Registration for the 2017 NCSLC Summit is open!

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The North Carolina Service-Learning Coalition is pleased to announce that registration for our 2017 North Carolina Service-Learning Summit is now OPEN!

This year’s Summit is organized around the theme of “Civic Engagement Through Service-Learning” and students, service-learning professionals, and community organizations across the state will gather and share their best practices.

This year, the National Youth Leadership Council (www.nylc.org) has partnered with NCSLC to be featured with keynote and breakout sessions.

Registration is open at this link: https://tinyurl.com/NCSLC2017

See you at the summit!

Call for proposals extended – October 6th

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North Carolina Service-Learning Summit “Civic Engagement Through Service-Learning” Call for Proposals

The North Carolina Service-Learning Coalition (NCSLC) requests workshop proposals and showcase presentations for the 2017 NC Statewide Service-Learning Summit to be held Thursday, November 16, 2017 at UNC-Pembroke. All Proposals must be received no later than Friday, October 6th, 2017. All workshop presenters and showcase providers must register for the summit at https://tinyurl.com/NCSLC2017. We will inform all presenters and showcases by October 10, 2017.

We encourage your submissions via our Google form:
https://tinyurl.com/y9nepqht

PDF Preview of the submission form is available here:  2017 RFP Submission Form Preview

What works in service-learning?

What works in service-learningA new white paper from Projects That Work at Catholic University seeks to identify “what works” in service-learning projects in middle and high schools across the country by examining what happens, how well it happens, and what factors inhibit or optimize it happening.

In Wave 1 of the research, researchers made several observations about effective service-learning projects:

  • Projects were more feasible when an adult from a community partner was involved with the project.  Students who worked with community partners also felt that they learned more and made a bigger difference in their communities.
  • Projects went more smoothly when teachers provided specific information for students about project implementation.
  • Projects that were closely aligned to academic standards led to greater student learning but were more difficult to implement
  • Students felt they learned more from projects that involved reflection activities like related readings, class discussions, and opportunities to demonstrate the project’s impact

What recommendations would you add from your own experience?  Let us know in the comments.

The entire Wave 1 white paper is available from Projects that Work.  You can read an interview with Dr. Edward Metz, lead researcher for Projects that Work, and find about about how to get involved in the study, in this article from Youth Service America.