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Using Free Service Learning Resources to Deepen Student Understanding and Create Leaders

Thursday, November 17, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Free Service Learning Resources

Presented by Alanna Brown, Program Manager, Pennies for Peace, and Allison Kucharski, Teacher, A. Vito Martinez Middle School, Illinois
Sponsored by Pennies for Peace


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Watch this webinar to hear how teachers are using a free service-learning curriculum to help their students make a meaningful impact.

Every child, regardless of gender or birthplace, has a right to an education, and most people agree. But how do you take that sentiment—that education is a human right—and turn it into actionable service learning? How do you move from asking students to bring in spare change to help girls in Afghanistan get an education, to helping your students understand why some children don’t get to go to school, and about the cultural, political, and economic realities of life in the developing world?

Moving from simply believing in a cause to action based on real understanding of the issues—it’s the crux that many teachers struggle with when it comes to service learning. Yet we know that with understanding comes tolerance and sympathy, and ultimately a deeper learning experience.

In this webinar, learn practical, easy-to-implement strategies for teaching the often-complicated issues surrounding education in the developing world while helping students:

  •  Develop critical thinking skills
  • Collaborate with peers
  • Learn about and value other cultures
  • Recognize their responsibilities as global citizens
  • Develop empathy
  • Believe they can change the world

This webinar will benefit social studies K-12 educators, social studies department chairpersons, and principals.

Alanna BrownAbout the Presenters

Alanna Brown holds a master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education and Public Administration. Before her time at Central Asia Institute, she presented at high schools across the state of Montana to encourage and recruit students to attend college. Additionally, Ms. Brown presented to large funders and state government administers to secure grant funding for various programs at Montana State University.

Currently the manager of Pennies for Peace at Central Asia Institute, Ms. Brown attends national conferences to speak about the program, and promotes the importance of education, especially for girls, in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan. Ms. Brown also speaks at elementary, middle and high schools across the country, and with business leaders, to encourage community involvement with Central Asia Institute’s efforts.

Allison Kucharski Allison Kucharski holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Saint Xavier University in Chicago with endorsements in Special Education, and a bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Development with a Family and Consumer Science extension from Montana State University. Ms. Kucharski has taught Family Science and Child Development at the middle and high school levels, and is currently teaching special education mathematics and science. Ms. Kucharski has a passion for teaching and strives to provide her students with meaningful and impactful lessons that will encourage them to continue to grow and succeed.


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Pennies for Peace Our mission is to empower communities of Central Asia through literacy and education, especially for girls; to promote peace through education; and to convey the importance of these activities globally. Students participating in Pennies for Peace broaden their cultural horizons and come to understand their own capacities as philanthropists.


Thursday, November 17, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
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