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Introduction to generation. On – Real -World Learning Through Service. Learning (with PBL and STEM connections)
About Us: generation. On is the Youth Division of Points of Light Enterprise, which is the world’s largest nonprofit focused on volunteerism and service. www. generation. On. org The mission of generation. On is to inspire, equip, and mobilize youth to take action that changes the world and themselves through service. Learning to Give – Service-learning lessons and teaching resources. www. learningtogive. org generation. On is being facilitated in Indiana through IASP (Indiana Assoc. of School Principals) and IMLEA (Indiana Middle Level Education Assoc. ) by a grant from the Lilly Endowment to help bring more philanthropy education and service-learning to Indiana students. • Free Support and introductory training at your school is available from Joan Belschwender – Co-Coordianator • generation. On Indiana – generation. [email protected] org
Mini-grant opportunities • generation. On Indiana mini-grants – see handout – $250 mini-grants for teachers in Indiana schools to support service-learning projects. – The LIVE LINK to this online application is emailed to you from Joan Belschwender generation. [email protected] org after you register. -These mini-grants are funded by the Lilly Endowment and facilitated by IASP. - Mini-grant requirements: - Teacher must be registered on the website, - Use a Learning to Give lesson with the students, - Submit the data from the project on the service- learning tracker on the website. - Other mini-grants on the website can be found onthe. Educator. Tabhttp: //www. generationon. org/educators/ lessons-resources/grants
Register “Join Now” on the website – • This is at NO COST! All the resources, updates, and support from generation. On are FREE!! • Just log onto www. generation. On. org and “Join Now” on the main page. • Benefits of registering: Just a few below: – Updates from generation. On including a monthly generation. On Schools e-newsletter. – Establishing an account that so you can access and download ANYTHING on the website and submit service-learning projects on the tracker individually or as a school. – - Eligible for mini-grant opportunities and - Technical assistance from generation. On IN
Points of Entry into generation On – see handout generation. On Schools Program – Learning to Give Lessons – Over 1600 K-12 lessons. – Themed Units/Lessons – engage youth in service to meet learning objective and address real-world issues. – Monthly Moments of Service – Real-world teachable moments to connect academic content and service. – Service-learning tracker – Professional Development opportunities on Service. Learning and Philanthropy Education – Monthly gen. On Schools e-newsletters generation. On Service Clubs – Elementary age – Kids Care Clubs – Middle or High School Age – gen. On Service Clubs • Monthly Clubs e-newsletters • Grant opportunities • Service tracker KIDS, TEENS, ORGS TAB – Service project ideas and plans by issue , how to do guides, much more.
Website Tour generation. On www. generationon. org Inspire, equip and mobilize young people to take action that changes the world and themselves through service. Tabs for different audiences. • Educators www. learningtogive. org • Kids – Elementary age • Teens – Middle and High School Learning to Give • Parents and other Caring Adults 1, 600+ lesson plans searchable by: • Organizations • Standard (state or common core) • Keyword • Theme • Calendar Event Themed Units Moments of Service Calendar Project Toolkits Professional Development www. generationon. org
Service, Service-Learning: What is the difference? Service is… volunteer action to meet the needs of others or for the common good. Service-Learning is… a research-based teaching and learning strategy that engages youth in service to meet learning objectives and address real-world issues through service. 7
The Six Steps of Service-Learning • • Investigation: Matching student passions and community needs. Preparation: Getting ready for service through learning. Action: Service – Direct, Indirect, Advocacy or Research Reflection: Making meaning through multiple modes. – Used throughout the process • Demonstration: Public display of the process and impact of service-learning. • Evaluation: Assessing students’ learning and service. There are professional development modules and documents on the website that explain these steps in detail. Downloadable and Printable templates to use with your students. Log into your account to access this website page: http: //www. generationon. org/educators/lessons- resources/iparde 8
Service-Learning and the Common Core State Standards Key Traits of the CCSS and how Service-Learning Correlates • Demonstrating literacy with a variety of texts • Applying learning to new situations, especially real-world contexts • Knowledge and skills for success in college and career • Engaging students in critical thinking and problem solving
Connections to Curriculum – 21 st Century Skills • Service-Learning uses: 21 st Century Skills: Learning Skills • Collaboration • Communication • Creative Thinking • Critical Thinking • Problem Solving Literacy Skills Life Skills – Social responsibility, Leadership, Initiative, Productivity
PBL and Service-Learning Connection The Service-Learning teaching and learning strategy is Project-Based Learning with Social Awareness! PBL – an interdisciplinary approach to teaching that promotes 21 st century literacy and learning. Hands-on, student directed learning strategy that challenges them to solve a problem and demonstrate their solution. In-depth investigation using 21 st Century skills. § Identifying a problem § Determining success criteria § Investigating possible solutions § Selecting a solution § Testing and Presenting that solution § Reflection
Continued : Service-Learning – Connection to PBL Service-learning is a student-directed teaching and learning strategy that empowers students to make a difference addressing real-world issues related to academic content. § Service-learning helps increase student interest, allows for practicing 21 st century skills, and promotes self-directed learning and teamwork. § Connections to curriculum are infused into the stages of service-learning. (Similar to PBL steps) § § § Investigation Preparation Action Reflection – used throughout process Demonstration Evaluation
STEM and Service-Learning Combining STEM with service-learning is a particularly effective teaching strategy for 21 st Century learning. Teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through projects that address community issues equips students to become more competitive in the global workforce, develop leadership skills, and address critical issues. Learning to Give lessons and concepts give deeper knowledge and real-world purpose to STEM content.
5 Steps of the Scientific Process correlating to the 5 steps of Service-Learning • Scientific Process Service-Learning • 1. Questioning 1. Investigation • 2. Research 2. Preparation • 3. Propose and 3. Action • Test Hypotheses and Experimentation • 4. Draw conclusion 4. Reflection • 5. Communicate Results 5. Demonstration • SAMPLE LTG/ STEM Lessons on your Handout
Sample LTG Unit – Grade 6 -8 • Power of Children – Grade 6 -8 – This is a PBL unit developed by Ryan Steuer – Decatur M. S. Apex Team –Indpls. IN http: //learningtogive. org/lessons/unit 533/ – Driving Question: How can students create a positive change in our community? • The students individually identify a need in their community and research how a service-learning project could be beneficial. • Students form small groups and create a layout of a service-learning project (including a budget and timeline). Hold a “Service-Learning Expo” where students present their projects. The participants vote on the best projects, and the winning ones will be implemented by the class or school during the rest of the school year. Twelve lessons.
Sample LTG Unit (Grades 6 -8) • Farm to Table and Food Security - http: //learningtogive. org/lessons/unit 583/ • Developed as a Project Based Learning Unit. PBL and service-learning have very similar paths of discovery and presentation. The two make a great combination! • Focus Question: What farm to table factors affect the cost of food production, and how do choices in food production and distribution affect food security in the U. S. ?
STEM focus - Unit 379: Our Air: The Quest for Quality Lesson 3: Concern + Action = Clean Air Solutions http: //learningtogive. org/lessons/unit 379/lesson 3. html Summary: This lesson will serve as the final learning piece, and the accumulated knowledge will be used to assist the learners in utilizing a role play scenario to come to a consensus plan of action that moves “their community” toward compliance with Air Quality Standards (AQI). This unit is also intended to inspire personal or group action plan for promoting the common good. Academic service learning options will be made available for the learners to plan how to be engaged in direct service, indirect service or take an advocacy position that addresses concerns about air quality. Service • Create an air quality PBL unit with this as the culminating activity.
Recycling Lessons and Programs • Unit 378: One Person’s Trash • Lesson 1 – Molehill or Mountain • http: //learningtogive. org/lessons/unit 378/lesson 1. html • Summary: The purpose of this lesson is to introduce learners to the different types of trash, the amounts that are being discarded and what could be done to alleviate trash in their own communities. • Unit 376: Global Garbage • Lesson: Talking Trash • http: //learningtogive. org/lessons/unit 376/lesson 2. html • Summary: The purpose of this lesson is to introduce learners to the vocabulary and concepts related to garbage removal.
Environmental - Water • • Unit 5: Are You a River Keeper Lesson 2: Speedy Water and Sediments http: //learningtogive. org/lessons/unit 5/lesson 2. html Summary: This lesson will focus on the effect the speed of water has on erosion rate and the deposition of sediment with learners using inference to draw conclusions. Learners will relate commons, stewardship and the roles of all sectors in reducing rates of erosion in rivers and lakes. Learners will relate what their responsibility is to give of their time, talent or treasure, and take action in preserving and protecting lakes and rivers. • Service Clean up of a river or water area in your community.
Energy • Unit 384: You Light up My Life • Lesson: You Light Up My House • http: //learningtogive. org/lessons/unit 384/lesson 1. html • Summary: The purpose of this lesson is to show learners how electricity is used, measured, recorded and calculated. Through the use of data collection tables, this lesson will help students realize how much electrical energy their families consume. They will also develop an understanding of renewable and nonrenewable resources that are used to produce electricity. The learners will recognize that stewardship of community resources is the careful management of those resources held by a community for its citizens. – Service • These lessons are used to develop driving questions for my 6 th grade energy unit and promote ways to for students to save energy at home, in the community, and the world.
Sample of Themed Units (Curriculum) from Learning to Give Introduction to Philanthropy Units – Every grade level K-12 http: //learningtogive. org/resources/Introduction_to_Philanthropy. pdf Save the Earth -A compilation of resources to teach young people about the critical subject of environmental stewardship. http: //learningtogive. org/savetheearth/ Paw Prints to Learning – Units for K-2, 3 -5, 6 -8, 9 -12 – Animal Welfare Lessons http: //learningtogive. org/lessons/aspca/ Character Education Lessons – This unit is grade 6 -8 http: //learningtogive. org/lessons/aisd/ and Anti-Bullying Lessons Financial Literacy – Units for 2, 3 -5, 6 -8, 9 -12 – Money Smart Children – http: //learningtogive. org/teachers/financialliteracy/ There are Many more Themed units on Disaster Relief, Global Citizenship, Health, and Life Skills. ALL LTG lessons coded to CCSS and State Academic Standards
Moments of Service Calender Moments of Service and generation. On Signature Events • Click on the this link to access the calendar and all the Moments of Service Lessons and Project Ideas by Month: • http: //learningtogive. org/genonltg/ • Service Project Toolkits • Projects of the Month
Community Service Project Ideas – On Kids, Teens, Parents, and Orgs Tabs • Find hundreds of Project Ideas and plans by Issue: – Animals, Environment, Health, Homelessness, Hunger, Literacy, Peace, Senior, Military – Let your students INVESTIGATE the issues that interest them to start the service-learning process!! – “How to Guides” for Kids and Teens
Service-Learning Tracker and Post a Service Story • Sign into your account • Record your students' service-learning experiences on generation. On's online service-learning tracker. This helps you tell your service-learning story and measure impact and document learning outcomes. By sharing the results, you can demonstrate to students and the community that young people are able to apply their learning to “make their mark on the world” in meaningful ways.
Introduction to generation. On Content Pack Link • Type this link below into your browser to access a file of downloadable documents and links to the website to give you a Great Overview of the generation. On Website to view, download, print, and share with others. http: //bit. ly/12 Pwgns
generation. On Clubs Empowering Kids and Teens to Make Their Mark On the World
Generation. On Clubs provide kids and teens with the knowledge, access to resources, adult support, project ideas, and opportunities for action that they need in order to discover their power to make a difference. generation. On Kids Care Clubs – Elementary age www. kidscare. org generationon Service Clubs – Middle and High School age http: //www. generationon. org/teens/join/service-clubs.
Thank you! Joan Belschwender Contact information: Joan Belschwender : Co-Coordinator generation. On Indiana Email: generation. [email protected] org Phone: 317 -891 -9900 x 201 Hope to see YOU registered Soon!!!