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)