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Advanced Service Learning Institute: Academics, Engagement and Purposeful Action

Date: Tuesday - July 18, 2017
Time: All Day
Location: Carey Conference Center

Rensselaerville, NY
Tuesday, July 18 - Thursday, July 20, 2017
Cathryn Berger Kaye

A three-day Institute of Conversations, Seminars, Ideas and Collegial Exchange led by Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A.

Tuesday, July 18, Beginning with Lunch at noon
Wednesday, July 19, All Day
Thursday July 20, Concludes at 4:00 pm

Register Here.  Registration includes program tuition, housing + meals for two nights, and two books including The Complete Guide to Service Learning. The institute is open to all educators.

For International School Educators: 1-2 Credits will be available through SUNY Buffalo. Extra cost will apply. For information, email cathy@cbkassociates.com.

Join Us at the Beautiful All-Inclusive Carey Conference Center, in Rensselaerville, NY. The Carey Conference Center is located less than 30 miles southwest of Albany and is easily accessible by car, train, bus or planeRegistration includes program tuition, housing + meals for two nights, and two books including The Complete Guide to Service Learning. The institute is open to all educators for this advanced weekend on service learning best practices.

Overview

Service Learning moves us from ideas to purposeful action: this is the heart ♡ of service learning. Educators across the globe continue to seek ways to add depth and meaning to the learning process. We seek advanced strategies to compel understandings that are applicable to the dense and complex issues facing our communities. We want to know how to sustain and value the cultures—histories and traditions—around us. And we want to guide students in addressing significant issue that has lasting impact, improves and expands opportunities for vulnerable populations, protects our environment, and matters.

While service learning can be done in a myriad of settings within a school, our work will be to deepen academics with engagement motivated by the intrinsic desire to connect with community and participate in worthwhile experiences. With challenges facing us – locally and globally – service learning is a reliable process that builds transferable skills and knowledge to meet our present and future.  

This time together we will stretch each other and go further with our visions. We will explore the five stages of service learning to strengthen the ways we investigate issues. We will look at how our schools can adopt a culture of service with academics at the core. We will learn from and with each other and discover ideas and approaches that surprise us all.

With highly interactive sessions guided by Cathryn Berger Kaye, we will all truly move ahead and advance with new ideas, strategies, and connections that continue long beyond our time together.

If you have attended workshops or weekends with author and international educator Cathryn Berger Kaye, this is the time to return. New and advanced concepts will expand our thinking and approach to education plus practical tools and strategies you can use to assist students and colleagues advance their service learning experiences – schoolwide.

What we will cover

  • An academic emphasis on service learning integration
  • A deeper dive into the Essential Elements and Five Stages of Service Learning as viable to advance content knowledge and reinforce transferable skills
  • Integration of engaging teaching methods, literature and conceptual thinking within the service learning process
  • Application of the service learning process to transdisciplinary curriculum design
  • Refresh our look at reflection with diverse approaches
  • Consider how demonstration emphasizes metacognition and deeper understanding of self as learner
  • Establishing partnerships
  • Youth as leaders
  • A new way of thinking about assessment

Special Features!

  • Evening gatherings that will surprise, inform, and provide powerful strategies you can replicate
  • An international group of educators that can lead to meaningful collaborations
  • And with this beautiful setting, we will have walks and talks, outdoor gatherings, and time for hikes.

Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A., president of CBK Associates and ABCD Books, travels throughout the United States and globally providing professional development programs, conference keynotes, in-depth institutes, and exceptional education and learning resources on service learning, advisory programs, social and emotional realms, climate and culture, youth engagement, effective teacher strategies, and environmental sustainability. Her education work aligns with best teaching practices. Her services are frequently requested by independent and international schools for on-site consultations to advance and align pedagogy with a school’s mission statement, particularly with students as local and global contributors. Cathryn also has been consulting with the International Baccalaureate Programme for over seven years, infusing her dynamic service learning model into CAS, MYP and exploring advancements in PYP. Cathryn is the author of The Complete Guide to Service Learning and two books with environmentalist Philippe Cousteau. Cathryn is described as “lively,” “astounding energy,” with the “ability to both inspire and inform, offering practical ideas teachers can put to use immediately.” Find articles, blogs, Cathryn’s international calendar and more at www.cbkassociates.com. For questions, email cathy@cbkassociates.com.

Tentative Schedule

July 18, 2016
            12:00 noon lunch and registration
            1:00-4:30 pm (1 fifteen minute break)
            5:30 – 7:15 Cocktails and dinner
            7:30-9:00 pm - TBA
July 19, 2016
            7:30 -8:15 Breakfast
            8:30-Noon (2 fifteen minute breaks)
            12 – 12:45 Lunch
            1:00-4:30 pm (1 fifteen minute break)
            5:30 – 7:15 Cocktails and dinner
            7:30-9:00 pm  - TBA
July 20, 2016
            7:30 -8:15 Breakfast
            8:30-Noon (2 fifteen minute breaks)
            12 – 12:45 Lunch
            1:00-4:00 pm (1 fifteen minute break)

Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A., president of CBK Associates and ABCD Books, travels throughout the United States and globally providing professional development programs, conference keynotes, in-depth institutes, and exceptional education and learning resources on service learning, advisory programs, social and emotional realms, climate and culture, youth engagement, effective teacher strategies, and environmental sustainability. Her education work aligns with best teaching practices. Her services are frequently requested by independent and international schools for on-site consultations to advance and align pedagogy with a school’s mission statement, particularly with students as local and global contributors. Cathryn also has been consulting with the International Baccalaureate Programme for over seven years, infusing her dynamic service learning model into CAS, MYP and exploring advancements in PYP. Cathryn is the author of The Complete Guide to Service Learning and two books with environmentalist Philippe Cousteau. Cathryn is described as “lively,” “astounding energy,” with the “ability to both inspire and inform, offering practical ideas teachers can put to use immediately.” Find articles, blogs, Cathryn’s international calendar and more at www.cbkassociates.com. For questions, email cathy@cbkassociates.com.


Register Here.  Fee includes room, board, and all materials. (single rooms as available. We may need to double up if space runs short. We appreciate your flexibility) Fee is all inclusive (room and board), with wine/beer in the evening, all books and materials.

Transportation:

  • The Conference Center is about 3.5 hours by car from New York City. Click here for directions
  • By train, take Amtrak to Albany/Rensselaerville. Plan to arrive in Albany at around 1:00 pm on the first day, departing at around 2:00 pm on the closing day.
  • To arrange for transportation from the station to the Conference Center (about 1 hour) , call 1-518-797-5100 at least 5 days before your arrival. Cabs are not available at the station, so you must make these arrangements in advance. CLICK HERE to download  the Rensselaerville Travel Needs form, which must be submitted by email no later than Wednesday July 15, 2015. Instructions are on the form.

More information will be sent directly to registrants. Should you have questions, contact Barbara Swanson.(615-300-6457)

Registrants should bring a wireless-enabled laptop.

 

Fees below apply until June 1, 2017. Late registration fee of $50 will apply after July 1. Contact maria@nysais.org for more information.

  • Residential NYSAIS Member - $845
  • 3 or more NYSAIS Members, registering together -  $745.00
  • Residential NonMember - $860
  • 3 or more NonMembers, registering together -  $760.00
  • Commuter (meals only) - $595

 

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