What is Service Learning? Simply put, service learning occurs in classrooms as students connect academics—skills and content—with authenticated community needs. Students grow a garden in science class that provides produce for a food bank or orphanage. While studying about World War II, students interview veterans of a past or current war to gain a deeper … Continue reading “Words into Action: Service Learning as a Teaching Strategy”
When my oldest son, Chad, was fourteen, he started a service learning project and was able to secure free medical and dental care for local children in our community who had no insurance. The lessons that Chad experienced as a teen stuck with him and now, at age 38, as a young pediatric plastic surgeon, … Continue reading “Empathy in Action”
David Wangaard, Ed.D., is the Director of the School for Ethical Education and author of this post. In working or visiting with teachers, I often find they think service learning is just adult-led community service. Service learning is, however, quite distinct from community service. See the eight quality standards for service learning that The National Youth Leadership … Continue reading “Connecting Service Learning to Character and Academic Growth”
This excerpted blog article is reposted with permission from Zoe Weil, an honored and esteemed speaker at our upcoming National Forum on Character Education. It was originally posted here. Zoe was also recently featured in Forbes Magazine, discussing the heart of education.
Many educators believe that when a student has a personal connection to the subject that they are studying, student retention is higher and true learning takes place. Connecting emotion to academics gives students and teachers a way to learn together, while still embracing the new core standards. Service and project-based learning is a perfect way to infuse the curriculum … Continue reading “Earth Day Service-Learning Ideas”
There’s been a great deal of nationwide interest in the issue of bullying lately, with good reason since about one-quarter of our nation’s students report being bullied regularly. Despite the intensified focus, many well-meaning parents, educators, and leaders are left wondering what exactly they should do to stop peer cruelty and prevent possible tragedies. Zero … Continue reading “Bullying Prevention: What Really Works”
CEP’s March focus is Principle 5: Providing Opportunities for Moral Action. The following service learning idea was submitted by Tina Sohn, Art Teacher & District Character Leader, Sullivan Primary School a 2010 Nationa School of Character, Sullivan, Missouri . We’d love to hear what your school is doing. Sullivan Primary School (pre-K through first grade) … Continue reading “Bowls for Hunger”
Nancy Younce submitted this story of one of Julian Elementary School’s service projects. The students at Julian Elementary School, a have been focusing on showcasing their Service Learning Projects each year on Global Youth Service Day. This has made the projects more meaningful to them, with guidance and instruction for high quality service learning.
In honor of Earth Day today, April 22nd, here are some highlights from our resources related to the environment, science, and “going green.” When you have a chance, be sure to check out the rest of the lesson plans and best practices provided by our wonderful exemplary schools.
Prom, a night intended to be full of fun and revelry, can often be an enormous burden on students from lower-income backgrounds. The need to get the perfect dress or tuxedo, find transportation, partake of a fancy meal, and then perhaps coordinate an after-party (in a safe, legal environment) can be a truly stressful experience … Continue reading “The Expenses of Prom”
I had the great fortune of being raised by a loving family. They instilled in me certain values that shaped me into the person I am today. None of the adults in my family had much of a formal education though. My grandfather, for example, came to our country at the age of 10 with … Continue reading “Veterans Day – A Teachable Moment”
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