Beyond the Walls of the Classroom

By: Joy Mazur, English Teach at  A senior year English class is usually filled with college essay writing, novel reading, and research practice. However, students in the Morris Hills Regional District’s new Service-Learning course are developing their college readiness in a different way–through investigating genuine community needs and applying their academic knowledge and skills to … Continue reading Beyond the Walls of the Classroom

Developing Moral Character Through Service-Learning

By Amy Meuers, NYLC CEO Different points in history have demanded that people stand-up for what is right, what is moral and ethical. In his letter from the Birmingham jail, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, “History is the long and tragic story of the fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. … Continue reading Developing Moral Character Through Service-Learning

The Generator, Winter Edition

Dear Readers, Understanding the duties and responsibilities of being a citizen do not come at the age of 18 but need to be introduced and fostered throughout adolescence. In this issue of The Generator we take a closer look at how service-learning supports the implementation of civic learning for our youngest citizens by building their … Continue reading The Generator, Winter Edition

Service-Learning & Academic Success

By Amy Meuers, Interim CEO High school graduation rates are on the rise, yet nearly 20% of high school students still are not graduating (“High-School-Graduation,” 2016). Students who drop out of school are more likely to end up needing government assistance, commit crimes, and are less likely to be involved in their community (Bridgeland, Dilulio, … Continue reading Service-Learning & Academic Success

Social, Emotional, and Service-Learning in a Visual Arts Classroom

Service-learning requires that students apply a mix of soft and hard skills to meet genuine community needs. If ever these behaviors were easy to teach, it’s when student passions meet those needs: when a student explains to a school board member that STEM skills are improving the school garden thus the quality of school lunches, … Continue reading Social, Emotional, and Service-Learning in a Visual Arts Classroom