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What is Service Learning?

We are often asked What is Service Learning? Is it not the same as community service?

They are very different but have the similarity of service and community.

Service Learning is teaching and learning that connects meaningful action; with the community, learning, personal growth, caring, and responsibility. It empowers students to develop new skills and knowledge through integrated connections to the curriculum.

Community Service is well intended, but often is; a one off, used to count hours, lacks community collaboration, and does not connect to student learning.

We believe all schools and organizations should implement sustainable service learning programs.

We can help your school or organization move from Community Service into Service Learning!

AISJ Service Learning Community Garden


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.

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