By CATAdvanced Cash

Service-Learning: Placing Compassion Into The Principles, Structure, And Practices Of The Classroom

Profound experiences and passion for a subject, relationship, or values do not always equate to sustained, meaningful teaching and learning in our classrooms.  As we have become inspired by this day’s events, we next need to reflect, place what we’ve learned into the context of our classroom.  This workshop will provide you a moment of time, resources, and structure to bring what you feel passionate about into the learning environment of your classrooms.
We will explore how to engage youth voice, produce meaningful services, sustain helpful partnerships, ensure deep learning through reflection; all connected to your classrooms preexisting academic goals.  You already know that they key to connecting compassion to students’ lives is through experience.  With so many pressures on teachers, connecting this experience to preexisting goals will be key to sustainable, compassionate, teaching and learning.

About the Workshop Leader:

Michael spent the last 20+ years in public education, as a K-12 teacher, administrator, board member, school design and founder, and in government policy.  As a nationally recognized presenter on application of service-learning in schools, he has worked with educators to build the structures necessary to ensure that students are able to connect their academic goals to opportunities for meaningful service.  His message of service-learning demonstrates that we can build schools where learning serves both the individual and the common good. Service-learning is sustainable because it is built into the principles, structure and practices of schools rather than a classroom add on or a temporary response to crisis. Michael is currently responsible for NYLC’s efforts for form organizational partnerships and shared interest projects Also as the National Director for Project Ignition he helps youth engage as the key organizers influencing behavior of teen drivers and address the number one cause of death among teens, auto crashes.