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$700 CHESP Grants for BPS High School Teachers (Grades 9-12)
Partners in Service Learning

Applications due to IMPACT II by October 18.

Click for Guidelines and Application

For more information: 617 635-9440 or blocurto@gmail.com

For STC Learn & Serve Grantees:
Click here for
Work Plan Form (Word Doc)

5th Annual Community Service-Learning Conference K-12
Wednesday, May 28, 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM, Holiday Inn, Worcester
an inspiring day to share successful models of using service-learning as a methodology to implement the learning standards of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. To register, RSVP blocurto@gmail.com with your name and school. Any questions, call Barbara Locurto 635-9440

Teacher Appreciation Week May 4 ~ 10
If you can read this, thank a teacher. How many students actually do? Teacher Appreciation Week is a perfect time to recognize the men and women "who touch the future." To thank our nation's unsung heroes and heroines, students can.

Public Service Recognition Week ~ May 5 - 11
Since 1985, Americans have set aside the first Monday through Sunday in May to publicly acknowledge the enormous range of government services and to thank the millions of federal, state, county and local employees who contribute to the quality of our lives. Here are some ways for young people to reflect on civic responsibilities, consider public service careers, and pay tribute to our nation's unsung heroes.

Robert H. Michel Civic Education Grants – Grade 4-12 Teachers - due May 1, 2003
Sponsored by Dirksen Congressional Center to improve civics instruction, with priority on role of Congress in our federal government and emphasis on practical classroom applications. Areas of interest include, lesson plans, student activities, and instructional technology. Click for more information. Questions: Frank Mackaman.

Earth Day Every Day!
April 22 is Earth Day. Then what? Students who continue to improve the environment with meaningful Service Learning can transform a single day into a lifetime of stewardship. Here are projects and activities that let young people celebrate Earth Day Every Day.

Serve Rhyme and Reason in Poetry Season
National Poetry Month is the perfect time to beat winter blahs and reflect on "April's first-born flowers, and all things rare" (William Shakespeare Sonnet XXI). As middle and high schoolers conduct poetry lessons for younger buddies, exchange patriotic poems with veterans, or organize nature walks, they
make poetry more meaningful for themselves and others:

We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution August 1-9 - due April 11
Northeastern Region Summer Institute, conducted by Center for Civic Education at Northeastern University. Program focuses on US Constitution and Bill of Rights and fosters civic competence and responsibility among elementary, middle, and high school students. Click for application form. For more info: Susan Roe, (800) 350-4223, roe@civiced.org

We the People: National Academy Summer Institute, July 5-26 - due April 4
Political and Constitutional Theory for Citizens, conducted by Center for Civic Education at
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Click for Program Details & Application Form.
For more info: Susan Roe, (800) 350-4223, roe@civiced.org

Boston Teachers of the Year Award - Nominations due April 3, 2003
An awards ceremony and reception, June 2 at the Ritz-Carlton, Boston will publicly honor a select group of Boston's outstanding teachers - educators who have made a unique contribution to their students, their classrooms, and their schools. Click for Guidelines & Nomination. Questions: Martha Pierce, Office of the Mayor, 617 635-4476, martha.pierce@cityofboston.gov.

Extras for Creative Learning/Recycle Center Spring Workshop
Bookmaking Monday, March 31st, 4 – 6 PM Instructors: Juan Antonio Gil & Doris Hicks.
Hand made books, using recycled materials, for poetry, journals, scrapbooks, displaying children’s work.
Click for Details & Registration Form
. For more info, call 635-8284

World of Women ~ Spread the Word
To celebrate March as Women's History Month, Boston's TeachNet Learn & Serve team invites students, teachers, and community members to share stories about women who have contributed to local and national history. Here are some ways to showcase women who have served

East Africa: A Summer Study Tour for K-12 Teachers/Librarians/Administrators – due March 21
Five-week study tour to Kenya and Tanzania, tentatively scheduled from July 7th to August 13th. Contingent on funding from Fulbright-Hays.
Program Info is available at http://www.bu.edu/africa/outreach/studytour/index.html
Click for Application. For more info, call 617 353-7303 and email bbbrown@bu.edu

John F. Kennedy Library Women’s History Conference for K-12 Teachers/Librarians, March 17, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
GIFTS TO THE WORLD: Four Remarkable Women and Their Work - Eleanor Roosevelt, Marian Anderson, Helen Taussig, Rachel Carson.
Click for Details & Registration Form. For more info, call 617 514-1650 or email sam.rubin@nara.gov

Black History ~ Beyond February
Why limit Black History to February? When students and teachers describe the role of Black Americans in our nation's history, they explore amazing avenues and reveal compelling stories. Here are some ways for middle and high schoolers to serve their community by proclaiming a lasting legacy well beyond the shortest month of the year.

Kids Quotes - collected by Linda Younis

The President's Student Service Awards - 2 Grants - Applications due February 28
Celebrate National Youth Service Day April 11-13 and beyond:
* AT&T CARES Youth Service Action Fund helps young people engage in community service and service-learning on National Youth Service Day and beyond. Grants of $500 for youth ages 5-25 and organizations.
* The Good Neighbor Service-Learning Award State Farm Companies Foundation, enables youth and educators to bring positive benefits of service-learning to more young people. Grants of $500 for youth, $1,500 for teachers.
Click for Details & Applications

West Roxbury High School selected as a Massachusetts Service-Learning Leader School!

That's the good word from the Massachusetts Department of Education. Bearing news of the "school's long and rewarding history with service-learning," the state's Service Learning Coordinator Jessica Donner read Commissioner David Driscoll's letter to Headmaster Donald Pellegrini at the November 2nd STC TeachNet Learn & Serve Conference. Cited for their "commendable effort" are Westie teachers Mary Ellen Bower, GraceDiggs, Mary Dwyer, Margaret Hoyt, Gabriell Paye, Jeanette Sisco, Demetra Stavrianidis, and Marion Sweeney


Chinese New Year ~ Ancient Tradition with New Service
The New Year begins on the first day of the first month on the Chinese lunar calendar. It lasts for fifteen days and is known also as the Spring Festival that celebrates winter's passing. This is a special time for children who receive new clothes, shoes, and gifts of money. What could be a better season for youngsters to share traditional joys? Students can serve their home and community by bringing cheer to the elderly and the hospitalized; writing messages to their parents; beautifying their classrooms and school environments; performing skits; and organizing fun activities for their younger peers.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day ~ All Year Long
January 20, 2003. How can students and teachers make this a day to learn and serve Dr. King's beloved community? Start learning about Dr. King and his legacy of non-violence long before his birthday. Practice what he preached long after the holiday. Here are some ways to follow the nation's Drum Major of Justice, Peace and Righteousness all year long.


Learn & Serve Resolutions
To ring in 2003, Boston's TeachNet Service Learning team encourages students and teachers to assess community issues, identify solutions, and reflect on service through journals and portfolios. Here are some ways to learn and serve all year long.


'Tis the Season for Learning and Serving
To ensure that holidays are for everyone, Boston's TeachNet Service Learning team encourages students and teachers to reflect on seasonally related issues, brainstorm solutions, and record community experiences in journals and portfolios.


Thanksgiving Learn & Serve
Now comes the season just made for service learning. Time to count our blessings and recall the history of Thanksgiving. Time also to share bountiful harvests with the needy and neglected. Read how students can learn about first settlers and native peoples while serving up thanks to communities.

Click for more Seasons of Service


Extras for Creative Learning/Recycle Center Winter Celebration Wednesday, Dec 4th 5 to 8 pm
Members, friends, & community join us for Music, Crafts, Fun, Prizes & more. Center won't be open for normal distribution, but material kits will be on sale for holiday gift & craft needs! For more info, call 635-8284.


Celebrate National Deaf Awareness Week - last week of September
Learn how Deaf students serve the entire community. Teaching about deafness, lobbying elected officials, creating a Successful Deaf Leaders Wall of Fame, and supporting local organizations for the Deaf are ways that Deaf students can contribute to the community at large.
Here's our first of a series of Seasons of Service to get you started.

Teachers Peace Conference - Grades K -12 - Saturday October 19
Presented by the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. Save the Date - details to follow.

TeachNet Learn & Serve Conference Grades 8-12, Saturday November 2 , 8 AM - 1 PM
Madison Park Technical Vocational High School. Save the Date - details to follow

Robert H. Michel Civic Education Grants – Grade 4-12 Teachers - due October 1, 2002
Sponsored by Dirksen Congressional Center to improve civics instruction, with priority on role of Congress in our federal government. Areas of interest include lesson plans, student activities, and instructional technology in the classroom. http://www.dirksencenter.org/grantmichelciviced.htm

Learn & Serve ~ Reflect & Remember

Let us pause ~ September 11 ~ 8:45 AM ~ 9:45 AM ~ 10:10 AM
How will we pay tribute? Service Learning activities enable our youth to connect with community. We have gathered several ways that students and teachers can create living memorials through good deeds. Hopefully, this Web Site List will help us honor our heroes with dignity and sincerity not for one day but throughout the year.

Guidelines for the Final Project Product
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Project Product Form

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WGBH Educational Foundation’s Teaching Reading Summer Institute for K-2 Teachers
Want to learn more about early literacy? Earn money, Graduate level credits or PDP’s? Be on video?
July 22-26 in the Boston area
Phone:(617)300-3707 e-mail: julie_rivinus@wgbh.org - Click for Details and Application

Service Excellence Awards - Nominations due June 28
Superintendent's annual recognition of outstanding service to the BPS community by employee/team who: goes above and beyond expectations to Improve teaching & learning, customer service, and more.
Click for more details and Nomination Form

Massachusetts Service Alliance Photo Contest - due June 30
"Say Cheese..." time again for annual calendar photo contest
Send your best shots that show people helping people - service in action.


STC Professional Development Opportunities for HS Teachers
June 24th - 26th or August 26th - 28th (8am - 2pm) @ J.D. O'Bryant
15 PDPs - 1 in-service credit. Go to STC Web Site for Course Descriptions & Application
Linda Younis and Mary Teixeira
Pat Crowley and Maria de los Angeles Montes
Mary Ellen Bower and Maria de los Angeles Montes

School to Career Showcase of Programs and Pathways
Wednesday, June 5, 3:00 - 5:00 PM, Madison Park Lower Cafe
See how our students benefit when classrooms, communities, and careers come together!
RSVP blocurto@gmail.com or 617 635-9440

Boston Women’s Memorial Curriculum Summer Institute - Teachers K-12
Tuesday, August 27-Thursday, August 29, 9 AM-3 PM, Old South Meeting House

Focus is on Boston Women’s Memorial Sculpture, which will honor 3 Boston women:
Abigail Adams, Lucy Stone, and Phillis Wheatley.
Sponsored by Boston Women’s Heritage Trail and Old South Meeting House
Click for application and program details.

BENEFIT for: “Bridge Over Troubled Water” Friday, May 31st, 8pm, Copley Theatre
RUNAWAYS (The Broadway Musical) - TICKETS: $18 adults, $12 students & seniors
call toll free 866-705-7680 (then enter 5880) or yaffefam@rcn.com with questions

Boston Women’s Memorial Curriculum Summer Institute - Teachers K-12
Tuesday, August 27-Thursday, August 29, 9 AM-3 PM, Old South Meeting House

Focus is on Boston Women’s Memorial Sculpture, which will honor 3 Boston women:
Abigail Adams, Lucy Stone, and Phillis Wheatley.
Sponsored by Boston Women’s Heritage Trail and Old South Meeting House
Click for application and program details.

Preview Boston Women’s Memorial Project May 22, 3-4 or 4-5 PM @ School to Career
Learn about plans for: Sculpture on Commonwealth Mall, Summer Institute, and more
RSVP blocurto@gmail.com

Mothers' Walk for Peace - Sunday, May 12, 7 AM Town Field, Fields Corner
Help raise funds for Peace Institute programs, Louis D. Brown Peace Curriculum, Boston's Book of Peace, Survivor-to-Survivor. Call to pledge or register to walk: 617.825.1917 or www.peacewalkboston.com

Statewide Service-Learning Conference, at Holy Cross, Friday, May 10 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Register by May 3rd: email blocurto@gmail.com See attached Registration Form/Workshops/Directions

Unsung Heroes Awards - due April 30
ING Northern Annuity awards grants of $2,000, with potential for up to $25,000
to innovative K-12 Educators pioneering in new methods and techniques that improve student learning
For application: http://www.unsungheroes.com

Leadership Network for High Achievement - Due April 25
Mass. Field Ctr for Teaching & Learning offers $3,000 -$6,000 grant for school-based teacher teams
to work on improving student learning at their school. Download details and application. To download Adobe Acrobat Reader, click here.

BPS Recycle Center/Extras for Creative Learning Fundraiser

Learn & Serve Teachers Volunteer & Raise $10,000. Thanks for all your help Prize Winners, Donors, and Volunteers!

Teaching Voices Mass. Field Center for Teaching and Learning - March/April Issue
What's Service Learning? Check SNAPSHOT Interview of Jean Gibran, IMPACT II TeachNet Consultant

Boston Women's Heritage Trail - Guided Tour of the Back Bay Trail Saturday, April 20, 10 - 11:30 AM
Guide: Liane Curtis Reservation 617-776-1809, $10 ($5 for BWHT members)

TEACHERS NEEDED - 4 MATH/2 ELA - STC Grade 8 Transitions - due April 12

Contact klove@oit.boston.k12.ma.us or blocurto@gmail.com
Click to download the Program Details & Application

Workshop, Grade 5, 8 & 11 Teachers, Thursday April 11, 9 AM - 3 PM
We the People… The Citizen and the Constitution
Mass. Bar Association, 20 West St, Boston
Registration: Diane Palmer, Mass. State Coordinator dnpalmer@msn.com or 617 489-3660

Greetings from Boston - WOW! World of Women
Celebrate Women's History Month with Boston's Learn & Serve Projects.

BPS Service Learning & School to Career featured in Education Week
In his Special Report, John Gehring reflected on his October 29-30 visit with the American Youth Policy Forum to our STC Connecting Classrooms, Communities, Careers Projects. Highlighted were West Roxbury High's Learning Festival (Learning First); Madison Park Technical Vocational High's Tech Assist Students; and Quincy Elementary's Urban Rooftop Garden.
For complete article click here.

The Children's Museum (http://www.bostonkids.org)
Free Spring Workshops for Kindergarten & Grade 1 Teachers
Click for Workshop Schedule and Registration Form
. To download Adobe Acrobat Reader, click here.

Summer Institute, Grade 5 Teachers - Due March 22
We the People… The Citizen and the Constitution
July 18 - 26, at James Madison University, Virginia
Participants will receive at No Cost:
Airfare, Lodging, Meals, DC Tour, Constitutional Literature, Classroom Materials Click For More Details

Summer Institute, Grade 5, 8 & 11 Teachers - Due March 22
We the People… The Citizen and the Constitution
Northeastern University, Boston
Click for Application or contact: Susan Roe: roe@civiced.org

National TeachNet Grants - $500 for web-based curriculum projects! Due March 15.
For K-12 Teachers who've developed original, creative web-based curriculum projects.
For Grant information: http://www.teachnet-lab.org/affiliategrant2002.htm

City Year Young Heroes After School-based Learning Program for Middle Schools
12 Week Session, March through end of May, twice a week after school & 2 Saturdays a month.

Hands-on service projects where kids apply their learning as they serve the community.
Service-learning curriculum organizes around four C’s: Courage, Cooperation, Commitment and Compassion.
Contact Ebette Fortune efortune01@cityyear.org or Stephanie Mendell smendell01@cityyear.org or (617) 927-2466.

After-School Community Service-Learning Grant ($20,000 to $40,000) - Applications due by Noon, March 6
from the Massachusetts Service Alliance for 2002-2003
For programs that involve after-school participants in volunteering to meet a defined community need; include educational, skills building, and training components that prepare participants to serve; and provide structured time for reflection about the issue being addressed and the community in which the service is taking place.
For Guidelines & Application: http://www.msalliance.org/after_school_funding.htm

  We the People... The Citizen and the Constitution
Workshop at School to Career for Grades 5, 8, & 11 Teachers
of US History, Social Studies, & other constitution/government related courses:

Monday, March 4: 2:30 to 4:00 PM Grades 8 & 11 or 4:00 to 5:30 PM Grade 5
Topics include Use of WTP Text to Connect with Frameworks, Standards, Assessment

Teachers will receive from the Center for Civic Education

FREE materials: 30 Student Texts, Teacher's Guide & Instructional Packet: Certificates, Tests, & more.

Girls*Get*Connected Conference
Saturday, March 9, 9 AM - 2:30 PM at Simmons College

TechBoston's free technology conference for middle school girls
To register go to conference web site: http://www.techboston.org/ggc
or contact Felicia Vargas at TechBoston (617) 635.8882 x 411 or email fvargas@techboston.org

  Tech Tools for Product~Presentation~Portfolio~Performance
Learn & Serve PowerPoint Based Workshops -
Workshop Materials

  For more info, contact Barbara Locurto blocurto@gmail.com

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