Estes Park Trail Gazette – Eagle Rock Playing Role in National Service

Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center recently joined the team of Learn and Serve America’s National Service-Learning Clearinghouse Program Advisors as Tribes/US Territories Advisor. John Guffey, Service-Learning Instructional Specialist, will be leading Eagle Rock’s efforts for NSLC. Program Advisors to the Clearinghouse provide sector-specific guidance and expertise to insure a responsive, contemporary, and vibrant NSLC.

Eagle Rock is a school for high school age students and a professional development center for adults, particularly educators. The school is a year-round, residential, and full-scholarship school that enrolls young people ages 15-17 from around the United States in an innovative learning program with national recognition. The Professional
Development Center hosts educators from around the world who wish to study how to re-engage students in learning, keep them in school, get them graduated, and help them go on to make a difference in the world.

John Guffey comes to the NSLC advisor role as a seasoned service-learning instructor and program director with over twenty years of experience in education, youth development, and community organizing. Half of those years were spent in Gallup, New Mexico, working at the University of New Mexico and with the National Indian Youth
Leadership Project (NIYLP). Here he focused primarily on learning and serving among the tribal communities of the 4-corners area, most notably the Dine’, Zuni, Acoma, Laguna, and Puebloan people of northern New Mexico. During that period, John was an active grant writer, program coordinator, and teacher meeting and working with many wonderful people at the grassroots level, with whom he sought to improve the quality and relevance of education through service-learning opportunities within and beyond their close-knit tribal communities. John’s understanding of service-learning is rooted in the philosophy of community-based education that he experienced and shared during the decade he worked and lived in New Mexico. Today, John teaches service-learning at Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center.

Agencies are selected to serve as NSLC Program Advisors because of the high quality research, practice, and advocacy they bring to the service-learning community. For more information on Eagle Rock School and on all of the NSLC Program Advisors, visit this link.