UPdate and Opportunities from Cathy

March 12, 2017

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Cathy leading Four Corners Service Learning Experience with high school students attending the International School of Havana, December 2016

Greetings all,

Hoping this brief UPdate finds you all well and heading into a wonderful Spring.

This has been an active year. Always grateful for the many people I have met in workshops, institutes and conferences – most recently (since January 1) – in Saudi Arabia, Luxembourg, Chicago, New York City, Greensboro, New Paltz (NY), and Los Angeles. Before the end of the school year, I will be on the road again – New York City (several trips), San Francisco, Anaheim, Beijing, Tahlequah (OK) and other locales – and spending time at home writing. For Earth Day I will be supporting a local children’s book store leading a workshop for children ages 8-12 and their parents on being activists for a cause. Always important to inspire a youngest hearts and minds!

New article – Check out this latest article on The Purpose and Process of Service Learning: Ideas to Address Poverty. This was featured in the Illinois ACSD magazine, Spring 2016. To download (and share) the article, visit Resources.

Summer Service Learning Institute, July 18-20, 2017 – Please spread the word that once again I will be leading a three day Advancing Service Learning Institute at the Carey Conference Center, an all-inclusive lovely locale, outside of Albany, New York. Sponsored by the New York State Associates of Independent Schools, between 26-40 educators gather for a deep dive in understanding how the process of service learning elevates how we teach and how children learn. This program is always new, and always centers on your interests and our collective growth. Please register soon – or let me know your intentions so I can hold your space! Click HERE for more info.

Advisory Programs – Our latest advisory program is available – Advisory: A Dynamic Approach – created in collaboration with Barbara Cervone, Ed.D., of What Kids Can Do. A middle school advisory is also available. These are not listed on my website. If you are interested, please contact me directly by email to receive more information. Currently I am leading one day workshops on these programs and advisory concepts in New York City. Last fall, I led a weekend workshop on Advisory at the International School of Kuala Lumpur. If you want more information on these highly engaging advisory programs, contact me for details at Educators who have seen these resources and experienced the processes through the workshops have been impressed with the quality of the content and the diverse approaches. Glad to share all with you!

The Brain! I just completed providing a keynote and leading workshops at a BRAIN conference sponsored by the New York State Association for Independent Schools – collaborating with my husband, Barry L. Kaye, D.C. a chiropractic neurologist. Quite exciting new territory!!

Developing International Mindedness and Promoting Student Engagement through service learning remains a key part of our work. Our school site visits and weekend institutes promote best approaches to teaching and learning, and introduces dynamic processes for curricular design. Glad to engage with your school community on-site and through technology for distance learning opportunities.

As always, CBK Associates is expanding and growing. We are doing some exciting work on youth leadership, with North Carolina, and New York City public school youth and the Mayor’s Office for Service. We have new consultants with a variety of expertise which is always a delight.

Have you heard of the New York City Department of Education program Service in Schools? For three years, I have been leading ongoing professional development — a three part series — for two levels: introductory and advanced. CBK Associates consultant and author Maureen Connolly is about to lead, for a second year, a week-long Youth Leadership Program for 30+ high school students. They — the students, with Maureen’s support — plan and lead a Service in Schools Summit guiding 250 elementary students through a day of service learning experiences. She involves numerous community agencies and literature. A wonderful model — and also builds on a week-long Youth Leadership design we planned and Maureen carried out for the state of North Carolina last June. Check out their website to register for these programs in the future.

If you are or know a New York City high school student, have them look into the NYC Service–Office of the Mayor‘s excellent program Youth Leadership Councils. Since February. 2016, CBK Associates has been involved in many aspects of this exceptional program, including program design, leading professional development, and writing the Orientation Manual that sets the entire program in motion. This YLC model gives high school youth a voice in influencing change in the City through policy, practice, and advocacy service. These youth-adult partnerships are expanding in government agencies, community-based organizations, and high schools. We have had the privilege of working with NYC police officers who have set up YLCs in 19 precincts, Green Thumb — an organization setting up 15 YLCs to promote food justice through gardening, and the housing authority — to name a few. Read more here.

And did you know we have an after-school program in the Guilford County Schools, now in its fifth year? Growing Community Leaders is firmly embedded in 57 elementary schools in this expansive county and going strong! If your after-school programs need a boost, tell us!

Looking ahead, I will be presenting in Beijing this May, at the Tri-Association Conference in Costa Rica next October, and at NESA next Spring (2018). Conversations are in the works for me to return to southeast Asia in the fall, and perhaps add Egypt to the list (October), along with Europe (November). Email me if you would like to discuss my visiting your school in the 2017-2018 academic year. All is possible!

Please let me know how service learning, youth leadership, curricular design, and new educational opportunities are advancing at your schools. Thank you for staying in touch!


Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A.

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