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Service Learning


Surely the end of all education is service to others.
~ Cesar E Chavez ~


Service-learning is a proven civic education practice that extends learning into the community and builds a strong sense of agency among young people. Chicago Public Schools requires that all students complete three service-learning projects in order to graduate. Service-learning is 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.


In order to generate quality experiences for all high school students:


  • District leadership provides professional development, resources, technical assistance and project opportunities
  • Schools design and support implementation strategies
  • School-based Service-Learning Coaches orchestrate implementation of the school's service-learning strategy
  • Teachers and other school faculty facilitate group and independent projects with their students that meet Common Core State Standards and Service-Learning Quality Practice Standards.
  • Students participate in and lead service-learning projects that connect classroom learning with community action.



Contact information

320 N. Elizabeth Street
4th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60607
Phone: (773) 553-6391
Fax: (773) 553-6394
Email: jjschmidt@cps.edu