generationOn Indiana Update – 12/17/18 - Thank you for sharing this information with your staff!!!
NEW “Spotlight on Service-Learning” article “Hungry to Help “ written by Beth Smith, our genOn IN School Consultant, focuses on turning those needed canned food drives into meaningful service-learning projects for your whole school. “Giving our students a clear picture of the need for intervention and guidance helps them understand that they can “make a difference”. Featured in this article is the Hunger, Homelessness, and Poverty Service-Learning Toolkit and the Food Security and Food Justice Toolkit with K-12 lessons, ideas for service-learning experiences, suggestions for community partners, and links for student research. Also included are some suggested service-learning project ideas and a couple of our Indiana schools service-learning experiences. “Help your students find their place and civic responsibility through service-learning!” All of our “Spotlight on Service-Learning” articles are archived on our genOn IN tab on the IMLEA website and our genOn IN page on the IASP website Read about many academic, social, and emotional connections of incorporating Service-Learning into your school’s curriculum.
We have created an information flier and a Project Checklist for the Service-Based Learning criteria in the Box 2 Graduation Pathways. If you would like the information flier and the link to our google document that includes some specific information about the necessary components for Service-Based Learning, what constitutes “meaningful service” and some links to the free resources and lessons on the generationOn and Learning to Give websites that can support teachers and students with service-learning, just send me (Joan) an email generationOn@iasp.org and I will forward you the link to share with your staff.
Through our genOn IN grant funded program we continue to support a teacher’s service-learning projects with our genOn IN $250 mini-grants. For more information about the requirements of our program’s mini-grants check out our genOn IN Mini-Grant Information for 2018-2019 . Checks are made out to the school from the IASP.
Learning to Give Website Updates:
- Upcoming Moments of Service and Service-Learning for January
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – (Third Monday in January) – This national holiday has become a day of community service. Teach lessons about the history of the Civil Rights Movement and the work of peace advocates, such as King, Mandela, and Gandhi. Also, teach the vocabulary of kindness, justice, collaboration, and service. Introduction to Philanthropy lessons and Glossary of Philanthropic Terms.
- TeachOne - Plan Today to TeachOne for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2019 - “Listen with heART to the Voices of Our Community” November—February – Empower your students through these lessons and project to tech tools of generous listening and visual literacy.
- 16 more Issue Area Related Toolkits available - These issue-focused Toolkits build knowledge, community connections, and ideas for service projects. Use these resources to guide instruction or to send students here to find sources of research and project planning.
- Follow Learning to Give on Instagram - #LTGInMyClassroom - Follow LTG to view service-learning stories, reflections, teaching tips, and more. Share using #LTGInMyClassroom!
generationOn Website Update
- School Directory – Check the directory to see if your school is registered. Just type in your school name. Do not put in city or state. If your school is listed in the Directory, click Join and you will be prompted to sign in or create your personal account and then you can Request to Join your School account. Free Service-Learning Tracker on School accounts
- If your school is not listed you can Register Your School at no cost to create your school account where others can Join and use the free schools service-learning tracker.
- Resources - Why Service-Learning, IPARDE Resources – the six stages of service-learning, connect to Learning to Give’s free lessons and mini-courses.
- Projects and Causes – 13 Issue Areas – Kids and Teens can search for ideas and projects for Animal Welfare; Bulling & Inclusion; Citizenship & Civic Engagement; Education & Literacy; Emergency Prep & Response; Environment; Health & Wellness; Homelessness & Poverty; Hunger; Military & Veterans; Peace & Kindness; Senior Citizens; Social Justice
- Facts Sheets and Reading lists; Do Your Own Thing Guides ; Clubs for Kids and Teens
Contact one of our Team for free PD and support at your school that can include:
- Service learning project ideation; classroom/team/school-wide projects
- Connecting your service learning project ideas to academic standards and Increasing student engagement
- Introduction and utilizing the FREE lessons and resources on the LTG and generationOn websites
- Benefits to students, schools, and community of service-learning and philanthropy education
- Service-Learning connections to PBL, STEM, Universal Design for Learning, IEP goals, social skills, life skills (leadership) and Employability Skills included in the Indiana Graduation Pathways (Box 2)
- Beth Smith, generationOn Indiana program Consultant – Statewide email@example.com 317-370-7168
- Jack Birmingham, generationOn Indiana program Northern Field Rep firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant Superintendent Union Township School Corporation, Porter County, IN
- Lisa Crick, generationOn Indiana program Northern Field Rep – email@example.com ; 260-564-1086; School Counselor at West Noble Elementary School, Noble County, IN
- Darlene Short, generationOn Indiana program Southern Field Rep firstname.lastname@example.org 812-480-1943; LA Teacher Castle North M.S., Warrick County,IN
- Emily Hatton, generationOn Indiana program Southern Field Rep Emilyhatton3106@gmail.com Assistant Principal, Highland Hills M.S., Floyd County, IN
Thank you for continuing to share these updates and resources with your staff and others in your district. I encourage any administrators and educators at your school to Join on the generationOn.org website to be connected to our generationOn Indiana program facilitated by the IASP and the IMLEA and Create an Account on Learning to Give to have access to ALL their free resources. Contact me, Joan Belschwender, Director of genOn IN, if you have any questions of what our grant funded program can offer your school and teachers or if you have any questions of how to connect to our program. Phone: 317-891-9900 x201. Office in the IASP building, Indianapolis.