Facilitate High-Quality Service Learning Experiences

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Michael NiehoffMichael Niehoff, Education Content Coordinator

Favorite place you ever visited?

Favorite weather/climate?
Cloudy, rainy days.

Favorite band or musical artist of all time?
The Replacements.

The “why” of this week’s Making Magic?
Whether they will articulate this or not, learners are looking for unique life experiences, ways to contribute and connect to the world, while ultimately working to discover their unique strengths and attributes. Service learning addresses all of these in powerful, meaningful and concrete ways. The service learning projects I’ve done over the years have had tremendous lifelong impact on me and, more importantly, my students. In many cases, service learning has influenced students’ future careers and life paths in many ways.

This Week’s Focus

Project-Based Service Learning

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How can we engage all learners in high-quality service learning experiences?

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Check out “Stages of Service Learning” on YouTube:

Vacya Tipa is a passionate international school student whose service learning work with sea turtles in Lombok, Indonesia, has been an ongoing project since she was in 6th grade. She seeks to share the value of service learning with others. See her “Service Learning and The Power of One” from TEDxYouth@SWA:

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Author and PBL Teacher Heather Wolpert defines service learning in simple terms and shares how to plan a service learning project in her Edutopia post “What the Heck is Service Learning?”

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Have you heard of ‘Glocal’? I shared this concept in Getting Smart with “Service Learning: Think Global, Act Local”:

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Here are some additional service learning resources.

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Check out this transformational technology known as Treedom:


Read how this New Platform Connects Students To Service Learning, Creates Service Learning Transcript:

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Featured image: Cultural Bridges Global Service Learning Trip

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Being Makers

Being Makers is a team of change-making leaders from Maker Learning Network and iLEAD Schools focused on project-based learning and social-emotional growth.
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