Selected Federal Resources
Learn and Serve America supports service-learning programs in schools and community organizations that help nearly one million students from kindergarten through college. Service-learning programs help students meet community needs, improve academic skills and learn the habits of good citizenship.
The National Service Learning Clearinghouse maintains a website with timely information and relevant resources to support service-learning programs, practitioners, and researchers. The Clearinghouse also offers many listservs and newsletters.
Through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, the Corporation for National & Community Service works to broaden, deepen, and strengthen the ability of America's volunteers to contribute not only to their communities, but also to our nation.
The Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools and the Office of Innovation and Improvement in the US Department of Education has resources and grants that can enhance service- learning efforts. Housed within these offices are programs dedicated to Character Education, Civic Education and Teaching American History.
Selected resources for the June 2005 broadcast of Ed News
National Service-Learning Partnership
The Partnership is a national network of members dedicated to advancing service-learning as a core part of every young person's education. Among many efforts, the Partnership supports members sharing resources, organizing change, and sponsoring innovation.
CIRCLE promotes research on the civic and political engagement of Americans between the ages of 15 and 25. CIRCLE is also a clearinghouse for relevant information and scholarship.
AYPF is a non-partisan organization that aims to develop better communication, greater understanding, enhanced trust and, ultimately, a climate in which constructive action can be taken that strengthens national, state and local leadership in the education and career preparation for youth development. This site offers free publications in connection to service-learning.
Stop Oregon Litter & Vandalism (SOLV)
SOLV is a non-profit organization that brings together government agencies, businesses and citizen volunteers in programs and projects that enhance the livability of Oregon. SOLV has a new comprehensive service-learning curriculum that enable students to meet Oregon Department of Education learning goals and outcomes in nine content areas as they benefit their community.
State Farm Insurance Companies
State Farm Insurance Companies® supports efforts to assure all children have access to an education that will allow them to achieve their greatest potential. To achieve this goal, State Farm has several educational excellence initiatives including the "State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning initiative".
L'Anse Creuse Public Schools offers its students the opportunity to both enhance their academic lessons and serve the community through service-learning teaching methods. The district received the Learn and Serve America Spirit of Service Award from the Corporation for National and Community Service in 2004.
Through its CAPstone (Citizen Action Project) Program, Kamiakin Junior High School offers its 9th grade students an opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom to benefit and advance community cases and efforts (service-learning).
The Helping Your Child publication series focuses on providing parents with the tools and information necessary to help their children succeed in school and in life. A title of particular interest is Helping Your Child Become a Responsible Citizenavailable in English and Spanish.
On this site the U.S. Department of Education offers information about public school choice, supplemental services, testing and accountability, as well as parenting tips on reading and homework.
Tools for Student Success: Selected Publications for Parents and Teachers This catalog provides brief descriptions of a number of publications featuring the latest research and most effective practices in subjects such as reading, homework, and staying drug free, as well as information on how to obtain these publications in hard copy or online.
No Child Left Behind: A Parents Guide This is the essential guide for parents, and provides answers to questions about No Child Left Behind and what the law means for parents, in an accessible and easy to understand format.
Questions Parents Ask About Schools This pamphlet provides answers to commonly asked questions on topics such as Getting Ready for School, Monitoring School Work, Helping with Reading, and Working with Schools and Teachers.
Ms. Amy Cohen is the Director of Learn and Serve America at the Corporation for National and Community Service. Learn and Serve distributes $43 million annually in grants to support community service and service-learning programs based in schools, CBOs, and higher education institutions throughout the United States. These programs engage individuals and institutions in school-community partnerships to address local community needs while building students' academic and civic skills. Learn and Serve also administers the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, the nation's source for service-learning information. Ms. Cohen was previously the Associate Director of what is now the Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Stephen Meyer (via satellite) is a Senior Research Associate at RMC Research in Denver with over 10 years of experience conducting research and evaluation in education. Currently, Dr. Meyer directs statewide, multiyear evaluations of Learn and Serve grantees in Michigan and Texas, focusing on the impact of service-learning on student achievement outcomes. Recently completed evaluations of Need In Deed, a service-learning program based in the School District of Philadelphia and a school reform model designed to respond to the needs of English language learners and culturally-diverse students, developed by the Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence (CREDE).
Ms. Amalia Cuervo is a Program Analyst at the U.S. Department of Education managing the National Training and Technical Assistance (TA) Center for Drug Prevention and School Safety Program Coordinators, which support over 700 Coordinators throughout the U.S. She works with interagency Federal committees in the area of drug and violence prevention. Ms. Cuervo has encouraged Department programs to incorporate service learning and character education to help improve student's chances for success in academics and in life. In 2003, she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for her national and international impact on preventing crime, drug use, and violence by the International Youth Crime Watch of America.
Ms. Ann L. Hart is the Community Service Learning Coordinator at L'Anse Creuse High School in Harrison Township, near Detroit, Michigan. For over a decade, L'Anse Creuse has required service learning of its high school students, and Ms. Hart has been a key leader in the program's success. She is responsible for having approximately 1750 students successfully fulfill their 40 hours of community service requirement before graduation. Ms. Hart has spoken at several conferences across the country to share the district's success with service learning. Ms. Hart and the district have received many awards over the years, including most recently, the 2004 Spirit of Service Award from the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Ms. Elaine Wiltermood was the 2004 student recipient of the Corporation for National and Community Service's Spirit of Service Award. Throughout her high school career in Polk County, Florida, Ms. Wiltermood took her service-learning beyond the required level and inspired fellow classmates and the community to help children, the homeless, and area teachers. Ms. Wiltermood recently completed her first year at East Tennessee State University and has enlisted to serve in the United States Navy this fall.
Mr. Justin Holman is a junior at Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School for Public Policy in Washington, DC. A central focus of Cesar Chavez is to tie what students experience in the field to their academic work in the classroom, culminating with a public policy thesis to be completed before graduation. Mr. Holman has enjoyed many service opportunities both in and out of school, including working with the DC Habitat for Humanity, the Student Conservation Association at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, and, presently, the Cheasapke Climate Action Network.
Mr. Matt Breysse is the CAPstone Coordinator at Kamiakin Junior High School in Kirkland, Washington. CAPstone (Citizen Action Project) is a yearlong program that all ninth grade students must complete prior to graduation. The program provides students with the opportunity to apply what they have learned in school to authentic, real world situations, in part to broaden the students' understanding of the responsibility that comes with democratic citizenship in a working community. In addition to being the CAPstone Coordinator, Mr. Breysse has also chaired the Language Arts Department and has supervised an after-school Homework Club. Mr. Breysse has been a teacher for nine years.
Ms. Theresa Lewis-King is a fourth-grade teacher at Blankenburg Elementary School in west Philadelphia. Her work with the Philadelphia School District spans over ten years, both as an educator and a representative on parent committees. She is a certified Service-Learning Trainer and has conducted numerous teacher workshops for the Philadelphia School District Content Institute. She is a Science Fellow and contributing member of the Philadelphia Science Core Curriculum Writing Team.
Ms. Susan A. Abravanel is the Education Director for SOLV (Stop Oregon Litter & Vandalism). Ms. Abravanel is responsible for the development of service learning partnerships in Oregon schools through a formal partnership with Oregon Department of Education. To make these partnerships a success, SOLV offers: professional development for educators in service learning and building partnerships; development and dissemination of K-12 SOLV curriculum for service learning; and a host of community service opportunities. Ms. Abravanel has over 20 years of experience with educational planning, curriculum development, and non-profit organizational program development and implementation.
Ms. Kathy Payne is the Assistant Director for Business-Education Partnerships for State Farm Insurance. She works directly with State Farm CEO and Chairman Edward B. Rust to support his national leadership on efforts that support academic standards, accountability, and improved student achievement in K-12 public schools. She serves as State Farm's representative for many organizations, including the Board of Directors for Youth Service America and the National Service Learning Partnership. Prior to joining State Farm, Ms. Payne was a special education teacher for twelve years. As a former local school board President, she received the 2002-2003 Illinois Board of Education "Those Who Excel" Award for outstanding educational contributions, and was named the "2003 Woman of Distinction" for education in her home county in Illinois.