Service Learning

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Student Well-Being Opinion Where Does Social-Emotional Learning Go Next?
Teachers, students, and parents all want more social-emotional and service learning in schools. The pandemic has only heightened that need.
John M. Bridgeland & Francie Richards, May 11, 2021
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Teaching Profession Teachers Still Believe in 'Learning Styles' and Other Myths About Cognition
Most teachers believe in learning styles and being right- versus left-brained, which have been debunked by research, a new survey found.
Madeline Will, September 5, 2019
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Students Making an Impact: Global-Scholar Programs in the Midwest
Students can earn a "global distinction" on their high school diploma by completing a capstone project. Annette Cowart explains what this means for districts.
Annette Cowart, February 20, 2019
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Teaching Opinion Developing Student Mindsets Through Service Learning
How to engage in meaningful service learning and volunteer activities with students.
October 18, 2018
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Science Opinion Makerspaces: Building Community and 21st-Century Skills in Detroit
How maker spaces can promote 21st century skills, social-emotional learning, and a sense of community.
Bart Eddy, April 12, 2018
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Curriculum Opinion Empowering Young Activists Through Harry Potter Fandom
How can being a fan inspire young activists? Here are examples from the Harry Potter Alliance.
Janae Phillips, May 8, 2017
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College & Workforce Readiness Opinion How Design Thinking Helps Students Take Action
Design thinking is a classroom strategy that can facilitate 21st century skills while allowing students to take action through projects they are passionate about.
Sanjli Gidwaney, March 20, 2017
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College & Workforce Readiness Opinion Student Centered, Global Service Learning
A unique service learning programs helps students become empathetic activists.
Linda Kantor Swerdlow, November 22, 2016
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The Case for Universal National Service, Service commitments could be transformative for education, offering youths training and a sense of purpose, writes James M. Stone. Photo by Getty.
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College & Workforce Readiness Opinion The Case for Universal National Service
Service commitments could be "transformative" for education, offering youths training and a sense of purpose, writes James M. Stone.
James M. Stone, September 13, 2016
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Michele Haussler, a parent and Art in Action volunteer, teaches 5th graders at Taft Community School in Redwood City, Calif., about the quilts created to pass on signals to fleeing slaves traveling on the Underground Railroad.
Michele Haussler, a parent and Art in Action volunteer, teaches 5th graders at Taft Community School in Redwood City, Calif., about the quilts created to pass on signals to fleeing slaves traveling on the Underground Railroad.
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Families & the Community Volunteer Group Restores Art Lessons in Schools
Art in Action trains parents in 19 states to teach art in schools that have cut the subject from the curriculum.
Kathryn Baron, April 26, 2016
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Sophomore Miguel D’Agostino, 17, looks down the hallway before the start of a learning-support class at Coatesville High School in Coatesville, Pa.
Sophomore Miguel D’Agostino, 17, looks down the hallway before the start of a learning-support class at Coatesville High School in Coatesville, Pa.
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Special Education Group Aims to Boost Advocacy Skills for Parents of Students With Disabilities
In a Pennsylvania town roiled by controversy after a superintendent's resignation, a volunteer group's efforts seek to rebuild trust between the community and school district.
Christina A. Samuels, February 9, 2016
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Student Well-Being Opinion College Admission 2.0: Service Over Self
In a new report, Ivy League admissions deans and others rethink what matters in prospective students, writes Richard Weissbourd.
Richard Weissbourd, January 19, 2016
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College & Workforce Readiness Opinion Millennials Want to Serve. Let's Help Them Do It.
Contrary to popular narratives, today's youths are eager to serve their country and communities, insists Tufts Dean Alan D. Solomont.
Alan D. Solomont, October 20, 2015
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Jennifer Sanchez prepares a needle with a Flu vaccine at the San Ysidro Health Center on Thursday, February 6, 2014 in San Ysidro, CA. The program focuses on ways schools can get students involved in their community as a way to make learning more relevant. San Ysidro High School, which serves a high-poverty exurb (maybe 20 minutes from downtown) of San Diego,has turned its high poverty, overwhelmingly Mexican immigrant community from a barrier to a boost for its students.
Jennifer Sanchez prepares a needle with a Flu vaccine at the San Ysidro Health Center on Thursday, February 6, 2014 in San Ysidro, CA. The program focuses on ways schools can get students involved in their community as a way to make learning more relevant. San Ysidro High School, which serves a high-poverty exurb (maybe 20 minutes from downtown) of San Diego,has turned its high poverty, overwhelmingly Mexican immigrant community from a barrier to a boost for its students.
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College & Workforce Readiness Calif. School Taps Community to Engage Students
With a curriculum based on service and local cultural resources, San Isidro High School strives to make learning relevant for students in its border community.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 2, 2014
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