Lyndon Institute
An independent day and boarding school for grades 9 - 12 located in northeastern Vermont

Human Services

Having eyes but not seeing beauty;
Having ears but not hearing music;
Having a mind but not perceiving truth;
Having a heart that is never moved, and therefore never set on fire.
These are things to fear.
 
Sosaku Kobayashi
 
Human Services 1 and 2 are courses that explore, honor and celebrate our humanity. “Big Picture” essential questions are “How do children learn to love?” and “How do children learn to hate?” Babies aren’t born with prejudice, hatred and bigotry in their hearts. These things are taught in some homes, some communities, in some schools…yes, even in some churches, often without our being aware of it, until we stop and think. Children learn exactly what we teach them.
 
Human Services – Level 1 is a Technical Career Elective (three period schedule) offered to juniors and seniors. This course is for both college and career bound learners who are interested in; becoming an elementary teacher, working with infants and toddlers in an early childhood environment, becoming a pre-school teacher, specializing in early childhood development, gerontology (the science of aging), geriatrics (elder care services),nursing and other educational, medical or human services related fields.  Learners begin to develop fundamental knowledge, skills and attitudes for careers in education or human services careers through a combination of classroom and field experiences. The classroom experiences provide a foundation of knowledge and skills through a variety of challenges and activities across learning styles and intelligences. The field experiences allow learners to observe professionals in their workplace and to discuss educational and career opportunities. 
 
The course curriculum includes
  • building a professional PORTFOLIO
  • exploring education and career opportunities in the fields of elementary education, infant/toddler/early childhood services, and elder care services
  • effective communication
  • building effective helping skills
  • safety, health and wellness in the workplace
  • CPR, First Aid and AED Certification
  • Professional workplace skills
  • Health & wellness issues through the human development life cycle
Content Objects are met through
  • Technical skills development
  • Job-Shadowing Experience
  • Service Learning Project(s)
  • Research
  • Expeditionary and experiential learning
  • Problem and project based learning
At the completion of this course, learners will have been provided the opportunities to have…
  • Identified, critiqued and practiced appropriate personal, professional and ethical skills for pursuing a career in elementary education, infant/toddler/early childhood services, nursing and other medical services and elder care services.
  • Develop skills, knowledge and attitudes appropriate for pursuing a career in elementary education, infant/toddler/early childhood services, nursing and other medical services and elder care services.
  • Explored job opportunities in elementary education, infant/toddler/early childhood services, eldercare services.
  • Practiced using effective communication and helping/coaching skills.
  • Participated in community service learning.
  • Completed the organization of a developing professional portfolio.
  • Demonstrated skills in CPR, AED and First Aid.
  • Preparation for taking the CDA (Child Development Associate) certification testing upon graduation.
LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
A classroom culture, including rituals, traditions, habits of heart and mind, plus shared language is intentionally and mindfully created to foster a physically and emotionally safe environment where learners demonstrate responsibility, accountability, rigor and high quality learning across the spectrum of human development with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education best practices as defined by NAEYC (National Association Education of Young Children) and VELS (Vermont Early Learning Standards).
 
Human Services – Level 2 is a Technical Career Elective (three period schedule) offered to seniors who have completed Human Services  - Level 1 as a Technical Career Elective (three period schedule).
This course is for both college and career bound learners who are interested in; becoming an elementary teacher, working with infants and toddlers in an early childhood environment, becoming a pre-school teacher, specializing in early childhood development, gerontology (the science of aging), geriatrics (elder care services),nursing and other educational, medical or human services related fields. This course is 80% in the field with job placement and includes; documentation, reflection, supervision and consultation with project based challenges collaboratively and individually designed to meet personal and professional goals.
 
INTERNSHIPS
Human Service Internships have taken place throughout the Lyndon community and beyond. Partnership/placements most recently have been with Lyndon Town School, Little Dipper's Doodle Child Care Center, Stay and Play Childcare, Lyndon Rescue, St. Johnsbury School, Kingdom Animal Shelter, Rhythm of the Rein Therapeutic Riding Program, Thaddeus Stevens School, Lyndon Institute external affairs (writing/reporting) and Faith In Action.  As we view "Human Services" holistically in a flexible manner as any community service or business that serves our humanity, we are always open to dialogue for new and exciting placement opportunities and partnerships. Contact Patrice McDonough Human Services Educator at patrice.mcdonough@lyndoninstitute.org
 
DUAL ENROLLMENT OPPORTUNITIES
3 Dual Enrollment college credits are available for qualified juniors and seniors enrolled in both Human Services 1 and Human Services 2 per semester through CCV Community College of Vermont. The courses offered rotate over two years.

First semester 2015/16 Infant and Toddler Development
This course explores processes of human development from conception trough 36 months of age.  Emphasis is on the physical, emotional, social and intellectual growth of infants and toddlers.  Topics include developmental theories and research, assessment tools, inclusion, social issues affecting families and children, plus curriculum design for infants and toddlers.  This course is recommended for students interested in child psychology, social work, healthcare, teaching, or any career working with children and families.  . Students spend time in both the classroom and in internships in the community.  For qualified students, 3 college credits in education may result.

Second semester 2015/16 Fostering Creativity in the Young Child
Students will explore creativity in children’s lives and learning environments while demonstrating how creative expression enhances children’s learning.  Students will describe the developmental stages of early childhood and explain how creative activities will vary according to the child’s needs.  Emphasis will be on the exploration and integration of the creative process in a given learning environment.  This course introduces students to the concepts of creativity, materials selection, learning, and setting up with modifications to the classroom.  Various approaches to teaching children will be discussed as they pertain to children’s age, development, and the arts, especially in a school setting.  This course is recommended for students interested in expressive therapies, social work, occupational therapy, teaching or any career working with children and families. Students spend time in both the classroom and in internships in the community.  For qualified students, 3 college credits in education may result.
 
First semester 2016/17 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
This course is an overview of early childhood education examining historical, philosophical and practical issues related to the education of children aged three to eight.  Topics include early childhood learning, behavior and motivation, curriculum development and materials, observation techniques and instructional issues.  This course is recommended for students interested in child psychology, social work, healthcare, teaching, or any career working with children and families. Students spend time in both the classroom and in internships in the community.  For qualified students, 3 college credits in education may result.
 
Second semester 2016/17 Communication in the ECE Workplace
Students develop effective communication and relationship building skills for use in the early childhood education and afterschool workplace through practical activities and exercises.  The course focuses on communication skills with parents, colleagues, supervisors of children and youth from infant to teens.  Emphasis will be placed on active listening, observation, self reflection responses, and the use of clear language in interpersonal and small group situations.  This course is recommended for students interested in communication, child psychology, social work, healthcare, teaching or any career working with children and families. Students spend time in both the classroom and in internships in the community.  For qualified students, 3 college credits in education may result.

DUAL ENROLLMENT
Earn college credit!

Students can also earn dual-enrollment college credit in selected classes:

CCV

Early Childhood Education
-    Intro to Early Childhood Education
     3 credits
-    Communication in Early Childhood 
     and After School Workplace
     3 credits
-    Infant and Toddler Development
     3 credits
-    Fostering Creativity - 3 credits

Central Maine Community College

Allied Health 
-    Medical Terminology - 3 credits
Precision Machining
-    Intro to Lathes - 2 credits
-    Intro to Milling & Grinding - 
2 credits
CLASSROOM OPPORTUNITIES include…..
  • College & career counseling
  • Decision making
  • Understanding
  • Reading
  • Team building
  • Collaborative learning
  • Independent learning
  • Discussing ethics
  • Workplace observations
  • Problem solving
  • Expeditions to experience Human Service Careers
  • Creating portfolios
  • Evaluating
  • Creating curriculum
  • Building
  • Risking
  • Organizing
  • Managing
  • Writing
  • Failing
  • Analyzing 
  • Drawing
  • Exploring
  • Designing portfolios
  • IMAGINE
  • Leading
  • Questioning
  • Remembering
  • Integrating arts
  • Creating
  • Applying
  • Listening
  • Job shadowing
  • “Wool Gathering”
  • Reflecting
  • Service learning
  • Communicating
  • Documenting
  • Singing
  • Dancing
  • Collaborating
  • Celebrating
  • Learning sign language
  • Imagine the POSSIBILITIES
 

Contact

Lyndon Institute
168 Institute Circle
P.O. Box 127
Lyndon Center, VT  05850
844-277-1645 (toll-free)
802-535-3636 (local)
info@lyndoninstitute.org
“Per Aspera Ad Astra” - through hard work you reach the stars.
Lyndon Institute is a comprehensive, independent high school providing thoughtful and rigorous preparation for students of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and beyond to reach their intellectual, creative and physical potential.