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BFS Service Learning & Civic Engagement: Supporting our Students to Be the Change They Want to See in the World

Instructional Best Practices
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Natania Kremer

on 26 August 2016

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Transcript of BFS Service Learning & Civic Engagement: Supporting our Students to Be the Change They Want to See in the World

Welcome to Brooklyn Friends School, where Service Learning means:
students are engaged with what they are learning in and out of the classroom (
participation
)
students are reflecting on their experiences in the world (
reflection
)
our school is connected to the community through reciprocal, accountable, meaningful relationships (
community connections
)
students are excited to take on and overcome new challenges (
challenges
)
students are inspired to interact and partner with a range of individuals or groups (
diversity
)
We invite you to join this process:
Students will partner with the community to select and design meaningful goals for positive change (
partnerships
)

Students will understand how they have met their service goals and determine how successful they were as well as what more could be done (
service goals, evaluation
)

Think about the powerful experiences you could create, culminating in an opportunity to recognize all participants involved, demonstrate learning, and share these accomplishments with our school community and the broader community (
demonstration
)


Be the change!
BE THE CHANGE!
Service Learning & Civic Engagement at Brooklyn Friends
supporting our students to
be the change
they want to see in the world

Natania Kremer
Director of Service Learning &
Civic Engagement
nkremer@brooklynfriends.org
646-296-3380
718-852-1029 ext 511
Lawrence Street Room 324
Contact me anytime with questions or ideas!
What are the core principles to remember?
What will it look like?
Five Stages of Service Learning
Service Learning Office
All-School Service Learning Committee
The All-School Service Learning Committee was created to bring together a group of administrators, faculty, parents and students engaged in the evolution of school-wide service learning at BFS. The Committee started meeting in September 2014.
Where can I find out more?
The BFS All School Service Learning Committee convened in September 2014 to be engaged in the evolution of service learning at BFS. The Committee functions both as a visioning group and a decision-making body, as we articulate and clarify the purpose and integration of service learning school-wide. We aim to build confidence and competency with the core principles and implementation of service learning while connecting our conversations with what is happening for our students both within and outside the classroom. In 2014-2015, we will begin compiling an inventory of the service learning efforts already happening throughout the school so that we can share, assess our efforts, and evaluate how best to ensure consistency and accountability in our approach to service learning moving forward. Closely partnering with the Service Learning & Civic Engagement Office, the All-School Service Learning Committee will also intentionally collaborate with the PAT Service Learning Committee, the All-School Diversity Committee, and the All-School Quaker Life Committee.

All-School Service Learning Committee Statement of Purpose

defining our purpose for service learning grounded in Community, Accountability, Reciprocity, and Equity (C.A.R.E.).
building a solid foundation to inspire and shift our school-wide paradigm from a community service model to a service learning model
gaining competencies around areas of critical service learning grounded in equity and justice
vetting decisions that will impact the school community’s service learning efforts
engaging in cross-divisional and cross-departmental work and communication
planning and thinking about students at each developmental stage and how we can coordinate service learning efforts
doing some generative thinking about ideas that can be implemented
identifying where our community might get stuck in changing and being thoughtful about how to navigate that
synthesizing the conversations around power, privilege, and intersectionality, which are at the heart of a critical social justice service learning model (and yet often evaded in traditional community service efforts)
working to avoid condescension and patronizing when engaging in service
Service Learning is an experiential approach to teaching and learning that integrates meaningful service with instruction and reflection. We have a social justice orientation to service learning that is grounded in C.A.R.E. (Community, Accountability, Reciprocity, and Equity). We encourage students to see themselves as agents of social change, and use the experience of service to address and respond to inequities and injustice in communiti
BFS Definition of Service Learning
Service Learning is an experiential approach to teaching and learning that integrates meaningful service with instruction and reflection. We have a social justice approach to service learning that is grounded in C.A.R.E. (
C
ommunity,
A
ccountability,
R
eciprocity, and
E
quity). We encourage students to see themselves as agents of social change, and use the experiences of service and civic engagement to address and respond to inequities and injustice in communities.
Our Service Learning Committee will focus on:
The Service Learning Office began at Brooklyn Friends School in July 2013 to evolve school-wide efforts formerly led by the Director of Community Service into more meaningful service learning experiences that are integrated into the curriculum. Service Learning at BFS is grounded in social justice and equity, and engages students in the five stages of investigation, preparation, action, reflection, and demonstration. The Office is currently composed of the Director of Service Learning & Civic Engagement and the Associate Director of Service Learning & Civic Engagement Assistant who is also our 11th and 12th Grade C.A.S. (Creativity, Activity, Service) Coordinator.
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