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  1. Service-Learning and Education Related Websites
  2. Education Related Journals and Publications
  3. Massachusetts Public Schools Service-Learning Websites
  4. Service-Learning Related Bibliography
  5. Community Lessons: Integrating Service-Learning into K-12 Curriculum, A Promising Practices Guide
  6. Fulfilling Our Civic Mission: Service-Learning in Massachusetts
  7. Promising Practices
  8. Grade Level Project Ideas - Elementary School, Middle School, High School
  9. Massachusetts Service Learning Leader Award Program
  10. Contextual Learning Portal - Connect with others who are creating contextual learning experiences in classrooms and out-of-school settings. Browse projects and resources and submit your own. Be inspired by others; get insights into ways of planning and organizing projects; find resources; and share your results! Great service-learning examples can be found here!
  11. Service-Learning in Massachusetts 2010-2011: Summary Report Download PDF Document  Download Word Document

I. Service-Learning and Education Related Websites

The Corporation for National and Community Service was formed to engage Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to meet community needs. Each year, more than 1.5 million individuals of all ages and backgrounds help meet local needs through a wide array of service opportunities. These include projects in education, the environment, public safety, homeland security and other critical areas through the Corporation's three major programs: Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 950 college and university presidents - representing some 5 million students - dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement, and service-learning in higher education. Massachusetts Campus is a membership organization of college and university presidents leading Massachusetts institutions of higher education in building a state-wide collaboration to promote service as a critical component of higher education.

Council of Chief State School Officers provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.

Kids Can Make a Difference is an educational program for middle and high school students. The program focuses on the root causes of hunger and poverty, the people most affected, solutions, and how students can help. The major goal is to stimulate the students to make follow-up efforts as they begin to realize that one person can make a difference.

Kids Consortium works with teachers, administrators and students to involve students in addressing real challenges faced by their communities. Together they identify, research, and work to address local community needs. With guidance from KIDS, teachers match those projects to school curricula, providing a powerful "hands on" learning experience that improves the community and brings academics to life.

Learn and Serve America, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, supports and encourages service-learning throughout the United States, and enables over one million students to make meaningful contributions to their community while building their academic and civic skills. By engaging our nation's young people in service-learning, Learn and Serve America instills an ethic of lifelong community service. Learn and Serve America provides direct and indirect support to K-12 schools, community groups and higher education institutions to facilitate service-learning projects.

The Learn and Serve America National Service-Learning Clearinghouse supports the service-learning community in higher education, kindergarten through grade twelve, community-based initiatives and tribal programs, as well as all others interested in strengthening schools and communities using service-learning techniques and methodologies.

Learning in Deed, launched in 1988 by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is a national initiative to engage more young people in service to others as part of their academic life. The concept at the heart of the Initiative is service-learning - a teaching strategy that links community service experiences to classroom instruction. The Foundation has supported service-learning for decades because they believe it engages youth in a powerful way that can help ensure a bright future for our nation.

Massachusetts Service Alliance, established in 1991, is a private, nonprofit organization that serves as the state commission on community service. The Massachusetts Service Alliance's mission is to generate an ethic of service throughout the Commonwealth by creating and supporting diverse, high quality service and volunteer opportunities for all age groups, resulting in stronger communities and more active citizens.

The National Service-Learning Partnership, founded in 2001, is a national network of members dedicated to advancing service-learning as a core part of every young person's education. Service-learning is a teaching method that engages young people in solving problems within their schools and communities as part of their academic studies or other type of intentional learning activity.

For more than two decades, the National Youth Leadership Council has worked hard to lead a service-learning movement linking youth, educators, and communities to redefine the roles of young people in society. The aim is to empower youth to transform themselves from recipients of information and resources into valuable, contributing members of a democracy.

Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network engages and mobilizes millions of volunteers who are helping to solve serious social problems in thousands of communities. Through a variety of programs and services, the Foundation encourages people to volunteer from all walks of life, including businesses, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, low-income communities, families, youth, and older adults.

The United States Department of Education was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. Its original directive remains its mission today - to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation. U.S. Department of Education programs have included:

AmericaReads, a four-year national literacy campaign, challenged Americans to ensure that young children are prepared to read and to help more children become better readers. The website includes various literacy strategies and resources for educators and families.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence makes it easy to find learning resources from more than 35 federal organizations on thousands of topics. Resources include teaching ideas, learning activities, photos, maps, primary documents, data, paintings, sound recordings, and more.

Youth Service America is a resource center that partners with thousands of organizations committed to increasing the quality and quantity of volunteer opportunities for young people, ages 5-25, to serve locally, nationally, and globally. Founded in 1986, YSA's mission is to expand the impact of the youth service movement with communities, schools, corporations, and governments.

Last Updated: March 22, 2012
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