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Project SLATE: Service Learning and Teacher Education

My second year in graduate school here at Saint Rose I was fortunate enough to get a graduate assistantship (GA) with the campus community service office. Before that I had done some random volunteering here and there, but with my GA I suddenly became fully immersed in volunteering and the service learning experience. I can honestly say that it changed my life and I wish I had stumbled upon service learning earlier. One of the best and most unique aspects about The College of Saint Rose is its commitment to service. Students here learn how they can commit themselves to life outside the classroom and make large impact on their communities (a student/blogger who has experienced this himself- Colin).

While doing my GA I met Fran Hollon, who is the coordinator of Project SLATE. He answered some questions of mine about the program:

What is Project Slate?

Project SLATE (Service Learning and Teacher Education) is a grant funded  collaborative partnership between The College of Saint  Rose , The Sage Colleges , Schenectady County Community College, Union Graduate College and the Capital Region BOCES. The primary goal of the program is to transform the teacher preparation programs of these institutions through the integration of service learning into to pre- service educators field experiences and  undergraduate and graduate education courses being taught by college faculty. These future teachers will learn how to use service learning in their future classrooms to engage P-12 students in hands on learning that connects what they have learned in the classroom to applying that knowledge to resolve real community needs and issues through service learning projects and programs.”

How did it get started?

“Representatives from  The SLATE Partners collaborated to write a grant that would transform Capital Region Teacher preparation programs through the integration and institutionalization of service learning . The grant was  funded through a higher education Learn and Serve America grant to The College of Saint Rose from the Corporation for National and Community  Service. Our  program is now in its second year of operation.”

What is your involvement?

“I am the Project SLATE coordinator and SLATE Institute Director . I coordinate grant implementation, evaluation and dissemination  activities, service learning  professional development opportunities, seek grant resources to support and  continue our efforts and maintain our  service learning resource website.”

What does Project Slate do for educators?

“Project SLATE provides service learning professional development opportunities, curriculum resources, sharing and dissemination of course syllabi, project ideas and lesson plans through our web site, mini grants, and  networking opportunities  for area college faculty supervisors, cooperating classroom teachers and pre-service educators.”

How can people become involved?

“Use  our website www.projectslate.org to obtain and share service learning syllabi, lesson plans, project activities, education field experiences  and other resources. Contact us if they need assistance with finding service learning resources that will strengthen their classroom or student teaching experiences. Essentially learn about the service learning and practice it!”

 

  3 comments for “Project SLATE: Service Learning and Teacher Education

  1. Ken Scott
    February 9, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Blogger Kayla. Wonderful to hear how you have joined the ranks of those who have been changed by community service. What also needs to be said is that you changed our office for the better. Your improvements will be meaningful for the next years ahead. We appreciate what a great colleague and ally you remain to us.

    Kudos to Fran Hollon too. His work helping us secure a VISTA position in this office has been significant to our up-and-coming student leaders, as well as the refugee center up the street we partner with.

    Ken Scott – Director
    Saint Rose Community Service

    • Kayla Germain
      February 9, 2012 at 9:13 AM

      ^That Ken Scott was my GA supervisor and is one of the most inspiring people on the Saint Rose campus. All the credit for having an awesome GA experience goes to him. 🙂

      Thank you for the kind words, Ken. I love that I’m still here and get to work with you on occasion!!

  2. beth deangelis
    February 18, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Hi Kayla,
    Thank you for this post – I recognize that I’m seeing it nearly two years late! I was not able to access the website you cite in your post. Is it still active? I would VERY much like to learn more about SLATE.
    Many thanks,
    Beth

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