“Surely the end of all education is service to others.” -- Cesar E. Chavez
Mission and Goals
DEFINITION: Service-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.
MISSION: Service-learning will deepen and extend classroom instruction for CPS high school students in all subject areas to improve academic achievement, build social skills, and develop civic skills and attitudes. Through participation in curriculum-integrated service-learning projects, students will be have opportunities to work toward the common good as they develop a strong sense of social responsibility and civic awareness.
GOALS: All schools generate opportunities for classroom-integrated service-learning experiences with students. All students participate actively in service-learning experiences to build higher order academic skills, strengthen relationships, and develop civic skills. Community organizations partner with schools to provide authentic service-learning experiences.
Visit our Guidelines page to view service-learning outcomes.
SERVICE LEARNING GRADUATION REQUIREMENT SUMMARY:
HOW DOES SERVICE-LEARNING WORK?
Each service-learning project must have three components: Preparation, Action, and Reflection. Students can complete service-learning projects in one of three ways: Classroom-based projects, after-school projects, or individual or small group projects scaffolded into classroom experience. Visit our Guidelines page to find out more information.
Each school has at least one trained Service-Learning Coach whose responsibility it is to work with teachers and students to develop service projects. Teachers play an important role in developing classroom-based service experiences that are linked to curriculum and standards. More than 250 community organizations provide service opportunities for students. Parents can encourage and motivate their children to participate in high quality service and can also help teachers implement projects. Principals and other administrators help to promote the Service-Learning initiative and guarantee high quality service and academic rigor.
For more information, contact the Service-Learning Coach or school principal in your neighborhood or Jon Schmidt, Service-Learning Manager, at 773/553-6391 or by email at email@example.com.