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Service Learning: Investigation, Preparation, Action, Reflection, and Demonstration
Posted 01/31/2018 09:25AM

Representatives from Turning Point—including seven teachers, two administrators, and two parents—attended the Educators Consortium for Service Learning’s workshop on Poverty in Los Angeles: A Call to Action, which we hosted right here on campus on January 30.

The workshop was led by service learning consultant and author, Cathy Berger-Kaye, who has previously presented at several teacher professional development workshops at Turning Point School. Cathy used dynamic discussion protocols with the adults in attendance that could be applied to any grade level classroom.

She applied an inquiry model that encouraged “100% participation, 100% of the time” to engage all participants in critical thinking activities about a relevant and resonant topic: How does poverty intersect with the 17 other UN sustainable goals for development?

At Turning Point, we have many age-appropriate access points to these global issues—many of which are evident right in our Los Angeles backyard. Authentic, reciprocal service learning opportunities, such as our partnerships with Weemes Elementary and the Culver City Senior Center, as well as our annual contributions to the Students Rebuild campaign are just a few of the many ways our students engage in civic and community life on the local and international levels.

Those who attended the workshop were inspired by the call to action through the connections to our existing curriculum, and are eager to continue identifying opportunities for our students to make meaningful, respectful connections with people and issues that affect our region, and our world.

For Further Reading:

What is Service Learning? A Guide for Parents

The Purpose and Promise of Service Learning: Ideas to Address Poverty

UN Goals of Sustainable Development

A book to teach young children about food insecurity:
Maddi’s Fridge

LA Times article on the homeless crisis:
L.A. homeless crisis grows despite political promises, many speeches and millions of dollars. How do we fix this?

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Turning Point School is an independent, coeducational school providing a premier education to Preschool - Grade 8 students in the greater Los Angeles area. For over 45 years, we have educated confident, curious, and globally-aware preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, and middle school students.

Located in the heart of Culver City, we enroll students from the west side of Los Angeles including Beverly Hills, Venice, Pacific Palisades, Marina del Rey, Hancock Park, Cheviot Hills, and Playa del Rey.


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