Community Engagement in Education

Best Practices in High Quality Service-Learning
This eight-page document serves as a planning form for a service-learning project and focuses on integrated learning, high quality service, collaboration, student voice, civic responsibility, reflection and evaluation. Contributed by: Cherokee Nation.

Coverdell World Wise Schools / Peace Corps Service-Learning
Service learning is a teaching method that combines academic instruction, meaningful service, and critical reflective thinking to enhance learning and civic responsibility. Using Peace Corps Volunteers’ stories of service across the globe, Coverdell World Wise Schools’ resources help teachers and students make global connections through meaningful service learning. Resources include teaching suggestions, project ideas, a planning template, and more.

Higher Education Community Engagement Quality Practices
There is a strong body of knowledge in the field of higher education about what supports and sustains successful service-learning and community engagement at both the individual and institutional levels. These factors included joint planning, a genuine sense of reciprocity, clear definitions of roles and activities, a comprehensive student orientation and preparation process, and consistent communication with a primary point of contact on each side. This page provides tools, guidelines, and examples to support quality practices of community engagement in higher education.

In the spotlight: Tess Arenas advances environmental justice
An interview with a professor who uses service learning to teach about environmental justice.

National Service-Learning Clearinghouse


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