Project-Based Service Learning to Foster Academic Growth

Nov 12, 2019 9:00AM—3:00PM


Crane School

Cost $300 members; ($450 non-members)

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“The essence of education is not to stuff you with facts but to help you discover your uniqueness, to teach you how to develop it, and then to show you how to give it away.” -Leo Buscaglia

As schools prepare students for an ever-changing world, educators need to consider how to provide the foundational academic, social-emotional and critical thinking skills that will help them thrive in adulthood and become productive, caring citizens. These skills develop in the classroom, and can be practiced and woven together through real-world learning experiences. The process of service learning—a powerful, experiential teaching and learning strategy that integrates social action with classroom content can offer real-life opportunities to practice these essential skills.

This workshop explores the methodology of service learning as a framework for embarking on youth-driven social action that is authentically embedded within classroom curriculum. Unit examples and curriculum resources will be shared, allowing participants to see this form of project-based learning in action. Throughout the workshop, a hands-on approach to exploring the concepts of service learning will be provided alongside the theories presented. Participants will begin by exploring student-centered learning strategies and how this practice helps establish a culture conducive to service learning. Then, educators will practice utilizing curriculum tools transferable to the classroom that develop opportunities for students to engage in their community while simultaneously enhancing their academic learning. Come explore how to inspire and empower students to make meaningful change in their world!

Workshop activities guide participants to:

  • Consider the academic and social emotional skills embedded within service learning that promote students’ personal growth and critical thinking
  • Discover a variety of different entry points to the service learning process to help it authentically connect to existing classroom content and academic goals
  • Explore ways to let students take the lead on discovering authentic needs within their school, local or global community
  • Develop action plans that utilize best practices in service learning to fuel student service experiences

This workshop is suited for K-12 educators and administrators of any experience level. Bring multiple members of your teaching team to engage in service learning curriculum design and lesson planning specific to your academic goals!



Marissa Nadjarian, M.Ed. is an Educational Consultant specializing in service learning teaching methodologies. She received her degree in Psychology, with a minor in Education from the University of California, Berkeley, and later completed her Master’s Degree in Education with Pepperdine University. During her nine-year career as an elementary educator at The John Thomas Dye School, in Los Angeles, CA she also served as Co- Director of Service Learning. Now as a consultant, Marissa works with educators to further develop social action curriculum- this includes program development, curriculum resources and workshops for schools and organizations such as The Museum of Tolerance's Tools for Tolerance® program in Los Angeles. Marissa also advises for The Educators Consortium for Service Learning, where she creates professional development curriculum and networking opportunities for administrators, teachers and parents engaged in service learning.



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