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May 4, 2010 CSL Conference at Holy Cross in Worcester

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May 4, 2010 CSL Conference at Holy Cross in Worcester

    Please join us…

    Massachusetts Annual Statewide

    Service-Learning Conference

    Tuesday, May 4, 2010

    8:00am - 3:30pm

    Hogan Center, College of the Holy Cross

    Worcester, MA

“Service-learning is a teaching and learning approach that integrates community service with

    academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.”

    --From the National Commission on Service-Learning 2001

Students, teachers, educators, and community partners are invited to a day of

    sharing strategies to implement, improve and embed service-learning practice in

    Massachusetts’ schools. Workshop and plenary sessions will focus on project

    sharing, skills and tools for improving practice, strategies and policies for

    institutionalizing CSL, and ideas for collaboration and linkages with other

    educational and service initiatives.

    AGENDA

8:00-8:30 Registration, Breakfast, Showcase Set Up and Donation Drop-Off

    8:30-9:00 Welcome and Service-Learning Leader Award Presentations

    9:00-10:00 Keynote Address

    10:00-10:15 Showcase Viewing Time

    10:15-11:30 Breakout Session A

    11:30-11:45 Showcase Viewing Time (snacks will be available)

    11:45-1:00 Breakout Session B

    1:00-2:00 Lunch

    2:00-3:15 Breakout Session C

    3:15-3:30 Complete Evaluations and Showcase Breakdown

    *Breakfast, lunch & snacks are generously provided by the Massachusetts Service Alliance.

    Click here to register!

    (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6QFVD3L)

    In the Spirit of Service

Primary students from Bryn Mawr School and middle school students from Auburn Middle

    School join together to organize this year's project. Join the "Kool Movement" by contributing to

    Soles 4 Souls. Bring either a pair of shoes, in good condition, or $1.00, which will enable the

    purchase of a pair of shoes. These shoes will go toward local homeless shelters and

    organizations in Massachusetts. Help us to make a difference one pair at a time!

Further information about this is explained in the workshop, "From Service Project to Service-

    Learning." More details about this can be obtained at the service project table.

Please consider bringing your donation to this cause as your conference registration fee.

Many thanks to the students from Bryn Mawr and their teacher, Sarah Donahue. Also, thanks to

    the students from Auburn Middle School along with the Co-Coordinators of CSL, Kristina

    Pombo and Patricia Haggerty. A special thanks to Alexander Diaz, the organizer of "Kool

    Movement."

    Thank you for your generosity!

    CSL Showcase

All attendees are invited to display service-learning success stories! Project displays will be

    scattered around the conference center for viewing throughout the day. Displays should reflect

    elements of high-quality service-learning including: academic connections, service that meets

    real community needs, youth voice and reflection. To sign up to display a showcase at the

    conference, please do so when you register online. Thanks!

    Lunchtime Networking

If requested in advance, the conference planners will reserve tables at lunch for regional or

    issue-oriented networking. To request a table for your group please email

    kmckinnon@doe.mass.edu. Requests will be granted on a space-available basis.

    Massachusetts Annual Statewide

    Service-Learning Conference

    Tuesday, May 4, 2010

    8:00am - 3:30pm

    Hogan Center, College of the Holy Cross

    Worcester, MA

Service-Learning Leader Award Recipients 2010

Congratulations to the following educators and partners who have been selected as this year’s

    Service-Learning Leaders! These individuals will be presented with their awards during the

    morning welcome at the conference.

Teacher Leader Awards

Christine Ahearn, Conley Elementary School, Whitman-Hanson

Molly Meczywor, Drury High School, North Adams

Lynn Walker-Muñoz, Nathaniel Morton Elementary School, Plymouth

Principal Leader Award

Patricia Haggerty, Bryn Mawr School, Auburn

    Superintendent Leader Award

James Montepare, North Adams

    Community Partner Leader Award

Dr. John Woods, AARP Tax-Aide, Whitman-Hanson

Shawn Cleaves and Brion Keefe, Pond Meadow Park, Braintree

    Higher Education Partner Leader Award

Civic Engagement Center, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

    Massachusetts Annual Statewide

    Service-Learning Conference

    Tuesday, May 4, 2010

    8:00am - 3:30pm

    Hogan Center, College of the Holy Cross

    Worcester, MA

    Breakout Session Descriptions

    BREAKOUT SESSION A (10:15 a.m. -11:30 a.m.)

A1. From Service Project to Service-Learning: It’s Not Just About the Shoes!

    A2. Generation Citizen: A Real World Civics Lesson at Malden High School

    A3. Special Olympics Unified Sports: Building Inclusive Community Partners

    A4. Waste Watchers: Following a Service-Learning Model

    A5. From the Bottom Up: Building a High School Tax-Aide Certification Program

    A6. Service-Learning Awareness Session

    A7. Safe Drive/Safe Ride

    A8. Cross-Age Mentoring Building relationships and Increasing Academic Success through CSL

    A1. From Service Project to Service-Learning: It’s Not Just About the Shoes!

    Presenter(s): Patricia Haggerty, Principal; Sarah Donahue, Kindergarten teacher; Alexander

    Diaz, Soles 4 Souls

    School/Organization: Bryn Mawr School, Auburn Public Schools

    The presenters will show how a service project focusing on a shoe drive can be transformed into

    service-learning. Curriculum connections will be explained. Templates will be shared. Curriculum

    samples will be illustrated. The focus is primarily an elementary school example.

    Who Should Attend: Administrators, Curriculum Directors, Teachers (Elementary), Service-

    Learning Coordinators

A2. Generation Citizen: A Real World Civics Lesson at Malden High School

    Presenter(s): Scott Warren, Executive Director; Judi Allen, Director of History and Social Studies School/Organization: Malden High School, Generation Citizen

    Generation Citizen, a new civic education non-profit, aims to create effective citizens through an action-

    based civics curriculum implemented by college students. Malden High School participated in 6

    Generation Citizen classes over the course of the year, and will share the lessons learned from the

    collaboration, and possible ways to incorporate the program into your school.

    Who Should Attend: Administrators, Curriculum Directors, Teachers (High School), Service-

    Learning Coordinators

    BREAKOUT SESSION A (10:15 a.m. -11:30 a.m.), continued

    A3. Special Olympics Unified Sports: Building Inclusive Community Partners

    Presenter(s): Laura Mullen; Jocelyn Blanchard, Associate Section Director, Massachusetts

    Special Olympics; James Adams, student, Hudson High School School/Organization: Hudson Public Schools

    Are you interested in creating a community partnership that includes everyone? This workshop will

    give you valuable information about establishing a partnership with the Massachusetts Special Olympics.

    Join us to learn how to start your own program. “On the field we’re a team, off the field we’re friends.”

    Who Should Attend: Administrators, Curriculum Directors, Teachers (all levels), Service-

    Learning Coordinators, Students

A4. Waste Watchers: Following a Service-Learning Model

    Presenter(s): Sarah Roberts; Students: Nicholas Aniagu, Owen Carberry, Amelia Dalton,

    Matthew Dalton, Cullan Daly, Alex Duke, Josh Gallion, Julia Griffin, Denesha

    Lafontant, Maxwell Laurent, Muireann McNulty, Marly Moise, Adam Murphy,

    Rawsheed Nelson, Amy Onwuka, Connor Proude, Nicole Rousseau, Becca

    Setterland, Daley Tilden, Chineme-Uyanwune, Lucas Whitemyer, Matthew

    Whitman, Maria Zraizaa

    School/Organization: South Shore Charter Public School

    Students will demonstrate how they followed a student-generated, service learning model. Students

    will show how they identified a need in their community, researched the problem, and created a plan.

    The class will describe the “school skills” needed to implement and evaluate their plan and perform a

    mock newscast, highlighting their project.

    Who Should Attend: Teachers (Elementary), Students

A5. From the Bottom Up: Building a High School Tax-Aide Certification Program

    Presenter(s): Lydia Nelson, Business Teacher; Dr. John Wood, State Coordinator, AARP Tax-

    Aide; Vince McDougall, Student; Rachel Pellegrine, Student School/Organization: Whitman-Hanson Regional High School

    Learn how an accounting class partnered with the AARP MA Tax-Aide program in this unique high school

    student certification program. Students and adults reflect on how they built this new program, and use their

    accounting knowledge to assist low-income individuals and the elderly in our communities.

    Who Should Attend: Administrators, Curriculum Directors, Teachers (High School), Service-

    Learning Coordinators, Students

A6. Service-Learning Awareness Session

    Presenter(s): Matt Robinson, Education Consultant

    School/Organization: KIDS Consortium

    What is service-learning and how is it different from community service and other community oriented

    educational experiences? How can academic integrity, student ownership and apprentice citizenship

    help to define quality service-learning? Come to this highly interactive workshop to learn what service-

    learning is and why it is an effective teaching strategy. Join us to learn how students involved in service-

    learning experiences can forge strong ties to their communities, and gain the skills and confidence they

    need to become engaged citizens.

    Who Should Attend: All

    BREAKOUT SESSION A (10:15 a.m. -11:30 a.m.), continued

A7. Safe Drive/Safe Ride

    Presenter(s): Students: Manuela Amateri, Sabasian Antoine, Chadwick Asibey, Chelsea Baines,

    Franc Bakalli, Shanequa Bonnie, Randolf Cabello, Eric Camacho, Racheal Cann,

    Brian Dahn, Colleen Dang, Angelica Garcia, Steven Ho, Emily Joubert, Layla

    Kittredge, Sabbatina Konudo, Kelsey Lawrence, John Leary, Adriana Martinez,

    Linda Nguyen, Dalena Nguyen, Elvis Oduro, Sergio Ortiz, Jovanna Padilla, David

    Poske, Stivi Progni, Glidden Ramos, Brenda Rodriquez, Kamesha Samuels, Erika

    Santana, Dylan Svedberg, Doug Veraneau, Vidavanh Xipalak; Teachers: Amanda

    Bastien, Joseph Caforio, Loriann Carroll, Nancy E. Caruso, Mark Collins, Marlena

    Deptula, Carlo Dibonaventura, Peter Sherman, Joseph Simard, Sara Sisa School/Organization: South High Community School

Safe drive/safe ride is an awareness campaign that allows us to address concerns among young drivers

    who have a higher tendency to drive with distractions and therefore cause accidents by texting, using

    cell phones, alcohol abuse and others. Learn the statistics and how to help spread this important

    message. This session showcases an interdisciplinary service-learning project that connects to science,

    ELA, math and social studies classes.

    Who Should Attend: All

    A8. Cross-Age Mentoring Building relationships and Increasing Academic Success

    through CSL

    Presenter(s): Kimberley Grady, Community Placement Coordinator; Brendan Sheran, Social

    Studies teacher; Jen Hashim, Foreign Language teacher; Jennet Tempone,

    Reading Specialist; Brenda Wilbur, Mathematics teacher School/Organization: Pittsfield Public Schools

This workshop will help districts develop cross-age mentoring programs to build relationships, increase

    academic success and help reduce the drop out rates. Pittsfield Schools has created experiences

    throughout the district where students mentor other students to help address issues with academics,

    remediation around MCAS, developing relationships so ELL students do not travel in isolation and help

    others develop social skills to meet with success in school and the community.

Who Should Attend: Administrators, Teachers (Elementary, High), Students

    BREAKOUT SESSION B (11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

B1. Inclusive Service-Learning

    B2. Service-Learning Southern Style

    B3. A Service-Learning Green Team

    B4. Sharing Best Practices for Implementing Comprehensive Service-Learning in the Middle

    or High School: How to Effectively Reach All Students

    B5. Food for Thought: An Interdisciplinary Project Addressing Hunger

    B6. Working Together: Developing Strong Partnerships for Service-Learning

    B7. Sustaining Service-Learning: Part 1

    B8. Cultivating Service-Learning in an Intergenerational Community Garden

B1. Inclusive Service-Learning

    Presenter(s): Beth Barrett, Program Officer/Disability Inclusion Coordinator School/Organization: Massachusetts Service Alliance

This workshop will introduce the basics of providing an inclusive environment for all service-learning

    participants, including the use of person-first language, access, reasonable accommodations, local

    resources for technical assistance and funding to support participants with disabilities, and the

    integration of service-learning into students’ IEPs.

    Who Should Attend: Administrators, Curriculum Directors, Teachers (all levels), Service-

    Learning Coordinators, AmeriCorps members or staff who oversee

    service-learning projects with students

B2. Service-Learning Southern Style

    Presenter(s): Raymond J. Kane, Advisor; Student Coordinators: Travis Maider, Lily Fitzgerald,

    Steve Young, Natalie Brough, Gwen Morgan

    School/Organization: North Middlesex School Regional High School

This workshop will explore a unique service learning trip to New Orleans, LA that was developed at

    North Middlesex Regional High School four years ago and continues today. It was the idea of two

    students and a teacher in response to Hurricane Katrina and the need to broaden the horizons of

    students in the school. You will be introduced to the concepts of creating and sustaining a trip such as

    this one.

    Who Should Attend: Teachers (all levels), Service-Learning Coordinators, Students

B3. A Service-Learning Green Team

    Presenter(s): Jerilee Gray, Health Specialist

    School/Organization: Peabody Public Schools (William Welch and South Memorial)

This workshop will highlight how a health specialist was able to integrate the Massachusetts Curriculum

    Frameworks and the National Youth Leadership Council’s K-12 Standards for Quality Service-Learning

    Practice into a “Green Team” project. In addition to its academic connections, the project fostered

    leadership and problem-solving skills as students explored solutions to environmental problems.

    Participants will see the “show” developed by the students to raise awareness in the community.

    Who Should Attend: Administrators, Teachers (Elementary, Middle, Health specialists),

    Service-Learning Coordinators

    BREAKOUT SESSION B (11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.), continued

B4. Sharing Best Practices for Implementing Comprehensive Service-Learning in the

    Middle or High School: How to Effectively Touch All Students

    Presenter(s): Rachel Hunt; Pat Hansen, Service-Learning Coordinator School/Organization: Salem Academy Charter School

Participants will discuss the eight promising practices outlined in Shelley Bellig’s “Unpacking What

    Works in Service-Learning. Promising Research-Based Practices to Improve Student Outcomes” After

    identifying each of the promising practices, participants will share effective strategies for implementing

    these practices in the middle/high school. The group will discuss challenges and will share ideas for

    overcoming common challenges to implementation. Facilitators will record and summarize shared

    ideas and share them electronically with participants. The primary question for discussion is how to use

    the practices outlined to effectively provide all students in a secondary school with high quality service

    learning opportunities.

Who Should Attend: Administrators, Curriculum Directors, Teachers (all levels), Service-

    Learning Coordinators

B5. Food for Thought: An Interdisciplinary Project Addressing Hunger

    Presenter(s): Lisa Shea, CSL Teacher; Ellen Galambos, English Teacher; Students: John

    Hardiman, Tori Seamans, Darren Bunch School/Organization: Whitman-Hanson Regional High School

Learn about planning and implementing a student-driven interdisciplinary project. Students and

    teachers will present and discuss with participants how to investigate needs, plan a project across

    departments, incorporate 21st century skills and support students as they develop leadership and

    character skills. Participants will receive materials to help replicate the project.

    Who Should Attend: All

B6. Working Together: Developing Strong Partnerships for Service-Learning

    Presenter(s): Rosemary Murphy, School-to-Work Coordinator; Warren Dimmick, School-to-

    Work CSL Coordinator School/Organization: Braintree High School

In our first year of community service learning, at Braintree High School, School to Work Program

    (substantially separate special needs program for learning disabled students), we have developed three

    strong and what we hope will be enduring community partnerships. We attribute our success to three

    core principles that we applied to this process: Patience and Persistence; Communication and

    Collaboration; Listening and Learning. We are hoping that we can share what we learned during our

    inaugural year with others so that they can avoid some of the pitfalls.

    Who Should Attend: All

    BREAKOUT SESSION B (11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.), continued

B7. Sustaining Service-Learning: Part 1

    Presenter(s): Matt Robinson, Education Consultant School/Organization: KIDS Consortium

What are the essential elements of sustainability? What would it look like if a school/district sustained

    service-learning? What policies and practices would need to be in place? Come to this two-part session

    where participants will learn from KIDS Consortium staff and each other, what sustained service-

    learning looks like and learn how to strategically plan to get there. Part 2 of this session will be held

    during Breakout Session Cif you sign up to attend, please plan to attend both parts.

Who Should Attend: All

B8. Cultivating Service-Learning in an Intergenerational Community Garden

    Presenter(s): Christine Ahearn, Special Education Teacher; Karen Downey, Principal; Michael

    Boyce, Assistant Principal; Charlene Sullivan, 4th grade Teacher; Donna Green,

    Teacher's Aide (and parent) School/Organization: Louise A. Conley Elementary School, Whitman-Hanson RSD

Learn how to plan and implement a school-based yearlong project in community service-learning!

    Administrators, paraprofessionals and teachers will reflect on how they organized and developed this

    program into an alliance with elder mentors in a community garden project. Together, students and

    seniors will focus on issues of hunger in the community.

    Who Should Attend: All

    BREAKOUT SESSION C (2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.)

C1. Tips and Tools for Providing Effective Training for CSL

    C2. National Evaluation of Learn and Serve America

    C3. Sustaining Service-Learning: Part 2

    C4. Increasing Support for Service-Learning through Public Relations and Education

    C5. LACES: Engaging Youth and College Students in Community Based Problem-Solving

    C6. United Way Youth Venture & PeopleHelper.org Platforms for Service-Learning that

    place students in charge while making life easier for your school staff!

C1. Tips and Tools for Providing Effective Training for CSL

    Presenter(s): Anne French, Service-Learning Program Director

    School/Organization: North Adams Public Schools

To ensure that students engage in high-quality CSL, we need to provide good training for educators and

    community partners in how to do high quality CSL. Participants in this workshop will learn about and take home national and locally developed resources to use when training on CSL. These materials will

    help to maximize the impact of CSL on students, schools, communities…and our educators!

    Who should attend: All

C2. National Evaluation of Learn and Serve America

    Presenter(s): Linda Caswell, Project Director; Marjorie Levin, Deputy Project Director; Lindsay

    Fox, Study Team Member

    School/Organization: Abt Associates

Come learn about the national evaluation of Learn and Serve America Programs, conducted by Abt

    Associates of Cambridge, MA. The study will examine the civic and academic engagement and academic

    achievement outcomes of 9th and 10th graders who participate in service-learning. Come see if you are

    eligible to participate in this exciting study!

    Who Should Attend: Administrators, Curriculum Directors, Teachers (high school), Service-

    Learning Coordinators

C3. Sustaining Service-Learning: Part 2

    Presenter(s): Matt Robinson, Education Consultant

    School/Organization: KIDS Consortium

What are the essential elements of sustainability? What would it look like if a school/district sustained

    service-learning? What policies and practices would need to be in place? Come to this two-part session

    where participants will learn from KIDS Consortium staff and each other, what sustained service-

    learning looks like and learn how to strategically plan to get there.

Who Should Attend: Participants who attended Part I, during Breakout Session B

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