Service Learning

Requires no Legislation

Easy to incorporate with traditional lesson plan objectives

Documented Outcomes

Service Learning Structure

  • Preparation
  • Action:
    • Direct
    • Indirect
    • Advocacy
  • Reflection
  • Celebration

Research: Billing, 2000:

  • Service learning helps students acquire skills and knowledge
  • Students are more engaged in their studies and motivated to learn
  • Student attendance improves
  • School climate improves.
  • Teachers and students have greater respect for each other

“Service learning is a teaching and learning methodology that connects meaningful community service experience with academic learning, personal growth, and civic responsibility.”

National Dropout Prevention Center

“A variety of research studies have concluded that quality service learning has a decidedly positive impact on students. They demonstrate that this phenomenon leads to improved academic performance, gains in knowledge of the service provided, growth in higher order thinking, expanded social and civic responsibility, increased acceptance of cultural diversity, and enhanced self-esteem. Ultimately, it is engagement, not more exposure that counts.”

Terry Pikeral, President of Cascade Educational Consultants
Former consultant to the Education Commission of the States