Best Practices of Student Service Learning

  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 toward 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)

2-06 Adapted from Maryland’s Seven Best Practices of Service-Learning.