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Service Learning

Engaged Campuses

Daan Braveman | Posted 10.30.2014 | College
Daan Braveman

Quite often the service aspect exposes students to issues of poverty, class and race -- issues they may not observe firsthand in their lives before college or even in their lives on college campuses.

Our Responsibility to Challenge Our Students' Hopes and Dreams During Service

Ken Schneck, PhD | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Ken Schneck, PhD

It could not be more inspiring to think about the scores of students who are throwing themselves into service anticipating, expecting, grasping, hoping and willing the world around them to change.

Love: Who Cares?

Dan Butin | Posted 05.10.2014 | Education
Dan Butin

I am as such much more interested in the question of "how" than of "what." How can we truly hear our students? How do reciprocal partnerships look and work? How do youth engage in their own learning? How is equality sustainability?

Students Can't Solve Chicago's Homelessness Problem, But They Can Learn to Serve

Teresa Mastin, Ph.D. | Posted 04.29.2014 | Chicago
Teresa Mastin, Ph.D.

It's not often that we think of college students as part of a solution to complex social problems, like homelessness. But perhaps it's time we did.

Michigan Middle School Protects Environment by Fighting Hunger

Kenneth Estelle | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Kenneth Estelle

As part of an ongoing fundraiser with TerraCycle, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank's staff have been collecting yogurt containers and shampoo bottles in the break room. Three months in, we'd managed to fill up a couple of copy paper boxes. Then Whitehall Middle School got a hold of the idea.

Santa Earns A Ph.D.

Mary Ellen Jukoski | Posted 02.22.2014 | Education
Mary Ellen Jukoski

Today's service-learning programs are calibrated to involve a much fuller spirit of collaboration. They embrace a more nuanced understanding of what Santa and the holidays represent -- the reciprocal respect and interconnectedness among individuals.

Service Learning to Develop Leaders Against Hunger

William Lambers | Posted 02.20.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

An aspiring teacher can learn how to make hunger issues a part of their lessons plans. A business major can see how they might start or help a non-profit organization through their career.

Learning to Serve, Serving to Learn

Richard V. Hurley | Posted 02.05.2014 | College
Richard V. Hurley

I am often asked how well our college of the liberal arts and sciences prepares students for jobs and careers. We like to think that a liberal arts education prepares students for life, and that jobs and careers are only one part of that.

Service Learning is Key

Joseph W. Bruno | Posted 01.26.2014 | Education
Joseph W. Bruno

In these idle conversations I have had, students conclude that they pick up anywhere from 40 percent to 50 percent of what they learn in the classroom and the rest from other experiences on campus.

Service-Learning Helps Students Tackle World's Tough Issues

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 06.17.2013 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

Service-learning is successful if civic engagement becomes a way of life for our college students, both before and after graduation.

The Problem With Volunteering

DC Central Kitchen | Posted 06.12.2013 | Impact
DC Central Kitchen

What if, instead of counting students' service hours, we asked them to step up and solve problems? Most people see students as learners. At The Campus Kitchens Project, we view them as our teachers.

HOPE Scholarship Can Value Service As Well As Grades

Michelle Nunn | Posted 05.12.2013 | Impact
Michelle Nunn

By rewarding both good grades and volunteer service, the HOPE scholarship could teach the rest of the nation how to produce educated, engaged citizens who know how to give back.

Service Learning: The Missing LInk

Bayaud Enterprises | Posted 04.23.2013 | Impact
Bayaud Enterprises

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif Service learning is method of providing personal and academic development through work with established nonprofit organizations in the community. It is an avenue to introduce students to a professional environment without the extensive commitments of an internship.

When Is It the Right Time to Introduce Service to Your Child?

Diana Grycan | Posted 04.06.2013 | Parents
Diana Grycan

I think we need to take the time to do much more explaining to our children about why we do things for others. That is what plants the early seeds of service.

Civic Engagement and the College Campus

Domenick Scudera | Posted 03.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

I was well into my 40's before I started to realize this. I am amazed that these young people are so grounded and insightful at such a young age. Their words are inspiring to me.

Let's Put Service in Schools: An MLK Day Call to Action

Steven Culbertson | Posted 03.18.2013 | Education
Steven Culbertson

Beginning on MLK Day thousands of young people across the country will begin a "Semester of Service," a sustained service and learning framework that integrates standards-based curriculum with substantive service to the community.

Why You Should Say No to Orphanage Tourism (And Tell All Tour Companies to Do the Same)

Daniela Papi | Posted 01.20.2013 | Impact
Daniela Papi

When travelers to Cambodia ask me "Well, which orphanage is good that I could visit today?" my answer is "Any orphanage that will let you walk in off the street and subjects children to a revolving door of visiting volunteers is not one you want to support."

Closing the Achievement Gap: An Obama Signature Program?

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 10.01.2012 | Education
Harold A. McDougall

The Obama Administration could provide a national focus for all these efforts with a signature program to close the achievement gap, not displacing the contributions of community and business but facilitating and focusing them. Why not?

To Improve Student Achievement, Start With Service

Steven Culbertson | Posted 10.28.2012 | Education
Steven Culbertson

As we start the school year, I offer a remedy that teachers, parents, administrators and especially students can all agree on: service-learning, a teaching and learning method that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection.

Planting Seeds of Change

Rachel Olstein Kaplan | Posted 10.16.2012 | Impact
Rachel Olstein Kaplan

Shoshana Wineburg always resisted her mother's requests to help with the gardening. Yet now, at 25, the Seattle native and inveterate traveler is eager to plant seeds -- both literally and figuratively -- that will blossom into brighter futures for the communities she works with.

Cultural DNA: Bringing Civic Infrastructure to Life

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 09.09.2012 | Home
Harold A. McDougall

It is community -- not the market, not government -- that is the crucible of culture, and culture is the root of problem-solving, of intelligence itself.

A Letter to Mr. Biden -- Promoting Service-Learning in China

Grace Li | Posted 10.18.2011 | Impact
Grace Li

I'm writing to you because I read about your trip to China and Japan, and I hope that you will be able to encourage the schools there to get involved in service-learning.

How Many Sacred Cows Does It Take to Sustain a Movement?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 09.26.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Our own history tells us just how possible, and difficult, it is to turn ideas and energy into transformational change.

Bezos Scholars Program -- Incubating Big Ideas and Model Citizens -- One High School at a Time

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 06.11.2011 | Education
Jeffrey Abelson

The bottom line is that if students don't have a visceral sense of their roles as citizens, upon graduation from high school, they're not likely to develop that sense of civic connection later.

A Civic Marshall Plan for a Grad Nation: A Role for Volunteers?

Shirley Sagawa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Shirley Sagawa

Having a sense of purpose is also a key ingredient for student success. If students can connect what they are learning to a positive future for themselves they are far more likely to do what it takes to succeed in school.