Blog: January 2015

On Empathy: Inspired by Nicholas Kristof’s article “How Do We Increase Empathy?”

January 30, 2015

Today, January 29, 2015 , in his NY Times op-ed, Nicholas Kristof (who I greatly admire) addresses the topic of “How Do We increase Empathy?” He states, “Let’s encourage student service projects and travel to distant countries and to needy areas nearby. Whatever the impact on others, volunteering may at least help the volunteer.” I […]

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Weekend Workshop in Ghana: Engagement, Discovery (otherwise known as “mind-stretching”) and Provocative Discourse on Service and Sacrifice

January 26, 2015

This particular two-day workshop is designed to provide a foundation for service learning. However, as noted repeatedly by these 33 participants, this is not exclusively about “service learning” – the work is about elevating education. To enrich how we teach and how young people explore the world around them. To infuse our work with best […]

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Accra Day Four: Invigorating and “Useful Tactics”

January 23, 2015

“It’s not just students who can be bored in the classroom. I want to be invigorated.” Today I continued to meet with teachers eager to transform their curriculum through more intentionally engaging and purposeful lessons. I applaud the willingness of these Lincoln School educators to embrace new strategies and approaches—to press refresh and get excited […]

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Day Three in Accra: What does consulting look like?

January 22, 2015

What does a day of consulting look like? I get this question often. So here is a breakdown for one day at Lincoln Middle School in Ghana. Today. 7:45        Settling in. A good time to set up my space, in this case in a small conference room where most of my meetings and consultations are […]

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A Day in Ghana: From Tomatoes to Fabrics to Beads to Culture and History

January 21, 2015

Today I explored. With guide Safo and driver Sammy, my tour began at 8:00 am. First stop:  a large central marketplace where commerce is 24/7. Tomatoes everywhere along with an abundance of other goods. Walking through the fabric halls, we met Ruby who explained the meaning of the different fabrics. Each design tells a story, and may be selected […]

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Arriving in Accra, Ghana: Focus on Grade 10 Personal Projects

January 20, 2015

From the moment the plane approached Accra, a new landscape was in sight. The soil appeared rich in color, and green spaces were abundant. Getting closer to the airport you could see homes spread out and close together in the outskirts of town. I love arriving in a new (to me) country. And this is […]

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Register Now: Two Summer Service Learning Institutes with Cathryn Berger Kaye

January 7, 2015

Dates and locations are confirmed. Select the three-day Service Learning Summer Institute that best suits your needs. Each institute is custom designed to address the interests and needs of the attendees to move you forward. A Foundations of Service Learning Institute – June 30-July 2, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia      An Advanced Service Learning Institute – […]

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