Tag: Community Involvement

Spotlight on Lead2Feed

We asked Debby Dodge, grant manager for Lead2Feed/Lift a Life Foundation, a series of questions about the important part service learning and common vision play in developing caring, compassionate young adolescents. Listen to a podcast with Lift a Life Director Ashley Butler 1. What is Lead2Feed’s vision and how does it support middle level education?

Top middle level volunteers share their stories of service

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is proud to recognize middle level students every year, in every state, for helping their communities through volunteer service. The Association for Middle Level Education is a proud supporter of this important recognition program. As the 2014 application period enters its final week, the program talked to two recent


Service-learning is a teaching and learning method that connects meaningful, community service experiences with academic learning, personal growth, and civic responsibility (Shumer & Duckenfield, 2004). Learning occurs through a cycle of action and reflection, which may occur through reading, writing, speaking, listening, and drawing, among other activities (Dewey, 1938; Eyler, 2001; Kolb, 1984). Service-learning extends

8 Ideas for Engaging Families and the Community

Strong family and community relationships are critical components of positive school culture The importance of building strong relationships with parents and community members cannot be underestimated; these stakeholders must be an integral aspect of a school’s culture. School leaders must also recognize that bi-annual conferences, monthly newsletters, and occasional calls to a media outlet are