Service Learning

 
 

Service Learning Definition

Chicago Public Schools identifies service-learning as a teaching strategy that connects classroom curriculum with service projects. Service-learning engages students in projects that serve the community while building social, civic, and academic skills. Service-learning is a pedagogical strategy, not an outcome. Service-learning is an opportunity for students to learn 21st century skills through project development, implementation, and reflection: Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, and Creativity. Research demonstrates when students participate in high quality service-learning we see positive academic, social/emotional, and civic outcomes.

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Class of 2015

According to Chicago Public School (CPS) policies, CPS students in the graduating class of 2015 are required to complete 40 Service Learning Hours (SLH) in order to graduate from high school.

As of the 2011-2012 school year, Lane Tech required freshman to complete all 40 SLH during their freshman year. All freshmen were given the opportunity to earn SLH through a project in their biology classes. All SLH earned by freshmen were to be submitted directly to the student's biology teacher. Students are to complete any remaining hours on their own.

Students in the class of 2015 should be advised that they will not be able to participate in senior activities such as Homecoming, Oktoberfest and Prom if they have not completed ALL 40 hours. These hours must be submitted AT LEAST 2 WEEKS prior to the sale of tickets for any of these events. All SLH are verified by the Records Office and this process takes time. Students SHOULD NOT expect that they can hand in SLH and purchase tickets for any event in the same day or week.

All seniors must have their 40 SLH completed and submitted by April 1 to remain on the graduation list. If you have not completed your hours, you are advised to seek opportunities during spring break.

NEW CPS Graduation Requirement – Affects Classes of 2016 and Beyond

During the 2012-2013 school year, Chicago Public Schools Office of Social Sciences and Service-Learning launched a new initiative moving from a graduation requirement of 40 hours to three classroom-integrated projects. As of October 28, 2013, the Office of Social Sciences and Service-Learning has adjusted this requirement and has allowed schools to individually decide whether students will complete 1 project + 25 service learning hours, 2 + 15 service learning hours, or 3 projects. Lane Tech has decided to implement the option of 2 classroom-integrated service learning projects and 15 service-learning hours to be completed individually by each student. Please note that students may still be able to complete any of the options provided above, however at least one project must be completed for the CPS graduation requirement. This new requirement impacts all students starting with the class of 2016. All projects must reflect a minimum of 15 hours spent during investigation, preparation, action, and reflection phases of service-learning.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR INDIVIDUAL CLASSES

LTAC Students
LTAC students complete their service learning projects in Biology (7th grade) and English I (8th grade). Each respective teacher provides details about the Biology and English I projects. Upon completing each project, the teacher will send verification to the Service Learning Coordinator to be submitted online to CPS. Students are responsible for completing 15 service-learning hours on their own. For the individual service learning hours only, students should obtain, complete, and submit a service-learning form from the records office located in the main office.

Class of 2017 and beyond
Freshmen students complete their service learning projects in Biology and English I. Each respective teacher provides details about the Biology and English I projects. Upon completing each project, the teacher will send verification to the Service Learning Coordinator to be submitted online to CPS. Students are responsible for completing 15 service-learning hours on their own. For the individual service learning hours only, students should obtain, complete, and submit a service-learning form from the records office located in the main office.

**If you are a Freshman student who attended an Academic Center other than Lane Tech, please see Mrs. Anderson, Rm. 100C, if you have not completed your required hours and you are not in Biology AND English I. (Taft students should have completed their hours during 7th and 8th grade.)

Class of 2016
In accordance with the 2012-2013SY policy, sophomore students should have completed three classroom integrated service-learning projects. Students should have completed and received credit for two projects in Biology and a third project in English I. Students who completed all three projects have met the CPS mandated graduation requirement. Students who completed only two projects are responsible for 15 individual service learning hours, and those who completed one project are responsible for 25 individual service learning hours.

All Students
In accordance with the CPS service learning graduation requirement policy, students must complete at least 1 project or 20 individual service learning hours by the end of their sophomore year to be promoted to junior status. Sophomores who have not completed a classroom-integrated, service-learning project must promptly see Mrs. Anderson, Rm. 100C. In addition, students are encouraged to continue service-learning hours beyond the CPS graduation requirement. Both classroom projects and hours outside the classroom will be recorded on each student's transcript. Please take note that universities look highly upon those students who complete service learning and volunteer work outside of the school.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kathryn Anderson, Service Learning Coordinator at keanderson@cps.edu or 773-534-5876.