C.S.C. Service Learning Project

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The Goal

The goal of this project is to provide students with the opportunity to make positive changes in their communities through learning and developing:

  • valuable knowledge
  • important understandings
  • positive behaviors and habits of mind
  • useful skills

Basic Requirements

  • Service Learning Component – this is not simply volunteerism, you must work with a community partner, you must provide a service to your community, and you must demonstrate and reflect on your learning in your digital portfolio (your Google doc.)
  • Social Justice Component – you must attempt to make positive and enduring changes to your community
  • Time Requirement – you must invest a minimum of 20 hours on this project (to earn up to a C). Expect on spending 30-40 hours to earn a B or an A. Up to 10 hours of class time can be counted.
  • You may work on one or many projects.  You may be a major or minor participant in more than one project.

Assessment Rubric

Criteria

Effectiveness
of Your Project
(50%)

Positive Behaviors,
Attitudes & Habits
(10%)

Skills Developed
(10%)

 

Knowledge &
Understandings
Gained (10%)

Requirements
(20%)

4
Distinguished

Exceeds the Standard

Your project met the stated goals and led to positive and enduring change in society You consistently exhibited positive mental attitudes, productive behaviors, and effective habits of mind including:-Productive (self-motivated)
-Patient
-Persistent
-Professional
-Others?
You developed and documented many useful skills such as:-Leadership & Management
-Communication (written, spoken, or visual)
-Literacy (ability to learn through text, listening, or viewing)
-Others?
You gained a exceptional amount of knowledge or understanding about:-Your topic
-Yourself
-Your society
-How to make change
-How to work together
-You invested and documented 35+ hours on this project-You demonstrated significant progress with all four check-ins-All work was clearly documented and meticulously organized in your portfolio (Google doc)

3
Proficient

Meets the Standard

Your project met the stated goals and led to positive change in society.  Or, if the project was not fully successful you demonstrated a solid understanding of how it could be more successful in the future You generally exhibited positive mental attitudes, productive behaviors, and effective habits of mind including:-Productive (self-motivated)
-Patient
-Persistent
-Professional
-Others?
You developed and documented some useful skills such as:-Leadership & Management
-Communication (written, spoken, or visual)
-Literacy (ability to learn through text, listening, or viewing)
-Others?
You gained a significant amount of knowledge or understanding about:-Your topic-Yourself
-Your society
-How to make change
-How to work together
-You invested and documented 25+ hours on this project-You demonstrated consistent progress with all four check-ins-All work was clearly documented in your portfolio (Google doc)

2
Developing

Approaching the Standard

Your project met at least some of the stated goals and may have led to some change in society, but the change may have been relatively minor or short-term. You had some ideas how to improve the project in the future. You sometimes exhibited positive mental attitudes, productive behaviors, and effective habits of mind including:-Productive (self-motivated)
-Patient
-Persistent
-Professional
-Others?
You developed and documented some useful skills such as:- Leadership & Management
-Communication (written, spoken, or visual)
-Literacy (ability to learn through text, listening, or viewing)
-Others?
You gained some knowledge or understanding about:-Your topic
-Yourself
-Your society
-How to make change
-How to work together
-You invested and documented 15+ hours on this project-You demonstrated some progress during check-ins-Most work was  documented in your portfolio (Google doc)

1
Emerging

Beginning to Meet the Standard

 Your project may not have met the stated goals, but an attempt was made.  You have some ideas on how the project could be more successful in the future. You exhibited some positive mental attitudes, productive behaviors, and effective habits of mind including:-Productive (self-motivated)
-Patient
-Persistent
-Professional
-Others?
You demonstrated some useful skills such as:- Leadership & Management
-Communication (written, spoken, or visual)
-Literacy (ability to learn through text, listening, or viewing)
-Others?
You gained at least a cursory level of knowledge or understanding about:-Your topic
-Yourself
-Your society
-How to make change
-How to work together
-You invested and documented 10+ hours on this project-You demonstrated some progress during at least one check-in-Some work was  documented in your portfolio (Google doc)

How will you be graded?

19-20 Points = A+    17-18 Points = A    16 Points = A-    15 Points = B+    13-14 Points = B    12 Points = B-    11 Points = C+    9-10 Points = C    8 Points = C-    6-7 Points = D    5 or Less Points = F

Projects Underway

    • ‘Highlander Eggs’ – provide local organic eggs to the Harwood community
    • ‘Highlander Greens’ – provide local organic produce to the Harwood community
    • ‘Energy Efficiency’ – increase energy efficiency of local community
    • ‘WHSN – Highlander Student News’ – raise awareness of social issues and provide possible solutions
      • Public Service Announcements
    • ‘Letting Wilderness be our Guide’ – encourage greater environmental stewardship by getting students closer to nature
    • ‘Reducing Plastic Consumption in Schools’ – reducing our dependence on imported water and plastics
    • ‘Food Security in our Local Communities’ – Reducing hunger in our local community
    • ‘Sustainably Sweet’ – What impact is global warming having on the future of Maple Sugaring in Vermont?
    • ‘Hobo-Huts’ – Designing and building energy efficient transient housing
    • ‘Highlander Hydroponics’ – provide local organic produce to the Harwood community
    • ‘Saving the Rink’ – promoting health and wellness and expanding opportunities for recreation
    • ‘Keeping Kids Safe’ – a media project designed to raise awareness about issues of safety in our community for area youth