Sheridan College Service Learning awards presented


Contact: Tracy Dearinger (307) 674-6446, ext. 3202/Email dearinger @

Wendy Smith (307) 674-6446 ext. 2801/Email wsmith @

Sheridan College Service Learning awards presented

The Children’s Center was recently recognized as the Sheridan College Outstanding Community Partner in Service-Learning.

SL1Sponsored by the Sheridan College Foundation, Service Learning winners were awarded via a selection committee at the second annual banquet in April.

The Children’s Center not only allows Sheridan College education students to observe and participate at the center on a scheduled, continuous basis, the center also buses pre-school students to the Sheridan College Lab School at the Broadway Center each Friday during the academic year.

In an effort to bridge theory with practice, the Lab School opened its doors to preschool children. The SC pre-service teachers are expected to demonstrate research-based teaching practices through planning, developing, and implementing lessons; develop a philosophy of education, reflect and analyze their instructional methods (then make modifications based on students’ needs); and develop a classroom management plan.

“During lab hours on their site, students are mentored by teachers and then practice their ‘new learning’ at the Lab School on Fridays,” said SC business faculty Tracy Dearinger. “The Children’s Center is always welcoming to students. They openly share their expertise and classrooms. They act as a partner in educating young children.”

The Interdisciplinary Arts Workshop, presented by the Sheridan College Art House, was awarded the Outstanding Service-Learning project.

SLIn this project, under the direction of art instructor Tawni Shuler, music instructor Dr. Michael Flynn, and theater instructor DannyLee Hodnett, students from theater, visual art, and music live and work together to create interdisciplinary art performances and serve the community. Four outstanding students from each discipline participated in the project.

Participants are required to host an interdisciplinary event once a semester on campus. This spring semester the Sheridan College Art House students and faculty hosted an Interdisciplinary Arts Workshop, resulting in a finale performance and exhibition for the public titled, “Reflections on Reflection.” Inspired by Shel Silverstein’s poem “Reflection,” this innovative show culminated a cooperative workshop between college and high school students and staff. This event was open to the public and was held in the Whitney Academic Center Atrium.

Service-Learning is one of the fastest growing teaching trends in the nation, Dearinger said.

“Although Service-Learning is not new, this unique form of experiential education is one of the most effective pedagogies for linking community service and academic study,” Dearinger said. “Service-Learning is a method of teaching whereby students learn through participation in service experiences that are integrated into curriculum; meet the needs of the community; provide structured time for reflection; and help foster civic responsibility.”





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