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2019-20 Service in Schools Kids Action Team Application 

Service in Schools (SIS) invites elementary school teachers (grades K-5) to apply to launch a SIS Kids Action Team at their school. The Kids Action Team will meet at least once a week from December 2019 to May 2020 and complete a service project by May 2020. Selected teachers will participate in two full-day professional learning sessions on Tuesday, December 10 and Tuesday, January 28 during which they will learn how to maximize their Kids Action Team’s impact and student engagement. Selected teachers will also receive on and off-site support from the SIS team to sustain the Kids Action Team’s service activities, including project brainstorming and developing a service-learning project through which their students will take action to address a community need. The SIS Kids Action Team Program culminates with the Celebration of Service on Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 10:00am-12:30pm in downtown Brooklyn, where the students from each Kids Action Team will share out their service accomplishments with peers, families, and other community stakeholders.

Teachers selected to participate in the program must attend the two full-day professional learning sessions, schedule a site visit from the SIS team for on-the-ground support of Kids Action Team’s activities, facilitate a service project with students by May 2020, and attend the SIS Kids Action Team Celebration of Service with student members. Click the 'Apply' button below to begin the application. Applications are due by Monday, October 28, 2019.   

In order to be eligible for this program, the applicant must:

  • be a classroom or cluster teacher who is able to meet with their Kids Action Team after-school at least once a week; and

  • work in a New York City public elementary school (this program is for students in grades K-5 only).

SIS Kids Action Team Program Goals
Through the SIS Kids Action Team Program, teachers will implement and document a service-learning project with their student members from December 2019 to May 2020. For participating teachers, this looks like:

  • launching a Kids Action Team that meets weekly;
  • implementing a variety of strategies and activities introduced in professional learning sessions and program materials;
  • curating media and other resources for students’ investigation of a community need;
  • reaching out to administration, colleagues, and community stakeholders to arrange for logistics of service activities and participation in the Celebration of Service on May 28, 2020;
  • helping students to develop an impactful service initiative to address a community need and present their work at the Celebration of Service; and
  • communicating progress to the SIS program team through site visits and email/phone communications. 

    After completing the Kids Action Team program, teachers will be able to:

    • expand their Kids Action Team’s membership and service efforts;
    • lead peers through a basic understanding of service-learning and its benefits; and
    • continue to connect and collaborate on service initiatives with fellow participants and the SIS team.

    Students will:

    • brainstorm, plan, and carry out a service-learning project through which they will take action to meet a community need; and
    • gain experience presenting their work to audiences of peers and adults.

 SIS Kids Action Team Program Structure 

  • Teachers selected to facilitate a SIS Kids Action Team will be expected to attend two full-day professional learning sessions on Tuesday, December 10 and Tuesday, January 28 from 8:30am-3:00pm.

  • Professional learning sessions will take place on school days, and the Kids Action Team program will cover the cost of per diem substitute coverage for all teachers in attendance. Participating teachers are eligible to receive up to 20 hours of per session for time spent outside of regular school hours planning for and facilitating the after-school club.

  • By early January, teachers will recruit a group of 15-30 students to participate in the Kids Action Team and hold meetings at least once a week after school.

  • Over the course of the program, teachers will share their service activities, successes, and challenges with fellow Kids Action Team facilitators and will receive free resources and tools for implementing a service-learning with elementary school students.

  • Teachers will collaborate regularly with the SIS team through site visits and email communications to implement a successful service project by May 2020.
  • Teachers must work with students and their families to arrange for their participation in the SIS Kids Action Team Celebration of Service that will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 10:00am-12:30pm in downtown Brooklyn.

 Timeline for Kids Action Team Program 2019-20

 Monday, October 28, 2019

Application Deadline

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Principal Support Form Deadline

By Friday, November 1, 2019

Teachers accepted to SIS Kids Action Team Program are notified

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Professional Learning Session 1:
Kids Action Team Program Orientation

December-Early January 2020

Teachers set day/time for weekly Kids Action Team meeting with administration support

Teachers recruit student members for Kids Action Team

Deadline to apply to per session vacancy

Teachers hold first Kids Action Team meeting

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Professional Learning Session 2:
Developing a Service Project with Media-Based Approaches to Investigation and Action

Mid-January-Mid-April 2020

Teachers schedule site visit from SIS team

Teachers carry out service-learning project with their students

Teachers and students document Kids Action Team’s work

May 2020

Teachers guide students through preparation for presenting and sharing their service work at Celebration of Service, including creation of a tri-fold board

Thursday, May 28, 2020

SIS Kids Action Team Program Celebration of Service

How to Apply

  • Click the 'Apply' button below to complete the application questions on the following screens. Make sure to click 'Finish' on the last screen to complete the application. You will receive a confirmation email confirming receipt of your application.

  • Download the Program Overview and review it with your principal and other stakeholders.
  • Ask your principal to complete the Principal Support Form. It will be sent by email from the Service in Schools team to confirm that your principal is aware of the time commitment necessary for participation and will support you in implementing your SIS Kids Action Team. Applications that do not include a Principal Support Form will not be considered. Principal Support Forms will be accepted through Wednesday, October 30. 
  • Complete and submit your application by 11:59pm on  Monday, October 28, 2019.

Tips for Success

To be sure that you have successfully completed and submitted your application, please note the following.

  • Consider drafting your responses to the open-ended questions offline to make sure you are able to edit and save your responses, and to avoid being timed out of the application.

  • Make sure you have reviewed and finalized your responses prior to clicking the ‘Finish’ button.

  • Following submission of your application, check the email address that you provided on your application to be sure that you have received a confirmation email from ServiceinSchools@schools.nyc.gov.  

 We look forward to receiving your school’s application.


The Service in Schools Team