The National Service-Learning Partnership will hold a conference titled Service-Learning: Moving the Message, in Seattle.
March 18, 2002 Geneva, N.Y. – Hobart and William Smith President Mark D. Gearan will join former Senator John Glenn, Senator John McCain, and others on March 22 at the National Service Learning Partnership to be held in Seattle. On January 28, 2002, former U.S. Senator John Glenn released a national service-learning report that was commissioned by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and conducted by the National Commission on Service-Learning.
The forum’s primary purpose is to explore ways to increase the level of interest and support among policymakers in order to improve and sustain service-learning. The panel of prominent national and state policy makers and education leaders will consider current trends in education and community revitalization that may shape policy in this area, how service-learning contributes to broader concerns, and what specific legislative actions, administrative decisions, and political strategies are needed to create and expand public policy that promotes service-learning.
In the last decade, service-learning has spread in American schools, spurred to new growth by Congressional and presidential action and funding. Schools have provided service-learning opportunities for students that connect their curriculum studies with activities in the community—youth simultaneously learned to serve and served to learn.
“Students at Hobart and William Smith have the opportunity to participate in service-learning activities through classes that contain components of service within the community,” said Gearan. “My hope is that through this forum we can influence policy makers to continue to support service-learning initiatives so that all students at all schools, at high schools and even middle schools, may have similar opportunities.”
Joining Gearan, Glenn, and McCain on the panel will be Delaine Eastin, superintendent of public instruction for the California State Department of Education; Harold Ford, Jr. of the U.S. House of Representatives, Stephen Goldsmith, chairman of the Corporation for National and Community Service Board of Directors and special advisor to President Bush; and Jim Kielsmeier, president of the National Youth Leadership Council.
Gearan, former director of the Peace Corps, remains active in service initiatives in addition to his duties as president of the Colleges. He currently serves as a member of the advisory board of The Presidential Appointee Initiative, a project of the Brookings Institution, designed to revamp the process through which U.S. Presidential appointees are chosen. He remains committed to issues of international service as a member of the International Advisory Board of the Global Citizens Circle, Corporation for National and Community Service, and the National Campus Compact.
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