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What is Service-Learning?. Diana Kornfeld Regional Coordinator for DESE [email protected] 816-537-8520 816-807-1184. Objectives Today:. What is Service-Learning? What is the difference between Service-Learning and Community Service?

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What is Service-Learning?

Diana Kornfeld

Regional Coordinator for DESE

[email protected]



Objectives Today:

  • What is Service-Learning?

  • What is the difference between Service-Learning and Community Service?

  • How can Service-Learning be used as a teaching strategy?

  • What are some example projects?

  • How do I get started?

What is Service-Learning?

National Commission on Service-Learning

“…a teaching and learning approach that integrates community service with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.”

Added benefits of service-learning

National studies suggest that students in effective

service-learning programs:

  • improve academic grades

  • increase attendance in school

  • develop personal and social responsibility

Community service example

If students remove trash from a streambed:

they are providing a service to the community as volunteers

Service-learning example

  • When students remove trash from a streambed,

  • analyze what they found,

  • share the results and offer suggestions for the neighborhood to reduce pollution,

  • and then reflect on their experience

    THAT is service-learning!

Service Learning should

  • Promote academic rigor

  • Build relationships between students and adults

  • Demonstrate relevance of learning

Steps in Service-Learning







Reflection throughout

Direct--Teach/tutor younger students, hand out re-useable trash bags

Indirect--Hand out informational brochures about an environmental concern

Advocacy--Write letters to state representative about the water quality in a nearby stream, present to the school board about a concern

Types of Service

Example Projects

  • Anti-violence Day

  • Holocaust Survivor Speaker

  • Fair Trade Coffee and Aid for Africa

  • Stream Team

  • Bunting for Babies

  • High School Pantry

Service Learning Resources

  • DESE Website

  • DESE Portal

  • Missouri SL Network Website (MOSLN.ORG)

  • The Complete Guide to Service-Learning

  • ServiceLearning.org

  • NYLC

  • PeaceJam

Thank you!

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