How do we channel adolescent energy into productive action? What can we teach them while they’re engaged in the hands-on investigation they need so much at this age? Where can we take them when their energy is just too big for the classroom?
We believe that service-learning provides answers to these questions. And that it can be successfully linked to essential concepts and skills from the Core. We're working with schools and communities across Iowa to find and develop resources to facilitate high-quality service-learning programs that will mesh with the Core just as the lessons for Clean and Green do now. Please watch these pages for frequent updates, but for now here are some resources to explore—(middle school strategy & facilitator guides are now listed below)
- Global Youth Service Day
- Reflection activities from www.NextStepAdventure.com
- Results of the 2012 Service-Learning Survey, completed by 446 people in 2012
- Service-Learning Report presented to Governor Terry E. Branstad on March 27, 2012
- Service-Learning Unit
- “What is Service-Learning”, a video from the Learn and Serve Clearing House
Research on best practice suggests we base service-learning projects on the IPARDC model. This means adults need to involve students in every part of the process—
And if kids truly exercise voice and choice through all these steps, they will be ready to plan their next service-learning project when the first is completed!
Middle School Strategy Matrix: 6th - 8th grades Service-Learning Unit
Facilitator Guides for Middle School Service-Learning