Authenticity in Learning and Assessment

In our January workshop, the CivicTREK teacher cohort explored a variety of tools and protocols for assessing student learning and progress through their service-learning experiences. One powerful aspect of service-learning is that it cultivates both academic and social-emotional learning by engaging students in work they care about and for which they take responsibility.  The session modeled […]

Service-Learning and the 5Cs

The ACPS district-wide CivicTREK teacher cohort met together for a third professional development session on December 1.  Most participants have begun the development of their service-learning process, even as some plan to introduce the project with their students in the spring semester.  We asked our teachers to identify, “in 6 words or less”, a challenge […]

ACPS CivicTREK Teachers Launch 2020-21 Cohort

We are pleased to share the continuing work of the ACPS CivicTREK PBL/Service-Learning initiative! Especially as we prepare to start the school year virtually, it’s vital that project-based service-learning – which embeds academic learning into student civic action – leads to enhanced student engagement[1]. Thirty ACPS K-12 teachers met together for two days of professional […]

CivicTREK Virtual Showcase

Congratulations to the teachers who completed this year’s CivicTREK cohort! We gathered virtually on June 10th to reflect, share success stories and challenges, and commit ourselves to continuing the service-learning journey in ACPS. While the closure of school buildings due to COVID-19 presented many challenges, it also provided an opportunity to connect in new ways […]

November CivicTREK Workshop: 5Cs and Preparation & Planning

The teachers in our CivicTREK 2019-2020 cohort came together last week for our third professional learning session of the year. Cohort highlights include a focus on the 5Cs of deeper learning, building a toolkit of resources and strategies to support Project-Based Learning, and developing a network of support as we implement service-learning across schools. Here’s […]