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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.

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  • Using PBL to Teach About Homelessness

    A project-based learning unit on homelessness can provide middle and high school students with valuable information and foster empathy for the unhoused.
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  • Setting Up Service Learning Projects in High School Physics

    Students can apply their knowledge of physics to solve problems in their communities—like studying inclined planes to gauge the effectiveness of wheelchair ramps in their school.
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  • 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?
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  • What the Heck Is Service Learning?

    Here's a simple definition for service learning with details and resources for planning a unit.
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  • Schoolwide Community Service and Volunteering in the Elementary Grades

    Opportunities for service learning and volunteering don’t just help the community around the school—students benefit as well.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Benefits of Service Learning for High School Students

    Service learning and volunteering help high school students give back to their community and grow as individuals.
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  • Building a Culture of Kindness With a Day of Service

    When Maryland middle school students spend a day focusing on helping others, they see their own capacity to make a difference in their community.
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  • How Community Service Supports Students in Tough Times

    Giving struggling middle and high school students opportunities to help others may ease some of the stress they’re feeing this year.
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  • 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.
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  • Developing a Robust Community Engagement Program

    A look at three key considerations in designing the most appropriate service program for your school.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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