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Service-Learning Standards

K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice


From the National Youth Leadership Council (2008)

  1. Meaningful Service: Service-learning actively engages participants in meaningful and personally relevant service activities.
  2. Link to Curriculum : Service-learning is intentionally used as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals and/or content standards.
  3. Reflection : Service-learning incorporates multiple challenging reflection activities that are ongoing and that prompt deep thinking and analysis about oneself and one's relationship to society.
  4. Diversity : Service-learning promotes understanding of diversity and mutual respect among all participants.
  5. Youth Voice: Service-learning provides youth with a strong voice in planning, implementing, and evaluating service-learning experiences with guidance from adults.
  6. Partnerships : Service-learning partnerships are collaborative, mutually beneficial, and address community needs.
  7. Progress Monitoring: Service-learning engages participants in an ongoing process to assess the quality of implementation and progress toward meeting specified goals, and uses results for improvement and sustainability.
  8. Duration and Intensity: Service-learning has sufficient duration and intensity to address community needs and meet specified outcomes.