Across America, service-learning is helping students perform better in school while improving their communities through service. By connecting classroom lessons with community service projects, service-learning engages students and brings learning to life. You can help spread the word about the benefits of service-learning and grow the movement of service-learning from 30 percent of K-12 schools to more than 50 percent of schools in the next five years.
To view these materials, click on the links below:
- Bring Learning to Life: An Introduction to Service-Learning (Video)
- Bring Learning to Life: An Introduction to Service-Learning (Brochure)
- What is Service-Learning? A Guide for Parents
(Written by Cathryn Berger Kaye)
- Service-Learning in Action
Below are some tips and ideas for how to use these materials in your local efforts to educate others about the power of service-learning and the benefits of your program.
- Show it to all educators and staff in your school or organization.
- Contact your local cable access station to see if they will run the video in its entirety.
- Contact local and state educator associations to see if they will play the video at their trainings and conferences.
- Reach out to a neighboring school or organization to see if you can arrange a screening and information session on service-learning.
- Ask your local newspaper or television station if they will host a community screening and forum on service-learning.
- Show the video to potential community partners or funders to demonstrate how service-learning works and how they can be a part of it.
- Arrange a showing for your school board, town council, or other elected officials.
- You can use stickers or insert into a writeable PDF. Don't have the time or know-how? Use your students' talents!
- Distribute the brochures at trainings and events.
- Provide your community partners with a supply of brochures to distribute.
- Encourage teachers who use service-learning to share the brochures with parents during parent-teacher conferences to help educate them on the benefits of service-learning to their children.
In late December, Learn and Serve America's first-ever television public service announcement was distributed to thousands of broadcast and cable stations nationwide. In just one month, 78 stations have broadcast the PSA more than 1,000 times, reaching an estimated audience of more than 15 million viewers.
Imagine how many more stations are likely to air the spots after being contacted by a service-learning program in their state or community urging them to spread this important message to parents, students, and teachers. Learn how you can make a difference and encourage local stations to play the PSA. If you have any additional questions, contact Jacqueline Aker.