NC Service-Learning Training, Durham 2013

What is service-learning all about? Is it the fun events, or perhaps the thrill of a successful year under your belt? Well we all may have different answers to that question, but one thing was for sure after our training at North Carolina Central University in Durham the overwhelming response was – the students!!

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25 education and nonprofit professionals, along with students from Raleigh and Wilmington, joined the NC Service-Learning Training to discuss some great topics throughout the day. Students from Exploris Middle school (pictured above) received certificates of awesomeness, as did Coalition Board Member Beth Scherier’s student from E.A. Laney High School (below).

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If you missed this training and would like to catch our next one in Wilmington, check out our Events page! We hope to see you there! Thank you to our hosts North Carolina Central University and our sponsors at State Farm!

Ethics in Service-Learning

From across the southern state line comes a valuable online webinar concerning ethics and service-learning projects with youth. Clemson University, home of the National Dropout Prevention Center, is conducting a webinar through their Service-Learning Education program on March 13th at 3pm EST. Check out the details below!

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Thinking It Through: Tools for Teaching Ethics in Service-Learning

Some of the most valuable lessons in service learning occur when ethical dilemmas are part of the experience but often, teachers feel poorly equipped to help students navigate the tough questions when they arise. Texts on Ethics often focus on theoretical problems, but because service learning happens outside the classroom, practitioners need concrete approaches that can be readily applied. This webcast will introduce the “toolbox” approach to ethical reasoning pioneered by the Rutland Institute for Ethics. By presenting three different ethical approaches in common-sense ways, the “toolbox” allows teachers to help students develop better critical thinking and ethical reasoning skills using common-sense principles within an easy to apply framework.

Presenter:

Teddi Fishman directs the International Center for Academic Integrity, a consortium of approximately 250 colleges, universities, and schools with more than 1000 individual members. She has spoken on academic integrity topics in the U.S., the U.K. Israel, Egypt, and Australia, promoting “educational” rather than punitive approaches to developing students’ ethical decision-making capacities. Her interest in ethics and integrity dates back to her pre-academic career in law enforcement which also inspired her master’s thesis. She believes that education, integrity and interaction are key to building a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.

To view the webcast got to : http://www.clemson.edu/public/servicealliance/faculty_fellows_program/webcast_instructions.html

Further webcast information can be accessed at: http://www.clemson.edu/public/servicealliance/faculty_fellows_program/webcast_page.html

Lady Gaga: Born this Way Foundation

Born this WayGREAT NEWS! YSA will serve as a national partner in Lady Gaga’s Born Brave Bus Tour, January-March  2013. Throughout the Born Brave Bus Tour, local Global Youth Service Day representatives will spotlight our shared belief that youth service is a powerful force in creating kinder, braver, safer communities. We’ll provide the information and resources so that kids and teens can find their voice and take action around issues that matter to them.

http://www.ysa.org/blog/2012/12/20/ysa-partners-lady-gaga-bring-movement-streets-her-foundation%E2%80%99s-born-brave-bus-tour

Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement Conference, Join Us!

Join members of the NC Service-Learning Coalition in attending the 2013 PACE (Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement Conference) at Elon University on February 13th, 2013!

Find out more about speakers, sessions, and registration fees here.

NC SL Coalition Board members will be hosting a round table session from 2:10pm to 3:10pm about collaborative partnerships between Higher Education, K-12 schools and school districts, that will highlight how to sustain and promote projects in various successful ways.

We hope to see you there! Thank you to our partners at NC Campus Compact for hosting this wonderful annual event!

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