Category Archives: Curriculum Development

Something Larger: The Benefits of My Anthropological and Humanist Training

By MARTIN ORTLIEB Below are a couple of sketched observations why I feel fortunate about my training. I believe it helps me help the world in a time during which humanity faces many urgent challenges. (Forgive me, this is the … Continue reading

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Our Kids Are Kids

We interviewed public school administrator Anna Kuykendal, from urban Githens Middle School in Durham, North Carolina. Anna testifies very eloquently to the power of bringing public and independent K-12 school educators together for the conversations and work that MATTERS. These … Continue reading

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A Replicable Service-Learning Project for Food Rescue Nonprofit Organizations

By R. RUSS O’HAVER, PhD Russ O’Haver is a senior clinical professor at Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business and a retired Ernst & Young consulting partner. Introduction This project involves a professor mentoring a small group of students who … Continue reading

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Taking an Empathic Approach to Learning Through Community Based Fieldwork

By JOE BROOKS, Director, Community Works Institute (CWI) We had a great conversation in Los Angeles recently, with veteran educators Felipe Sanchez and Alexandra Gonzales. (a video is included below) Alexandra is a science/STEM teacher from Long Beach, California who … Continue reading

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Socially Minded Gaming That Makes a Difference

FROM THE INSIDE — Thoughts on Place-Based Education at a Community College By DIANE SHINGLEDECKER Fall is the time of year that brings to mind brightly colored leaves, crisp apples, sweater-weather, and lots of computer gaming! Computer gaming? It does if you, … Continue reading

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A Teacher Connects The Brain and Service-Learning

By SUE BOS As the last weeks of summer slip away, I find myself thinking more and more about the upcoming school year. It happens every year at this time; physically I’m still on vacation but my mind is on … Continue reading

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Teachers Using Passion Projects to Chase Student Dreams

By JOHN WIRSZYLA I’ve always thought I’ve had an interesting educational career that materialized out of a series of events. I was kicked out of typing class in 12th grade for calling the typing teacher something I shouldn’t have and … Continue reading

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English Learners Building Language and Belonging through Folk Arts Education

By LUCINDA MEGILL LEGENDRE, JANICE PREVAIL, KRISTIN M. LARSEN, AMY BRUECK, and LINDA DEAFENBAUGH Folk Arts Building Language and Belonging Schools and educational programs intentionally designed to support the academic, linguistic, cultural, and social-emotional needs of newcomer English Learners (ELs) … Continue reading

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Children of Shangri-Lost

By MAUREEN K. PORTER and SUSAN A. DAWKINS We are a group of youth in Pittsburgh who want to show the world that despite being displaced and sometimes forgotten, we have not forgotten who we are and what we have … Continue reading

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CommonLore—Building Empathy One Student at a Time

CommonLore—We’re Building Empathy One Student at a Time, by connecting students to the people of their communities. learn more: commonlore.org             CommonLore is a powerful place based service-learning and ethnography focused training and support program … Continue reading

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