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Maine Service-Learning Guide Now Available

Published April 29, 2012

AUGUSTA – “Service-Learning in Maine – A Guide to Implementing Quality Service-Learning” has been released by the Maine Commission for Community Service. This 72-page guide opens with a letter from Department of Education Commissioner, Stephen Bowen, in which he writes “If we want our students to take charge of their learning and become lifelong learners, there’s no doubt more and more of our educators will discover service-learning works.”

The first publication of its kind by the state, this guide was written and published for teachers who are interested in utilizing service-learning as a methodology in their classrooms. It includes an overview of service-learning goals and strategies for Maine schools, a comprehensive instructional planning guide, and worksheets for both teachers and students. 

While printing costs were covered by a Learn and Serve America grant, the design and preparation work was done by a volunteer. Susan Benedict of Winslow devoted more than a month to the project, saving the Commission substantial design fees through her pro bono volunteering.

Jed Bloom, Service Learning Coordinator for the Sanford School District, notes “This guide is great mix of information. It shares the theory and benefits of service learning, while giving useful, specific tools and activities for teachers, schools, and organizations doing service learning. The guide can help you advocate for service learning, plan your instruction, and
engage your students.”  Sanford School District is a grantee of the Maine Commission for Community Service and 2012 recipient of the award for “School District Excellence in Service-learning.”

The guide is available at no cost by contacting Richard Higgins at richard.higgins@maine.gov. An electronic PDF version may also be downloaded from service-learning section of the VolunteerMaine.org website.

The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer and service communities by funding programs, developing managers of volunteers and service-learning practitioners, raising awareness of sector issues, and promoting service as a strategy.

Contact:  Richard Higgins
Maine Commission for Community Service
Phone (207) 624-6241
Email richard.higgins@maine.gov