Learn and Serve America: Bringing Learning to Life
Learn and Serve America is a government organization that supports K-12 service-learning in direct and indirect ways. Their website contains valuable information about grants, projects, and other resources for getting service-based learning underway in your schools. Although the video below is a promotional film for Learn and Serve America, it also provides a nice background on what service-learning is and what it can do for students and schools.
The National Youth Leadership Council
The NYLC has been a national leader in service-learning for youth. They sponsor several conferences annually and provide a rich collection of resources, research, and project plans submitted by teachers from around the country connecting meaningful service with learning goals.
National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
This is a clearinghouse for everything service-learning. The site includes resources, free guides, links to useful organizations, and tools for those who are new to S-L.
National Service-Learning Partnership
The Partnership is a network of teachers, students, policymakers, and community members committed to the power of service-learning. The website includes a variety of downloadable resources, tools, and best practices.
The International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership
IPSL offers a variety or programs that link learning with service. Programs include: summer projects, semester programs, Masters programs, and Gap Year experiences. Opportunities available for high school students through to adult learners.
Although Campus Compact is focused on civic engagement in higher education, there are many useful resources that can be applied to a K-12 context. The website includes countless publications and links, as well as sample syllabi for courses based around service-learning.
Global Kids is a non-profit that promotes the engagement of urban youth in service-based, content-rich experiences with a global purpose.
KIDS (Kids Involved in Doing Service-Learning) is a non-profit that supports schools and organizations in Maine and throughout New England as they pursue service-based projects for students. They also offer a wide variety of professional development for teachers related to service-learning.
PA is a civic engagement initiative that focuses on action-based activities for students and adults. The website has a variety of free online resources for helping teachers create such projects.
Constitutional Rights Foundation
CRF offers lesson plans, resources, and publications to help support civic education in our schools.
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Service-Learning Standards (K-12) (PDF document)
Compiled by the National Youth Leadership Council, these standards can help educators better design and assess successful service-learning experiences for students.
K-12 Service-Learning Planning Toolkit, 2009 (download below)
Published by the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, this guide is a great first step for those who are new to creating service-based opportunities for students.
Service-Learning in Community-Based Organizations: a practical guide for starting and sustaining high-quality programs (download below)
Published by the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, this guide provides step-by-step instruction for setting up service-learning experiences in partnership with local organizations.