August 20, 2015
The American National Service Learning Clearinghouse (2015) defines “service learning” as “a teaching method designed to involve students in authentic and meaningful service to their communities. Service learning makes connections between classroom content and the community and provides structured time for students to reflect on their service experiences. It is intended to instill a sense of civic responsibility by encouraging students to assess their impact upon the community as active contributors to society.” If you have students utilize classroom content to help a community in a meaningful way, you are a service learning educator.
The form for students to complete before they begin their service learning projects rests below this letter. Furthermore, individual agencies might require students to complete liability forms.
If you plan to have a service learning component during this academic year, please, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org a description of the component in a few sentences. In addition, let me know if you have any questions or if I can be of any help as you plan a service learning endeavor to enrich students’ classroom experience.
Dr. DeLisa Ging
Coordinator of Academic Service Learning