LOCAL, STATE, AND NATIONAL (LSN) GOVERNMENT – Quarters 2-4
Preparation – Students work individually or in class groups to identify an issue of public, governmental, or community concern. Research is conducted on the history, groups, topics, and alternatives for addressing the issue. With teacher approval, students identify and create a plan of action based on their research that best addresses the issue.
Action – Students make contact with agencies involved in the issue and use their input and assistance to implement their project. Whether the project is advocacy, indirect action, or direct action, students must complete the action phase in conjunction with agency expectations as well as service learning guidelines. Students work with their teacher and the agency to record progress on their project and receive course credit for the steps involved.
Reflection – Students complete the CCPS Reflection Essay for this project that includes explanation and reflective pieces on their research, action phase, and the impact of their project on the public, governmental, or community concern they selected.
The Maryland State Department of Education requires every student to complete service learning as a graduation requirement. In Charles County, the program is part of the curriculum in grade 6 Language Arts, grade 7 Science, grade 8 Health, and grade 9 Government courses. At all grade levels, students must complete a preparation, action and reflection component of the service learning project for the requirement to be met.
When students do not complete any portion of the service learning project in these courses, or if they transfer into Charles County Public Schools without having completed their service learning finalized, they are notified and required to complete a replacement project prior to graduation. This project is outlined in an Individualized Activity Packet (IAP) must be completed by any student needing the additional service learning in order to receive a Maryland diploma.
Students receiving this notification form must complete a replacement project (for each grade level project they missed) to be considered for graduation. Information regarding replacement projects and the IAP can be obtained from the Service Learning Coordinator at each middle and high school.