Edutopia has a great article on the wonderful work occurring in Fowler USD…. go to Students Experience Greater Learning for the Greater Good (http://www.edutopia.org/service-learning-fowler).
For a quick look… Click on the following link to view a short presentation on the work of Sutter Middle School, teacher Monica Sigala's "Chávez Caring Crew"
"At Sutter Middle School, teacher Monica Sigala's language arts students were learning to perfect the art of letter writing while simultaneously reading about the contributions of farmworker advocate (and local hero) César Chávez. And in science class, these same kids researched the effects of ultraviolet rays. Their seemingly unrelated studies led students to pull together a service-learning project -- the Chávez Caring Crew -- in which they collected sunscreen and lip balm to help protect field workers from overexposure to the sun.
Sigala's student groups synthesized information about the Sun's effects, wrote letters to local businesses requesting donations, and created information cards in English and Spanish to accompany their collected items. Students take complete ownership of their learning, says Sigala.
"They're walking around saying, 'That was my idea. I came up with the sunscreen.' Or, 'I thought of sunglasses, because I found research that showed that ultraviolet rays can increase the risk of cataracts,'" she says. "The students don't even realize all the great stuff they're learning, because they're so involved with the project -- and all of this teaches the standards."
Consider the Gap Closed in this district…
Michael Brugh, CalServe Program Director
California Department of Education,
CalServe Initiative, Suite 6408
1430 N Street
Sacramento, California 95814
Ph. (916) 319-0543
FX. (916) 323-6061
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