We considered the following questions when including a resource here:

1. Has this resource significantly impacted the way I think about community outreach?

2. Is this resource essential to helping others understand key concepts, principles, or components of community outreach?

3. Does this resource offer practical help to educators who are trying to initiate, implement, or sustain community outreach efforts?

4. Does this resource provide something invaluable to professional educators? (In other words, would there be a professional knowledge gap if it were missing from this list?)

Examples of Community Outreach Efforts

Atagi, Colin. (2006, May 29). Library to use grant to teach foreign language. The Desert Sun. Retrieved May 29, 2006, from http://www.thedesertsun.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060529/NEWS04/605290310/1006

This newspaper article briefly describes a grant-funded program to equip the children's section of a public library with books on parenting and becoming fluent in other languages. I have included it as an example of one way that language clubs or teachers might partner with community organizations to promote language learning and awareness. (Contributed by - chericem1 chericem1)

Lindsey, Sue. (2006, May 29). Virginia news: University professors seek out foreign language classes. Daily Press.com. Retrieved May 29, from

This news article describes a pilot program to offer free foreign language classes to faculty at Virginia Tech University, reports faculty and instructor reactions, and references several similar programs at other institutions. (Contributed by - chericem1 chericem1)

Edutopia - This magazine (available online and in print) is produced by the George Lucas Educational Foundation addresses a host of educational issues, including Community Partnerships, Mentoring, Professional Development, Teacher Preparation. (Contributed by - chericem1 chericem1)

Service Learning

Colburn, Carole. (2006, May 23). Project HELP, HOUSE, SERVE, SHARC, SHED, & SKILL. Carole's Corner: Carole's Lessons. Retrieved March 12, 2006, from http://www.carolecolburn.com/Lessons/Lessons.htm

The Eighth-grade Lessons column of this page contains project description sheets, grading rubrics, and support materials for three different interdisciplinary, service-based learning projects that were designed to give students opportunities to use their technology skills to address social issues affecting their community. chericem1 external image chericem1-sm.jpg

Stanard, Alexa. (2006, May 22). Computer project in Howell connects students and seniors. The Detroit News. Retrieved June 3, 2003, from http://www.detroitnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060522/METRO04/605220402/1015 Now available here.

This news article describes a service-learning project designed to help high school students learn more about the issues facing senior citizens while equipping senior citizens to make use of basic technologies like e-mail, Internet research, and Microsoft Word. chericem1 external image chericem1-sm.jpg