Florida Learn & Serve Publications
External Evaluations of Florida Learn & Serve
Other Useful Publications

Florida Learn & Serve Publications

Florida Learn & Serve Brochure - a quick introduction to Florida Learn & Serve.

Standards for Service-Learning in Florida - This user-friendly guide is designed to help you better understand what service-learning is and how to integrate it into teaching and learning. The nationally adopted Standards for Service-Learning are derived from research on effective practice, and Florida examples illustrate each standard. Additional information is included regarding K-20 service-learning resources and support in Florida.

4 Practical Resources for Linking Service-Learning and the Florida Sunshine State Standards - illustrates links between service-learning activities and the Florida Sunshine State Standards, and features discipline and age-specific lesson plans for use by teachers and others interested in incorporating service-learning in their classrooms.

My Art...My World - A Handbook on Integrating Service-Learning into the Art Classroom - presents information on the foundations of arts based service-learning as well as a compilation of lesson plans.

A Guide to Engaging Students in Service-Learning Projects Addressing Hometown Safety - Lessons from Florida SPaRC - offers guidance for programs and schools that are interested in infusing hometown saftety into their service-learning projects. The manual has lesson plans, first-person descriptions of successful projects, useful information on cultivating partnerships, and many other resources for getting a hometown-safety service-learning program up and running.

Methods of Evaluating Student Performance Through Service Learning - a Florida Learn & Serve-sponsored publication produced by the P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School at the University of Florida. This document includes a series of useful and reproducible tools for teachers to use to measure learning and impacts of student service-learning projects.

Case Portraits of Exemplary Service-Learning Programs in Middle and High Schools in Florida - A “case portrait” is a detailed description of a program, generated using common case study methods, for a program at a particular point in time. This publication presents five case portraits for exemplary service-learning projects in Florida, and identifies and describes some common characteristics of these projects.

External Evaluations of Florida Learn & Serve

Study of the Community, Higher Education, and School Partnerships (CHESP) - Drafted by Brandeis University and Abt Associates in 2003, this report summarizes the findings of case studies of six Learn & Serve funded statewide CHESP programs (in Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, and Pennsylvania), describing grantee and subgrantee partnerships and project activities. The study concludes that
the CHESP experience has demonstrated that three-way partnerships can be created; that considerable time, resources, and skills are needed to do so; and that there is a widespread belief that these kinds of partnerships are leading to more and better service-learning.

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Other Useful Publications

Constitutional Rights Foundation seeks to instill in our nation's youth a deeper understanding of citizenship through values expressed in our Constitution and its Bill of Rights, and educate them to become active and responsible participants in our society. CRF is dedicated to assuring our country's future by investing in our youth today. Their Service-Learning NETWORK publication is free of charge.

Service-Learning Delivers What Americans Want from Schools (New poll shows a way to improve public enducation). New PDF Summary of Public Opinion Poll

Making Knowledge Productive - Skills and Tools for Evaluating Community Service-Learning in Massachusetts - provides an introductory set of skills and tools to help Massachusetts (and beyond) teachers and service-learning coordinators conduct credible and respectable program evaluations as part of their on-going service-learning efforts.

New York Learn and Serve's manual on service learning.

Roper Public Opinion Poll: Public Attitudes Towards Education and Service-Learning (PDF)

Learning In Deed Issue Paper: Integrating Youth Voice in Service-Learning (PDF)

Youth Voice: A Guide to Engaging Youth In Leadership (PDF)

Service-Learning and Standards Toolkit, a new publication from the Compact for Learning and Citizenship (CLC) and the Education Commission of the States (ECS). The Toolkit not only features numerous examples of service-learning curriculum and assessments tied to standards, but draws upon the experiences of service-learning advocates at the state, district and school level in exploring practical issues such as policy, professional development and administrative support. The cost is $25 plus shipping. (order form)

The National Youth Leadership Council's mission is to build vital, just communities with young people through service-learning. As one of America's most prominent advocates of service-learning and national service, NYLC is at the forefront of efforts to reform education and guide youth-oriented public policy. Print materials range from themed-newsletters to service-learning program design models. Videos are also available. Most items charge a nominal fee.

The Learn and Serve America National Service-Learning Clearinghouse (NSLC) supports the service-learning community in higher education, kindergarten through grade twelve, community-based initiatives and tribal programs, as well as all others interested in strengthening schools and communities using service-learning techniques and methodologies. NSLC maintains a large collection of both print and online documents relating to service learning – click here. Many NSLC publications are available online while others are available only as print copies which Learn & Serve grantees may borrow from NSLC Library Services. Additionally, NSLC offers copies of some of their documents for distribution and use - some at a fee, while others are free. Click here to access the inventory of NSLC publications available for purchase.

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