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|Project Title: ||Parks for Peace|
|School Year: ||2004|
|School - District:||West Roxbury Sch - Boston|
|Contact Name:||Margaret Hoyt|
|Content-Area(s):||English Language Arts|
|Grades:||9, 10, 11, 12|
|Community Need:||Education, Public Safety|
|Brief Description of SL Project: |
High school students become involved with a local, newly dedicated recreation area and a famous nineteenth century historic site. They mentor younger “park buddies”, and remember former student Louis D. Brown, victim of violent crime. Learning about district landmarks, they reflect on the history of Millennium Park and its Brook Farm neighbor. As high school students connect with local elementary schoolers, they describe these sites and the types of behavior that make utopian communities. Students also organize a Learning Festival where they share their video documentary with park buddies, the school community, and neighborhood leaders. Producing public service announcements on their school radio and TV stations, students promote public safety while discovering how multimedia engages community action.
|The Community Need the Project is Meeting:|
Students answer a community need to help ensure that local parks are safe, recreational havens respected and enjoyed by the entire population
|Service Component: |
High school students share information on the history of local recreational spaces and on appropriate behavior in these areas. They produce a documentary about neighborhood sites and share it with their school community, younger peers, and neighborhood leaders at a school based Learning Festival.
|Connections with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: |
Combining their emerging skills in research, video production, and communication, students create storyboards, narratives, broadsides, and essays designed to persuade viewers of successful public safety strategies.
The following Boston Public Schools Learning Standards have been derived from the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and Learning Standards:
Learning Standards English Language Arts
• Connect what is read with experiences and experiences of others.
• Employ effective research & study skills.
• Engage in historical analysis & interpretations.
• Conduct effective discussions.
• Make effective presentations.
• Analyze, interpret & evaluate literature.
• Understand and use the writing process effectively.
• Understand and express different points of view.
• Employ various conflict resolution strategies.
• Employ various formats & technologies to complete and enhance work.
Learning Standards Media
• Identify visual or aural techniques used in a media message for a particular audience.
• Create media presentations that effectively use graphics, images, and/or sound to present a distinct point of view on a topic.
• Apply established criteria for assessing effectiveness of presentation, style, and content of films and other forms of electronic communication.
|How Youth Voice Helps Shape Project:|
Public Safety is a number one priority among these high school students. By consensus they agree to research the histories of public areas adjacent to their school and to model appropriate behavior in these environments. Both their student-produced documentary and Learning Festival reflect student voices appealing for public safety.
|Student Reflection Component: |
Throughout the project, both high school mentors and their elementary school buddies write ongoing reflections, many of which are recorded for the student-produced documentary.
|Community Partners Involved: |
City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department, Millennium Park Planning Board, Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, local elementary students and teachers
|Demonstration/Celebration of Students' Work: |
The Learning Festival held in the school’s spacious media center provides the perfect environment for all involved in Parks for Peace to celebrate their classroom achievements and service.
|Evaluation of Project’s Impact:|
Based on results from viewing students’ documentary, visitors’ Feedback Forms at the Learning Festival, and details from Final Project Report, Parks for Peaceis featured on bostonteachnet.org.
|Challenges/Solutions Identified by District:|
Student advocacy for Public Safety is a primary concern throughout the community. Projects like Parks for Peace must be replicated and publicized if the problem of violence is to be successfully addressed.
* NOTE: This project summary was written by the district/community. Any text in italics was added or modified by the Department (ESE). Most of these projects were supported with Learn & Serve America funds distributed through the ESE.