Children, Inc. Service Learning Initiative offers a variety of trainings related to service learning best practices for teachers and students. Our team is available to provide the following trainings individually or as a combination of trainings at your school.
Introduction to Service Learning (1.5 hrs): This overview of service learning answers the questions What is service learning? Why do service learning? How do we implement service learning? What support services are available to help carry out projects? Sample project examples bring the learning home and encourage creativity.
Community Service to Service Learning (1 hour): A one hour training that emphasizes structure (IPARD model) and substance (8 Effective Practices). Teachers review video vignettes of service learning projects, evaluate which of the 8 Effective practices are/are not present. Activities and discussion guide participants to be mindful of the difference between community service and service learning and to plan high quality service learning projects.
Reflection & Evaluation (1 hour): Participants focus upon Reflection within the service learning experience to assess learning, evaluate progress, check perceptions and encourage personal/interpersonal growth. Reflective activities and ideas highlight the vital and continuous process of learning throughout a project. Examples are shared within the training to increase reflection tools that incorporate critical thinking, multiple intelligences, and varied purposes.
Social Entrepreneurship and Service Learning (1 hour): This training demonstrates how service learning combined with social entrepreneurship teaches children financial literacy and civic engagement. The workshop shares local and international organizations and sample projects that can translate into a high impact service learning experience for youth.
Empathy: “Walking in Another’s Shoes” (1.5 hour): This highly interactive training for K- 12 teachers focuses upon a deep UNDERSTANDING of EMPATHY, the importance of MODELING EMPATHY, and the BENEFITS of TEACHING EMPATHY skills. Participants will receive ready to use resources for the classroom at the end of this workshop.