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Delano Joint HSD  |  BP  6142.41  Instruction

Integrated Community Service-Learning   

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The Governing Board desires that all students develop a strong sense of personal and social responsibility. The Board understands development of this virtue can occur by infusing service learning instructional formats as an integral component of the core curriculum. Research supports that infusion of these instructional formats has been shown to improve critical thinking, communication, and planning skills while enhancing the targeted curricular framework. The Board desires that service-learning methodology be linked and coordinated with the instructional program.

The Board recognizes that community service on help students develop skills, career awareness and self-esteem. Service experiences also can motivate students by letting them apply what they are studying to local needs and problems and by showing them that they can make a contribution to their community.

The Board supports the integration of community service activities with the curriculum so as to enhance learning in all subject areas. The Board encourages staff to collaborate with local public and nonprofit agencies in order to develop service learning activities that meet educational objectives and also fit in with current community efforts to meet human, educational, environmental or public safety needs.

Integrated Service-Learning

_Is a (teaching) method whereby students or participants learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service that is conducted in and meets the needs of a community;

_Is coordinated with an elementary school, secondary school, institution of higher education, or community service program, and with the community;

_Helps foster civic responsibility;

_Is integrated into and enhances the academic (core) curriculum of the students, or the educational components of the community service program in which the participants are enrolled;

_Provides structured time for the students or participants to reflect on the service experience.

School-based service learning partnerships require integrating educators' knowledge of student core curricular learning objectives with the knowledge of community needs and service opportunities provided by one or more community-based agencies.

Service-learning as defined by the NACSTA and supported by the CDE Content and Performance Standards for Service-Learning is a strategy for teaching the core curriculum that engages the student in active learning, utilizes higher-order critical thinking skills, and emphasized the ethic of citizenship and active civic participation.

The Superintendent or designee will develop a three-year plan which will incorporate:

_Development of integrated service-learning curriculum into one or more of the academic core areas - science, English, social science or math.

_An integrated service-learning experience will be incorporated in each students' curricular pathway and individual learning plan.

_Service-learning instructional formats which will meet a real community need, be planned by teachers and students, and the process shall include reflection as an ongoing component of process - before, during and after the completion of the activity.

_Stakeholders (including site administrators, businesses, community members, parents/guardians, teachers and students) will be involved in planning, execution and evaluation of Integrated Service-Learning plan. Stakeholders will model the instructional format in their planning process by incorporating reflection as an activity.

The Superintendent will bring the plan to the Board for approval by January 1998, implementation of the plan will begin in January 1998. Formative evaluation will begin in May 1998. Full implementation for the class of 2002 will begin in August 1998. Integrated Service-learning will be evaluated every three years as an integral component of the curriculum.

Legal Reference:


35160 Authority of Governing Boards

35160.1 Board Authority of School Districts

51220 Areas of Study 9 to 12


12407 National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993

Steirer et al v. Bethlehem Area School District, 3rd Cir. 1993 789 F.Supp. 1337 (E.D. Pa 1992) 987 F.2d 989


adopted: January 14, 1997 Delano, California