CivicTREK Showcase Celebrates Service Learning Projects

We had a wonderful time at our CivicTREK Showcase May 24, 2023 event at George Washington Middle School (GWMS). The showcase is always an amazing event with teachers, parents, students, and school leaders sharing, learning, and reflecting about service learning in Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS).  Students and teachers demonstrated how their CivicTREK experiences connect […]

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 […]

Align Service Learning to Standards

Amidst the challenges of engaging a new school year following a year of pandemic, our teachers gathered again last week and showed their genuine commitment to the teaching and learning pedagogy of service-learning. We spent the afternoon working together to identify which of their academic (SOL), Five C’s, and social-emotional learning standards they planned to introduce […]

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 […]

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 […]

CivicTREK Continues through Remote Learning

ACPS’ 2019-20 CivicTREK cohort convened remotely on April 29th for a community-building Social Hour of sharing their efforts with project-based service-learning despite the unexpected interruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers began with a brief personal check-in psychology activity, What Blob are You? noting how they were each handling the transition to remote learning. In small […]

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 […]