Pre-Event with Amy Argenal:
Moving Beyond Community Service: Building a Service-Learning Program for Equity
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With accommodations and meals - $675 ($650 if one registers before 9/16)
Day-Only (includes Friday dinner and Saturday lunch) - $400 ($375 if one registers before 9/16)
- Add Friday pre-event: Service Learning Program for Equity - $125 ($100 if one registers before 9/16)
- Add accommodations for Thursday night - $125 PLEASE NOTE: We have filled our room block for Thursday night. If you would like Thursday accommodations, please give us a call and we will reach out to the hotel to see if space is still available: 800.298.4599
With accommodations and meals - $800 ($775 if one registers before 9/16)
Day-Only (includes Friday dinner and Saturday lunch) - $525 ($500 if one registers before 9/16)
- Add Friday pre-event: Service Learning Program for Equity - $175 ($150 if one registers before 9/16)
- Add accommodations for Thursday night - $150 PLEASE NOTE: We have filled our room block for Thursday night. If you would like Thursday accommodations, please give us a call and we will reach out to the hotel to see if space is still available: 800.298.4599
About this Event
This event, co-hosted with Grab the Torch, is designed for Independent school faculty interested in public service, service-learning, community engagement, design thinking, creativity, and/or social entrepreneurship. You do not need prior knowledge or experience in these areas to attend. This year's key presenter is James Toole.
How might K-12 independent schools use public service, service-learning, social entrepreneurship, and civic engagement to graduate students that will be the world-class change makers needed to meet the local and global challenges of the 21st century? Today’s world is hungry for authentic and effective leaders. This retreat is structured around Nine Capabilities that can transform how we see leadership, public service, teaching, creativity, and social change. We’ll participate in a series of highly interactive, minds-on, research-based activities that are counterintuitive but practical and can be used in the classroom. The weekend will be a deep dive into mindsets and toolboxes that can be used to give new depth and meaning to public service and service-learning. Read more here.
"James Toole is an exceptional thinker and practitioner whose focus on service learning is grounded in a highly sophisticated, nuanced, and multidisciplinary approach. His workshops are life-changing, addressing deep questions about what matters most in teaching and learning. I was so inspired by his first workshop at the National Service Learning Conference this year that I attended two more! I can't recommend Jim highly enough." - Sarah Bennison, Director of Public Service, Trinity School, New York City
"This conference was beyond inspiring and showed the necessity, practicality, and applicability of service learning across curricula."
"Great conference with a lot of valuable information. This conference also made me put my fear aside of starting something at my school."
"Loved getting to meet other SL educators and speaking to presenters; everyone had lots of great experiences and knowledge to spare!"
"I learned so much. This conference was invaluable to me. THANK YOU!!"
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Travel / Accommodations
Mt. Washington Conference Center at Johns Hopkins University
5801 Smith Ave
Baltimore, Maryland 21209
For directions from BWI Airport, Washington D.C., Philadelphia / New York, please visit the conference center's directions page.
Overnight rooms at Mt. Washington Conference Center are hotel-style and include in-room baths. A few rooms have two beds. If you plan to attend with a colleague and would like to share a room, please contact CSEE to inquire about availability and a reduced rate. Meals included for overnight guests are dinner Friday; breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks Saturday; and breakfast Sunday.
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Friday Pre-Event: Moving Beyond Community Service: Building a Service-Learning Program for Equity
Friday, October 21: 8:30am-3:00pm
Note: this Pre-Event will be held nearby at Gilman School. Attendance is an optional addition to the Service Learning: Engagement, Action, Purpose Event held at Mt. Washington Conference Center. One can also register to attend this pre-event by itself.
About the Pre-Event
This workshop, designed for educators at the middle and high school level, will explore why it is important to move the notion of community service beyond just the volunteer aspect and really engage students in the “learning“ aspect of service learning. Incorporating a multicultural education approach to a service learning program can both enhance the experience of all students involved in the class, as well as enhance relationships with a school’s community partners.
The presenter will combine a discussion of Tania D. Mitchell’s definition of Critical Service Learning with guiding principles of multicultural education, to frame a unique way to engage in equity work within the community, while preparing students to be engaged outside of the school community as well. The presenter will share experiences incorporating themes around identity, power and privilege into a 9-12 Independent School Service Learning curriculum. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with other service-learning educators around these themes and come to new understandings around critical service learning while taking away practical tools and designing personal action steps.
In this interactive workshop, educators will engage with participants from around the country around the role service learning can play in equity work. While examining successful models of curriculum, participants will receive templates, worksheets and other helpful information to incorporate activities into their own programs. Some of the anticipated outcomes of this workshop are:
- Analyze the importance of exploring identity in a service-learning program.
- Hear from and share with workshop participants about the challenges and successes of initiating service programs incorporating multicultural education.
- Create collaborative partnerships and identify those schools that will serve as valuable resources beyond the workshop.
Amy Argenal is the Director of Service Learning at The Urban School of San Francisco. She received her M.A and is completing her doctorate work in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco. She also received an M.A. in Human Rights from Mahidol University in Thailand. Amy has led a variety of workshops on Service Learning and has also presented research findings on transnational activism at a number of global conferences, including the annual conferences of both the Comparative International Education Society and the American Anthropological Association.