What is service-learning?

Service-learning is an approach to teaching and learning in which students use academic knowledge and skills to address genuine community needs.

Picking up trash on a river bank is service.
Studying water samples under a microscope is learning.
When science students collect and analyze water samples, document their results, and present findings to a local pollution control agency – that is service-learning.

What makes it work?

Successful service-learning is a multifaceted teaching and learning process. Though each service-learning project is uniquely tailored to meet specific learning goals and community needs, several elements are critical for success. These elements are the K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice.

Go deeper with the K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice.