Repeating the Service-Learning Example here clarifies the distinction between service, learning and service-learning:
- Picking up trash on a riverbank is service
- Studying water samples under a microscope is learning
- Science students collecting and analyzing water samples, documenting their results, and presenting their findings to a local pollution control agency is service-learning.
In the November 10, 2011 News & Record article “AchieveGuilford sets crucial education goals” Dr. Margaret Arbuckle and Richard “Skip” Moore state the following:
Our students’ future jobs will require sophisticated thinking, use of communication technology and problem-solving skills, and advanced levels of knowledge, particularly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).”
Initiatives such as the Center for Design Innovation in Winston-Salem is an example of efforts to incorporate creative juices in new product development. PIE is right in sync with this. There are two types of design; functional and creative. Transportation can be provided by a jalopy but we pay money for creative stylish vehicles. Shelter can be provided by simple structures but we feel more satisfied in architectural aesthetic designed structures.
- Creating an attractive value proposition
- Developing a simple action plan
- Defining goal-directed resource requirements
- Forming the initial team
- Identifying potential partners
- Presenting the opportunity to stake holders
Hopefully information included in this blog will be helpful toward implementing Service-Learning PIE Sustainability.
It is proposed that at least three schools be incorporated into a pilot implementation of PIE in support of Service-Learning. By doing at least three pilots from GCS Regions it will give insights/perspectives on each school’s approach to Service-Learning and would establish a collaborative base as the pilots are designed, developed and implemented.
Information in this blog is thoughts of the author and will be revised as planning with GCS proceeds.
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