Thanks to Merle Schwartz, Ed.D. from Character Education Partnership (CEP), for a very informative webinar about how academic standards and learning can be enhanced with service learning techniques.
Service learning, a teaching method that engages young people in solving problems within their schools and communities as part of the academic studies is an excellent way to get educators up to speed on the importance of character education and real-life school issues. CEP has Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education that serves as the framework (or context) for effective character education. In the process, students are developing intellectual character through activities that extending student learning beyond the classroom. Results of effective programming include: increased test scores, decreased discipline issues, increased pro-social behavior, and decreased risky behavior
In case you missed Thursday’s webinar, the outline of the materials covered in Connecting Service Learning to Meaningful Academics: A Winning Combination is attached.
Those of you who did attend – we’d love to hear your feedback! Should we do more webinars like this? What other topics would you like to see covered in webinars?