Blog: December 2013

Top Ten Ways to Grow Service Learning in 2014

December 31, 2013

This weekend I have had the pleasure of being with Carol Kinsley, a true pioneer in the service learning world. Carol and I have enjoyed both reminiscing about the early days of K-12 service learning and all our colleagues (special shout out to Kate MacPherson), and to looking forward regarding what we can collectively do […]

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Keeping Books in Print, Meeting Phoebe Rose

December 28, 2013

I hope we all have a safe place to live and good food to eat. We know this scenario is far from real even in affluent nations. Phoebe Rose is the narrator of Soul Moon Soup. I am not sure how I first met her, who handed me the book or made the recommendation. However […]

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Keeping Books in Print, 2000 Copies at a Time

December 28, 2013

How often we search for a favorite book, one from our childhood or a particular book you want to give to a friend, only to find out it’s no longer in print. We become adept at finding some of these treasures through online sources so remedies do exist, sometimes. Think about it. What book would […]

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Should Kids Give Back?

December 21, 2013

In this giving season, perhaps I appear the Scrooge by saying, “Humbug! Kids (tweens, teens) should not give back.” Yet I do say this. Years ago I was in a meeting with several colleagues discussing the topic of youth in urban settings involved in service learning. The comment was made: “They should give back.” Kenny […]

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Books that Inspire Our Young Children to Take Action!

December 20, 2013

Let’s start with the little ones. Imagine bundles of little kid energy harnessed to do good in the world! Books are catalysts to open minds to ideas, and moving from ideas to action is natural for children. When my own daughters were younger, books introduced ideas about their world that made their eyes widen and […]

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TWO BOOKS for Youth on Gun Violence in Schools

December 15, 2013

The topic of gun violence in schools has rightfully and continually been a topic that deserves our concern and awareness. And our action. We can also elevate students to be engaged and participate. Books are a powerful tool to open the doors for discussion and for considering what we can and will do to create […]

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Free Service Learning Books for Download!

December 12, 2013

They are all yours: four service learning titles that make up the Service Learning for Kids series. Each offers a range of experiences to learn about the service learning process and engage in addressing a critical issue. These books have been used successfully with students from grades 4-10. Why did I write them? Teachers asked […]

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Ten Books to Rock Your Kids’ World

December 7, 2013

Each day new quotes from Nelson Mandela remind of how words can inspire us to action. Today, young people need this same inspiration, to shake away complacency and move them to do something: take action to better our world. For kids and teens, books are key, books that inform and compel, that shake up what […]

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