Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Saturday June 27: Final Day of Conference

From Andy Furco's Presentation
Critical reality of service-learning
a. Marginalized practice
b. Poorly understood among teachers and educators
c. Confusion with community service and volunteerism

Community Service/Volunteerism focuses on service and the intended
beneficiary is the recipient of service.

Service-Learning: The primary intended recipient of the service is the
provider of service. It is a win/win reciprocal opportunity When classroom
learning with community based learning = soft service learning

d. Service learning is only indirectly connected to teacher certification.
It has to be direct!

e. Teachers do not use s-l once they are in the field of their content work.

f. Improvements on academic achievement are mixed at best. It does create
the conditions for higher academic achievement. The goal is not to talk
service-learning but how service-learning is the vehicle to academic
achievement. There is a need for greater service-learning leadership in
secondary and elementary grades because there is a global dissatisfaction
with education. Students are bored with schools because classes are
irrelevant to real life. Do not do service learning, help people see service
learning as the vehicle for the "big issues: building an engaged university,
student involvement and participation in community, how service learning is
a vehicle to achieve those goals how it is tied to the bigger issues, the
bigger agenda

Developing leaders for School and Community: The presentation was for their
own reality in developing a leadership component through service learning,
but the practical application of it is how this presentation could change
the structure of YAC. Yac members could assume a role of faculty liaison,
look for community partnerships, resources, be reflectors, logistics and
transportation. Each YAC member for an area of the school they enjoy the

The Villanoba experience with Understanding Diversity is one I would recommend Zainab to explore in combination with a Video contest. Here YAC projects need to develop partnerships with university students to explore a "big issue together." The example was a sucess story with great presentations from the students from Villanoba. Resource: University of PA, Netter Center, conference in June had a model from an Oklahoma University noreen.cameron@villanova.edu

Get Enganged: Bruger Kaye Presenter

Talk does not cook rice!!! When spiders webbs are tied together, they can trap a lion!!!

Words----Idea-----Action Teachin is political---Create models of change!

In 5-10 words described your service-learning program goal! Empower youth to lead for peace. Then move to another table and circle one word in the person's statement and create a new perspective that helps the first statement. Enable students to ACT in ways that make a difference. Make a difference by helping your neighbor. Was an example

5 minute think tank: Turns all kids into question askers!!!

s (heart) + L(crown) == Peace (world)

Assessment of needs
Use the 4 ways to research

1. Read (any library or internet source)
2. Observe-visit the place, experience the partner
3. Interview: Experts in the community, the need, the goal
4. Survey

Share your quote with a friend
b. One minute think tank
c. Build a theory
d. Define this with a bumper sticker

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