Our schools are composed of dynamic populations with a variety of needs and interests. In this course, teachers can construct a hands-on participatory project for students in which they can support an organization. Students will have the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of concepts taught in class in a practical and meaningful way by combining learning goals and community service in ways that can enhance both student growth and the common good. These dynamic projects bring awareness to the concerns which are most pressing to our student populations and school communities. Projects are focused on raising awareness and practicing advocacy on that issue. Teachers structure their project for students so they have a designated time period to research, design, and implement their project.
In this course participants will have opportunity to demonstrate:
commitment to students and their learning.
responsibility for managing and monitoring student learning.
desire to be members of learning communities.
Write a program proposal containing information related three specific components that will enable students to readily initiate the service project. The first component will describe the investigation process, identifying potential organizations to work with and how the partnership will be beneficial and support one another’s mission through specified goals and objectives. The second component will describe the planning process, gathering and evaluating sources and information related to the organization, and determine a proposal for action to conduct the project as well as monitor its progress. In the third component, criteria will be developed to judge the effectiveness and potential extensions for the project. Lastly, a rubric will be created to evaluate the presentation constructed by students to share their Student Learning Project.
Instructor: Beth Levine