Tag: Service Learning

Service-Learning: The Time Is Now

Have you noticed the groundswell of volunteerism during the past few years? In 2006 alone, 60 million Americans dedicated 8.1 billion hours of service to community organizations. More recently, President Obama has emphasized his support of service and service learning. Upon signing the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in April, Obama said, "We need


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

Teaching Student Leadership in an Inner-City School

Leadership training for youth is an investment in our present and future. Yet providing effective training can be challenging in terms of time and curriculum—especially in high-poverty communities, as we discovered in a pilot study of leadership training at an inner-city middle school. An interdisciplinary team of professors collaborated with a principal and behavioral interventionist

Service-Learning and Community Partners Bring Academic Rigor

Developing a service-learning project pays off with increased student engagement and empowerment If you ask many of our middle school students what service-learning is, they often come up with an image of someone on the side of the road in an orange jumpsuit. We are not talking about forced service due to a legal infraction!

Now What?

Connecting students with what they’re reading by pairing texts with real world experiences Once we’ve learned to read, reading becomes a tool that helps us learn. Creating a learning experience that incorporates reading deeply, however, can be a challenge for today’s teachers. How can we make reading relevant for today’s students? How do we convince

Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program

Students develop as leaders and advocates for positive change. In 2012, I incorporated the Lead2Feed Student Leadership program into my classes because of its focus on leadership and service learning. In 2016, I decided to use Lead2Feed as the curriculum during our enrichment time to help encourage students’ active engagement in a program that helps