Category Archives: Service-Learning

Getting Your Faculty On Board

Tonya Williams, principal of an urban middle school discusses her experience with an Institute study group. Her goal was to get her faculty fully engaged with Place Based Service-Learning. She talks about how she sees that process playing out successfully. … Continue reading

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Our Kids Are Kids

We interviewed public school administrator Anna Kuykendal, from urban Githens Middle School in Durham, North Carolina. Anna testifies so very eloquently to the power of bringing public and independent K-12 school educators together for the conversations and work that MATTERS. … Continue reading

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Rural Murals By Students as a Public Service

By ERIN TAPLEY Associate Professor of Art Education, Western Carolina University EDITOR’S NOTE: Erin has been extremely successful at WCU since she contributed this, and is now Director of The School of Art and Design, and Professor, of Art Education. … Continue reading

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Student Leadership Development and Community Engagement

by BETH J. VANDERVEER, PhD Beth is the Coordinator of the Recreation Studies Program/Gerontology Certificate Programs at Ohio University, College of Health and Human Services, School of Recreation and Sport Sciences. She primarily teaches in the Recreation Studies academic unit. … Continue reading

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Service-Learning Expands Across a High School’s Curriculum

Ray Dumais of Goffstown High School, is an alumni of Community Works Institute’s Summer EAST Institute on Service-Learning. After he attended the Institute, Ray reported significant progress in developing service-learning opportunities at his school. He added, “ The Institute gave … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: A New Paradigm in Teaching About Hunger

By DIANE SHINGLEDECKER FROM THE INSIDE — Thoughts on Place-Based Education at a Community College Last fall, I started working in a local food pantry as part of my graduate work in Service-Learning. I saw the need in a town where others … Continue reading

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Why Service-Learning?

By JOE BROOKS, CWI Education Director Students in the MacArthur Park neighborhood of Los Angeles are engaged in service and community inquiry, aimed at studying and sharing the story of their community which is currently being encroached on by gentrification. … Continue reading

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The Community of Campus: Mental Health Service-Learning Projects on a College Campus by Nursing Students

by DEBORAH L. MAY and CYNTHIA THOMAS Ball State University, Indiana Deborah May and Cindy Thomas are assistant professors at Ball State University School of Nursing in Muncie, IN. Deborah’s past work has demonstrated a return of service by students … Continue reading

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Taking an Empathic Approach to Learning Through Community Based Fieldwork

By JOE BROOKS, Director, Community Works Institute (CWI) We had a great conversation in Los Angeles recently, with veteran educators Felipe Sanchez and Alexandra Gonzales. (a video is included below) Alexandra is a science/STEM teacher from Long Beach, California who … Continue reading

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Oral History in the Digital Era: Narratives of Latin@s in Ohio

By ELENA FOULIS Throughout my academic career, I have looked at ways in which authors of fiction rely on personal and family memory to tell the stories of their characters. Writers like Graciela Limón, Gayle Jones, and Denise Chavez link … Continue reading

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