Video Resources for Tutors

Back in September we held two tutor training sessions for our students who planned to do Service-Learning in local elementary schools. We invited Brandon Harms, Math Coach for Crosby Elementary, to speak. He gave a very informative lecture on “The 6 Levels of Knowing”. Check out the links for the videos below!


The 6 Levels of Knowing with Brandon Harms

The 6 Levels of Knowing (Part 2)

A Typical Day of Tutoring


Newest Member of The BCC Service-Learning Team

Hi Everyone!

My name is Brianne Morrison. I am the new aide here in Service-Learning. Let me tell you a little bit about myself!

I’m from Lanesborough. I graduated from The College of Saint Rose in Albany with a degree in Psychology and Spanish. While at Saint Rose I worked on The Student Events Board. I planned and organized many different on campus events; my most popular events included Saint Rose Clash of the Cupcakes, a Halloween Extravaganza, Winter Blues Luau, and multiple scavenger hunts around campus.

My goal for Service-Learning at BCC is to strengthen our Service-Learning Club. I love The Berkshires, so I’m going to do anything I can to make it the best place possible! I plan to put the same creativity and excitement from my experience on the Student Events Board to Service-Learning.

Please feel free to contact me for anything Service-Learning related! My e-mail is

Service-Learning Orientation Dates

  • Enrolled in a Service-Learning course?

  • Want to tutor elementary school students in English or Math as your Federal Work Study Job? You can work in the local public schools as America Reads, America Counts tutor.

  • Interested in volunteering at one of 45 local agencies through the Service-Learning Club? One-time events and on-going projects available.

Attend a Service-Learning Orientation to Sign Up!


  • Thursday, Sept. 11 @ (12:15-1:15 PM)

  • Wednesday, Sept. 17 @ (1-2 PM)

  • Thursday Sept. 18 @ (12:15-1:15 PM)

  • Monday, Sept. 22 @ (4:15-5:15 PM)

Location: Field-202

Bring a government issued photo ID

Click here to receive a reminder email or text message to attend SL Orientation

Millennials Give Both Time and Money to Community

From: Huffington Post – Full Article

“Results from the 2014 Millennial Impact Report by consulting firm Achieve are in, and it turns out today’s young professionals think giving back to their communities is important. According to the report, 47 percent of the 1,514 employed millennials surveyed said they had volunteered for a cause or nonprofit in the past month, and 57 percent wanted to see more company-wide volunteer opportunities through their employer.”

In BCC News:

At the end of each semester, BCC Service-Learning surveys students to find out “What influenced your decision to participate in Service-Learning?” 51% the 114 students surveyed between spring 2012 and spring 2014 indicated “I wanted to give my time to help my community” and 40% agreed with the statement “I believe I have a responsibility to work with others to improve my community.” 92% of students strongly agreed or agreed with the statement: “I would choose to do service-learning again, if presented with the option.” On average, 120 students participate in Service-Learning each year at BCC. The national trend suggests that as service opportunities grow, so will participation among Millennials. (The birth years of Millennials range from the early 1980′s to the early 2000′s.)

For more inspiration, check out the profiles of “8 Millennials who ditched Wall Street for”…a social cause.

Civic Learning Policy Adopted Statewide

MA Board of Higher Education Adopts Nation’s 1st Statewide Civic Learning Policy for Public Campuses

Community Colleges, State Universities, UMass Campuses to Deepen Focus on Preparing Students for Engaged Citizenship

May 8—The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) has adopted a first-in-the-nation policy on civic learning for public college and university students and will work with the Commonwealth’s community colleges, state universities and University of Massachusetts campuses to incorporate civic learning as an “expected outcome” for undergraduate students beginning in the 2014-15 academic year, the Department of Higher Education announced today.

“With this vote the BHE urges Massachusetts’ public campuses to reaffirm a shared commitment to the civic learning which is essential if students are to meet their future responsibilities as citizens,” said Richard M. Freeland, Commissioner of Higher Education. “This work is at the core of our mission in higher education. It is a commitment that I believe should be met with urgency.” ….

The new policy drew heavily on a report from a study group assigned to offer recommendations to guide campuses in the work of preparing future citizens. ….

This week’s unanimous Board action reaffirmed a March 2012 vote to add civic learning as a key outcome of the Vision Project, the state’s strategic agenda to achieve national leadership among state systems of public higher education. With that vote, Massachusetts became the first state to commit to finding a way to actually measure the civic learning of its students using methodologies similar to those used to track academic progress.

At its meeting at Massasoit Community College in Brockton, the BHE voted to define the scope of civic learning as follows:

The knowledge component of civic learning includes an understanding of the United States, including its history and governmental traditions, other world societies, and the relationship(s) between and among these cultures and nations.
• The intellectual skills component refers to qualities of mind necessary to engage effectively in civic activities.
• The applied competencies component refers to the practical skills and capacities needed to engage effectively in civic activities.
• The values component refers to understanding the social and political values that are associated with democratic and civic institutions.

The Board encouraged the state’s public campuses to develop their own programs and curricula to foster civic learning as defined by the new policy, while also announcing a four-point action plan to advance the system wide goals through:

1) Increased attention to civic learning as a goal in campus strategic plans;
2) Facilitation and support for campus work in civic learning through conferences and meetings to share best practices and provide funding for campus projects;
3) Development of new ways to measure and report students’ civic learning outcomes;
4) Collaboration with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop a cross-sector plan for civic learning from kindergarten through college.

The Board’s vote builds upon a long history of fostering civic engagement through service learning and other opportunities for students at the state’s public campuses.

Now Hiring! AmeriCorps*VISTA

Position opening:

One full-time Massachusetts Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) to support Service-Learning initiatives at Berkshire Community College that strengthen campus-community partnerships with Berkshire United Way and Pittsfield Public Schools.


  • College Degree – A.A./A.S., B.A./B.S.
  • Interest in and commitment to education, service & family engagement
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Desire to learn new things
  • Enjoy working with others on goal oriented projects


  • Post-service educational award of $5,645
  • Monthly living allowance ($11,797 annually or $983 per month)
  • Relocation allowance and/or travel to pre-service orientation
  • Basic health coverage
  • Student loan forbearance on most federal loans

To Apply:

Email Cover Letter, Resume, and four (4) references to:

Mary Parkman
Service-Learning Coordinator
Berkshire Community College
1350 West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Application Deadline: May 12, 2014

Position Starts: August 8, 2014

Massachusetts Campus Compact is an Equal Opportunity Employer

For more info about Massachusetts Campus Compact:

For more info about AmeriCorps:

BCC Volunteers for Read Across America Day!

On Monday, March 3rd, three BCC representatives volunteered to read to students at Stearns Elementary School in Pittsfield as part of the 17th annual Read Across America Day. Celebrated on Dr. Seuss’s Birthday, Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading event sponsored by the National Education Association that connects community members with schools to share the joy of reading with young students.

All students at Stearns took a “reading pledge” committing to read every day to learn new things and build healthy brains. We loved seeing Principal Dean and teachers wearing Seuss’s signature hat — from the “Cat in the Hat.” Some students even made their own red and white striped hats! See if you can find them below.


BCC Dean of Humanities and Stearns School Committee Member, Tom Curley, reading at Read Across America Day.


Amanda Schuler, MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA, reading “Inside Your Outside” by Dr. Seuss to a class at Stearns Elementary School.

Mary Parkman, Service-Learning Coordinator, reading "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss to a 4th grade class.

Mary Parkman, Service-Learning Coordinator, reading “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss to a 4th grade class.


Community a part of the curriculum at Berkshire Community College

From “Making the Grade 2014: Working together for the future” featured in The Berkshire Eagle

By John Sakata, Berkshire Eagle Staff

Posted:   02/27/2014

PITTSFIELD — It didn’t take long for Erin Breen to land a job in which she could give back to her community.

Thanks to Berkshire Community College’s Service Learning program, the 23-year-old Adams resident was helping Berkshire United Way increase literacy among elementary school children before she’s even received her associate degree this fall.

Breen volunteered at the Berkshire United Way in the fall of 2012, landed an internship, and turned that volunteer work into a full-time job as a resource development assistant.

“I really enjoy going into the community and working and putting my knowledge to use,” Breen said.

BCC and other colleges aren’t wishfully hoping students give back to their communities — rather they’re incorporating community service in the educational curriculum.

At Berkshire Community College, pending faculty approval, the students can substitute coursework with community service through the college’s Service Learning program. There have been as many as 100 students who have taken up the option, according to BCC’s Service Learning Coordinator Mary Parkman.

They can receive a grade on their work, which can range from 10 percent to 25 percent of their grade, she said.

Students majoring in business communication have created PowerPoint presentations for nonprofits, while engineering students have taught elementary students to build and control robots.

First-year students at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, the early liberal arts college that accepts students in the 10th and 11th grades, has students participate in a program that emphasizes community service.

Through the Active Community Engagement program, the college’s 160 students are required to choose one of three classes, including a class centered around participation and service. Bard College students have volunteered at the Medical Reserve Corps, Special Olympics, and campus and community cleanups.

“It’s an important shift that’s happening in the state and BCC and we are focusing our service on civic engagement and developing projects that are focused on civic engagement,” Parkman said.

Service-Learning Orientation Dates – Spring 2014

For students to sign up for a community service project in their Service-Learning course.

  • Thursday, 1/30  (12:15-1:15 PM)

  • Wed, 2/5 (11-12 PM) Snow day

  • Thursday 2/6 (12:15-1:15 PM)

  • Monday, 2/10 (4:15-5:15 PM)

  • Wednesday, 2/12 (11am-12pm)


BCC, Field Administration Building

2nd floor, Room 202 (computer lab)


*Please bring a government issued photo ID. (For CORI check)

For more information and available opportunities, stop by the Service-Learning Office – Hawthorne Hall, room 215 or call Mary Parkman, Service-Learning Coordinator (Ext. 2176)