7 Best Practices

ALL INDEPENDENT SERVICE LEARNING ACTIVITIES MUST MEET THESE BEST PRACTICES:

1. The Student Meets a Recognized Need in the Community.

· Examines pressing community needs. (preparation)

· Strategizes to address problems associated with community needs. (preparation)

· Provides direct, indirect, and/or advocacy service. (action)


2. The Student Achieves Curricular Objectives.

* Uses academic standards to establish mastery objectives.  (preparation)

* Applies academic learning to recognized community needs.  (preparation, reflection, action)

* Assesses progress towards and attainment of mastery objectives.  (preparation, action)


3. The Student Gains Necessary Knowledge and Skills.

* Explores citizenship and career options.  (preparation, action)

* Understands expectations associated with participation.  (preparation)

* Cooperates with team members and community partners.  (action)


4. The Student Plans Ahead.

* Identifies tasks, timelines and outcomes. (preparation)

* Assesses own skills and interests.  (preparation)

* Takes leadership opportunities.  (preparation, action)


5. The Student Works with Existing Service Organizations.

* Identifies nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations with which to partner.  (preparation)

* Creates collaborative, reciprocal relationships through involvement.  (action)

* Respects the human dignity and contributions of others.  (action, reflection)


6. The Student Develops Responsibility.

* Evaluates own performance.  (reflection)

* Strengthens character through civic engagement.  (action)

* Participates in a range of service opportunities.  (action)


7. The Student Reflects Throughout the Experience.

* Evaluates overall impact of service and learning.  (reflection)

* Analyzes what was learned from multiple perspectives.  (reflection)

* Explores next steps to continue service-learning involvement.  (reflection)