Urban Institute for Service-Learning Practitioners

Posted by on July 30, 2004

The First National Urban Service-Learning Institute
August 19-20, 2004, Saint Paul, Minnesota

* How can Service-Learning be applied in the inner city?

* What are the key issues and opportunities educators and students face together in urban areas?

Sponsored by the National Youth Leadership Council, Concordia University, and the Minneapolis and Saint Paul Public Schools.

Keynote Speech: Urban Service Learning: The Calling, the Game, the Legacy by Frances Parker, Detroit School Principal (ret.) A writer, consultant, and retired principal, Frances Parker was a Detroit public school administrator for eighteen years. She served ten years as principal of the Dewey Center for Urban Education, a PK-8th grade inner-city Detroit school with a 96% poverty level. Her school was recognized as a national leader in school-wide service learning, particularly in the area of service-learning action research by teachers. Ms. Parker has been instrumental at national levels in spreading the philosophy of Service-Learning and connecting school curricula with meeting real community needs.


a.. Growing To Greatness
b.. Service-Learning 101
c.. Diversity and Service-Learning
d.. Bringing Refugee, Immigrant and Migrant Voices Together
e.. Standards, Assessment and Implementation Strategies That Work!
f.. And more!

Service-Learning is an exciting experiential education approach to help youth get the most out of their education through service projects directly tied to their curriculum.

Some of the most exciting successes of Service-Learning have taken place in
inner city and urban environments, but there are also many unique challenges
as well that are different from those in rural environments. This is the first national gathering to explore and discuss these challenges.

The Urban Institute is more than a training for teachers and community-based
organizations. It will present the results of several significant studies in
Service-Learning and provide extensive networking opportunities with experts
and specialists in Service-Learning in urban environments. It is also a good introduction for those who are just starting to explore the exciting potential of Service-Learning. No previous experience with Service-Learning is required, but the Urban Institute will meet the needs of advanced practitioners as well.

The Urban Institute will feature acclaimed speakers, writers and presenters
such as Frances Parker, Dr. Verna Price, Carole Klopp, Dr. James Toole, Wokie Weah and Bryan Thao Worra, and many other specialists and experts in urban service-learning.

The National Urban Institute is $275 for both days, and includes training materials, lunch and continental breakfasts.

The recommended hotel for out-of-town guests is the Four Points Sheraton in
Saint Paul, Minnesota. For reservations, call 1-800-535-2239 and request the
NYLC guest rate. Room availability is limited.

A limited number of scholarships and group rates are available upon inquiry for community-based organizations and out-of-town educators. For more information, please contact Bryan Thao Worra at NYLC at (651) 999-7356 or by e-mail at bworra@nylc.org. You can also visit the official National Youth Leadership Council website at http://www.nylc.org

A limited number of seats are still available. Written cancellation must be
received 2 weeks before the Urban Institute for a refund. No refunds after
that date.

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