Teacher in Residence

Each year, Learning to Give works with a Summer Teacher in Residence! For ten weeks in the summer, one Detroit-area teacher helps develop resources, make connections with Wayne County teachers, and guide the direction of philanthropic urban education. They share their passion for empowering all students through volunteering and community awareness by creating resources and connecting with teachers in the community.

Resources by Detroit-Area Teachers in Residence 

Each summer the Teacher in Residence (TIR) applies his or her area of professional interest toward helping other Wayne County classrooms connect to their community and take philanthropic action to address needs creatively. This page contains some of their work. 

1. Philanthropy and Service-Learning Lesson Plans 

Lesson plans help build youth understanding of their role in the community (Wayne County and the world) as giving and participatory citizens. These lesson plans were adapted by the "Teachers in Residence" of Learning to Give.

Refugee Lessons: This unit of four lessons, written by a Detroit teacher, uses stories and video to illustrate the life of refugees. We compare refugees in World War II to refugees today. The suggested service-learning includes creating a welcome kit for refugee children. If you have refugee children in your classroom or community, this is a must-teach! This toolkit provides more ideas and community resources. 

Refugee Lessons

 
Global Community Lessons: This set of lessons was selected and edited by TIRs because they include areas of interest to their classrooms, such as river stewardship, global awareness, and justice. 
 
Constitution Day: Each fall classrooms across the country teach about the Constitution on Constitution Day. This unit includes one-session Constitution Day lesson plans for K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. The Constitution is a living document, carefully constructed over 200 years ago, lays out the rules and rights to establish a community of people who get along, are fair to one another, and have the right to live out their best selves. In each lesson of this unit, students learn about the goals, the components, and the lasting legacy of the Constitution, as it relates to making the country, and world, a better place. 
 

2. Service-Learning and Community Building Activities

The four classroom activities facilitate interaction with the community and guide students to investigate community needs and resources and their own personal interests. The activities provided also help students take action to address a need and then reflect on the service-learning process.

  1. Community Mapping
  2. Investigation Methods
  3. Designing an App
  4. Reflection Guide

3. Service-Learning Toolkit

This toolkit guides planning from a Learning to Give lesson to connecting to a community resource. It follows the format of What? So What? and Now What? as teachers dive into science, service, and social studies. Students are involved in real community issues, writing for a purpose, critical thinking, and problem solving.

Service-Learning 101

 

Teachers in Residence from Previous Years:

  1. (2015) Caitlin and Scott Opfermann at Detroit Edison Public School Academy - focus on tools for bringing learning into the community
  2. (2016) Angelia Mahone at Durfee Elementary - focus on science and the process of service-learning
  3. (2017) Carole Hawke at Robichaud High School - focus on refugees and community nonprofits
  4. (2018) Anthony Salciccioli at Clarenceville High School - focus on social studies and the Constitution
  5. (2019) Maureen Klein at Bennie Elementary in Allen Park Public Schools - focus on trauma informed teaching practices and STEM/SEL connections

Interested in Being Learning to Give's Next Teacher in Residence?

Help support and build the community of Wayne County educators who teach the next generation that we all have something to give to make our communities better places. Teachers in Detroit or Wayne County interested in serving as a Teacher in Residence for this project may download the application below or contact Katie at kherrygers@learningtogive.org to request or submit the application. Application period is from March 1 to April 17, 2019

The Teacher in Residence may participate in some or all of these activities:

  • Learn about teaching philanthropy and service-learning and identify personal area of focus for the summer
  • Edit and write resources that are appropriate for Detroit-area classrooms
  • Meet people from local nonprofits and determine their needs and resources
  • Share resources with colleagues
  • Help lead a workshop for Wayne County teachers

About the Campbell Urban Philanthropy Education Resource

David Campbell, a life-long Detroit resident, believed that all children could learn philanthropy as part of their school experience. The featured resources and lessons of the Campbell Urban Philanthropy Education Resource build an understanding of philanthropy as giving time, talent, and treasure for the common good and students’ belief that they have something valuable to contribute. Thank you to the McGregor Fund for making this resource and Teacher in Residence opportunity possible.