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Civic Engagement through Service Learning

Service learning is accomplished as students solve problems they decide are important. In this latest series of workshops, teachers will work with students to develop engaging projects and materials. Participants will be provided with online resources including reading texts, primary sources, standards-aligned assessments, and grade specific rubrics. Project plans will also be provided that incorporate research, critical thinking, and analysis activities. In addition, student co-teachers will provide technology training and discussion participation. Participating teachers are encouraged to invite their own students to attend.

  • Saturday, October 14, 2017
    Student-Led Service Learning Projects

    Teachers will work collaboratively with students to develop a service learning project. We will use current and historical public policies in immigration, education and housing to organize research materials, analyze sources and plan discussions on controversial topics. In addition, teachers will receive guided instruction on student advocacy to prepare for community and civic engagement.

  • Saturday, November 18, 2017
    Civic Engagement and Podcast Projects
    History and Social Science teachers will learn how to incorporate podcasts for documentary and civic engagement projects. Participants will receive step by step project plans for planning interviews, editing digital media and publishing content. In addition, teachers will learn how to apply these skills for National History Day (NHD) documentary projects.

  • Saturday, November 9, 2017
    Civic Engagement and Information Website Projects
    Social Science teachers will learn how to support students in developing technology based community projects. Online materials will be provided to guide students in developing research surveys, conducting interviews, creating infographics and publishing information websites. Student co-teachers will be on hand to provide technology training, including step by step guidance in creating websites using free, quality tools. In addition, teachers will learn how to apply these skills for NHD history website projects.

  • Saturday, January 20, 2018
    Elected Office - Research and Campaigning
    Teachers will work collaboratively to develop lesson plans that provide both historical and modern contexts for understanding our democratic institutions. Online resources, activities and project plans will help students learn the ethical responsibilities of public office, understand the process of local elections and develop a campaign platform.

  • Saturday, February 17, 2018
    Running for Elected Office - Debate
    Teachers will develop skills in preparing students for civil debate by researching and discussing public policy. Resources for applying research, analysis and communication skills will be incorporated. As in every workshop, online materials will be provided to all participating and SCCOE teachers. In addition, teachers will adapt a project plan for organizing an election campaign modeled debate with community participation.

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Student Projects

Career Technical Education

  • August 2017
    Online Design Store
    Working with students and teachers from Alvarado School, Richmond, we provided career knowledge about clothing design and manufacturing. We also provided introductory graphic design lessons and worked with them to launch their first online store.

  • June 2017
    We produced and launched a business and technology ideathon with a partnership of local businesses, organizations, and job training programs. Students developed marketing strategies and created concept websites to share their business ideas.

Digital Media

  • March 2017
    Video Podcasts
    As part of our Spring 2017 history and technology workshops, students worked with teachers to produce and publish a series of video podcasts.

  • February 2017
    Tutorial Videos
    Working with local students, we developed a pilot program where students showed others how to prepare food with video tutorials.

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