Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Service Learning



Civics Is Social and Emotional

Summary: this article reports on a project called “Generation Citizen” which teaches civics through action projects where students pick issues that are important to them and then take action to address the problem at a political level.

Source: Molly McKay Bryson and Scott Warren, Education Week, October 15, 2018

Categories: SEL Basics, Service Learning, Student Engagement, Student-Centered Learning, Student Voice



How Can We Make Service Learning Less Self-Serving?

Summary: This article looks at service learning and the connection between the school and community organizations that the students might serve.

Source:  Kyle Redford, Education Week, February 28, 2017

 Categories:  Service Learning, Student Voice, Student Engagement



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Five Steps to Cultivate Service Leaders Through Community Service

Summary:  This article explores service learning at the elementary school level through a look at “Club We Can’ which is an afterschool club for third through sixth graders offering students a chance to learn about local, national, and global issues and to be a part of related community service projects.

Source:  Connie Rensink, Education Week, October 14, 2016

Categories:  Service Learning, Student Engagement, Student Voice



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Inspiring Kids By Teaching Them They ‘Can’

Summary:  This article speaks to the importance of teaching students that they can make a difference and how experiential learning projects give kids the chance to figure out how they can change the world.

Source: Tara Garcia Mathewson, Education DIVE, July 13, 2o16

Categories:  Student Engagement, Student Achievement, Service Learning



How to Find a Home for Service-Learning Projects

Summary:  What does quality service-learning look like in practice? Where does it fit into the school day? And how can it help to transform the learning experience? This article talks about service learning projects that were featured in the National Service Learning Conference in Washington, D.C. in May 2015.

Source: Susie Boss, Edutopia, May 20, 2014

Categories:  Service Learning, Student Engagement



Empowering Students to Change the World

Summary:  This article from Edutopia talks about empowering students through service learning.  The writer suggests four strategies for empowering students and showing them they can make a difference in the world.

Source:  Chase Mielke, Edutopia, November 18, 2015

Categories:  Service Learning, Student Engagement



K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice

Summary: Explore standards from the National Youth Leadership Council that deliver clear guidelines for designing and assessing meaningful service-learning experiences.

Source:  Edutopia

Category: Service Learning



How to Use Service Learning to Engage Kids

Summary:  This article sets forth six strategies for starting meaningful community-service projects:  Let the kids identify a need, Use current events, Involve students in decision-making and project design, Start small and local, Don’t fret over addressing academic standards, and Look for opportunities to make connections.

Source:  Lisa Morehouse, Edutopia, August 3, 2009

Category:  Service Learning



Service Learning: Real-Life Applications for Learning

Summary:  Montpelier High School’s service learning program integrates across the curriculum, utilizing a school greenhouse and gardens to provide food for the school district’s lunch program.

Source:  Edutopia, February 3, 2015

Category:  Service Learning



Service Learning at

Summary:  This website provides a number of resources to help you implement service learning as well as other aspects of a successful character education program.


Category:  Service Learning