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Getting Started in
Service Learning
Lemons to Lemonade Program
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
2009
Clarifying terms
Volunteer
Community Service
Community based
learning
Community service
learning
Community
Service-Learning
Definition:
A method by which people participate
in service experiences that address school
or community needs while also learning
academic skills and/or content connected
to the service, and engaging in structured
reflection on the service experience
Service-learning outcomes
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authentic learning
self-esteem
social responsibility
academic learning
communication skills
collaboration skills
learning from experience
future civic participation
CSL Essential Elements
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Preparation
Collaboration
Student Ownership
Service
Curriculum Integration
Reflection
Celebration
Evaluation
Types of Service
Direct - working directly with people
Indirect - fund-raisers and collection programs
Education - teaching those who are affected by
the problem or those who can make a difference
Advocacy - advocating for change through
social or political channels (e.g. letter writing,
petitions, lobbying, campaigns)
Principles of high quality
service-learning
collaborative
intellectual
Student-centered
State their opinions
Make choices
Make connections
to their lives
Collaborative
with classmates
with the recipients
of the service
on the design and
conduct of the
project
Experiential
Actively engage in:
needs assessment
research
project development
service activities
Intellectual
Seek out a variety of
sources with multiple
perspectives
Study and analyze the
issue
Use subject matter
skills and knowledge
Analytical
Examine the root
causes of the problem
Consider whose voices
have been excluded
Examine their own role
in the problem
Multicultural
Take an inclusive
approach to the
problem
Understand the issue
from diverse
perspectives
Involve a diversity of
people in working
together
Value-based
Acknowledge the
controversial nature of
aspects of the problem
Examine and discuss
the values involved
Activist
Engage in direct action
as well as advocacy or
social change efforts
Aim to create a more
socially just society and
world
Begin a project
with this winning trio
your
curriculum
+
community
need
+
students'
interest
How do K-12 projects begin?
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Community problem or need
School problem or need
Area or agency near the school
Teacher interest
Parent or student interest
Curriculum connection
Current events issue
Next Steps... Planning
Plan for learning and service
Involve community partners and students
Map out roles, responsibilities and time line
Plan ahead for reflection and assessment
Build in time for collaboration
Keys to effective collaboration
Ask about needs
Offer to help
Start small
Meet face to face
Share responsibilities
Reflect and adjust
Work toward mutual ownership
Reflection and Assessment
Reflective thinking
Connecting theory to
practice
Learning from
experience
Personal development
Understanding of
course content
Students’ learning and
attitudes from
service
Students’ learning of
course content and
skills from service

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