Raising a new generation of compassionate, engaged change-makers.
Service learning engages students to develop new skills and knowledge through integrated connections to the academic curriculum and opportunities to apply their knowledge in new and purposeful ways. Cathryn Berger Kaye , friend of AISA and author of The Complete Guide to Service Learning, explains service learning this way: “Simply put, service learning connects school-based curriculum with the inherent caring and concern young people have for their world—whether on their school campus, at a local food bank, or in a distant rain forest. The results are memorable, lifelong lessons for students and foster a stronger society for us all.”
The AISA Service Learning Working Group (SLWG), comprised of seven to nine members from AISA full member schools, supports the development of meaningful, authentic service learning programmes throughout the AISA community.
AISA's vision for Service Learning: To connect with AISA schools in order to inspire and support each other as we create a culture of service learning across the region.
Key services provided by the SLWG include:
- Supporting and coordinating the AISA-Global Issues Service Summit (GISS) conference
- Devising a programme of Professional Learning Institutes on Service Learning for AISA member schools
- Developing an open access resources bank of service learning resources
- Providing consulting services to members the AISA community wishing to establish Service Learning programmes in their school
- Supporting a network of fellow professionals to facilitate discussion and support for service learning initiatives across the AISA network
1Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A. is the author of The Complete Guide to Service Learning and the leading educational expert of Service Learning worldwide.