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Service Learning

Welcome to the Heritage Academy of Science & Technology Service-Learning Webpage! Here you will find information on service-learning resources and programming. Heritage Academy of Science & Technology is committed to making service-learning a fundamental part of its instruction and learning community where,

• Students are active in communities as partners, leaders, and advocates,
• Learning is experiential, student-centered, academically sound, meaningful, and lifelong.

What is Service-Learning?

Service-Learning is a method of teaching that enriches learning by engaging students in meaningful service to their schools and communities, and integrating that service with established curricula or learning objectives.

• Picking up trash on a riverbank is service .

• Studying water samples under a microscope is learning.

• When science students collect and analyze water samples, document their results, and present findings to a local pollution control agency – that is service-learning.

Service Learning Committee and Activities

A committee of four staff members and multiple students will participate in the following service-learning activities with local and national partners.  Additional projects to be developed this year include tutoring Tatanka Academy students, engaging in Famine Relief in Somalia, and more.  See Ms. Albrecht or Ms. Auger for more information.

Service-Learning Energy Audit

Students will learn how to use the energy auditing tools; to find out how much energy and money
things in the school use; come up with data-based suggestions for saving energy to share with
students, teachers, the principal, their families, and others; and to figure out how to move forward.

Students can use their skills to audit local homes; teach younger students the basics of energy efficiency; share their knowledge with local businesses; and change policy in their schools and districts.

National Service-Learning Conference

The National Service-Learning Conference is the largest gathering of youths and practitioners from the service-learning field, drawing 2500-3000 attendees from across the United States and 30 countries.

Professional Development

Heritage Academy of Science and Technology is a proud member of NYLC’s Generator School Network. The Generator School Network is a community of schools committed to best practices in service-learning — and to the vision that high-quality service-learning should be a part of the school experience for every student.
Membership in the GSN helps educators assess and strengthen their service-learning practice, access curricular tools from NYLC, share their experiences and projects, and improve student and community outcomes. Through an easy-to-use online community, the GSN connects K-12 teachers and administrators, giving them voice outside their classrooms and schools while providing them with the materials they need.

Service-Learning Resources

The process in a service-learning project that helps participants determine what they've accomplished, learned, and need to do next.

K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice
The K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice are a guide for service-learning practitioners to improve the quality of service-learning within the classroom.

A database of quality service-learning lesson plans, syllabi, and project ideas.

Service-Learning Partners

National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC)
A pioneer non profit service-learning organization based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, that offers trainings of youths and practitioners, online and print publications, research, and program development.

A K-6 service-learning elementary in the Saint Paul Public School District.

Irvington High School
A high school in the Fremont Unified School District.

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