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Service-Learning Lisa Kipersztok, VISTA Service Learning Department Anne Arundel County Public Schools A statewide requirement that benefits all! Slide 2 What is Service-Learning? Service-learning is a teaching method that combines meaningful service to the community with curriculum- based learning. Students improve academic skills by applying what they learn in school to real world issues; they then reflect on their experience to reinforce the link between their service and their learning Slide 3 Marylands Service-Learning Mission It is the mission of Maryland State Department of Educations service-learning program to institutionalize high quality service-learning for students in all Maryland K-12 public schools, and to encourage its application in schools across the United States. Slide 4 Maryland Seven Best Practices of Service-Learning 1. Meet a recognized need in the community 2. Achieve curricular objectives through service-learning 3. Reflect throughout the service-learning experience 4. Develop student responsibility 5. Establish community partnerships 6. Plan ahead for service-learning 7. Equip students with knowledge and skills needed for service Slide 5 Code of Maryland Regulation Students shall complete one of the following: Students shall complete one of the following: 75 hours of student service that includes preparation, action, and reflection components and that, at the discretion of the local school system, may begin during the middle grades; or 75 hours of student service that includes preparation, action, and reflection components and that, at the discretion of the local school system, may begin during the middle grades; or A locally designed program of student service that has been approved by the State Superintendent of Schools. A locally designed program of student service that has been approved by the State Superintendent of Schools. Slide 6 Service-Learning in Anne Arundel County 75 hours required in order to graduate: 75 5 hours are done in elementary school in the 5 th grade 30 hours are done in middle school 10 in 6 th grade 10 in 7 th grade 10 in 8 th grade 40 hours are done in high school 10 in US Government (9 th /11 th ) 10 in Health (9 th / 10 th ) 10 in Science (10 th ) 10 in English (11 th ) Slide 7 Average Student Retention Rates Why Service-Learning? Improved Academic Achievement and Engagement* Improved Academic Achievement and Engagement* Increased Positive Civic Attitudes and Behaviors* Increased Positive Civic Attitudes and Behaviors* Enhanced Social and Personal Skills* Enhanced Social and Personal Skills* Benefited a wide range of youth** Benefited a wide range of youth** Improved academic achievement** Improved academic achievement** Helped students learn useful skills** Helped students learn useful skills** Positive impact on certain risk behaviors** Positive impact on certain risk behaviors** *Corporation for National and Community Service **Brandeis University Service-Learning Study Slide 8 Service-Learning has three parts: 1.PREPARATION & RESEARCH 2. ACTION 3.REFLECTION How does service-learning work? Slide 9 Types of Service Direct Service Direct Service Tutoring, Mentoring,Visiting the Elderly Indirect Service Indirect Service Drives, Collections, Fundraisers, Clean-ups Advocacy Advocacy Lobbying, Speaking, Presenting Slide 10 Reflection To explore the impact and importance of citizen service to the community To explore the impact and importance of citizen service to the community To understand how to learn from experience To understand how to learn from experience To develop a language of caring and commitment To develop a language of caring and commitment To instill habits of participation as an expectation of citizenship To instill habits of participation as an expectation of citizenship Attend to broader issues as well as personal experience Attend to broader issues as well as personal experience Encourage creativity Encourage creativity Use diverse activities Use diverse activities Have students structure some of the reflection sessions Have students structure some of the reflection sessions Slide 11 The service you do for others is the rent you pay for the time you spend on earth. - Muhammed Ali The service you do for others is the rent you pay for the time you spend on earth. - Muhammed Ali Slide 12

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