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    Service Learning at Seattle Public Schools

    Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy (pedagogy), adhering to the K-12 High Quality Service Learning Practice Standards and Indicators, which connects learning (classroom and community) to real world issues and meeting community needs. 

    Service Learning projects which meet academic standards, civic, character, or leadership learning goals through hands on, relevant, and relational service, in collaboration with the community, build the capacity for empowered youth to be active and engaged citizens and the change they want to see and can be! Ready for College, Career, and Life!

    SPS and Partners in Service Learning

    Service Learning Seattle (SLS-SPS) is a partnership between Seattle Public Schools, higher education, local government, businesses, community based organizations, teachers and empowered youth to support the long-term sustainability of high quality service learning opportunities for youth in Seattle and regionally. We seek to collaborate to develop, implement, and evaluate service learning projects and practice.

    Creating Connections 

    To connect key stakeholders in community based organizations and schools to facilitate high quality service learning opportunities that meet real community needs.  Promoting and supporting a common definition of service learning, advocating its integration into K-12 teaching strategies and curriculum, and implementing common assessments and data collection for reporting school and community impacts.

    Support and Resources  

    To support high quality service-learning practices through resources, tools, education and training to community organizations, educators, parents, students and other interested parties.  Obtain resources to support high quality service learning implementation through grants, partnerships, and development.

    Organizational Structure

    Steering Committee: of community organizations, school district staff, teachers and youth.  Meets monthly, and leads work teams (training & technical assistance,partnerships, advocacy).  Membership is open to committed stakeholders. 

    Partners
    : all interested parties that attend activities and training, and/or participate on work teams.