From Engaged Children To Adult Leaders
By Mel Fabrikant Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 04:20 PM EDT
New book takes a unique approach to building a community of involved citizens
Imagine the impact that a global body of engaged youth would have on our communities and the world.
Former teacher Sandy McKane imagines a shift away from focusing on our problems to the creation of concrete solutions that engage children beginning in kindergarten. In her new book, “Of the People, By the People, For the People: A National K-12 Service Initiative,” McKane envisions education incorporating real life problem solving and meaningful contribution for our youth.
McKane’s initiative would bring together communities and schools while promoting a national curriculum focusing on leadership, using youth managed projects that foster communication among young people as they track outcomes and demonstrate the impact of their work.
“The initiative provides this kind of experience for all of our children,” said McKane. “If our children are involved in constructive work with their peers as children, they will continue in constructive work with their peers as adults.”
This progressive and expansive look at service learning is structured in three parts. First, “Of the People” includes resources we have already developed. Next, “By the People” outlines what we can create, specifically project organization and impact. Lastly, “For the People” highlights the overall structure and rationale of the initiative.
This fresh perspective on world leadership will appeal to government personnel, parents, teachers and those who want to better their communities.
“Of the People, By the People, For the People”
By Sandy McKane
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 124 pages | ISBN 9781475967128
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 124 pages | ISBN 9781475967104
E-Book | 124 pages | ISBN 9781475967111
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Sandy McKane has developed and implemented multiple service learning projects in upstate New York. She has received awards and grants for her work and has presented seminars, lectures, and workshops to help teachers and community members. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, Tim and their two dogs. When not working on the service learning initiative or at the piano, McKane can be found out in her garden. She also enjoys knitting, making jewelry and taking weekend trips into Manhattan to visit her older daughter, Genevieve.