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2009.09.15 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Service Learning Summit Sept. 21-22 in Omaha

Omaha - The Service Learning Academy at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will host the Service Learning Summit on Monday, Sept. 21 and Tuesday, Sept. 22.

The two-day conference, held at the Scott Conference Center, brings together service-learning administrators from universities and public schools systems from around the country who are engaged in work to build partnerships that allow university and K-12 students to learn together in shared service-learning projects.

“The goal is for these leaders in this national movement to share best practices, common challenges and define future goals that the group can address as an on-going affinity group,” said Paul Sather, director of the Service Learning Academy at UNO. “This could include shared research agendas, publication opportunities and future meetings that expand the number of participating universities and school systems.”

Sather hopes the event will facilitate a dialogue among attendees that will expand the work of institutions involved in their communities.

The conference sessions include discussions on community, higher education and school partnerships; and curriculum and assessment, among other topics related to service learning in the classroom and the community.

The following schools will send representatives to the summit to discuss service learning: University of Wisconsin Waukesha, Eastern Michigan University, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Benedict College, University of South Alabama, University of San Diego, California State University Northridge and University of Washington.

For more information, contact Sather at psather@unomaha.edu or (402) 554-6019.

About the Service Learning Academy
The Service Learning Academy at UNO was established in 1999 with a grant from the Nebraska Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education. The office is currently supported by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs at UNO.

Service-learning offerings at UNO have grown tremendously in the academy’s history. In the 1998-99 academic year, 133 students taking seven courses participated in service learning. By the 2008-2009 academic year, participation grew to nearly 1,600 students in more than 100 classes in disciplines and interdisciplinary programs across the university.

The Service Learning Academy supports and develops ongoing relationships with more than 200 community partners, and provides faculty development opportunities to UNO faculty to assist in service-learning pedagogy scholarship.

Visit www.unomaha.edu/servicelearning/ for more information, or call (402) 554-6019.

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