Service Learning Program Resources

“I truly believe these service-learning experiences have made me a more effective teacher and have provided students a voice and a chance to show how much of a difference they can make as a citizen, even at a young age.”
-Barry J. Guillot, NBCT | 8th Grade Earth Science, Harry Hurst Middle School

Supplemental Resources

To research the topic of service learning, find ideas for lesson plans, and learn what other students are accomplishing through service learning, explore the resources below:

Featured Resources

STEM Library Lab has curated several pinboards full of lesson plans, reflection activities, project ideas, and other tools to help you develop your service learning program.

Reflection Activities
STEM Library Lab has compiled an extensive list of reflection activities that can be used in your service learning projects.

National Youth Leadership Council
IPARD service-learning model. NYLC leads the field of service-learning by redefining the role of young people in society. List of listserv(s). Service Learning toolkits. K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice. Project examples. Service Learning Handbook.

The GoodCharacter Service Learning Primer
K-12 project examples. Reflection questions and activities.

Learning to Give
Lesson plans for K-12 coded to Common Core standards.

Youth Service America
Project ideas including virtual service projects. Toolkits. Lesson plans. Webinars. Technology Tools for Service Learning.

CBK Associates
Lesson plans. Guides for kids and teens on tackling the subjects of climate change and global warming, hunger and homeless, reading, protecting and caring for animals.

Malcolm Shabazz City High School
Service learning ideas arranged by subject area.

Lists of nonprofit organizations/potential community partners.

Trash Tree Waste Awareness
Project ideas. Lesson plans. Curriculum web on how to connect the topic to academic subjects. Students at New Foundations Charter School in Philadelphia educate the community about “reduce, reuse, and recycle.”

Harkins Consulting, LLC
Project ideas for all ages and all subjects.

Constitutional Rights Foundation
History/Civics/Social Studies. Lesson plans. Project ideas.

EarthEcho International
Water science lesson plans for middle and high school, including rain barrel installation.

KIDS Consortium, Integrating Scientific Practices and Service-Learning Guide
STEM service learning project ideas.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Project ideas.

Magnified Giving
IPARD Service-Learning Process. Lesson plans. Student Resource Library with project ideas.

Connect Science
Lesson plans for science, SEL, and service learning.

PowerPoint Template for student service learning orientation
This is an optional PowerPoint and worksheet that can be modified and used to introduce students to service learning. Your first lesson should include an overview of the IPARD process that students will follow during the service learning project.

Research on Service Learning
  1. Engaged for Success: Service-Learning as a Tool for High School Dropout Prevention. (2008, April). A Report by Civic Enterprises in association with Peter D. Hart Research Associates for the National Conference on Citizenship.
  2. Build a Bridge Between Service and Learning. (2010). Kielsmeier, James. The Phi Delta Kappan. Volume 91. Issue 5. 8-15.
  3. Service-Learning in Early Adolescence Results of a School-Based Curriculum. (March 2013). Richards, Maryse & Cornelli Sanderson, Rebecca & Celio, Christine & Grant, Jane & Choi, Inhe & George, Christine & Deane, Kyle. Journal of Experiential Education. Vol 36, Issue 1. 5-21.
  4. Support for K-12 Service-Learning Practice: A Brief Review of the Research. (2002). Billig, Shelley.
  5. Getting Started in Service-Learning: Integrating the Process into K-12 Teaching. National Youth Leadership Council. Revised edition: 2021.
  6. An Investigation of Indicators of Success in Graduates of a Progressive, Urban, Public High School. (Jan. 2016) Kunkel, Christine D. Critical Questions in Education, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 146–167.
  7. Service Learning in the Middle Grades: Learning by Doing and Caring. (Feb. 2018) Farber, Katy, and Penny Bishop. Research in Middle Level Education Online, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 1–15. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/19404476.2017.1415600.
  8. Learning by Experience in a Standardized Testing Culture: Investigation of a Middle School Experiential Learning Program. (Mar. 2017). Scogin, Stephen C., et al. Journal of Experiential Education, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 39–57. EBSCOhost,
  9. Learning by Doing: Service Learning as a Means of Personal Growth in the Middle Grades. (2017). Katherine A. Farber. Current Issues in Middle Level Education 22 (1), 1-9.
  10. Empowering Elementary Students through Environmental Service-Learning. (Winter 2021). Merritt, Eileen, Tracy Harkins, and Sara Rimm-Kaufman. CLEARING: The journal of community-based environmental literacy education.
  11. Advancing Equity through Service Learning: Building on Strengths Students Have Gained after a Year of Turmoil. (2021). Grossman, Jean, and Nancy Duchesneau. Solutions for Educational Equity through Social and Emotional Well-Being. MDRC.
  12. Can service-learning boost science achievement, civic engagement, and social skills? A randomized controlled trial of Connect Science. (2021). Rimm-Kaufman, Sara E., et al. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology 74.
  13. Service-learning for the public good: Educating for social justice. (2017). Stallworth-Clark, Rosemarie. Journal of Education & Social Justice. 5.1. 81-93. <article was downloaded>
  14. Developing Social Justice Skills through Community Service-Learning in High School Social Studies. (2020). Lucman, Sharehann T. The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies. Vol. 81: No. 2, Article 2.
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