PLEASE NOTE: Workshops may be updated. Information on Institute faculty and workshop leaders can be found on Summer EAST Faculty page
A Framework for Place, Service-Learning, and Sustainability
DESCRIPTION: Bringing together Place Based Service-Learning and Education for Sustainability (economic, environment and social justice) provides complimentary approaches to creating vital learning experiences that contribute to the well being of the larger community. This workshop will offer an introduction to a user-friendly framework for making service-learning an integral part of the academic school experience, through activities and projects of tangible and lasting effect. This framework will be extremely useful to participants in creating support for cohesive service-learning and sustainability efforts in their local context.
Instructional Best Practice for Service-Learning
DESCRIPTION: Instructional Best Practices for Service-Learning—designed to create common language and understanding around the use of service-learning as a teaching strategy. The Best Practices form a core part of our work, helping educators (and students) plan, extend, and reflect upon service-learning activities and projects. The Best Practices will also be useful as a way to talk about service-learning, using common language, within your own institution.
Site-Level Best Practice for Service-Learning
DESCRIPTION: The Site Level Best Practices have helped educators, administrators, community partners, and students support long term service-learning efforts for more than a decade. Faculty will offer their own insights and explore practical needs and considerations encountered on the road to supporting and institutionalizing service-learning.
Traveling the Path with Service-Learning: What Works and Why
DESCRIPTION: This session will take us inside one teacher’s journey through "aha" moments of insight and clarity with the world of service-learning. The experiences themselves will be drawn from elementary to secondary. We will also focus on what it was like getting started, forging relationships, and working to create student and teacher engagement.
The Power of Place in Learning
DESCRIPTION: Students as researchers, writers, publishers, and restorers are just a few of the scenarios that can evolve from exploring "place" with your students. successes, challenges and lessons learned, We will share stories that demonstrate powerful learning, meaningful contributions by students and the unique lessons that every place has to offer if we take the time to discover them. Place based education can give rise to innovative projects in which students in collaboration with local adults address real world issues and serve their communities. Be inspired.
Sustainability and Service-Learning—Putting the Big Picture in Place
DESCRIPTION: Sustainability provides an integrative concept for service-learning that helps build participants' skills, knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs with the goal of creating a better future. Embedded in education for sustainability is a process that is integrative and participatory and that uses long-term thinking to meet curriculum and service goals similar to the best practices of service-learning. In this workshop we will explore this integrative process and how it can deeply enrich service-learning experiences for both teachers and students.
Collaborative Ethnography: Discovering Your Community
DESCRIPTION: The process of inquiry and discovery involved in place based education leads to a deeper understanding of the nature of community itself, in all its forms. This in turn leads to looking at sustainability, uncovering the interconnectedness of people, cultures, place, the natural world, and our own role within that. We will explore and use a process that we call "collaborative ethnography" to facilitate students and teachers exploring and understanding the place they call home. We begin from a premise that every place is unique and special with a story to tell. Institute participants will have an opportunity to practice collaborative ethnography as a tool for Place Based Service-Learning.
Higher Ed/K-12 Partnerships
DESCRIPTION: When you think about partnerships between higher education and K-12 schools, chances are things like mentoring and student teaching come to mind. This session will help you to think beyond traditional paradigms to explore new ways in which K-12, community based, and institutions of higher education might collaborate through service-learning. We will share select examples of innovative partnerships, followed by the opportunity for participants to explore, discuss, and brainstorm ideas they might consider implementing in their own settings. We will also explore possible challenges, offering ideas to each other as to how to overcome them.
Effective Student Voice and Participation and the Implications for Learning
DESCRIPTION: How do we create and nurture meaningful student voice within the constraints of a typical classroom, school, or program? Participants will work with a contiuum of possibile entry points for creating a pedagogical foundation that supports real student voice within the curriculum. Schools are the foundation of our democracy. Service-learning experiences that encourage genuine student voice also create opportunities for leadership. In doing so we increase student engagement, ownership, and ultimately learning outcomes. In this workshop, we will also explore candidly some of the dilemmas that this work raises.
Thinking Forward: Growing a Program, Meeting the Challenges that Lie Ahead
DESCRIPTION: We will use the collective thinking and experience of the full group to think long term—identifying and problem solving potential roadblocks, unexpected changes, and unforeseen “landscape alterations” that can affect the well being of even the most successful projects and programs.
From Gardens, to Greenhouses to Nutrition
DESCRIPTION: School based agricultural education is on the rise. In this presentation Steve will discuss the many service projects that can be done using both school based gardens as well as greenhouses. These outdoor classrooms provide a perfect environment for providing the hands-on learner a real connection to science, math, health, and english curriculums. Steve will share how he uses Instructional Best Practices in service projects, along with his involvement in a grant using the Learning Kitchen, a six week program teaching students about nutrition and cooking. He will make connections to nutrition and the local food movement. Steve will also discuss his successes and challenges with these projects as well as managing gardens and greenhouse throughout the school year
Reflection: An Essential Ingredient for Learning
DESCRIPTION: Take a look at how reflection can become the guiding force behind service-learning and how it deepens understanding. Learn and practice a variety of strategies and techniques with veteran service-learning practitioners. Discuss spiral reflection and refection collages, image journaling, and other forms of reflection that also lead to project documentation. Take a look at how reflection can be based on the multiple intelligences and serves to deepen learning and growth.