Best Practices


Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice

Meaningful Service

Service-learning actively engages participants in meaningful and personally relevant service activities.

Link to Curriculum

Service-learning is intentionally used  as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals and/or content standards.


Service-learning incorporates multiple challenging reflection activities that are ongoing and that prompt deep thinking and analysis about oneself and one’s relationship to society.


Service-learning promotes understanding of diversity and mutual respect among all participants.

Youth Voice

Service-learning provides youth with a strong voice in planning, implementing, and evaluating service-learning experiences with guidance from adults.


Service-learning partnerships are collaborative, mutually beneficial, and address community needs.

Progress Monitoring

Service-learning engages participants in an ongoing process to assess the quality of implementation and progress toward meeting specified goals, and uses results for improvement and sustainability.

Duration and Intensity

Service-learning has sufficient duration and intensity to address community needs and meet specified outcomes.


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Corporation for National and Community Service (2007). The Impact of Service-Learning: A Review of Current Research.

Kay, C.B. & Connolly, M (2013). With Common Core State Standards, Why Service Learning Matters Even More.