Friday, May 29, 2009
I just got done checking out this month's Educational Leadership from ASCD and was excited to see that it gave some cool (and well-deserved) attention to service-learning! Service-learning is front and center in two articles in this special issue on Teaching Social Responsibility!
You can check out the short article, "Service Learning and Civic Participation" at
And "A Culture of Service Learning" at
And the whole issue is worth a read so see the table of contents at
Liberty Smith, Ph.D.
Program Manager Learn and Serve America's National Service-Learning Clearinghouse America's Resource for Service-Learning Information Toll-free 866-245-7378, ext. 139 Fax 831-430-9471 firstname.lastname@example.org www.servicelearning.org
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Can service-learning help solve the current crisis? Discuss: Service-Learning = Solutions Blog
Grants of $2,000 plus travel expenses to attend the Youth Service
Institute in Washington, D.C., will be awarded to youth-focused
nonprofits selected to be lead agencies for Global Youth Service Day
in April 2010....
Posted on May 29, 2009
Deadline: July 17, 2009
*National Gardening Association Announces Continuation of Youth Garden
Gifts of teaching materials and merchandise credits of up to $1,000
will be given to schools and community organizations providing
gardening programs for children between the ages of 3 and 18....
Posted on May 26, 2009
Deadline: November 2, 2009
Service learning promotes good deeds and academic achievement, but its greater potential lies in preparing students to be engaged citizens. Roughly one-quarter of all schools engage at least some of their students in service learning projects. The latest Educational Leadership highlights several studies in the past decade that have addressed the role that service learning can play in increasing students' commitment to civic participation. The strongest effects have generally been found for service learning programs that have the explicit aim of developing active citizenship, in contrast with those that emphasize community service and character building.
Celebrate Civic Leaders A theatrical production & art exhibitions presented by community elders & students of Willie L. Brown, Jr. Academy In collaboration with SFUSD ExCEL Afterschool Programs & The Bayview Opera House Produced by Think Round, Inc. & Pathlight Productions
Thursday, June 4, 2009, 1-2:30 pm
Please join students & senior leaders for fun, food & follies at:
Bayview Opera House 4705 Third Street, SF, 94124 --------------------------------------------------
May 30 through September 3, 2009 · Enjoy student artworks at:
Southeast Community Facility Alex Pitcher Room · M-F, 8am-3:30pm & Bayview Library · History Room · M, T, Sat 10-6, W 1-8, Th 10-8, F 1-6, Sun 1-5
For more information call Heidi at 415.602.9599 or the BVOH at 415.824.0386
This production & these exhibits were produced by Think Round, Inc. & Pathlight Productions for the SFUSD ExCEL After School Programs & the Bayview Opera House Jr. Drama & Sr. Multi-Arts Programs.
The production & exhibits were funded in part by the SF Arts Commission, the SF Hotel Tax Fund/Grants for the Arts, the SF Unified School District?s ExCEL After School Program, School Health Programs Department & Cesar Chavez Clubs.
Please open attachments to see beautiful artwork by eighth grader, Brandy Windom of Eloise Westbrook, and to learn more about other seniors involved--including Espanola Jackson and Shirley Jones!
PLEASE POST or forward to your lists this invitation and release about our multi-generational, multi-arts programs...
(Forgive any duplicate mailings!)
Sincerely, Heidi Heidi Hardin, Executive Director
Think Round, Inc. ________ Makers & Managers of Today &Tomorrow!
1220 Ellis Street, Suite 2 San Francisco, CA 94109 Phone/Fax: (415) 771-2198 Cell Phone: (415) 602-9599 Email: email@example.com
Thursday, May 28, 2009
*Volunteer to build a playground at Bret Harte Elementary: June 22*
On Monday, June 22, California First Lady Maria Shriver and CaliforniaVolunteers, with the help of national nonprofit KaBOOM! and hundreds of volunteers will construct an intergenerational playground at Bret Harte Elementary School in San Francisco to celebrate the life and legacy of Cesar E. Chavez and his commitment to community service.
California's First Lady Maria Shriver will help lead this one-day playground building project.
We need volunteers to help assemble the playground, mural and garden.
No experience is necessary.
Volunteers are strongly encouraged to carpool as parking will be limited. You should wear closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothing.
This project requires some repetitive bending, lifting and standing.
Volunteer spaces are limited and they will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Please register as soon as possible.
To sign up for the May 29, 1PM please send an e-mail message to ServiceInitiative@cns.gov with May 29 in the subject line to confirm your attendance on the call. You will receive an e-mail back with the dial-in information.
June 22 – Sept 11, 2009
This is an extraordinary moment in time. As Americans, we have a unique opportunity to come together and solve our nation's most vexing problems. In this spirit, President Obama is announcing a nationwide service initiative, the beginning of a sustained, collaborative, and focused effort to meet community needs and make service a way of life for all Americans.
Focus: The Economic Recovery
The Service initiative will empower Americans to participate in the economic recovery by:
· Promoting clean energy, energy efficiency, and public land restoration.
· Supporting education and literacy for all Americans.
· Increasing health care access, public health awareness, and prevention.
· Providing community renewal to areas hardest hit by the economic crisis.
Purpose: A New Call to Service
The Service initiative will take traditional calls to service further by:
· Putting volunteers on a path to sustained service.
· Asking volunteers to step up and become volunteer organizers by identifying unmet needs in their community, developing their own service projects, and engaging others who are interested in the same issue area.
· Providing easy-to-use tools for volunteers to develop their own service projects, set outcome-oriented goals, and track their community impact.
· Developing creative partnerships with a broad and diverse group of stakeholders, including nonprofits, faith-based groups, issue groups, labor unions, educational institutions, businesses, corporations, foundations, and all levels of government.
We aim to use the convening power of the federal government to promote and highlight new and existing service projects, encourage volunteers to stay involved in their communities over time, and empower people from all walks of life to take a leadership role. The Corporation for National and Community Service will be the key coordinating federal partner, working with the White House, federal agencies, and hundreds of nonprofit and community groups. The Corporation can be reached at ServiceInitiative@cns.gov.
The Challenge: Help Needed, Capacity Stretched
At a time when volunteers' help is most needed, the capacity of traditional service organizations to absorb volunteers has been stretched thin. To help meet growing social needs resulting from the economic downturn, the Service initiative aims to both engage new volunteers in expanding the impact of existing organizations and to encourage "do-it-yourself" projects.
The Service initiative – spanning 81 days, or just under 12 weeks – will officially kick off June 22 at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service. The White House will make a public announcement in early June, allowing adequate lead time for organizations to post opportunities and prepare to absorb new volunteers. The Service initiative will culminate with a National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11, 2009. The culmination will provide an opportunity to recognize the summer's accomplishments, honor those who died on September 11, 2001 by serving in their memory, and encourage Americans to make an ongoing commitment to service.
Service outreach funded by a gift from Target.
You are invited to participate in a Webinar on "Inclusive Service Learning Opportunities" for students with disabilities. The Webinar is sponsored by the LRE-Part B Community of Practice. There is no cost for the Webinar.
The one-hour Webinar will be held on Thursday, June 18, at 3:00 PM ET (2:00 PM CT, 1:00 PM MT, 12:00 Noon PT and AZ).
* Paula Sotnik, Director
* Lucy Bayard, Senior Training Specialist
National Service Inclusion Project
To register for the Webinar, click on the link below:
Through this interactive and free Webinar, attendees will:
* Learn about the National Service Inclusion Project (NSIP), funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
* Acquire information about how service learning aligns with LRE and access to the general education curriculum.
* Learn about how service learning may affect post-school outcomes for students with disabilities.
* Find out how service learning is integrated into IEPs.
* Obtain strategies to develop inclusive service learning programs.
For background reading, please visit the LRE Part B Community at
Paula Sotnik, Director
National Service Inclusion Project
Institute for Community Inclusion,
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
888-491-0326 (toll-free voice and TTY)
617-287-4343 (direct line)
The National Service Inclusion Project (NSIP) is training and technical assistance provider on disability inclusion, under a cooperative agreement (#08TAHMA001) from Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). NSIP partners with the Association on University Centers on Disability, National Council on Independent Living, Association on Higher Education and Disability and National Down Syndrome Congress to build connections between disability organizations and all CNCS grantees, including national directs, to increase the participation of people with disabilities in national service.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Its time to gear up for the 2009 National Learn & Serve Challenge on
1. Pre-register your group/school/organization for the 2009 Challenge. It’s okay if you havent finalized your plans for the Challenge. You can still pre-register to receive updates, tips, and materials to help you prepare for the fall.
Pre-register by Thursday, May 28 and you will be eligible for a drawing for a $50 gift certificate for a pizza party, perfect for year-end reflection and celebrations!
Accept the Challenge to Be a Solution and pre-register at http://nslc.wufoo.com/forms/early-registration-2009-learn-serve-challenge/.
2. Become a Proud Partner of the National Learn & Serve Challenge. To register as a partner, go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=WtbiP7IkZbT5VXC74tQOOw_3d_3d. It takes less than 2 minutes to fill in the necessary information.
For more information, contact the National Service-Learning Partnership at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-884-8982.
Check out the 2009 National Learn & Serve Challenge Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Service-Learning-Partnership/82414777730?ref=nf#/ical/event.php?eid=83724586519
The Learn & Serve Challenge is a signature event of the National Service-Learning Partnership, made possible with support from State Far Companies Foundation. Lead Organizing Partners include: SEANet - the State Education Agency K-12 Service-Learning Network,
Christina Kwon Director of Member Engagement
National Service-Learning Partnership
Academy for Educational Development