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Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education receives engagement award

The Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education (SCALE) in the School of Education has been selected to receive a 2008 Engaged Scholarship Award for its program, Learning to Teach, Learning to Serve (LTLS).

The UNC-Chapel Hill engaged scholarship awards are presented annually by the Office of the Provost to recognize units of the University that have “performed extraordinary public service and engaged scholarship and/or enabled such service by others.” This year’s awards were presented April 11, 2008 at a ceremony on the Carolina campus.

Initiated in 2006 with a $1.2 million, three-year grant from Learn and Serve America, LTLS partners with colleges and universities to integrate service-learning and teacher education in North Carolina. It provides sub-grants to public and private institutions of higher education in North Carolina to support the design or modification of service-learning courses for pre-service educators.  

Service-learning offers students an opportunity to get involved with their communities by integrating community service with classroom learning.

Each institution offers two service-learning teacher education courses a year. The goal of the program is to reach a total of 900 pre-service teacher education students in North Carolina over the three years of the project.

“We are committed to helping improve education in North Carolina,” said Kathy Sikes, executive director of SCALE. “We hope that Learning to Teach, Learning to Serve will contribute to producing a new generation of socially conscious and civically engaged teachers who have a renewed vigor and commitment to the teaching profession.”

The funded institutions that currently comprise the LTLS Network are: Catawba College, Duke University, East Carolina University, Mars Hill College, Meredith College, Montreat College, N.C. A&T State University, N.C. Central University, UNC-Asheville, UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC-Greensboro. 

The member institutions also participate in collaborative training sessions, resource sharing, service-learning research and sustainability efforts.

Founded in 1989, SCALE works to mobilize and support college students and campus-based programs to address the literacy needs of this country.

Learn and Serve America – a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service – supports and encourages service-learning throughout the United States by providing direct and indirect support to K-12 schools, community groups and institutions of higher education.