K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice
The National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) has established a set of eight standards as a guide to quality service learning. While they are targeted to the K-12 education audience, they are adaptable to higher education environment and to the understanding of community partners, as well. Learn more about these standards.
1. Meaningful service
2. Link to curriculum
5. Youth Voice
7. Progress monitoring
8. Duration and intensity
National Youth Leadership Council (2008). K-12 service-learning standards for quality practice. In Lift: Raising the Bar for Service-Learning Practice. Retrieved from http://nylc.org/standards
The Stages of Service Learning ( IPARDE)
Investigation: Use critical thinking to identify and analyze community needs and assets and student interests, skills, and talents.
Preparation: Get ready to take action through service by gaining knowledge and skills aligned with academic objectives. Collaborate with community partners to create a service plan that addresses identified community need(s).
Action: Engage in meaningful and creative service that enhances learning and provides guided practice in social responsibility.
Reflection: Communicate feelings, experiences, and learnings before, during, and after the action phase.
Demonstration: Showcase the service-learning experience, demonstrating insights and outcomes to the community.
Evaluation: Assess student learning and the service-learning experience as a whole to identify successes and areas for improvement.
Find out more at Generation On
Generation On (2012). Stages of service-learning. Retrieved from https://www.generationon.org/page/iparde-resources
Service Learning is a method of teaching that connects learning outcomes to identified community needs and opportunities. As a metropolitan institution, UNO values community partnerships that come together from P-12 and higher education, as well as community organizations, government agencies, and businesses to provide meaningful opportunities to serve and learn in the community.
By developing academic service learning experiences with all three entities, the opportunity to deepen academic learning, provide real-life experiences, and build relationships, allows learning that continues throughout a lifetime.
- Become active in addressing real community issues through coursework
- Develop civic engagement and citizenship skills necessary for career and individual development
- “See” textbook learning come to life
- Break down the four walls of the classroom
- Develop relationships with K-12 and higher education students as well as teachers in community agencies
- Provide meaningful opportunities for critical thought and upper-level learning
- Engage students actively in their learning
- Students achieve at higher levels
- Address real agency needs through classroom learning
- Act as co-teacher in the classroom
- Impact youth as a valuable asset in the community
- Interact with youth and families
Service learning implementation can begin with an idea, need, course learning outcome, or conversation. However it starts, the Service Learning Academy can assist in the development of the curriculum that implements this style of teaching in a quality way. Using the K-12 Quality Service Learning Standards and other supportive materials, support is available in many ways.
Means of Support
- Training for P-12 educators, UNO faculty members, and community partners on quality service learning development during Service Learning Seminars
- Graduate assistant support for service learning implementation and planning
- Funding for service learning curriculum including project materials, transportation, and food
- Customizable training and support for schools, departments, after school programs, groups, etc. that are interested in developing service learning programs
Please go to our Information for Educators page for more resource information.