Tara Barton

Tara brings passion and a deep understanding of service learning, rooted in years of experience, to her training. Her training builds bridges from theory to implementation while generously sharing her resources and knowledge to ensure our success. Tara works with the whole school (administration, teachers, students, and SL leaders) to build a sustainable program that is embedded in the curriculum and tied to the mission. She energized a faculty on a Friday afternoon, no easy feat, leaving them with a desire to learn more about SL and to become more involved. I cannot recommend Tara highly enough.

Sarah- Ann SheaICSA Service Learning Coordinator

Service Learning…What an aspiration to shoot for! After attending both morning and afternoon sessions presented by Tara Barton and Chris McBride, I have a beginning knowledge of the scope of this approach to Service within both the school and community beyond and possible curricular connections! Thanks AISA for such a great learning experience and excellent presenters.  Certainly one of the best conferences I have ever attended in over 25 years of education!


Dr. Teri GreenBMIS College Counselor & CAS Coordinator

Tara Barton

Tara developed a passion for service learning on her first visit to South Africa as part of an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) Creativity, Activity, Action (CAS) program in 2002. The experience inspired her passion to develop sustainable and meaningful service learning in schools.

Tara is the Director of Servelearn.co and provides educational consulting, professional development workshops, professional learning institutes, coaching, leadership strategic planning, and resources for curriculum integration for meaningful service learning.

In her role as Service Learning Coordinator at AISJ in South Africa, she supports teachers in the development of sustainable service learning projects and curricular integration as a coach. Tara also leads the Pre-K-12 Service Learning Program at both campuses across 5 divisions.

Tara is the Association of International Schools of Africa (AISA) Service Learning Programme Coordinator for the region.

Beyond her Bachelor of Education, Tara has a Master of Educational Leadership from Lehigh University (USA) and her Principals Training Certificate (PTC). She is an Understanding by Design (UbD) Trainer and enjoys practicing Cognitive Coaching.

Tara’s home is Australia, she has worked internationally for over 15 years in the Middle East, Asia, and is currently based in Africa.