The Office of Social Sciences and Service-Learning has developed guidelines for the Service Learning Initiative. The guidelines are designed to encourage teachers to integrate service projects with classroom curriculum. One of the ways that OSSSL is supporting this effort is to recruit community organizations to work directly with teachers on service projects that are integrated with classroom curriculum. If you click on classroom projects, you can find a listing of agencies that are prepared to work with a teacher on a project. Browse through the organizations and, hopefully, you will find the organization that is a good fit for you, your students, and your classroom goals.
While some of the listed organizations have specific projects previously designed for student participation, others are more flexible and can work with you to develop a project that meets the goals of the organization and your classroom. Representatives from community organizations can serve as guest speakers, host a project, or work with your class to design and implement a project.
Teachers throughout Chicago Public Schools have been guiding excellent service-learning projects with their students. For examples of great curriculum-integrated service-learning project that CPS teachers have facilitated, click here.