P-16 SERVICE LEARNING: CREATING CITIZENS, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES AND FUTURE STUDENTS Paul Sather, Director Julie Dierberger, P-16 Coordinator Service Learning Academy, University of Nebraska at Omaha 2012 Nebraska Campus Compact Symposium Change in Motion UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA • Comprehensive doctoral/research metropolitan university in University of Nebraska system • ~16,000 Undergraduate and graduate students • Service Learning Academy began in 1999, grew from 7 classes to over 120 in all colleges • P-16 Initiative began 5 years ago • Community Engagement Center: 2013 UNO, led by the faculty, in collaboration with staff and students, strives for excellence at all levels of teaching, learning, scholarship, research, and creative activity consistent with its metropolitan mission. Excellence is demonstrated in programs and areas of distinction, high quality undergraduate education, and strong graduate research/professional programs. Sub-Goal B: Led by its faculty scholars/artists, UNO will increase its commitment to building and strengthening academic programs of excellence. UNO will: • Objective 2: Target specific outreach activities as a basis for developing academic programs that stress service learning and community outreach. Service-learning is an experiential, collaborative method of teaching using projects that promote academic learning and are tightly linked to course content while meeting the needs of the community. Reflection activities before, during, and after the experiences facilitate critical learning. K-12 & After School Nonprofit Agency P-16 SERVICE LEARNING UNO SERVICE LEARNING SEMINAR • Week-long training with K-12, after school, and higher education instructors (March, July) • Structured around K-12 Quality Service Learning Standards (NYLC, 2008) • Bring community partners on one day to identify needs and make curriculum connections SERVICE LEARNING SEMINAR • P-16 teams co-develop academic service learning experiences • Projects collaborative, focus on experiential teaching for K-12 and higher education curriculum • Leave with: • • • • • Project to be implemented within 18 months Community partners Plan for implementation Support to implement quality projects New relationships SERVICE LEARNING SEMINAR GOALS • • • • • Participants increase awareness of the Omaha community, their needs, personnel, and practice. Participants understand the benefits of service learning and its connections to other key frameworks such as: 40 Developmental Assets, 21st Century Skills, and standardsdriven curriculum. Participants demonstrate understanding of the K-12 ServiceLearning Standards for Quality Practice UNO, K-12, after school program faculty, and community nonprofit agencies build collaborative relationships and begin service learning project planning. Participants are prepared to create quality service-learning experiences. NYLC K-12 QUALITY SERVICE LEARNING STANDARDS (2008) • Meaningful Service • Link to Curriculum • Reflection • Diversity • Youth voice • Partnerships • Progress monitoring • Duration and Intensity IMPACT Increased awareness of service learning related organizations and concepts from an average of 46% pre-seminar to an average of 100% post-seminar Increased feelings of preparedness to plan and implement a service learning projects from an average of 45% pre-seminar to an average of 99% postseminar IMPACT • Seminars bi-annually (March, July) trained 176 P-12 and UNO instructors in service learning pedagogy • Each semester: ~48 P-16 projects • • • 2010: 534 P-12 & UNO service learners 2011: 2741 P-12 & UNO service learners 2012: 1705 P-12 & UNO service learners (spring) • Completed assessments (2011-12): • • 529 P-12 728 UNO Impact of P-16 Service Learning Projects College Students' Level of Agreement CIVIC ENGAGEMENT: I can make a difference in my community. ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: Community participation helped me see everyday use of course material. LIFE SKILLS: This course…prepared me for work in a culturally diverse world. 95% 87% 84% UNO Landscape Plants + Ralston Honors Science Students OAK PARK OUTDOOR CLASSROOM LEVELS Location Phosphorous OF AND pH PH, NITRATES, Nitrates PHOSPHOROUS, Potassium POTASSIUM IN OAK PARK ON LOCATION. West 7.0 Neutral Medium BASED to Low Medium Medium Entrance (1) Gazebo (2) 7.5 Alkaline Low Low Medium 3rd Cement Pad From West Entrance (3) 7.5 Alkaline Medium to Low Low Medium First Bench on East Side (4) 7.5 Alkaline Low Low Medium East Entrance (5) 7.5 Alkaline Low Low Medium Along Side Creak Bed (6) 7.0 Neutral Medium to Low High to Medium High to Medium Questions?