Healing our Communities;
Healing the World

Catastrophic floods, droughts, fires and storms are now the norm. Economic disparity is widening. Many communities are in pain. What are we doing in our schools so that this and future generations of students can have a habitable world? Tell us about your service projects.

monday, november 18
Tuesday, november 19
monday, november 18

Title: Administrator's Panel on Service Learning Implementation

School/Organization: National Youth Leadership Council

Time: 9:05-10:05am

Presenter(s): Shira Woolf Cohen, New Foundations Charter School; Mark Sorenson, The STAR School; Ricardo Mireles, Academia Avance; TBD, NACA; Maddy Wegner, Director of Engagement, NYLC 

Description: Charter school administrators have the unique opportunity to centralize their instruction and programs around a particular mission. Hear from Principals and other school leaders about how they have used Service Learning as a strategy for building school culture and meeting state educational mandates, as well as the resources necessary for educators to use Service Learning successfully.

Title: Learning About Cross Curricular Service Learning Experiences - Spotlight on EcoJustice and Healing at NACA Inspired School Network

School/Organization: NACA Inspired School Network

Time: 10:15-11:30am

Presenter(s): Micha Bitsinnie, Katherine Page,  EcoJustice Students (NACA High School)    

Description: Service Learning is a strong vehicle for involving students and teachers in cross curricular learning experiences. In this workshop, NACA teachers and students will engage the audience in theirEcoJustice projects, highlighted by digital storytelling modalities such as video, graphic design and art, blog writing and more. Culturally relevant topics include climate crisis awareness and youth advocacy, peer education and cycling for health and wellness, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Indigenous education and community activism.

Title: Creating Your Own Cross Curricular Service Learning Experiences

School/Organization: New Foundations Charter School

Time: 11:30am-12:30pm

Presenter(s): Tiffany Searles 

Description: Service Learning is a great way to make real life connections to various content areas. In this planning workshop, participants will receive tools and resources needed to plan cross curricular projects that promote learning and service to the community. Spend time with Service Learning practitioners learning about best practices to implement projects that reach all contents and types of learners.

 

Tiffany Searles is the Director of Community Engagement and Communications at New Foundations Charter School in Philadelphia, PA. Her experience includes leveraging community partners to support student achievement, providing high quality OST programs for K-12 students, youth development, and training and supporting educators on service-learning best practices. Tiffany received her B.A. in Sociology/Social Psychology from Lehigh University and M.Ed. in Urban Education from Temple University.

Title: All About Community Partnerships for Post  Secondary Success - Featuring Academia Avance Senior Independent Projects

School/Organization: Academia Avance

Time: 2:30-3:30pm

Presenter(s): tbd

Description: Preparing youth for the future workforce is a priority for all schools, which begins with developing students’ social, emotional, and 21st century skills. These skills can be enhanced through creating community partnerships that benefit student learning and allow students to give back to their community. In this workshop, Academia Avance will demonstrate how Senior Projects can prepare students for post-secondary success.

Title: Fostering Community Partnerships for Post-Secondary Success

School/Organization: National Youth Leadership Council; New Foundations Charter School

Time: 3:45-4:45pm

Presenter(s): Tiffany Searles; Maddy Wegner

Description: Reciprocal partnerships benefit schools, students, and community organizations. During this session, attendees will gather tools to build high quality partnerships and explore community resources that could contribute to a school’s mission and prepare students for post secondary life. Work collaboratively with Service Learning practitioners to plan for partnerships in your community!

Tiffany Searles is the Director of Community Engagement and Communications at New Foundations Charter School in Philadelphia, PA. Her experience includes leveraging community partners to support student achievement, providing high quality OST programs for K-12 students, youth development, and training and supporting educators on service-learning best practices.

 

Maddy Wegner is the Director of Engagement at the National Youth Leadership Council, a nonprofit based in St. Paul, Minn. known for supporting service-learning practitioners who bring research to practice. Her background includes teaching at the middle and high school levels, communications work for a variety of youth-serving agencies, and curriculum development.

tuesday, november 19

Title: Integrating Service Learning into Federal Programs and other Grant Opportunities

School/Organization: New Foundations Charter School

Time: 9:35-11:05am

Presenter(s): Shira Woolf Cohen; Tiffany Searles,

Description: ESSA and Federally funded programs outline strict parameters for programs and funding use. Learn how New Foundations Charter School is using Service Learning as an integrated strategy to support funding through grants such as Title 1, Title 2a, Title 4a, CTE, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Safe Schools and others. Bring your funding agreements, RFPs of interest, needs for funding, and budgets so you can gain impactful insights during this session from Service Learning practitioners.

Shira Woolf Cohen is an educator, community organizer, and leader. Over the past two decades, Shira has been involved in a wide variety of community and educational programs including K-12 and Higher Education. She is a former teacher, afterschool coordinator, Dean, and Vice Principal. Currently, Shira is the K-8 Principal at NFCS, serving 1500 students in K-12. Shira also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Youth Leadership Council, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Education at Holy Family University.

Tiffany Searles is the Director of Community Engagement and Communications at New Foundations Charter School in Philadelphia, PA. Her experience includes leveraging community partners to support student achievement, providing high quality OST programs for K-12 students, youth development, and training and supporting educators on service-learning best practices. Tiffany received her B.A. in Sociology/Social Psychology from Lehigh University and M.Ed. in Urban Education from Temple University.

Title: Service Learning as an instructional strategy - Featuring the Art of Storytelling

School/Organization: New Foundations Charter School

Time: 11:20-12:50am

Presenter(s): Shira Woolf Cohen, Principal, NFCS; Dorothy Bukantz, Educator

Description: Service Learning is a strategy for instruction, engagement, and achievement. Integrating service into instructional methods such as storytelling, problem solving, and communications can promote a deeper level of learning among students.  Participants in this session will learn how the integration of Service Learning can support specific learning goals through the use of the four stages of Service Learning and the K-12 Service Learning Standards for Quality Practice. You’ll also hear from a master storyteller on topics that are important in our communities!

Shira Woolf Cohen is an educator, community organizer, and leader. Over the past two decades, Shira has been involved in a wide variety of community and educational programs including K-12 and Higher Education. She is a former teacher, afterschool coordinator, Dean, and Vice Principal. Currently, Shira is the K-8 Principal at NFCS, serving 1500 students in K-12. Shira also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Youth Leadership Council, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Education at Holy Family University.

Dorothy Bukantz has worked as a classroom storyteller in independent and charter K-5 schools and informal settings for more than 45 years. As a docent at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, she told history stories to adults. She also worked in educational publishing, on newspapers and in professional development, focusing on integrating curriculum collaboratively with teachers.

Title: Healing the World through Service Learning  - Featuring the STAR School 

School/Organization: The STAR School

Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm

Presenter(s): Mark Sorensen

Description: Service Learning is based on healing our communities at local and global levels. In this workshop, you will learn about The STAR School’s Water Bus that provides clean drinking water to the community. This project meets a genuine community need, and has been created in partnership with the University of Arizona. Join members of The STAR School to find out how they worked with students, higher education, and the school to address this community issue and provide a solution.

Mark W. Sorensen has been an educational leader of schools serving Navajo students for forty years. His work as Principal, Superintendent, Advisor and Mentor of indigenous schools has focused on  improving the quality of Native American education by developing place-based, healthy, culturally relevant and ecologically sensitive schools. He has a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, and is currently the co-founder, Governing  Board President, and CVA (Community Vision Activator) of The STAR (Service To All Relations) School, the first off-grid solar and wind powered public elementary school in the U.S. Mark lives within walking distance of the STAR School in a house that is also off-grid and solar powered.

Title: Planning to Heal Your World through Service Learning

School/Organization: National Youth Leadership Council

Time: 3:00-4:00pm

Presenter(s): Maddy Wegner 

Description: Identifying and meeting a genuine community need through Service Learning can work to heal the world, and heal your community. In this workshop, you will explore The United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals that are aimed at ensuring a better future for everyone. Students and schools across the nation are tackling these goals and helping to heal the world - and now it is your turn! Join this session to learn about national and international projects your school can become a part of. Work with Service Learning practitioners to take back ideas, tools and resources to your school community!

 

Maddy Wegner is the Director of Engagement at the National Youth Leadership Council, a nonprofit based in St. Paul, Minn. known for supporting service-learning practitioners who bring research to practice. Her background includes teaching at the middle and high school levels, communications work for a variety of youth-serving agencies, and curriculum development.

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