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Service Learning

Service Learning, Leadership and Action at Nishimachi

Nishimachi is a community where knowing, caring and taking action is embedded in our identity and integral to our curriculum.

Service learning is experiential and enacted from a place of mutual understanding. It  addresses human and environmental needs and includes advocacy, direct or indirect involvement with people, animals and the environment to make an impact, as well as research to influence policy and practice.

Service learning is a teaching and learning approach that integrates meaningful action with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach global responsibility, and strengthen communities through mutually beneficial partnerships.

Students develop leadership skills and learn to collaborate, think critically, and problem solve.

(This definition is adapted from Linking Service-Learning and the Common Core State Standards: Alignment, Progress, and Obstacles. Education Commission of the States. By Lisa Guilfoile and Molly Ryan. April 2013)