Blog: May 2014

Learning in Deed: powerful service learning videos

May 30, 2014

I have been searching for my favorite videos that show service learning in action. And thanks to my colleague Anne French, this morning I was able to view Learning in Deed part 1 and also Learning in Deed part 2. These videos tell stories. We hear from teachers and administrators. We see the sparks as […]

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Maya Angelou, touching lives

May 28, 2014

October 22, 1982: Bill Moyer’s Creativity series on PBS opens with a segment in Stamps, Arkansas, the home of a young Maya Angelou. This television segment is a tribute to this astounding woman as she shares her personal story of growth and healing in the aftermath of tragedy. During the 80s, I screened this for […]

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Please Watch: Together (A Song for Haiti) you will be so glad you did

May 27, 2014

Together (A Song for Haiti) I love this video. I can’t say enough about what it conveys. After the tragic Haitian earthquake there was a global rally, as with most large scale disasters, and people of all ages wanted to contribute, to be of help, to be of use. At the website of the High […]

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Must See This: Where Social Media can Matter

May 21, 2014

On the road I have been telling about a compelling service learning plan put in place by a teacher and her students at the American International School of Zagreb. Teacher Suzy Becker designed a unit on Communications and Social Media for her middle school class. As an integrated unit, this included: history as they studied […]

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Calling All Book Lovers!

May 20, 2014

Books! Books and more books. Books are vital catalysts for curiosity and dynamic learning. So the big question is this: Have you refreshed your service learning bookshelf lately?   With a simple click right here, visit my ABCD Books Catalogue and browse titles that excite, inform and inspire learners to action. When you click on any […]

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Linda Brown, You are Not Alone: The Brown V. Board of Education Decision

May 17, 2014

In 2003, a brilliant book was published: Linda Brown, You Are Not Alone: The Brown V. Board of Education Decision, by Joyce Carol Thomas. This book catapulted me into the center of this monumentous* occasion, it’s history, and the impact of lives—individuals and collectives. The summary: When the Supreme Court decision to desegregate public schools […]

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Climate Change: Three Must-Have Books

May 7, 2014

So climate change is front page news in the US. Anyone surprised? If you want to raise awareness about this topic with your students, I have three must-read books for you. One looks toward the past and one toward the future. And one is for free. The Curse of Akkad: Climate Upheavals that Rocked Human […]

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“Just . . . walkin?’”

May 5, 2014

Several years ago while visiting my dad, I took a walk along Cape Fear River, in Wilmington North Carolina. I found a makeshift path that placed me right along the waterway, and headed out on a warm day at 10 am. Within a short while I passed two fellows leaning against some large rocks with […]

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R E F L E C T I O N — a fresh look

May 4, 2014

May. Spring is in the air, or fall, depending on where you are in the world. And for some of us school is winding down and for others starting up. Either way, take a pause for r e f l e c t i o n. Part of the influence of my reimagining the possibilities […]

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