Mission and Goals
DEFINITION: Service Learning is a teaching and learning methodology that
connects classroom curriculum with identified community issues and needs.
Service Learning engages students in projects that serve the community and
build their social and academic capacities.
MISSION: Service Learning will strengthen the classroom instruction of
high school students in all subject areas to improve their overall academic
success, and will fulfill real needs in the City of Chicago. Through their
participation in curriculum-driven projects, students will be exposed to new
concepts in learning and will develop a stronger sense of social responsibility
and civic awareness.
GOALS: Service Learning as an educational strategy is designed to
enhance social and academic learning while developing character and citizenship
skills. Visit our Guidelines page to view Service
SERVICE LEARNING GRADUATION REQUIREMENT SUMMARY:
Students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of service between 9th and 12th
grade in order to graduate.
- Beginning with the 2004-05 academic year, all sophomores must complete
a minimum of 20 hours of service in order to be promoted to junior status.
Students must spend time preparing for and reflecting on the Service Learning
HOW DOES SERVICE LEARNING WORK
Each Service Learning project must have three components: Preparation, Action,
and Reflection. Students can complete Service Learning projects in one of three
ways: Classroom-based projects, after-school projects, or individual projects.
Visit our Guidelines page to find out more
Each school has at least one trained Service Learning Coach
whose responsibility it is to develop project opportunities for and with
students. Teachers also play an important role in developing classroom-based
service experiences that are linked to curriculum and standards. More than 200
community organizations provide service opportunities for students. Parents can
encourage and motivate their children to participate in high quality service
and can also help teachers implement projects. Principals and other
administrators help to promote the Service Learning initiative and guarantee
high quality service and academic rigor.
For more information, contact the Service Learning Coach or school principal in
your neighborhood or Jon Schmidt, Manager of Service Learning at 773/553-3425
or by email at jjschmidt@cps.K12.il.us.