Getting to Know a New Cohort and Service Learning

We had a great session this week when we launched our fifth year of CivicTREK with an after-school in-service opportunity. Through the teaching and learning pedagogy of service-learning, CivicTREK helps teachers and students meet academic and Five C’s learning goals while addressing real-world problems and issues in their community.

In yesterday’s session, this year’s cohort of CivicTREK teachers:

• Introduced themselves to one another, sharing their personal and professional goals for the CivicTREK experience, beginning to form a professional learning community;

• Explored the definition of service-learning, understanding how it is related to yet different from project-based learning and other experiential learning strategies;

• Heard from CivicTREK alumni, Heather Van Kuiken and Christine Stafford who shared the projects – and learning outcomes – of students from prior years;

• Discussed how service-learning is appropriate for all students, and advances the district’s Equity for All strategic plan; and

• Began the process of thinking about how service-learning could best meet their own classroom learning and academic content goals.

Teachers left the session excited about “finding a new level on which to engage students, especially since that opportunity has been missing for so long” and look forward to “giving more choice and getting more voice.”


About Kyle Dunbar

Goal: create connected, global learning communities for adolescents in which they feel a higher sense of purpose for their lives (and to be a good mommy too!)

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