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“Wuhan, We Are With You”: Students Create a Musical Ode to Medical Professionals AND MORE Service Learning Examples

March 6, 2020

When students apply their interests, skills and talents to an issue they care about, amazing results occurs. Such is seen in this moving example. Math educator at Shanghai American School Ginger Habel and I have a lengthy history nurtured through service learning workshops and my Summer Institute. Ginger shared this story of significant impact SAS […]

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Join Happy Birthday—Now VOTE! A Campaign for Youth of All Ages to Influence Voter Registration

February 10, 2020

Who can influence voter registration? Even our youngest children can have a loud voice to make a more just and inclusive democracy. Read on to find out about how it started, the CBK Associates/ECSL Collaboration, and how to get FREE RESOURCES customized for your state – and there is one for international schools (wow!). How it […]

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Service Learning in Upper Level High School Courses? YES!

January 27, 2020

How many times have I heard “Service learning cannot work in advanced and high-level classes?” Whether AP or IB, this has been a constant refrain and I do understand the concern. When the emphasis is on covering content to pass an exam, how can teachers be expected to “add” service learning? Thank you, Lee Anne […]

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BOOK TALK! Titles to Inspire ALL Ages

January 26, 2020

Every January I have the privilege of leading a West Hollywood Children’s Roundtable BOOK TALK! For over 20 years, the City of West Hollywood has hosted a gathering of people from schools, organizations, and government agencies who actively support children/teens and families. These monthly get-togethers, September to May, are ripe with information and ideas, including this annual […]

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When a School is Ready: Consulting at the International School Yangon

January 24, 2020

Four days at International School Yangon, ISY, illuminated what a “ready for service learning” school looks like, and what moving forward entails. Back story. Last spring, I was asked to lead service learning workshops in Bangkok at a NESA (Near East School Association) conference and was glad to participate. Among the attendees was a cohort […]

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Go Ahead: Build a Leader, an Inquiry Teacher, or an Octopus!

December 8, 2019

It was decades ago – 1981 – that I was leading a leadership retreat for about 30 high school students from Los Angeles and Orange County high schools. We were staying in a wooded getaway for three days, immersed in varied experiences to begin a year-long program of rallying students at their schools to be […]

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Stories from the Field: Dulwich College, Shanghai

December 4, 2019

Being on the road, one always wonders how what happens in a workshop or consultation is translated into action by the wonderful educators I meet. Hilary Puke-Petero, grade 4 teacher at Dulwich College, Shanghai, shared two fab stories. “Here are the photos of how I used your Personal Inventory — Interest, Skills and Talents with […]

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BOOK TALK! Great titles for kids and teens

February 21, 2019

It’s time for my annual West Hollywood Children’s Roundtable BOOK TALK! For over 20 years, the City of West Hollywood has hosted a gathering of people from schools, organizations, and government agencies who actively support children/teens and families. These monthly get-togethers, September to May, are ripe with information and ideas, including this annual book talk. With […]

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Book Review: The Nowhere Girls SDG 5

January 4, 2019

One of the Sustainable Development Goals is Goal 5: Gender Equality. One of the targets is “Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.” This includes at school and in the sphere of parties that are core to […]

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In Search Of . . .

January 3, 2019

The NY Times published an informative op-ed on December 31, 2018, In Search of Lost Screen Time, written by Paul Greenberg. This is an impressive overview of not only what we lose, but what we could gain. A language. Love. Health. Exercise. Reducing plastic. Meeting government officials. And nurturing others. I would welcome your thoughts […]

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