New York State Association of Independent Schools

Advisory and Service Learning Institute: Academics, Engagement and Purposeful Action

Posted on April 2, 2019

Monday, July 15 – Thursday, July 18, 2019
Location: Carey Conference Center
Rensselaerville, NY

A four-day Institute of Conversations, Seminars, Ideas and Collegial Exchange led by Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A.

Monday, July 15, Beginning with Lunch at noon
Tuesday and Wednesday, July 16-17, All Day
Thursday July 18, Concludes after lunch

Registration includes program tuition, housing + meals for three nights, and two books including The Complete Guide to Service Learning. The institute is open to all educators.

Join a highly interactive and engaging institute with deep explorations into how to develop and advance your advisory program, and how to integrate a robust service learning program into the life and culture of your school. The combination of these two topics has proven especially enriching, as we promote best teaching practices while addressing the complex needs of our students.

Time spent in Advisory deserves to be valued by all – educators, students, administrators, parents – and meet the needs of youth as they move through all the stages of their school life. The varied discussions and experiences provide a new lens on this concept, and ways to enliven your program, establish buy-in, and have a clear purpose that moves your school forward.

Moving from ideas to purposeful action: this is the heart ♡ of service learning. Educators across the globe continue to seek ways to add depth and meaning to the learning process. We seek advanced strategies to compel understandings that are applicable to the dense and complex issues facing our communities. We want to know how to sustain and value the cultures—histories and traditions—around us. And we want to guide students in addressing significant issues that have lasting impact, improves and expands opportunities for vulnerable populations, and protects our environment. Students want to identify What matters to me? And service learning is the vehicle.

While service learning can be done in a myriad of settings within a school, our work will be to deepen academics with engagement motivated by the intrinsic desire to connect with community and participate in worthwhile experiences. With challenges facing us – locally and globally – service learning is a reliable process that builds transferable skills and knowledge to meet our present and future.

This time together we will stretch each other and go further with our visions. We will learn from and with each other and discover ideas and approaches that surprise us all.

With highly interactive sessions guided by Cathryn Berger Kaye, we will all truly move ahead and advance with new ideas, strategies, and connections that continue long beyond our time together.

Learn more and register here: https://www.nysais.org/page.cfm?id=3094&start=07/17/2019&verbose=19005


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