Shorecrest Preparatory School Blog

Diego Duran-Medina

Diego Duran-Medina is the Director of Service Learning at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, FL. He has worked as a national consultant for the last three years through LeadServe Consulting, helping schools develop service-learning curricula and programming. From 2007-2012, he served as Director of Service-Learning at the Edmund Burke School in Washington, DC. Diego earned a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University, a Master of Arts from New York University and a Master’s of Education from the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College-Columbia University. He has presented at multiple NAIS conferences and recently contributed a chapter on service-learning to the book Engage!: Setting the Course for Independent Secondary Schools In the 21st Century.
Find me on:

Recent Posts

Helping out after Hurricane Michael

Posted by Diego Duran-Medina on Nov 28, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Just over a year ago our Shorecrest community was preparing for the worst, as Hurricane Irma barrelled toward St. Petersburg. The stress, worry and difficult choices of evacuating and keeping loved ones safe made for a harrowing couple of weeks. We were lucky. The hurricane passed us by, and the damage was far less than anticipated.

This year our state was not so lucky. Schools in the panhandle and Gulf were deeply affected, when Hurricane Michael made landfall in October. Calls for help went out across the state and country, and the Shorecrest Community decided to take action. Through contacts made by our headmaster, Mr. Michael Murphy, we focused on the needs of Holy Nativity Episcopal School in Panama City, Florida. 

Read More

Topics: Student/Faculty Perspectives, Service Learning, Core Values

It Takes A Community To Do Community Service

Posted by Diego Duran-Medina on Mar 17, 2017 2:30:41 PM

With another on the books, now is the perfect time for reflection. It’s easy to be so detail-driven that we miss the greater picture of what this week means. Service Week is heavily focused on our students, families and our community partners.

Read More

Topics: Service Learning, Inside Shorecrest, High School

The Unintended Positive Consequences of Service Week

Posted by Diego Duran-Medina on Mar 10, 2017 8:00:00 AM

This week is a whirlwind of activity as we prepare for Service Week. Amongst the last minute preparations, I’ve been doing my best to keep a healthy perspective on what it is that we do as a school when we undertake a large scale project like Service Week, when I help place, mobilize and support 360+ people with much help from my colleagues and community partners.

Read More

Topics: Service Learning, Inside Shorecrest

Beyond Community Service at Shorecrest

Posted by Diego Duran-Medina on Feb 28, 2017 5:56:20 PM

Visit an independent school website at random and search for “service.” Odds are that you will encounter a wide range of service experiences, from encouraging service with no numerical requirement for graduation, to Service Days, sometimes around the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday or the beginning of semesters, and perhaps other impactful service events that tend to be the exception rather than a rule.

Read More

Topics: Service Learning

Reflections on The NAIS People of Color Conference

Posted by Diego Duran-Medina on Jan 6, 2017 12:35:08 PM

At Shorecrest, we care very much about the safety of our students. This includes not only physical safety, but emotional and psychological safety, especially when it comes to allowing students to show up as their “full selves.” I also believe this should be a privilege afforded to staff and faculty. One of the ways that I am reminded of who I am is by reaching out to build community - whether it be with service partners, parents or other educators.

Read More

Topics: Diversity and Inclusion, Professional Development, Student and Faculty Perspectives