What is Service-Learning Really?

Posted by Jill White, Principal of Royal Heights Elementary School, Joplin Schools on 2/17/2015 6:00:00 PM

Taking education outside the classroom can result in tremendous academic and personal benefits for your students, as well as your community.

 

Are you considering adding a service-learning program to your curriculum or already have a program and want to expand it. A track of workshops at the Bright Futures Community Engagement Conference on February 23 and 24 will provide you with a wealth of information.

 

Service-Learning is a teaching method designed to involve students in authentic and meaningful service to their communities. It makes connections between the classroom curriculum and the community, and is intended to instill a sense of civic responsibility in students.

 

In a workshop entitled “What is Service-Learning Really?” we'll talk about the national standards for service-learning, the steps of putting together a service learning project and some basic project ideas.

 

In more advanced workshops, we'll discuss how to evaluate your program and build further relationships in the community, and how to get your staff engaged in the process. We'll also hold a Q & A sessions with students who will discuss their personal experience with service learning and impact it has had on them.

 

We hope you'll join us to learn the difference service-learning can make in your curriculum. I've personally seen the benefits at our school. It gives the students a connection with their community and they see themselves as useful and impactful community members. And, in turn, community members view them as useful, productive members of the community.