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For Students in Service-Learning Courses



These trainings are offered to students who are registered for a service-learning class. They help students prepare for the community service component of the class. Students should contact their service-learning coordinator with any questions about the training requirement for their class.

To register, click on the date for the session you would like to attend. These trainings typically take place during the third and fourth weeks of each semester. If you don't see any dates and times listed below, check back at the beginning of a semester for the new schedule. If you have questions, call 612-626-2044 or email csltrain@umn.edu.

To request a disability-related accommodation please contact the Center for Community-Engaged Learning at (612) 626 - 2044 or ccel@umn.edu at least two weeks prior to the event.


Community Involvement in Practice:
This training is recommended for students who are new to community work and emphasizes the practical skills needed to be successful and get the most out of your service-learning experience. As a participant in this session, you will:

  • strengthen your skills of observation and reflection
  • discuss scenarios you might encounter during your service-learning and how best to handle these situations
  • explore the connections between your service-learning work and the broader social issues that affect our community
  • examine how your own identity or "social location" affects the work you do with others in the community.

If you do not see any training sessions below, please check back later!

Monday, September 25, 2017 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Thursday, September 28, 2017 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Friday, September 29, 2017 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Friday, September 29, 2017 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Monday, October 2, 2017 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm



Critical Perspectives on Community Involvement:
This session is recommended for students who have significant previous experience with community work and/or service-learning. It focuses on problematizing "service" and thinking critically about your own service experiences, both past and present. As a participant in this session, you will:

  • explore the idea of "service" and what place it has in society and in our lives
  • identify characteristics of "shallow" and "deep" community service experiences and authentic partnerships
  • think through questions including who serves, who receives service, who "deserves" service, who benefits from service, and if it's possible for service to have negative as well as positive effects
  • apply your analysis and discussion to your own work in the community
  • consider your long-term goals for community work.


If you do not see any training sessions below, please check back later!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Friday, September 29, 2017 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Friday, October 6, 2017 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm



Minnesota Literacy Council ABC's of Reading Training:
This is a hands-on workshop that prepares volunteers to become reading tutors for children in grades K-3. The training is appropriate for classroom volunteers and tutors who work with kids in after-school programs. Activities included in the workshop have been recommended by teachers, reading specialists, current and former tutors, and the children we serve. This training will include:

  • Reading Overview – explore the reading process and learn some of the challenges students face
  • Lesson Planning – learn to plan lessons that include activities that will benefit children the most
  • Reading to Children – examine the benefits of reading to children and learn ways to make it a fun and productive experience
  • Reading with Children – learn a variety of strategies to support children with their reading and help them develop greater fluency and comprehension
  • Decoding Strategies – pick up some great games for helping students learn and practice letter recognition and formation, sight reading, phonemic awareness, and phonics
  • Writing – learn activities that will help kids practice the critical skill of writing.

If you do not see any training sessions below, please check back later!




Minnesota Literacy Council: Adult Tutor Training
This training prepares volunteers to work with adult students who are learning English. It also prepares volunteers to tutor adult English language learners in math, citizenship, computers, or job skills. After completing this training, tutors will be able to:

  • communicate with language learners
  • identify best practices for tutoring
  • describe an activity's purpose, the skills it practices, and how to adapt it
  • prepare students to do an activity
  • assist in a conversation or literacy lesson.

If you do not see any training sessions below, please check back later!

Saturday, October 7, 2017 9:00 am to 3:30 pm



Service-Learning 101 for International Students:
This workshop is for you if you are an international student who is taking a course that requires service-learning or has an option for you to do service-learning and you would like to increase your self-confidence and your ability to have a successful service-learning experience. As a participant in this session, you will learn:

  • what service-learning is and how it differs from volunteering
  • what the benefits of service-learning are, especially for international students
  • how to select and connect with an organization to do your service-learning with
  • what a typical application process at an organization entails
  • tips for interviewing for your service-learning position and making sure it's a good match for your skills, interests, and availability
  • how to get to your organization using public transportation
  • how to appropriately handle potential situations that might arise during your service-learning experience.


If you do not see any training sessions below, please check back later!