Educators Consortium for Service Learning

ECLSProviding the K-12 community with resources, networking and support for innovative service learning 

The Educators Consortium for Service Learning launched on September 27, 1994 as the Elementary Community Service Association. As the embers from the 1992 Los Angeles Riots settled, several parents and school faculty realized the best way to “help us all get along” was to build bridges between LA’s various communities. We recognized our children need to be empowered to do so. By helping K-8 students discover the needs of their community (school, neighborhood, city, global) we enable them to make a difference and grow a commitment they could carry throughout their lifetime.

By 2010 the organization expanded to K-12 and updated its name to as the Educators Consortium for Service Learning.

ECSL, a membership non-profit organization run solely by volunteers, is made of a network of schools represented by administrators, faculty and parents who participate in workshops, meetings and professional development three times during the school year. Organizations, community service and service-learning experts, authors and leaders participate in three annual meetings that cover a wide range of meaningful topics and themes. Participants benefit from the collegial exchange, resources and reference materials, calendars of relevant upcoming events, ideas and connections, and books promoting high quality service learning. Member schools have collaborated on joint experiences including publishing a book, In Our Village – Los Angeles and creating a calendar, “Our Healthy Planet.”

Cathryn Berger Kaye of CBK Associates has been involved in ECSL from soon after the organization was born. Along with other members of the Advisory Committee, we plan our meetings, strategize ongoing ways to support our schools and develop collaborative programs. Cathryn has also been instrumental in our development by providing workshops on a variety of topics every year and by also bringing in authors and other experts to speak to our groups.

For more information and to be our guest at an upcoming meeting, please contact Donna Ritter, Executive Director, at And visit to learning more.