The StopWaste at School program embraces service-learning as a key instructional strategy to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to identify, understand and solve environmental problems throughout their lives.
What is Service-Learning?
Service-learning is a method whereby 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 [core] academic curriculum of the students, or the educational components of the community service program in which the participants are enrolled; and
- provides structured time for the students or participants to reflect on the service experience.*
K-12 Service Learning Standards for Quality Practice (Outside Source)
The brief tutorial below from the National Youth Leadership Council provides a good overview of service-learning: