Friday, July 13, 2007

July 6th: Connections

7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast: The conference breakfast provided a networking opportunity. I met Dr. Libby Ethridge, Assistant Professor Early Childhood Education. It was nice to see the University of Oklahoma represented among the college presents. Libby works at an OU branch in Tulsa.

9:00-10:30 a.m. Local Actions, Global Connections: Developing a Service-Learning World View. This workshop by Cathryn Berger Kaye was excellent. She had as an ice breaker several drawings of a 'global student." As participants entered, they left their idea in words and drawings of their definition of a global citizen. It was amazing to have our own ideas validated by people from many different continents. One of the ideas that is still on my mind is that in best practices of service learning, at the global or local level, one should not know who is providing the service and who is receiving it. The issue of reciprocity was great here. Mrs. Kaye recommended two books, A Life like Mine, which we already have in our library and a a Faith Like Mine, which is a new book. The presentation ended with a call to join a project called "My Village" in which students learn and share their communities with other students. I hope to receive more information from Mrs. Kaye to inspire our students to join this project. Another project she talked about was a portrait project. Someone took pictures of children. Those pictures were then sent to art classes in the USA. Teens made portraits of the photographs and send them to the children who otherwise could not have had a portrait made. In return, the US kids learned about a different land and provided a sustainable memory of their interaction with needy children from far away places.

For the inmediate future I want to buy her new book on homelessness and hunger to add to our library of resources.

10:45-12:15 Global Perspectives on Service-Learning Research and Practice: Implications for Teacher Education by Andy Furco. I learned that there are 6 purposes/intentions for Service-Learning around the globe.
1. Academic: USA and 8 other countries: Content centered knowledge with knowledge applications-academic standards based.
2. Personal (Intrapersonal): Development of skills
3. Social (Intrapersonal): Peer and Intergenerational teamwork Argentina, Brasil, England, South Africa
4. Civic and Citizenship: Ethic of service, involvement on political affairs and knowledge of community issues All countries
5. Moral, Character and Values: Ethics, character traits Australia, England, USA

As a conclusion of this presentation, I have a growing need to do an statistical analysis of the reflective components of our program.
6. Vocational, carrer, professional: carreer awareness, development of technical skills- Chile and Mexico

12:30 Lunch: Keynote Speaker: Jeffrey Anderson
It was sad to see how lunch could interfere with a speech and how technology just does not cooperate sometimes. Lunch was another opportunity to network. Bart Dankaeris introduced himself as someone who had attended a Cyclone presentation and had kept in touch with one of the presentaters, Carrie'04.

13:30-15:00 Cross Cultural panel
My goal was to see how global programs were structured and what type of funding and liability issues were address. It was sad how hurried the presenters were. One had to go to all three
Effects of S-L participation on Pre-Service Bilingual/ESL Teacher efficacy. Aileen Hale from Boise State University gave us a quick overview. The research demonstrated that teachers engaged in s-l go more for social justice through understanding of cultural differences.
Maine to Honduras: Global Spanish
It was a project that seem like a mission trip with a language component. This project made me realized the importance of "intentional reciprocity."
Service-Learning Overseas and on an American Indian Reservation, University of Indiana Bloomington
This university gave great informational material on where to start a global and local education service projects. I have a lot of reading to do and questions to ask before August 15.
15:45-17;15 If CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) is the Internatinal Vaccalaurate Organization's model of service-learning, How is it presented and applied This presentation by the International School of Luxembourg gave clarity to my understanding of the CAS program. Since I hope to work with IBS schools in Peru, this presentation was priceless. It was interesting that CAS provide similar credit than we do, with the difference that if a student is in the Arts, a student cannot use the arts for service projects.
17:15-18:45 Transforming Service, It Takes a Global Village. Ankita presented to a small number of participants. The great result is that we have a 9th grade teacher interested in reading High Noon with his students at the International School in Brussels and we have an elementary school teacher from Brussels interested in coming to the USA to investigate service-learning in our private and public schools. Adrienne made some great connections with Clemson University professors who are interested in our hunger banquets.

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