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Youth Can Extend Themselves at Extended School Day Programs: Community Engagement With Service Learning

Posted in 21st Century Skills, Service-Learning, STEM, Uncategorized by KIDS Consortium on November 23, 2011

“It’s not your father’s Oldsmobile” and “Orange juice, it’s not just for breakfast anymore.” You recognize those taglines from a couple of old ad campaigns, right? Just good old Madison Avenue suggesting that we should think about some old friends in a new way. That is just a little bit like what this post is doing, only I’m not a Madison Avenue ad exec, so I don’t have a snappy tagline.  Plus, I know that this is not an entirely new way to think of “an old friend.” But if you come up with a snappy tagline, please, share it. I’ll give you all kinds of credit for it.

Just for breakfast?

More and more extend school day program (before school/after school/during school vacation programs) teachers are using service learning.

Why?

For the same reasons that other school teachers use it—the benefits are many.

The Afterschool Alliance, in partnership with MetLife Foundation, released an issue brief this month that discusses civic engagement and service learning in afterschool programs. The title of the brief is Providing Opportunities for Service Learning for Middle School Students. Even though the title isn’t all that catchy, it is a good one to download and read, especially if you have been looking for ideas and support for service learning outside of the school day. (more…)

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21st Century Skills and Service Learning: Data Collection and Analysis Creating Critical Thinkers and Effective Citizens

Posted in Service-Learning, Uncategorized by KIDS Consortium on November 18, 2011

Wanted: caring citizens who think critically, analyze information and make well-informed choices.

Last week I posted a list of seven ways service learning provides opportunities for students to demonstrate 21st Century Skills and gave examples of one of the skills being met through a real project.

Here again is the list:

1) Solve complex, multidisciplinary problems;

2) Think critically, analyze information and make well-informed choices;

3) Be creative and entrepreneurial;

4) Communicate effectively in person and in writing;

5) Collaborate and foster teamwork;

6) Participate in civic life and democratic decision-making; and

7) Cultivate an ongoing commitment to learning.

Let’s look at another project and see how students are developing these skills. (more…)

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