Service Learning Coach

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.

The Service Learning Coach is the key player in making Service Learning a success. It is the job of the Coach to orchestrate an effective Service Learning strategy that includes administration, faculty, students, parents, and community partners. It is not the job of the Coach to do everything. The Coach is the organizer whose job it is to get other key players engaged in the Service Learning Initiative. Specific job responsibilities are outlined below:

  • Together with principal and appropriate faculty and community leaders, develops comprehensive service learning strategy for school which includes community needs and resource assessment
  • Builds, cultivates, and sustains relationships with community agencies and organizations and works directly with contact persons to ensure quality service experience for students
  • Builds partnerships with teachers to develop and coordinate planning for classroom-based service learning projects
  • Informs staff and students of service opportunities and develops service projects in partnership with teachers and community agencies and organizations
  • Maintains accurate, updated records on student progress toward completion of service learning graduation requirement
  • Provides service learning in-service opportunities for school faculty in consultation with Service Learning Manager
  • Attends all service learning professional development activities as required
  • Reports directly to the principal or assigned designee

The Office of High School Development recently launched the Service Learning Pilot Project Initiative for the 2002-03 academic year. Sixteen high schools across the city are participating. To learn more about this exciting initiative and how high schools are tying service projects to classroom curriculum and instruction. If your school is not a Pilot Project school this year, you may apply to become a Service Learning Pilot Project Wave II School for the 2003-04 academic year. Applications will be available in April, 2003.

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