Center for School Change has worked for more than thirty years to promote service – learning. This is an approach that involves combining classroom work and community service. In 2019, CSC is working with the National Youth Leadership Council, Youthprise and Growth & Justice, among other groups, to help encourage creation of additional service-learning programs around the state of Minnesota.
- Hold several meetings around Minnesota where students an educators would discuss outstanding service-learning programs
- Provide startup funds to help increase the number of service-learning programs taking place
- Provide evaluation of these programs.
Here’s a link to standards for quality service learning, developed by a variety of researchers.
Here’s a link to a a special edition focused on service-learning of the magazine Phi Delta Kappan, co-edited by CSC director Joe Nathan
This article describes a service-learning class. Students studied ways to resolve consumer problems, and to protect themselves as consumers. They solved more than 150 consumer problems that adults referred to them.
Here’s a link to an Education Week commentary, “Toward a Vision of Students as Citizens” that Nathan wrote
Here’s a brief summary of research on service-learning, prepared by Professor Andrew Furco, University of Minnesota