The Western Kansas Community Services Consortium has organized the first-ever Kansas Service-Learning Symposium for educators and administrators Feb. 27 and 28 at Barton County Community College in Great Bend.
Fort Hays State University is a member of the consortium, with Barton County, Colby, Cloud County, Dodge City, Garden City, Hutchinson, Pratt, Seward County and Kansas State University.
This free symposium features two impressive speakers.
Dr. Bill Grace, the speaker on the first day, will present "The Heart and Soul of Service-Learning." Grace will also moderate a panel discussion on how service learning is conducted in Kansas. In the panel discussion, a representative from a high school, community college, technical college, proprietary school, private college and university will explain how service activities are done at their school.
Dr. Vincent Tinto of Syracuse University will be the speaker the second day. Tinto will present "Building Educational Communities: Promoting Service, Learning, and Persistence." The presentation will include Tinto's research on student retention.