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Service Learning 201

  • 13 April 2018
  • 08:30
  • 15 April 2018
  • 16:30
  • American International School of Johannesburg
  • 40


The aim of this institute is to deepen participants’ understanding of meaningful integration of SL into a current unit and to consider strategies for integration of SL into current curriculum.

Participants will discuss various methods for assessment of SL tasks and reflection (methods: formative and summative) and consider the importance of a balance of opportunities for SL across the school’s SL program (PreK-12) 
Additionally, participants will observe SL learning in action, in a classroom, and integrate SL into a current unit.

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Institute Details

As a result of participating at this institute, you can expect to be able to integrate Service Learning meaningfully into unit planning and create assessments for service learning. To do this we will provide understanding, knowledge, tools, and resources for Service Learning in curriculum unit integration for schools to effectively implement service learning in the current curriculum.

Key learning outcomes:

  • Using prior knowledge of SL to develop understandings and best practice and using the SL Standards and Benchmarks to intentionally integrate SL into the curriculum

  • Building understanding of assessment and linking assessments in SL units to subject-specific assessment criteria
  • Exploring specific SL subjects (Global Citizens/Issues and Social Entrepreneurship) as courses for international schools for SL integration
  • An understanding of the POPs Framework and ability to apply this to a specific context (their school and community).

The Facilitators

Tara BartonTara Barton developed a passion for service learning on her first visit to South Africa as part of an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) Creativity, Activity, Action (CAS) program in 2002. The experience inspired her passionate to develop sustainable and meaningful service learning in schools.

Tara is the Director of and provides educational consulting, professional development workshops, coaching, and resources for curriculum integration for meaningful service learning.

In her role as Service Learning Coordinator at AISJ in South Africa, she supports teachers in the development of sustainable service learning projects and curricular integration as a coach. Tara also leads the Pre-K-12 Service Learning Program at both campuses across 5 divisions.

Tara is the Association of International Schools of Africa (AISA) Service Learning Programme Coordinator for the region.

Beyond her Bachelor of Education, Tara has a Master of Educational Leadership and her Principals Training Certificate (PTC). She is an Understanding by Design (UbD) Trainer and is currently studying Cognitive Coaching.

Tara’s home is Australia, she has worked internationally for over 15 years in the Middle East, Asia, and is currently based in Africa.

Chris McBrideChris McBride learned the value of experiential learning as a student and it was influential in his decision to become an educator. During his career, he tried to provide his students with experiential learning opportunities but struggled with how to do it meaningfully in international schools. Service learning is a framework that provides meaningful experiential learning opportunities to international students.

Chris is a director for and provides professional development workshops, coaching and resources for the implementation and integration of service learning into a school’s curricular and/or co-curricular program.

Currently, there is an initiative to build the capacity for service learning at international schools within Africa. Chris has been engaged with this initiative since it’s beginning. In addition to serving on the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) Service Learning Working Group for the last five years, Chris was part of a grassroots effort to institutionalize the Global Issues Service Summit.

He has a Masters in Science Education and has completed his Initial Administrative License (Principal Certification in Oregon, USA). Currently, he is working to complete a graduate certificate in Student-Centered Coaching as well as a certificate in Service Learning and Community-Based Learning in Post-Secondary Education.

Chris’ home base is in the USA and has worked internationally for over nine years in Africa at three different international schools. He is currently an instructional coach at the International Community School of Addis Ababa.

Dee MilneDee Milne’s passion for Service Learning began when she became a CAS Coordinator and was introduced to a deeper understanding of how service can be embedded into a curriculum to further student understandings and learning. She enjoys the personal choice students can have within a Service Learning unit and believes that it creates a more authentic and relatable learning experience for participants, as well as cross-curricular understandings. Most of all, she feels that it is important for students in any school to find connections and learn about those in their wider communities, beyond the walls of a classroom.

Dee is a consultant for and provides professional development workshops, coaching and resources for the implementation and integration of service learning into a school’s curricular and/or co-curricular program.

She has a Dual Masters in Curriculum & Instruction and EAL and is currently working on a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership.

Dee’s home base is in Ontario, Canada and she has worked internationally for over eight years, at six different schools, in five different regions. She is currently teaching IBMYP and IBDP Language and Literature and is the CAS Coordinator at the International School of Tanganyika in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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Visa and Health

Refer to the South Africa VISA Information and Exemptions website for information.


Hotel Name: City Lodge Hotel

Physical Address: Cnr Montecasino Boulevard & Witkoppen Roads; Fourways, Johannesburg

Phone No: +27 11 244 6000

Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): ZAR 882.25

Booking Process

To make a booking, fill in the Booking Form and send it the Reservations Team at with your check in/out details.

Airport Transfers

To arrange for an airport transfer, send an email to Marco at Avala Transport ( with your itinerary details. Marco can also be reached at +27 827715885

Hotel – School Transport

The Host School will provide a shuttle to pick participants from the City Lodge Hotel in the morning and provide a return trip in the evening.

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