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Denver, CO 80203-3442
Phone: 303.299.3608
FAX: 303.296.8332

Paul Baumann

Lisa Guilfoile
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NCLC News, Meetings and Events:

The Education Commission of the States Annual Meeting of the District Leaders for Civic Engagement and Service-Learning (DLN) was held October 14-16 in Detroit at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel. Download the agenda (PDF).nslc

NCLC is excited to be an affiliate for The 22nd Annual National Service-Learning Conference, The Time Is NOW, which took place April 6-9, 2011, in Atlanta, Georgia. Keynote speakers include Greg Mortenson and Moe Green. For more information and to register, visit the NYLC website:

Service Learning Panel Shares Practical Starting Points
NCLC and the District Leaders Network were prominently featured during a "Thought Leaders" session at AASA's National Conference on Education. Key presenters included NCLC Board Chair, Barbara Grohe, District Leaders Network members Dan Nerad and Randy Collins, and Kathy Havens Payne, Senior Director of Education Leadership, State Farm Insurance Companies. They discussed how service-learning has lead the way for students to gain 21st Century Skills and make successful life transitions.

California DLN member John Cruz featured in Christian Science Monitor
This article highlights how service-learning in Dr. John Cruz' district is positively impacting student achievement and success.

The ECS National Center for Learning and Citizenship and State Farm Companies Foundation recognize service-learning initiatives.
In June, the following 10 schools from across the country were selected to receive the Service-Learning Schools of Success Award based on their support of, and commitment to, quality service-learning in their schools:

  1. Malcolm Shabazz City High School
    Madison, WI
  2. Raymond School
    Franksville, WI
  3. Montpelier High School
    Montpelier, VT
  4. Greendale Middle School
    Greendale, WI
  5. Liberty High School
    Louisville, KY
  6. Park Forest Elementary
    State College, PA
  7. DuPont Manual High School
    Louisville, KY
  8. Waterford High School
    Waterford, CT
  9. Grant's Lick Elementary
    Alexandria, KY
  10. Patriot Academy
    Madison, AL

Schools of Success Training Conference: November 3-5, 2009, Denver, CO.
NCLC hosted a two-day training workshop for constituents from the 10 Schools of Success award recipients. The workshop was facilitated by Tracy Harkins, Barbara Fiore and Matt Robinson, all education consultants for KIDS Consortium out of Maine. Participants came away with a renewed sense of purpose and concrete steps for taking their service-learning initiatives to the next level.

National Community Education Association (NCEA) Annual Conference: November 19-22, Phoenix, AZ.
On November 22, DLN member Ada Grabowski, Superintendent of the Albion Central School District, Albion, NY, and Susan Starkweather, Albion Central’s Grants Manager will present a session entitled Service-Learning as a Vehicle for Engaging Youth in After School Programsat NCEA's annual conference.

American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Annual Conference: February 11-13, Phoenix, AZ
Three members of the District Leaders Network will participate in a Thought Leaders Session entitled Service-Learning and 21st Century Skills: Making the Connection at the 2010 National Conference on Education, February 11-13 in Phoenix, Arizona. Randall Collins, Barbara Grohe and Daniel Nerad will join Kathy Havens Payne, senior director of Education Leadership at State Farm Insurance Companies, to examine the importance of 21st century skills in the workplace and how service-learning has helped students cultivate these critical skills and make successful life transitions. DLN members attending the conference will convene on Friday, February 12 to strategize and further the Network’s mission.

National School Boards Association (NSBA) Annual Conference, April 10-13, Chicago, IL
Members of the District Leaders Network will present a session entitled Alignment with Content Standards: A Critical Component to High Quality Service-Learning on April 12, 2010 at NSBA's annual conference.

Hands on Education
This past school year, students in kindergarten through 8th-grade in the Raymond School District took learning into their own hands. Students from each grade participated in a green and healthy service-learning project. The projects were aimed at improving student and community health and environmental awareness while also giving students a real-world education. (Wisconsin School News, July 2009)

Service-Learning Policies and Practices: service-learning paper
A Research-Based Advocacy Paper

This paper, produced by ECS' National Center for Learning and Citizenship, translates service-learning’s research-based evidence for education leaders and identifies best practices and policies. Learn more about the five critical components for effectiveness: vision and leadership, curriculum and assessment, community-school partnerships, professional development and continuous improvement.

NCLC’s District Leaders Network Currently Accepting Applications
ECS’ National Center for Learning and Citizenship (NCLC) has announced that applications are being accepted for new members of the District Leaders Network. This cadre of district superintendents and school board members from across the nation is selected based on leadership and commitment to integrate and sustain high-quality citizenship (or civic) education and service-learning in their districts and to increase awareness of this important teaching and learning method with peers in their states and throughout the nation. Application information is available here (PDF or Word version) If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Guilfoile at 303-299-3690 or (Download a complete member list.)

District Leader Network members Barbara Grohe, Steve Hefner and Bill Hughes conducted a workshop titled "Civic Engagement: A Role for Students" at the American Association of School Administrators National Conference on Education in February. View their PowerPoint presentation.

Mississippi Youth Engagement
Dr. Hank Bounds, Mississippi State Superintendent, engages youth in education issues through his Youth Advisory Board and a recent Youth Summit on Dropout Prevention. The following Power Point and file provide information on the Board as well as the Summit activities and results.

Pennsylvania School Boards Association
Dr. Jonathan Cohen presented a keynote speech "Measuring and Improving School Climate: A Strategy that Promotes Students Achievement – Accountability Systems That Support Learning and Whole School Improvement" at the 2008 Pennyslvania School Boards Association Symposium on Educational Issues, July 14 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Terry Pickeral, NCLC executive director, facilitated a general session on service-learning strategies that focused on strategies to integrate and sustain this teaching and learning method.

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