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What Community Service Is…and is Not

Service-Learning IS
Service-Learning MUST
Service-Learning IS NOT
Components of High-Quality Service-Learning
Developing a Plan for Systemic Integration and Expansion of SL in a School or District

Service-Learning MUST

  • Be embedded in the curriculum, or must serve as the basis for curriculum development;

  • Be designed with a balance of time spent in the classroom studying the issues and in the field addressing or presenting findings on the issues;

  • Involve students in service experiences;

  • Be based in student interests and must build on student questions, concerns, observations, and feedback; and

  • Have clearly defined service outcomes and must engage students in real problem-solving or long-term relationship building;

  • Include an opportunity for reflection where students can further enhance learning and deepen curriculum connections, as well as process emotions and ideas that arise through service.

Last Updated: June 8, 2006
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