NJ Senate President Richard Cody A Speaker At Service-Learning Conference, 12/1

Building Better Communities through Service-Learning
Friday, Dec. 1 - 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
MSU Conference Center, University Hall - 7th Floor

How service-learning is benefiting students, resource-strapped non-profits and the communities they serve will be the subject of a day- long conference at MSU on Friday, December 1. The event begins at 8 a.m. at the campus Conference Center, University Hall, 7th Floor.

An estimated 14,000 New Jersey elementary, high school and college students participate in service- learning, a teaching and learning strategy that integrates classroom instruction with hands-on community service.

The conference at MSU will examine service-learning in New Jersey and discuss ways to engage even more students and organizations in this growing educational movement.

Highlights include:

9 a.m. Richard J. Cody, former New Jersey Acting Governor
As acting governor, Richard J. Cody signed a bill launching a pilot program to require 15 hours of community service in 30 New Jersey high schools. The former governor will discuss the significance of that initiative and prospects for expanding it statewide.

10 a.m. New Jersey Pilot Program on Community Service
Phyllis Garnant, acting manager at the New Jersey Department of Education, will describe New Jersey’s community service pilot program with highlights from participating school districts.

11:30 a.m. Service-Learning in the Higher Ed Arena
Service-learning has become an integral part of instruction at colleges and universities across the country, including Montclair State University and Rutgers University. This session focuses on the approaches of these two universities.

1 p.m. Jane Oates, Executive Director, New Jersey Commission on Higher Education

Jane Oates will discuss the "university as citizen" and the responsibility that institutions of higher education have to address issues of public concern.

2 p.m. Youth Noise: Multimedia, Scale and Publishing Dimension to Service-Learning
Like myspace.com with a social conscience, youthnoise.com is a social networking web site for young people who want to be a force for social change. This session will discuss how the site can deepen and sustain the impact of service-learning.

2 p.m. Higher Ed Student Panel
Undergraduate students from Montclair State and Seton Hall Universities will discuss the benefits, challenges, and learning (academic, personal, and civic) associated with the service-learning experience.

The conference is being presented jointly by the Volunteer Network of the National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section, and The Center for Community-Based Learning at Montclair State University.

For additional information, contact the Center for Community-Based Learning at 655-6831.