Service-Learning in Chicago Public SchoolsFaculty Presentation
CPS Definition of Service-LearningService-learning is a teaching strategy that connects classroom curriculum with service projects. Service-learning engages students in projects that serve the community while building social, civic, and academic skills.
Example: The SciencesStudents in an Environmental Science classroom learn about climate change and its impact on ecologies around the world. Students then conduct a carbon emissions audit of their school building in partnership with the Alliance for Climate Education and work with school leaders to take appropriate steps to reduce the schools carbon footprint. Students calculate the reduction in carbon emissions and prepare a report for the Local School Council.
Example: Social SciencesStudents learned about both international hunger and sustainability issues by examining the geography, history, culture, economics, and politics of a country. Students then planned a Race Against Hunger, inviting their peers and community members to participate and gain awareness about the problems of hunger. Students followed up their event by researching local food issues and drafting a plan for presentation to their Alderman.
Example: English Students in an English class develop meta-cognitive skills by studying literacy attainment strategies. They use these strategies with elementary school students to help children develop literacy skills. Students evaluate their work with elementary pupils and make adjustments for their next visit.
Example: MathematicsStudents in a Pre-Calculus class looked at the problem of credit card debt by examining the marketing of credit card companies and mathematic principles of credit calculation. Students hosted a credit night for parents and community members to better understand accessing and utilizing credit resources.
Stages of Service-LearningPreparation identify skills and knowledge, utilizing existing curriculum, to prepare students for service experienceAction participate in direct, indirect, or advocacy project that builds communityReflection write, discuss, create art, present learning from service project experience
Student OutcomesAcademic students discover and apply skills and knowledgeCivic students develop skills and dispositions to contribute to the common goodSocial Emotional students build a new set of relationships
Service-Learning StandardsYouth VoiceCurriculum IntegrationReflectionCommunity PartnersDuration and IntensityDiversityMeaningful serviceProgress MonitoringFor video of SL standards go to www.lift.nylc.org
Links to Common CoreSL9-12.4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning.SL9-12.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners.W9-12.2 Write informative texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts and information clearly.RST9-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media in order to address a question or solve a problem.
Framework for TeachingDomain 1: Planning and PreparationKnowledge of student interest and cultural heritageInstructional groupsAccess for diverse learnersDomain 2: The Classroom EnvironmentCreating an environment of respect and rapportStudent ownership of learningDomain 3: InstructionUsing questioning and discussion techniquesStandards-based objectivesDomain 4: Professional ResponsibilitiesEnhancement of content knowledge and pedagogical skillCollaboration and professional inquiryDemonstrating college and career readiness
Service-Learning ExpectationsFreshmen and Sophomores should participate in three SL projects as a graduation requirement.Teachers should integrate service-learning pedagogy into classroom instruction.SL Coaches should access and make available resources for teachers.Schools should develop a strategy to implement service-learning effectively.
Classroom StrategiesClassroom group projects that engage each student in preparation, action, and reflection towards completion of an engaging learning experience that meets curricular goals, and common core and service-learning standards. Independent service experiences that connect to classroom themes and concepts and include robust academic assignments.
Project ResourcesDistrict-wide Initiatives: Addams, King, Chavez, CERAP, Adopt-an-EcosystemProject Exemplars: 35 teacher-created projects at www.servicelearning.cps.k12.il.us/Curriculum.htmlCommunity Partners: Race Against Hunger, Chicago Cares, Mikva Challenge, Alliance of Great Lakes, Junior Achievement, etc. Students and Teachers
Service-Learning Web Resourceswww.servicelearning.cps.k12.il.us curricular, project and community partner resources in Chicago www.gotoservicelearning.org examples of great service-learning projects around the countrywww.servicelearning.org project examples, curriculum, ideas, resources, assessmentswww.learningtogive.org tons of lesson plans and SL project ideas