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About SL

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

Components of High-Quality Service-Learning

*For more information on components of high-quality service-learning please visit the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse.

  • Teachers and students assess and define community or school community needs.

  • Teachers and students identify and clarify learner outcomes.

  • Teachers and students research the issues or problems they want to address in the community, both through classroom work and field work.

  • Students and teachers work together to plan and organize the service component of SL.

  • Students, teachers and community partners address the problems or issues identified for action.

  • Students and teachers reflect continuously on the experiences and underlying issues being addressed.

  • Students and teachers continuously evaluate the implementation of the project through discussion and writing.

  • Students and teachers assess student learning based on identified learner outcomes.

Last Updated: June 8, 2006
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