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Advisory and Service Learning Institute: Academics, Engagement and Purposeful Action

Date: Monday - July 15, 2019
Time: All Day
Location: Carey Conference Center

Rensselaerville, NY
Monday, July 15 - Thursday, July 18, 2019
Cathryn Berger Kaye and Christopher Neal


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

Explorations of implicit bias and microaggressions will run throughout the entire four-day Institute. 

Monday, July 15, Beginning with Lunch at noon
Tuesday and Wednesday, July 16-17, All Day
Thursday, July 18, Concludes after lunch

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

Join a highly interactive and engaging institute with deep explorations into how to develop and advance your advisory program, and how to integrate a robust service learning program into the life and culture of your school. The combination of these two topics has proven especially enriching, as we promote best teaching practices while addressing the complex needs of our students. 

Time spent in Advisory deserves to be valued by all – educators, students, administrators, parents – and meet the needs of youth as they move through all the stages of their school life. The varied discussions and experiences provide a new lens on this concept, and ways to enliven your program, establish buy-in, and have a clear purpose that moves your school forward.    

Moving 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 issues that have a lasting impact, improves and expands opportunities for vulnerable populations, and protects our environment. Students want to identify What matters to me? And service learning is the vehicle. 

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 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 and advisory experiences – schoolwide. 

What we will cover

  • An approach to advisory that provides clarity of purpose for all involved with time spent in worthwhile memorable experiences that improves the school culture
  • A deep 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 curricular design
  • Refresh our look at reflection with diverse approaches that work for advisory groups and within a service learning context
  • 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.
  • Tentative Schedule

    July 15, 2019
                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 - Exploring Diversity
    July 16, 2019
                7:30 -8:15 Breakfast
                8:30-Noon (1 twenty minute break)
                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  - School Exchange

    July 17, 2019
                7:30 -8:15 Breakfast
                8:30-Noon (1 twenty minute break)
                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  - Resources, Videos, and Music (Brewery-Optional!)
    July 18, 2019
                7:30 -8:15 Breakfast
                8:30-Noon (1 twenty minute break)
                12 – 12:45 Lunch
                1:00  FAREWELL

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’s advisory programs for high school, middle school and elementary school, Advisory: A Dynamic Approach, is being used by international schools, independent schools and public schools around the world. Cathryn consulted with the International Baccalaureate Programme for over seven years, infusing her dynamic service learning model into CAS, MYP and in support of 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 For questions, email


Chrishopher Neal is a dynamic thinker, content designer, and facilitator, with razor edge creativity and a track record of creating innovative experiences that transform, utilizing the best practices in youth development, leadership training, developing effective program structures, and designing transformational curriculums, which help achieve optimal participant results, secure programmatic goals and outcomes, and ensure stakeholder satisfaction. Extensive experience in senior level organizational leadership, building systems, structures, budgets, and teams, as well as in designing effective processes in support of organizational and strategic goals with a focus on leadership training and transformative personal development for youth and adults.

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.


  • 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 or aiport to the Conference Center (about 1 hour) , call 1-518-797-5100 at least 7 days before your arrival. Cabs are not available at the station, so you must make these arrangements in advance. CLICK HERE for Carey Center Transportation  form, which must be submitted by email no later than July 11, 2019. 

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, 2019

Late registration fee of $50 will apply after July 1. 

  • Residential NYSAIS Member, including room and board - $1195*
  • Residential NonMember, including room and board - $1395*
  • Commuter (meals only) - $895
  • * $100 per person discount 3 or more registering together. 


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