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Service-Learning. A statewide requirement that benefits all!. Lisa Kipersztok , VISTA Service Learning Department Anne Arundel County Public Schools. What is Service-Learning?.

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service learning


A statewide requirement that benefits all!

Lisa Kipersztok, VISTA

Service Learning Department

Anne Arundel County Public Schools


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
maryland s service learning mission

Maryland’s Service-Learning Mission

It is the mission of Maryland State Department of Education’s 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.


Maryland Seven Best Practices of Service-Learning

Meet a recognized need in the community

Achieve curricular objectives through service-learning

Reflect throughout the service-learning experience

Develop student responsibility

Establish community partnerships

Plan ahead for service-learning

Equip students with knowledge and skills needed for service


Code of Maryland Regulation

  • 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
          • A locally designed program of student service that has been approved by the State Superintendent of Schools.

Service-Learning in Anne Arundel County

75 hours required in order to graduate:

5 hours are done in elementary school in the 5th grade

  • 30 hours are done in middle school
  • 10 in 6th grade
  • 10 in 7th grade
  • 10 in 8th grade


  • 40 hours are done in high school
  • 10 in US Government (9th/11th)
  • 10 in Health (9th / 10th)
  • 10 in Science (10th)
  • 10 in English (11th)



Why Service-Learning?

  • Improved Academic Achievement and Engagement*
  • Increased Positive Civic Attitudes and Behaviors*
  • Enhanced Social and Personal Skills*
  • Benefited a wide range of youth**
  • Improved academic achievement**
  • Helped students learn useful skills**
  • Positive impact on certain risk behaviors**
  • *Corporation for National and Community Service
  • **Brandeis University Service-Learning Study

Average Student

Retention Rates


How does service-learning work?

  • Service-Learning has three parts:
        • & RESEARCH
        • ACTION
        • REFLECTION
types of service
Types of Service
  • Direct Service

Tutoring, Mentoring,Visiting the Elderly

  • Indirect Service

Drives, Collections, Fundraisers, Clean-ups

  • Advocacy

Lobbying, Speaking, Presenting

  • To explore the impact and importance of citizen service to the community
  • To understand how to learn from experience
  • To develop a language of caring and commitment
  • To instill habits of participation as an expectation of citizenship
  • Attend to broader issues as well as personal experience
  • Encourage creativity
  • Use diverse activities
  • Have students structure some of the reflection sessions
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“The service you do for others is the rent you pay for the time you spend on earth.” - Muhammed Ali
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“Thought without practice is empty, practice without thought is blind.” -KwameNkkrumah