Service-Learning is an instructional strategy that combines meaningful service to the community with curriculum-based learning. It is a form of civic education that provides students with opportunities to explore and reflect on what it means to be an active, engaged citizen.
In the 2021-2022 school year, students in Maryland collectively engaged in 4.9 million hours of service-learning to serve the local and global community!
Students report that service-learning:
- provides a connection between school and the real-world.
- strengthens leadership, problem-solving, and organizational skills.
- improves academic performance while addressing needs in the community.
Maryland’s Seven Best Practices of Service-Learning:
- Meet a Recognized Need in the Community.
- Achieve Curricular Objectives through Service-Learning.
- Reflect Throughout the Service-Learning Experience.
- Develop Student Responsibility.
- Establish Community Partnerships.
- Plan Ahead for Service-Learning.
- Equip Students with Knowledge and Skills for Service.
Developed in collaboration with over 80 teachers throughout the state, Maryland’s Seven Best Practices align with national standards and are essential in creating exemplary student service–learning experiences in Maryland.
Lauren McKinley, M.Ed.
Service-Learning Specialist, Youth Development Branch
Office: (410) 767-0357
Reginald Burke, M.S.
Director, Youth Development Branch
Office: (410) 767-0313