ASPA receives grant to improve student learning

by | January 12, 2005 12:00 am

Adrian School of Performing Arts is one of 10 Georgia schools chosen to team with the Georgia State Department of Education, University of Georgia, and Georgia State University in an innovative initiative to use service-learning to improve student achievement. Service learning is a teaching approach that links students’ learning with issues in their community. According to the National Commission on Service-Learning, “Service-learning involves students in solving community problems, and at the same time, helps them learn and apply reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.” Service learning provides students with community experiences that motivate them to learn, give them experience in being active citizens, and help them develop high levels of self-confidence in themselves and their ability to be participating members of our democratic society.

Former U.S. Sen. John Glenn, chair of the National Commission on Service-Learning wrote: “Service-learning adds a critical fourth “R” to the three R’s of education: “R” for responsibility. Let us embrace it at this moment in history when we have remembered what makes our country great, and when we require the civic responsibility of the next generation to sustain that greatness.”

Grants have been awarded to these schools to help administrators, teachers, students, parents, and community members participate in this partnership. As these schools and their communities gain experience with this approach, they will become demonstration sites to other schools across Georgia and the U.S.

Students, teachers, and community members of Adrian School are working on a project to support our military personnel. Students have selected soldiers who are stationed on foreign soil to correspond with and send packages. Students are studying the region where the soldier is stationed and are determining the best ways they can help make his or her time away from home more pleasant. This effort will be closely linked to students’ learning in math, science, reading, and writing.

Thanks to these educators, Georgia is poised to become a leader in the nation in providing students with the type of education that will give them strong academic and social skills, problem solving abilities, and civic attitudes that will equip them to make their communities better places to live.

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