Finding Common Ground: Service-Learning and Education Reform

Synopsis

An AYPF report reveals areas of compatibility between Comprehensive School Reform (CSR) programs leaders in education reform and elements of service-learning. For example, most CSR programs (or models) in the report provide opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and skills to real-life situations, address local community issues and interests, and develop civic skills and competencies. There has been a suspected compatibility between service-learning and CSR, but no one has asked CSR models directly until now. It remains to be seen whether these two educational movements collaborate to develop a unified approach to linking classroom academics to service in school or the community, providing a truly comprehensive education for America’s children and youth.

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