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General Resources for Service-Learning

Boston Teachnet
This website provides descriptions of numerous model S-L projects, each tied to specific curricular standards.

Connecting Service-Learning to the Curriculum: A Workbook for Teachers
This comprehensive resource, created by educators for educators, supports educators seeking to implement S-L, with an emphasis on education for sustainability. The text includes an introduction to S-L, a description of best practices for S-L, curriculum exemplars, assessment strategies, and planning guides. (Brooks, J. & Bonthron, S., Community Works Institute, 2010)

Effective Practices Collection
This website describes effective S-L program practices and includes ideas, project creation strategies, and examination of other related education and civic engagement issues. These issues include citizenship/character education, evaluation, reflection, community-based, higher education, K-12 and tribes/U.S. Territories. (Learn and Serve America's National Service-Learning Clearinghouse)

Getting Started in Service-Learning: An Elementary Through High School Handbook
This easy-to-use teachers' guidebook covers the basics of service-learning, from accessing community needs to using multiple reflection strategies. It includes project examples as well as the service-learning standards, and guides educators through the service-learning cycle. (National Youth Leadership Council, 2010)

Great Ideas: Using Service-Learning & Differentiated Instruction to Help Your Students Succeed
This text focuses on creating S-L projects that include all students, regardless of learning differences that may exist. Each step in the IPARDC process is clearly explained and modeled. (Gent, P. J., Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co. ISBN: 978-1-55766-985-8, 2009.)

High Quality Instruction that Transforms: A Guide to Implementing Quality Academic Service-Learning
This practical implementation guide provides explanations and examples of best practices for service-learning. (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2010)

Learning That Lasts Field Guide
A companion guide to Learning That Lasts: How Service-Learning Can Become an Integral Part of Schools, States and Communities, the Field Guide provides specific strategies to move service-learning from the margin to the mainstream in American schools. (Education Commission of the States, 2005)

Learning That Lasts: How Service-Learning Can Become an Integral Part of Schools, States and Communities
This publication answers the question, "what would it take to make service-learning part of every student's education experience?" based on our work as part of Learning In Deed: Making a Difference Through Service-Learning. (Education Commission of the States, 2002)

Lift: Raising the Bar for Service-Learning Practice
This multimedia learning experience is based on the K-12 Standards for Quality Service-Learning Practice. It contains hundreds of resources — videos showing service-learning in action, interviews with expert teachers and engaged students, questions that can be used for individual or group reflection, articles, planning tools and checklists, model projects and research summaries that help you learn how to infuse your service-learning projects with best practices. Content is sorted according to eight topics: meaningful service, link to curriculum, reflection, diversity, youth voice, partnerships, progress monitoring, and duration and intensity. (National Youth Leadership Council, 2010)

Playing in the PARC: Inclusive Service Learning Manual
This manual contains templates, training materials and research citations for planning and implementing inclusive service-learning projects. There is a discussion of exemplary practices and challenges in different phases of the service-learning process: Preparation, Action, Reflection and Celebration (PARC). This work also contains case studies of both students and programs in the New York State Inclusive Service Learning Program. (Kumin, R., & Lee, Y., NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, 2007)

Semester of Service Strategy Guide
This guide can help teachers and others working with youth to develop and implement a high-impact, strategic plan of action to engage young people in serving and learning in their communities. Semester-long service-learning projects that include research, planning, action, relationship-building, leadership development, reflection, and opportunities for young people to share what they have done and learned will enable them to commit to solving some of the most important and challenging issues facing our world. (Youth Service America, 2010)

Serve and Learn: Implementing and Evaluating Service-learning in Middle and High Schools
This volume makes two important contributions: First, it provides a framework grounded in theory and best professional practice that middle and high school teachers, their students and community partners can use to design, implement and evaluate S-L projects that address authentic community needs. Second, it demonstrates ways collaborative S-L can enhance students' intellectual development, promote their academic achievement, strengthen their citizenship skills and accelerate the kinds of educational accountability and reform initiatives emphasized in the national educational standards movement and the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act. (Pritchard, F.F., & Whitehead III, G.I., Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. ISBN 0-8058-4420-1, 2004)

Service-Learning and Hispanic Students: What Works in the Field
This report examines S-L best practices for educating Hispanic students and improving student graduation rates and matriculation into higher education. The author sought to determine whether successful schools implemented different practices for Hispanic students and how successful service-learning was as a pedagogical approach. (Lennon, T., Education Commission of the States, 2009

Service-Learning Lesson Plans and Projects: Human Rights Resources for Educators
This manual is designed for use by beginners and experts alike. The guide can be used with a broad range of learners, particularly if portions of the lessons are adapted. However, the main target groups for the activities are upper middle school and secondary school students, as well as university students (ages 14-20). The manual is divided into three main parts: Human Rights, Service-Learning, and Lesson Plans, which are complemented by resources and handouts in the Appendices. (Belisle, K. & Sullivan, E., Human Rights Education Program – Amnesty International USA and Human Rights Education Associates, 2007)

Service-Learning Policies and Practices: A Research-Based Advocacy Paper
This paper translates service-learning's research-based evidence for education leaders and identifies best practices and policies. The paper focuses on the five critical components for S-L effectiveness: vision and leadership, curriculum and assessment, community-school partnerships, professional development and continuous improvement. (Pickeral, T., Lennon, T., & Piscatelli, J., Education Commission of the States, 2008)

Service-Learning Professional Development Modules
Created by James Toole of Compass Institute and the University of Minnesota, the downloadable file offers three professional development modules of varying lengths, which provide off-the-shelf materials that are easy to use by teachers and teacher educators. Each of the three modules represents a complete professional development package. (National Service-Learning Partnership)

The Complete Guide to Service-Learning: Proven, Practical Ways to Engage Students in Civic Responsibility, Academic Curriculum, & Social Action
This text presents S-L — its importance, steps, essential elements, and challenges — within a curricular context and organized by theme.  The book includes descriptions of hundreds of real-life S-L projects and a CD-ROM with customizable planning and tracking forms and templates. "Bookshelf" sections in each chapter include annotated listings of over 300 books that offer teachable moments about community service, and help combine literature and S-L. (Kaye, C.B., Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing. ISBN: 978-1-57542-345-6, 2010)

Tool Kit: Service-Learning and Standards–Achieving Academic Excellence by Serving Communities
ECS/NCLC staff asked service-learning colleagues, "What tools have you found most helpful in your work?" This publication contains some of the most useful materials found on the topic of service-learning and standards. They illustrate best practices and provide constructive models in curriculum, assessment and planning. (Education Commission of the States, 2001. Printed version available from ECS, contact 303-299-3692.)


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