Service Learning in CPS
Service Learning is about diving deep into real life. It is about asking important questions and understanding yourself. Through talking about what’s going on in the world, research into what makes things the way they are, and action to make change, you develop as a strong leader.
Traditionally, community service is just one-day projects or collecting hours. That’s not powerful education. Service learning engages our imagination and our power. By participating in service learning projects, we grow the skills in communicating, analyzing, and organizing that enable us to dream and create a better world.
Service learning connects your classroom learning with the things that matter to you, in your community. With the new CPS Service Learning policy, teachers will include opportunities to connect classroom learning to community issues through service learning projects. Whether you are in Math class or P.E., World History or Spanish, you are applying what you learn in class to real-world problem solving and healing the community.
The district requirement is 2 classroom-based service learning projects, one in Civics or AP Government and one in another class. * While every project will be different, all projects must connect to the curriculum, involve student voice, and include preparation, action, and reflection. As more and more teachers incorporate service learning projects in their classes, you will carry out more projects than this requirement – and you will make more and more of an impact on the world.
Taking it Further
Chicago has an incredible array of community organizations and opportunities for students to get involved. On the CPS Service Learning website, check out the Community Events Calendar, Community Partners List, and Current Youth Leadership Opportunities for more resources.
12th graders in most schools are still under the old service learning requirement of 40 hours. Though hours will no longer be a graduation requirement for students in Class of 2020 and beyond, your out-of-class volunteering and leadership will be recorded on your transcripts in the Awards and Honors section. This allows you to share your experiences and service with universities and employers.
For more information, contact Shanti Elliott, Service Learning Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org/ 773-553-6147