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Service-Learning is a teaching method that combines meaningful service to the community with standards-based learning. Service-Learning challenges students, as part of their curriculum, to identify, research, propose and implement solutions to real needs in their school or community and by which students improve academic learning and develop personal and career skills.

In school-based service-learning projects, students apply standards-based curricula and classroom learning through hands-on service projects they help design. In such projects, students practice skills and behaviors they learn via service and extended classroom learning.

It is a policy of the State Board of Education and a priority of the Oregon Department of Education that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, sex, marital status, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment. Persons having questions about equal opportunity and nondiscrimination should contact the Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction at the Oregon Department of Education, 255 Capitol Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97310; phone 503-947-5740; or fax 503-378-4772.

Grant Applications & Awards

Oregon Learn & Serve is a federally funded grant program that awards grants to schools and school districts to engage youth in service-learning. Awards are issued every three years by the Oregon Department of Education.

Project Descriptions

In school-based service-learning projects, students apply standards-based curricula and classroom learning through hands-on service projects they help design.

Quality Practice

Years of practice and research have resulted in Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice. ODE supports the implementation of these elements in proposed programs and includes these characteristics in professional development activities.

Professional Development

Oregon K-12 Learn and Serve has begun innovative professional development practices for teachers and administrators interested in Service-Learning as a positive and active instructional strategy across all grade levels and content areas.

Project Participant Materials

Project Descriptions for the 2009-2012 grant cycle will be posted after the new grantee awards are announced in December, 2009.

Resources

This page contains links to web sites, documents and organizations related to Service-Learning.

Contacts
  • Pete Ready Email    (503) 947-5785
    Federal Systems - Education Specialist

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