How can we use online learning to meaningfully engage communities locally and globally?
This half-day professional learning experience blends threads of purpose, equity, and using a project-based mindset to design learning experiences. Virtual Community Engagement Day is designed for Directors of Service Learning & Global Ed, Community Engagement Coordinators, and any teacher looking to bring the world into the classroom.
The wide range of professional learning mini-courses provides educators with a purposeful "menu" of session options from which to choose. Educators opt into one or more 90-minute synchronous sessions and engage with a WLS coach to explore how to design and implement Virtual Community Engagement.
Purpose Learning: Will We Seize This Moment?
The wave that crashed over all schools in 2020 will at some point recede. As experiential educators, we have a window of opportunity in 2021 to shape what the “new normal” could look like at our schools. Our work to build equitable partnerships, authentic experiences, and purposeful students is more important now than ever. We will explore our moment and the emerging Purpose Learning movement. Traditional learning focuses on thinking, or helping students develop key cognitive skills and content knowledge. Purpose Learning integrates rich forms of thinking, feeling and doing, all at the same time. At the intersection of these three domains, students can explore who they are and how they connect to the world -- in other words, come alive with purpose.
Speakers: Ross Wehner & Dr. Pascal Losambe
Project-Based Learning Sprint
Educators will explore why PBL is not only a unique and highly effective framework for teaching content and skills but a must-have for teachers wanting to create meaningful asynchronous learning experiences. We will review the elements of a PBL unit and begin to develop ideas around the PBL possibilities in the service learning environment.
Speaker: Jessica Catoggio
Global Engagement: Integrating the Global Goals into Your Local Curriculum
Are you looking for a way to help your students develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of global citizens? Introducing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is an effective and impactful way to engage students in learning about global issues and build their agency to make a difference in their local community.
Speaker: Honor Moorman
Group Dynamics: Using the Stages of the Group to Enhance Student Engagement
This workshop will provide faculty with a direct experience of how we can help students process the emotions of the last year and begin to build a solid group dynamic for the spring. Faculty will be given a comprehensive group dynamics handbook in PDF form with activities that correspond to each stage of group forming.
Speaker: Erin Hawk
Keeping the Human Connection in Online Learning
Many of us chose the path to teach because we thrive from the human connection that occurs in a classroom. How can we continue to build community in an online environment? In this workshop, we will explore asynchronous and synchronous tools and techniques to create human connection and meet our students' needs.
Speaker: Dr. Natasha Ward
Remote Activism: Igniting Change while avoiding the Pitfalls
The purpose of this session is to begin a conversation around the issue of building equitable partnership-based programs within schools, especially predominantly white institutions. In this interactive session, participants will help identify strategies to avoid pitfalls when building equitable and sustainable alliances that benefit both communities. This session is not meant to provide answers to these issues but to allow for space to vulnerably discuss issues and share strategies for implementation.
Speakers: Dr. Natasha Ward & Erin Hawk
Exploring Purpose Driven Learning as a Tool for Service Learning
In this workshop, we will review key tools that World Leadership School uses to design equitable, purpose-driven experiences. Participants will learn by doing: we will use each tool to redesign aspects of an existing program or partnership at our school. Experience maps allow us to design student journeys that track thinking, feeling, and doing. Project planners allow us to backwards design from a driving question and integrate voice and choice. Templates of each tool will be provided in PDF form.
Speaker: Ross Wehner