Desert Island Regional School System.  The course includes five face-to-face class sessions throughout the year (dates below) and additional virtual monthly assignments.  The class sessions will be held on Mount Desert Island.

Class sessions:

  • November 20, 2012 – 3:30-7:30 pm
  • December 6, 2012 – 3:30-7:30 pm
  • February 12, 2013 – 3:30-7:30 pm
  • March 26, 2013 – 3:30-7:30 pm
  • June 18, 2013 – 3:30 – 7:30 pm

Based on the award winning KIDS model of service-learning, participants will discover the steps in creating a quality service-learning experience in partnership with students and community organizations. This course will be an interactive, collaborative learning experience. Course participants will a service-learning plan to implement with students in the spring of 2013.  These plans will be integrated with curriculum requirements and assessment models, including strategies to build a collaborative environment in the classroom and help students reflect on and celebrate their work.

To learn more, please visit: http://www.kidsconsortium.org/course_institute.php

KIDS Consortium is also interested in customizing courses to meet the needs of your school district.  Please contact us to discuss opportunities for the Summer of 2013 and the 2013-14 school year!!

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