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Activities

Promising Practices Tele-learning seminars

E-newsletter: Invitation

National Email Nework

National and regional conferences

Regional networks

CSL resources and tools

National communications strategy with the non-profit sector

Research on CSL in Canada

Goals

ADVOCATE FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE-LEARNING

  • be a consistent voice promoting the clear definition and effective practice of community service-learning (CSL) to all potential program partners
  • encourage active participation by all potential partners in CSL programs (students, community organizations, instructors, researchers, university/college staff, community members, and alumni) by ensuring full accessibility (i.e. by ability, language, economics, culture, etc)
  • explore and secure ongoing funding from a variety of sources to support the growth and sustainability of CSL across Canada

EDUCATE ABOUT COMMUNITY SERVICE-LEARNING

NETWORK COMMUNITY SERVICE-LEARNING PROGRAMS IN CANADA

RESEARCH COMMUNITY SERVICE-LEARNING IN CANADA

  • define new and ongoing arenas of needed CSL-related research in Canada; for example:
    • research on “best practices” in CSL: these types of studies will compare and evaluate different approaches to administering and teaching CSL, assess short- and/or long-term learning and service outcomes from the perspectives of university and/or community participants, and will be geared toward models from which other practitioners and academics can draw
    • research that is based in or linked to CSL: these projects may be housed in specific courses or tied to the research agenda of a particular professor, academic program, or community organization; they involve students in direct community-based research
  • liaise with other organizations to share research knowledge and assess research ideas, for example international CSL organizations and research councils, especially SSHRC in Canada.
  • lead in the research on national resource needs and the creation of Canadian resource materials related to CSL
  • support, monitor, and disseminate information on research about best practices in Canadian CSL programs related to program design, implementation and evaluation, student learning and development, and community capacity-building
  • promote the development of uniquely Canadian CSL model