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Service Learning

Learn how to design projects that boost civic engagement in students and help them take initiative to strengthen their community.

From Selfies to Service: The Power of Civic Engagement

As Millennials feel driven to succeed while struggling with self-esteem, switching the focus to civic engagement can bring them perspective and purpose.

The Tech Detectives: Students Take Ownership of Technology

The Tech Detectives Club provides middle school students with practical and service learning opportunities and teachers with first responders for their tech emergencies.

Maya Angelou's Poetry: A Lesson in Service, History, SEL, and Civics

Maurice Elias outlines a high school lesson with Maya Angelou's poem, "A Brave and Startling Truth."


The Tech Detectives: Students Take Ownership of Technology

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Teaching Kids about Global Poverty

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Building Community Partnerships: Resource Roundup

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Building Community Partnerships: Resource Roundup

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Outdoor and Environmental Education: Resource Roundup

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Stand Up for Alaska: Alaska Youth for Environmental Action

Stand Up for Alaska: Alaska Youth for Environmental Action

Members of this high school environmental education and leadership program created a presentation about climate change, gathered more than 5,000 signatures from fellow students, and went to Washington, DC, to persuade one of their senators to take...

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Balancing the Classroom: Strategies for Sharing Responsibility

How do educators balance the desire for classroom structure with the necessity of giving students freedom?

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Down on the Farm: These Vocational Educators Get It

Project-based learning on the farm.

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Hands-On Education Drives the Lesson Home

The importance of project learning.

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How After-School Programs Expand the Educational Experience

A New Day for Learning: Expanding the Educational Experience

An overview of how after-school and summer programs engage community partners to extend the learning day and year.

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How to Keep a Club Swimming Upstream

The United Anglers of Casa Grande High School serve as guardians of Adobe Creek.


Learning by Giving: Community Service as Classwork

Schools add the Golden Rule to the curriculum.

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Swamped: Louisiana Students Become Wetlands Custodians

The Wetland Watchers program is part of a schoolwide emphasis on service learning at Hurst Middle School.

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New Hampshire's Statewide Effort to Redefine Education for 21st Century

Robert McLaughlin of the New Hampshire DOE reports on a statewide summit to reshape education and educator development.

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Integrated Studies Research Review: Annotated Bibliography

Integrated Studies Research Table of Contents: Definition and Outcomes

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Help Spread the Word about Service-Learning

Sharing some of the same tenets of project learning, service learning offers exciting ways for students to advance academically -- and personally.

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San Francisco Bat Kid: A Model PBL Project

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller looks at the high-profile pageant of San Francisco's Bat Kid event and sees a best-case scenario for both project-based learning and service learning.


Service Learning Case Study: The Answer to Our Educational Woes in 10,000 Cookies?

Blogger Jim Berman emphasizes the benefits of service learning. It cultivates transportable skills in students, while helping your community.

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How to Find a Home for Service-Learning Projects

Blogger Suzie Boss highlights one high school example of what quality service-learning looks like in practice.

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