Service-Learning Districtwide to Increase Students’ Academic Engagement

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Aired on: March 13th, 2012

3:30–4:30 p.m. (ET)

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Our Guest(s) This Week

Michael VanKeulen

As the Director of Outreach, Michael is leading efforts to connect NYLC to school districts that seek a more districtwide approach to service-learning implementation. He also coordinates Project Ignition, a youth-led service-learning campaign to address safer teen driving. Prior to joining NYLC, he spent 20 years in public education, including roles as a teacher, high school administrator, school board member, leader of professional development, and the co-founder of numerous public school programs. These include: an English language-immersion program for immigrant and refugee students, a Mandarin language full immersion school, an Arabic language partial immersion, and two schools that use service-learning as a core strategy for educating 18- to 21-year- olds seeking their high school diplomas.

This Week's Topic

How can service-learning help make instruction more engaging and help increase the connection students feel to school? Join Michael VanKeulen, the National Youth Leadership Council’s Outreach Director, to discuss NYLC’s work with school district leaders and professional development models aimed at helping districts extend service-learning as a strategy connected to current district initiatives. This webcast will help educators better understand how service-learning applied in a more systemic nature can address a key factor in preventing student dropout, the degree of meaningful student engagement in their academic goals and overall school experience.

Resources:

Presentation Slides  pdf

Furco, A. (2007).  Advancing Youth Academic Success, School Engagement, and International Leadership through Service-Learning  pdf.

ECS National Center for Learning and Citizenship’s (NCLC) State Policies for Citizenship Education Database(2012).

K-12 Service-Learning Standards and Indicators for Quality Practice. http://www.nylc.org/sites/nylc.org/files/files/Standards_Oct2009-web.pdf  pdf(2012).

Piscatelli, J. (2006).  Learning that Lasts: Integrating and Sustaining Service-Learning Through Policy, Practice,and Capacity   pdf.

Duckenfield, M., & Drew, S. (2006).  Measure What Matters and No Child Will Be Left Behind  pdf.

National Youth Leadership Council(2012).

NYLC Lift – Raising the Bar for Service-Learning Practice(2012).

Project Ignition(2012).

The Generator School Network(2012).

National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (2012).  The Linking Learning With Life Series of Service-Learning Guidebooks.