Here you will find a wide range of Service-Learning resources collected especially for UW Colleges and UW-Extension faculty and staff. These resources will provide you with the useful tools, inspiration, and professional reading you need to guide you to successful Service-Learning.
The Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service
The Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service housed at UW-Marathon County seeks to create "sustainable state-wide public service initiative, including systematic academic (and non-academic) service-learning that brings students from the classroom at both the secondary and post-secondary levels into under-served communities to address pressing community needs. Rather than reinvent existing programs, the Institutes primary role will be to collect, distribute, and assess academic service-learning models and promote best practices through education, outreach and training. It will also facilitate collaboration among faculty, students and community partners by actively matching academic service-learning initiatives through UW-Extension to efforts in the UW Colleges." To access their website, please visit: http://www.wiipps.org/
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Service-Learning Principles & Pedagogy
The following links to the national Campus Compact site share principles of effective Service-Learning practice and ideas for how to plan for it. Though these materials were designed with campus-based courses in mind, these concepts can also be used as a basis for Service-Learning in informal education settings.
- Principles of Good Practice for Service-Learning Pedagogy
- Program Characteristics of Effective Service-Learning
- Six Models for Service-Learning
Service-Learning Program Development
Here you will find resources that will help you create Service-Learning programs. These resources can be adapted for both formal and informal educational settings.
- Resources for Developing Service-Learning Programs
- Designing a Service-Learning Program in Ten Steps
- Outlining Steps for Planning, Implementing and Assessing a Service-Learning Project
- Using the PARE Model in Service-Learning
- Course development worksheet
- Suggested timeline for service implementation
- Example of UW-Fond du Lac Student (community placement) service form
- Example of UW-Fond du Lac Service-Learning reflection form (to verify completion of hours and tasks)
- Example informational form to use when meeting with a community agency for the first time
- Example Service-Learning 101 presentation
- Fact Sheets from the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
- Building Effective Partnerships in Service-Learning
- Character Education and Service-Learning
- Recognition in Service-Learning
- Risk Management and Liability
- Tribal Service-Learning Programs
- Youth Voice in Service-Learning
- Resources for Reflection
- Resources for Evaluation
- Evaluation Toolkit: Educators' Guide to Service-Learning Program Evaluation
- Cooperative Extension Program Evaluation
- Example UW-Extension programs
- Service-Learning resources from the IDEAS Portal Web Site
Examples of Service-Learning for Youth
Service-Learning has long been recognized as an effective strategy for positive youth development. Many extension educators throughout the state have developed effective ways to incorporate Service-Learning and community service into youth programming.
- 4-H Youth Development
- Elements of Service-Learning for 4-H
- Promoting Reflection in 4-H Service-Learning
- 4-H Community Service Grant Application - Funds available to Wisconsin 4-H clubs to promote community service and Service-Learning activities.
- Kenosha County Youth as Resources (YAR)
YAR is a program and a philosophy that recognizes youth as valuable community resources. A YAR board of youth and adults jointly raise funds that are then awarded to local youth groups to design and carry out community service projects.
- Afterschool Programs and Out-of-School Time
- Afterschool and Service-Learning
- Afterschool Service-Learning: Four Profiles of Youth Engagement
- Service as a Strategy in Out-of-School Time: A How-to Manual
- Tips for Effective Service-Learning Projects in Out-of-School Time Programs
- Giving Teens 100 Ways to Serve in the Community
- Integrating Youth Voice in Service-Learning
Examples of Service-Learning for Adults
- Diversity Circles
Participants in these study circles help build understanding communities through discussion of issues of diversity and racism.
- Wisconsin Master Gardener program
Learners in Master Gardener programs throughout Wisconsin practice their skills and apply their lessons to volunteer projects in their local communities.
Opportunities for Funding Service-Learning Programs
- Search for funding sources on the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
- Fundraising and Grant-writing links compiled by Andy Lewis, CNRED, and Will Andresen, Iron County UW-Extension
Wisconsin Campus Compact Civic Engagement Resource Guide
This resource guide, developed by Wisconsin Campus Compact with support from UW-Extension, provides practical information on community-campus civic engagement efforts in Wisconsin. Includes models of civic engagement projects/partnerships, sample resources and contact information.
Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement
This award recognizes outstanding performance of an individual, program or unit that that has advanced UW Colleges and/or UW-Extension's commitment to civic engagement and/or Service-Learning.
Professional development opportunities
Here are ways to continue to develop your understanding and expertise in Service-Learning.
- UW-Extension Service-Learning Committee
All members of UW Colleges and UW-Extension are invited to join this committee and help advance Service-Learning in our institutions.
- UW-River Falls Graduate Certificate
UW-River Falls, working in partnership with the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC), has developed a graduate-level certificate in Service-Learning. This program benefits anyone who uses or wants to use Service-Learning methods as a unique, hands-on and experiential teaching and learning strategy. Participants may complete the full sequence and receive the certificate or they may take individual courses. All courses are delivered online.
- Wisconsin Campus Compact list-serv
Selected Service-Learning articles and books
- An Unusual, but Natural, Match, - Campus Compact and UW-Extension
- Extension Is Not Just Service, But Service-Learning Is Important to Extension, Journal of Extension
- Service-Learning: Going Beyond Traditional Extension Activities, Journal of Extension
Selected professional journals
Other related Web sites
- National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
- Learn and Serve America
- National Campus Compact
- Wisconsin Campus Compact
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Service-Learning
- UW-Milwaukee Institute for Service-Learning
- Marquette University Service-Learning Program
- Ripon College Community Action Network