SLCC 2007 Presentation from Learn & Serve America

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SLCC 2007 Presentation from Learn & Serve America

  1. 1. Learn and Serve BRING LEARNING TO LIFE! America
  2. 2. <ul><li>Established in 1993 to engage Americans of all ages and backgrounds in community service </li></ul><ul><li>AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and Learn and Serve America </li></ul>Learn and Serve America
  3. 3. Our Goal <ul><li>To make service –learning and civic engagement a standard feature of American education, both formal and informal </li></ul>Learn and Serve America
  4. 4. Learn and Serve America… <ul><li>funds programs in K-12 schools, community-based organizations, and institutions of higher education that engage participants in structured, hands-on projects that meet community needs while helping participants develop personal, civic, and academic skills . </li></ul>Learn and Serve America
  5. 5. Learn and Serve America
  6. 6. The Definition of Service-Learning <ul><li>Participants learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service that is conducted in and meets the needs of a community </li></ul><ul><li>coordinated with an elementary school, secondary school, institution of higher education, or community service program, and with the community </li></ul><ul><li>fosters civic responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>integrated into and enhances the academic curriculum of the students, or the educational components of the community service program in which the participant is enrolled </li></ul><ul><li>provides structured time for participants to reflect on the service experience </li></ul>Learn and Serve America *Source: National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993
  7. 7. Elements of School-based Programs <ul><li>Integrates community service into the curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Creates and maintains reciprocal partnerships between school and community </li></ul><ul><li>Meets compelling community needs </li></ul><ul><li>Ensures youth leadership and decision-making </li></ul><ul><li>Addresses state and local standards </li></ul><ul><li>Provides at least 20 hours of service in a semester </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes civic skills and engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Occurs many times throughout the school years </li></ul>Learn and Serve America
  8. 8. Research Findings <ul><li>Improved Academic Achievement and Engagement </li></ul>Learn and Serve America <ul><li>Positive Civic Attitudes and Behaviors </li></ul><ul><li>Reduction in Risky Behavior </li></ul>
  9. 9. Growth In Prevalence <ul><li>In 1984, only 9% of high schools organized service-learning programs in their schools. </li></ul><ul><li>By 2004, 30% of public schools nation-wide organized service-learning, including 46% of high schools. </li></ul>Learn and Serve America
  10. 10. National Service-Learning <ul><li>Gathers and disseminates information about service-learning at: www.servicelearning.org </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum, research, project examples </li></ul><ul><li>E-Mail discussion lists </li></ul><ul><li>Available free to the public </li></ul>Learn and Serve America Clearinghouse
  11. 11. Challenge to the Virtual World Community <ul><li>How can service-learning have a useful presence in virtual worlds and an impact in the real world? </li></ul>Learn and Serve America
  12. 12. Resources <ul><li>Corporation for National and Community Service </li></ul><ul><li>www.nationalservice.gov </li></ul><ul><li>National Service-Learning Clearinghouse </li></ul><ul><li>www.servicelearning.org </li></ul><ul><li>National Service-Learning Partnership </li></ul><ul><li>www.service-learningpartnership.org </li></ul><ul><li>Brad Lewis, Program Officer, Learn and Serve America </li></ul><ul><li>Blewis@cns.gov or (202) 606-6898 </li></ul>Learn and Serve America

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