Center for Excellence in Learning Through Service

Service-Learning Programs

Faculty Seminars in Service-Learning

CELTS offer Faculty Seminars in Service-Learning that provide faculty members an intensive opportunity to explore service-learning through readings and discussions. By the end of the seminar, each of the faculty participants develops a service-learning course and syllabus, which s/he teaches during the following academic year. Learn more about our faculty seminars in service-learning.  This year’s seminar date is June 24-28, 2013.  For more information, contact Ashley Cochrane.

Community Partner Seminar in Service-Learning

The participants in the first Community Partner Seminar were Gina Chamberlain of Madison County Home Energy Improvement Program (MCHEIP); Jeff From of Re-Entry Partners (REP); Carissa Lenfert of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC); Robyn Moreland of Hope’s Wings; Alice Reppert of the Madison County Health Department; and Jerry Workman of the Berea Community Food Bank and Berea Utilities and Rent Relief (BURR).
Since the first seminar in 2009, many other members of the community have joined together at this seminar to learn, share, and develop service-learning projects for their organizations. These participants and seminar dates have included:
Summer 2010 Community Partner Service-Learning Seminar, held June 22 – 24, 2010 with attendees Ruth Hawkins of the Madison County Health Department; Gina Noe of the Madison County Cooperative Extension Service; and June Widman of the East Kentucky Child Care Coalition.

Summer 2011 Community Partner Service-Learning Seminar held August 2 – 4, 2011 with attendees Stephanie Beard of the New Opportunity School for Women; Deborah Payne of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation; Chris Schill of the St. Joseph – Berea Foundation; Nancy Seaburg of Appalachia – Science in the Public Interest (A-SPI); Brenda Thomas of Project Read; and Alan Whetsel of Appalachia – Science in the Public Interest (A-SPI).

Service-Learning Support Grants

CELTS offers a limited number of grants to support the costs that may arise during service-learning projects. CELTS is able to offer two different types of support grants: Service-Learning Project Grants and Service-Learning Presentation Grants. These grants are designated for collaborative service-learning projects among Berea College faculty, Berea College students and community partners. Successful applications will be consistent with the basic principles of service learning. To apply for a Service-Learning Support Grant, complete the Service-Learning Support Grant Proposal Form, and submit it to Ashley Cochrane.

Service-Learning Workshops

CELTS offers occasional service-learning workshops for faculty, community partners, and students. These professional development opportunities are designed to increase understanding and improve practice of service-learning. Check with the CELTS office for upcoming workshops.

Service-Learning Course Expo

At the end of each term, CELTS hosts a Service-Learning Course Expo to highlight the service-learning work that has taken place that semester. Faculty, students and community partners present exhibits about their service-learning projects at this event, which is open to the campus and the broader community. The SL Course Expo is a great place to increase understanding of service-learning and to talk with others about ideas for future service-learning collaborations.

Service-Learning Teaching Assistant Trainings

CELTS offers semester-long trainings for Teaching Assistants (TAs) who are working with service-learning courses. The trainings begin early in the semester with an introduction to service-learning and continue throughout the semester with regular meetings focused on relevant topics, including facilitating relationships with community partner organizations and facilitating reflection activities. For more information, contact Ashley Cochrane.

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