Advancing Student Success through Policy and Practice
We partner with school districts around the country to ignite a passion for service-learning and guide students toward academic success. In a unique collaboration to support and enhance district-determined strategic priorities, we create whole district transformation to ensure the sustainability of service-learning – an instructional practice that achieves measurable academic and civic outcomes through the development of cognitive critical thinking skills necessary for college, career, and civic life.

Service-learning is youth-led, increasing motivation and agency for students. It engages those least likely to be asked to serve.

Districts in Action modifies to meet your district’s needs and goals, but the structure remains the same: Professional development for educators is bolstered by concurrent leadership development for students. Ongoing coaching with our team supports instructional change at the classroom level, engaging students and educators in improved practices and setting benchmarks for future success. Working with district administrators and policy leaders marshals sustained support. Outreach to community partners raises awareness of the benefits of service-learning. Informed by decades of research, Districts in Action arrives at outcomes which are necessary precursors for improved academic achievement, graduation rates, and post-secondary aspirations.

Districts in Action is a joint project between NYLC and the National Center for Learning and Civic Engagement at the Education Commission of the States.

Districts in Action is currently active in Ferndale School District, WA; Henry County Schools, GA; and Richardson Independent School District, TX. This program was developed over several years of research and experience; early district partners were instrumental in this process. Former partners include Guilford County Schools, NC; Mounds View Public Schools, MN; and Youth Connections Charter School, IL.

Are you ready for Districts in Action?
Contact us if your school district is:

  • Committed to supporting professional development for teachers and leadership development for students;
  • Interested in building upon (not replacing) existing district priorities with service-learning, or;
  • Prepared to commit 3-5 years in partnership with Districts in Action.

If you meet any of these criteria, reach out to Elizabeth Koenig, Professional Development Director for NYLC (