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Kent Intermediate School District Project Based Service Learning

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Kent Intermediate School District Project Based Service Learning Slide 2 Icebreaker Making Connections Slide 3 What Makes a Good Citizen? Citizenship Activity Slide 4 Kent Intermediate School District Carla Stone Stoneshores Consulting www.stoneshores.net Project Based Service Learning Slide 5 Attributes of Project Based Learning? Recognize students inherent drive to learn Project work is central rather than peripheral Highlight provocative issues that lead to in-depth exploration Require the use of essential tools and skills Use performance-based assessments Encourage collaboration Slide 6 Why The Shift to Project Based Learning? The World Has Changed!!! Children need both knowledge and skills to succeed. Workforce demands high- performance employees who can plan, collaborate and communicate with civic responsibility and be good global citizens ? Slide 7 What is Service Learning? Service Learning is a teaching method that combines meaningful service to the community with classroom learning. ? Slide 8 Why Service Learning? Research-based teaching methodology Overcome perceptions that place-based activities are merely field trips Meets community needs Curriculum-based activities Benefits all parties involved ? Slide 9 Service Learning benefits Students Teachers Community Slide 10 Service Learning Benefits to Students Increases academic and cognitive development Enriches curriculum Reinforces learning through practical and meaningful applications Puts character education into action Slide 11 Service Learning Benefits to Students Increases career awareness and job skills identification Improves sense of teamwork, mutual achievement and leadership skills Enhances social development Fosters personal growth Improves civic-mindedness Slide 12 Service Learning Benefits to Teachers Engages students in their learning process Creates a motivated, involved student Reduces behavioral disruptions Provides collaboration and research opportunities Can increase classroom resources Slide 13 Service Learning Benefits to Community Gives direct aid to community organizations Helps students become invested in their community Helps community members value youth as contributors Slide 14 Whats The Difference? Service Learning Community Service Community Based Learning Slide 15 Whats The Difference? Service Learning A method of teaching and learning that challenges students to identify, research, propose, and implement solutions to real needs in their school or community as part of their curriculum. Discovering that a local stream is degraded, students and teachers work with an environmental group to design a project relevant to the class curriculum. They conduct water quality tests and research possible contamination sources. Students then analyze data and present their findings to local officials. The environmental group uses the data for their watershed program. KIDS Consortium, 2009, www.kidsconsortium.org Slide 16 Whats The Difference? Community Based Learning An approach that enhances the curriculum by using community members and places as resources for learning. A teacher decides to center a unit of ecology on a stream near the school. Students visit the site frequently, collecting water samples and identifying plants and animals. KIDS Consortium, 2009, www.kidsconsortium.org Slide 17 Whats The Difference? KIDS Consortium, 2009, www.kidsconsortium.org Community Service Community Based Learning Service Learning Slide 18 Whats The Difference? KIDS Consortium, 2009, www.kidsconsortium.org Community Service Community Based Learning Service Learning During the month of December, students collected COATS FOR KIDS at school. They dropped the coats off at a local dry cleaner. The business donated their cleaning services for this project. The students then brought the coats to a drop off point at the local school. Over 100 coats were collected, cleaned, and handed out to children. Slide 19 Whats The Difference? KIDS Consortium, 2009, www.kidsconsortium.org Community Service Community Based Learning Service Learning During the month of December, students collected COATS FOR KIDS at school. They dropped the coats off at a local dry cleaner. The business donated their cleaning services for this project. The students then brought the coats to a drop off point at the local school. Over 100 coats were collected, cleaned, and handed out to children. Slide 20 Whats The Difference? KIDS Consortium, 2009, www.kidsconsortium.org Community Service Community Based Learning Service Learning Middle school students wanted to help in some way after the tragedy of September 11, 2001. They held a bake sale at their school and a car wash at their local fire station on the weekend. They raised $600.00 and decided to donate all the proceeds to the American Red Cross. Slide 21 Whats The Difference? KIDS Consortium, 2009, www.kidsconsortium.org Community Service Community Based Learning Service Learning Middle school students wanted to help in some way after the tragedy of September 11, 2001. They held a bake sale at their school and a car wash at their local fire station on the weekend. They raised $600.00 and decided to donate all the proceeds to the American Red Cross. Slide 22 Whats The Difference? KIDS Consortium, 2009, www.kidsconsortium.org Community Service Community Based Learning Service Learning Students in a science class were concerned about the impact on the air quality while buses idled in front of their school. They worked with the Department of Environmental Protection to monitor the air and collect data. They found that the air quality was polluted due to the idling buses. Students presented their findings to the school board and the district changed the policy. Slide 23 Whats The Difference? KIDS Consortium, 2009, www.kidsconsortium.org Community Service Community Based Learning Service Learning Students in a science class were concerned about the impact on the air quality while buses idled in front of their school. They worked with the Department of Environmental Protection to monitor the air and collect data. They found that the air quality was polluted due to the idling buses. Students presented their findings to the school board and the district changed the policy. Slide 24 Whats The Difference? KIDS Consortium, 2009, www.kidsconsortium.org Community Service Community Based Learning Service Learning Elementary students were learning about plants and trees. They were collecting leaves and making a leaf book. The class went to their local Audubon center and participated in a scavenger hunt to learn more about plants and trees. They later went in the woods behind their school and identified plants and trees with a local forester. Slide 25 Whats The Difference? KIDS Consortium, 2009, www.kidsconsortium.org Community Service Community Based Learning Service Learning Elementary students were learning about plants and trees. They were collecting leaves and making a leaf book. The class went to their local Audubon center and participated in a scavenger hunt to learn more about plants and trees. They later went in the woods behind their school and identified plants and trees with a local forester. Slide 26 Whats The Difference? KIDS Consortium, 2009, www.kidsconsortium.org Community Service Community Based Learning Service Learning When 3 rd grade students learned that a local community group called Cultivating Community needed help growing food for people, the students decided to build an urban garden. They learned about plants, soils, gardening, and about hunger in America. They donated the food to an agency to be distributed to those in need. Slide 27 Whats The Difference? KIDS Consortium, 2009, www.kidsconsortium.org Community Service Community Based Learning Service Learning When 3 rd grade students learned that a local community group called Cultivating Community needed help growing food for people, the students decided to build an urban garden. They learned about plants, soils, gardening, and about hunger in America. They donated the food to an agency to be distributed to those in need. Slide 28 Whats The Difference? KIDS Consortium, 2009, www.kidsconsortium.org Community Service Community Based Learning Service Learning Students organized a weeklong food drive at their school to benefit the local food bank. They put up posters around the school to advertise the drive. They read announcements over the school intercom every morning to remind students about the drive. At the end of the week, several students brought the collected items to the food bank. Slide 29 Whats The Difference? KIDS Consortium, 2009, www.kidsconsortium.org Community Service Community Based Learning Service Learning Students organized a weeklong food drive at their school to benefit the local food bank. They put up posters around the school to advertise the drive. They read announcements over the school intercom every morning to remind students about the drive. At the end of the week, several students brought the collected items to the food bank. Slide 30 What are the Different Types of Service? Direct Indirect Advocacy Slide 31 Direct Service Slide 32 Indirect Service Slide 33 Advocacy Slide 34 Research Has Demonstrated Higher performance on state tests Better attendance Better engagement in school (Affective) Follow the rules better (Behavioral) Increased interested in the subject matter (Cognitive) Slide 35 Enhancing Outcomes Link to standards Use instructional strategies with the greatest effect sizes High quality practice Slide 36 Enhancing Outcomes Link to standards Use instructional strategies with the greatest effect sizes High quality practice Slide 37 The K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice Released nationally at National Service-Learning Convention by NYLC April 2008 Based on scientifically-based research within service-learning and in the education and youth development fields

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