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Service Learning 2017: Engaging the Head, Heart, and Hands
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Join presenter Martin Stegemoeller and independent school service learning directors for two days of camaraderie, new tools and ideas, and a comprehensive look at the head, hand and heart of service learning.

10/26/2017 to 10/27/2017
When: Thursday, October 26 - Friday, October 27
Thursday, 9am-4pm; Friday, 9am-4pm
Where: La Jolla Country Day School
La Jolla, California  92037
United States

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Early Bird Member School Faculty: $225

Early Bird Non-Members: $375

After September 15, registration will be $250 for members and $400 for non-members.

Price includes meals and materials.


About this Event

How do we motivate and educate our students not merely to dutifully put in their required service hours but to become adults who habitually and meaningfully serve and lead their future communities? This conference presents best-practices in intellectual, social-emotional, and experiential aspects of service learning to promote lifelong servant leadership. Presenters will address the what of service learning by providing sophisticated conceptual-vocabularies, the why of service learning by speaking to social need, civic responsibility, and personal opportunity, and the how of service learning by sharing myriad examples of successful exercises, courses, and projects to bring back to your own school. The two-day event features formal presentations, small-group discussions, informal opportunities for discussions within affinity groups, and considerable time for q and a. Whether you are just starting in service learning or are a seasoned leader, you should find much to bring to and take away from this conference.


Dr. Martin Stegemoeller is the Curriculum Coordinator for Character and Leadership Education at St. Mark’s School of Texas, where he also holds the Malcom and Minda Brachman Master Teaching Chair and has experience as the faculty sponsor of the Discipline Council, The Telos Society (student leadership club), and Philosophy Club. Utilizing classes, clubs, advisories, class meetings, visiting speakers, summer institutes, summer grants, community service, parent coffees, alumni events, in-house curricula, online resources, and travel to national conferences, Character and Leadership Education at St. Mark’s works across divisions and grade levels to teach, encourage, and support all members of its community to cultivate the habits of responsible, skillful, entrepreneurial, and sustainable leadership through service. 


Agenda (tentative)

Day 1


8:45 AM –check-in & coffee

9:15 AM Welcome

Why we do this work: Student Remarks

Martin Stegemoeller What is servant leadership? Educating our students to see that all real leadership is ultimately service: engaging, serving, and coordinating others toward shared social goals



Small-Group Presentation (A): Service Learning: Successful Community Partnerships (examples of successful lower, middle, and upper school projects or division specific - w/time to brainstorm): Westminster


Small-Group Presentation (B): Susan Nordinger –Session for those new in service learning leadership.






Martin Stegemoeller Why serve? Educating our students to understand servant leadership as a basic need, a civic responsibility, and as an essential opportunity for their own self-development and self-actualization



Small-Group Presentation (C): Westminster Participants, Urban EdVenture: A Course for Lower School Students


Small-Group Presentation (D): Amy Argenal This workshop looks at how we develop relationships both inside the classroom and with community partners.  This workshop touches on key techniques that we do to build relationships within the class so that students are open to share issues that come up in their service and also to practice skills so that they can build relationships with the community partners.


(Optional) 4:30: Affinity Group Meet-Up/ Social (informal, groups may continue on through dinner if they wish)


Day 2

Morning 9:00

Martin Stegemoeller How to serve? Educating our students in the skills of engaging, serving, and coordinating by educating their understanding (head), their social responsiveness (heart), and their experiences (hands)



Small-Group Presentation (E): Building Momentum K12: Creating Leaders of Conscience (holistic approach through service learning, community engagement, philanthropy education) Westminster


Small-Group Presentation (F): Our students are facing futures with unprecedented challenges. At St. Luke's School our freshmen engage in a week-long experience when we remove the restrictions of classes and allow them to dig in deeply to meaningful topics and become agents of change. Much of the work is rooted in Martin Stegemoeller's ethical thinking and uses Cathy Kaye's MISO method of research, allowing students to become deeply immersed in their topic and increasingly aware of their role in this changing world. This interactive workshop will lead participants through some of the exercises that we do during J Term and give you resources to take back to your schools.

Presenter: Kate Parker-Burgard






Martin Stegemoeller Beyond Traditional Community Service: Two Case Studies

Intra-School Service: Ethos Groups

English 10: The Habits of Thriving



Sheryl Murray
A changing of the guard, a move from community volunteering to service learning.
change in ideology from one where students are engaged in service with no actual learning to one where some thoughtful press and post service activities are a part of the experience is going to be a long and slow process. However after a year Crescent School can proudly say that we are on the way and we are taking steps to get to the idea of service learning. Here is a look at our journey.



Small-Group Presentation (H): TBD 




Meals Provided

Morning coffee and lunch will be served on Thursday and Friday and a Thursday social.  


Travel / Accommodations

La Jolla Country Day School is located 14 miles north of the San Diego Airport.


Prices are starting to increase for hotels. Please make your reservations soon! Lesser expensive hotels are available a short drive away. 

The Residence Inn By Marriott San Diego is located two miles from the school ($190 per night)

The San Diego Marriott La Jolla is located less than one mile from the school ($300 per night). Please note, this is the only hotel within walking distance.

The Sheraton La Jolla is located two miles from the school ($219 per night)

The Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Del Mar is located four miles from the school ($170 per night)


Please see CSEE's Event Policy to learn more about cancellations and refunds.


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