NEAAAT Service Learning

NEAAAT student Caitlin Weidenfeld completed service learning hours as a member of the FRC robotics teams volunteering in an elementary school.

Service learning is a teaching method designed to involve students in authentic and meaningful service to their communities.

Service learning makes connections between the classroom 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 on the community as active contributors to society.

Service Learning is a Work-Based Learning experience as it provides students with Career Exploration opportunities and supports students with developing Employability Skills.

NEAAAT is documenting the successful completion of service learning projects for students in grades 9-12.

  • By May 31, 2020, freshmen will have contributed at least 20 hours of service to their communities during the 2019-2020 school year, as measured by the cumulative folder audit report.
  • By May 31, 2020, sophomores will have contributed at least 20 hours of service to their communities during the 2019-2020 school year, as measured by the cumulative folder audit report.
  • By May 31, 2020, juniors will have contributed at least 40 hours of service to their communities during the 2019-2020 school year, as measured by the cumulative folder audit rep
  • By May 31, 2020, seniors will have contributed at least 40 hours of service to their communities during the 2019-2020 school year, as measured by the cumulative folder audit report.

Elements of Service Learning

Authentic

  • Meets a real community need.
  • Through investigation, students identify a relevant need in the community and community partners.

Intentional

  • Thoughtful and well-planned experiences.
  • Students research and make a detailed plan.

Connects with Curriculum

  • Brings classroom learning to life.
  • Service is connected to the curriculum and helps to foster global and ethical citizenship.

Reflective

  • Supports global and ethical citizenship.
  • Students reflect throughout the process of service learning.

Impactful

  • Makes a positive impact in the community.
  • Students provide evidence that, through action, they contribute to solutions that benefit the community.

Applicable

  • Aligns with interests and career goals.
  • Students demonstrate how they will use what they have learned in the community and the impact on their career goals and interests.