George Lucas Educational Foundation

Service Learning

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

  • Using Community Challenges for Learning

    Find tips on how to collect real-world problems for your students and a framework to start and monitor their projects.
    Cathleen Beachboard
  • Building Empathy Through Community Projects

    Twice a year, students and teachers in Eminence, Kentucky, collaborate for three days on meaningful projects that serve their community.
  • Promoting Empathy in Middle School

    Diverse teams of students build a stronger school culture by working together on service projects to address community needs.
  • Creating Classrooms for Social Justice

    Teach your students about making positive change in the world by connecting with them, discussing real-world problems and multiple perspectives, creating classroom community, and including authentic assessment.
  • 10 Ready-to-Borrow Project Ideas

    As you consider the following project possibilities, ask yourself: Would this project help my students meet important learning goals? Would my students find it engaging?
  • Empathy in Action: How Teachers Prepare Future Citizens

    Teachers are uniquely positioned to teach empathy, which will help children not only discover personal success, but also contribute to the betterment of society.
  • Empowering Kids to Be Part of the Solution

    Giving elementary students a project in their community provides a real-world application for their content learning.
  • What the Heck Is Service Learning?

    Here's a simple definition for service learning with details and resources for planning a unit.
  • Resources for Building Community Partnerships

    Learn how schools can benefit from the support and expertise of local businesses, organizations, and individuals, and discover strategies for fostering successful business and community partnerships.
  • 5-Minute Film Festival: Teaching Kids about Global Poverty

    Teaching your students about poverty and hunger can be a powerful experience for them. VideoAmy shares a series of videos that explore the issues encountered by four college students who lived on one dollar per day in Guatemala.
  • Special Education: Promoting More Inclusion at Your School

    Dr. Maurice Elias makes the case for promoting inclusion of students in special education in all school activities.
  • Social Justice: A Whole-School Approach

    Read about a social justice-based school that addresses larger issues as a learning community, builds curriculum around service learning, and regularly involves families.
  • 5-Minute Film Festival: 10 Videos About Generosity and Giving Back

    There isn't a better time to teach your students about generosity and gratitude than the holiday season. VideoAmy has uncovered 10 great videos that can be used as teaching tools to inspire the giving spirit in students.
  • Tips for Combining Project-Based and Service Learning

    Help your students find a larger sense of purpose in their schoolwork even as they achieve educational goals.
  • Social Entrepreneurship: 7 Ways to Empower Student Changemakers

    Tap into students' heartbreak to discover how they want to change the world, and the power of social media will launch them toward great accomplishments.