Fresno: Preparing Career-Ready, Civically-Minded Educators and Leaders
The Civic Urban Education minor launched in fall 2012 provides Fresno State students with the opportunity to gain a strong background in urban studies, work with diverse communities and understand and learn how to implement effective components of service learning pedagogy. Coordinated by Dr. Steven Hart, assistant professor of literacy and early childhood education, this new 15-unit program has attracted students from all disciplines, including students majoring in education, criminal justice, psychology, international affairs and social services. The minor incorporates many existing service-learning courses and has resulted in the development of a new core-course on service-learning teaching methods. The program has increased enrollment in some classes and promoted collaboration between diverse departments.
“Service learning has reinvigorated my teaching, given me a greater sense of community and taught me the challenges facing our students and the community. It has also provided a vehicle through which my students can learn not only from me, but from experts in the community.”
—Benjamin Boone, Professor of Music
faculty enhancing campus programs:
CSU Channel Islands students in Liberal Studies 200 partnered with the Ventura County Juvenile Justice System to create the inaugural service learning initiative, the Prison Education Project, to mentor and tutor incarcerated youth at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility in Camarillo.
Fourteen Golden West College (GWC) faculty members received training on service-learning pedagogy from CSU Fullerton's Center for Internships and Community Engagement as part of the CSU's Give Students a Compass grant program. As a step toward greater institutionalization of service learning at GWC, 10 faculty members will receive stipends from the President's Office for offering a service learning course in the 2013-14 academic year.
As the recipient of Cal Poly Pomona's 2013 Faculty Award for Civic Engagement, history professor Eileen Wallis personifies the Cal Poly motto of “learn by doing.” In partnership with the Historical Society of Pomona Valley, Dr. Wallis, who teaches three service-learning courses, organized several service-learning projects in which her students created docent guides and online exhibits of the agricultural history of Pomona, and aided in the preparation of conferences on the region.
“Experientia Docet” (Experience Teaches), the motto of San Francisco State (SFSU), embodies the institution's century-old commitment to community and civic engagement. Faculty engagement at SFSU not only impacts the 9,000 students enrolled in nearly 500 service-learning courses annually, but it extends beyond the classroom.
Rain was brought indoors to more than 200 fifth and sixth graders at Osborn Elementary School in Turlock, CA. CSU Stanislaus students in Dr. Augustine Avwunudiogba's geography class set up rain simulators for the elementary school children that replicated the effects of rain on four soil test plots.