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Blueprint 2014-15 Archive

Service Learning

Service Learning is defined by the National Service Learning Clearinghouse as “a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.”


Service learning projects in Vista Unified are intended to challenge students to embrace the district's mission to persevere as a critical thinker who collaborates to solve real world problems.  


Service learning focuses on building partnerships with businesses and organizations for the purpose of identifying and solving a problems within our community. For more Information, click HERE to view the Service Learning Brochure. 


Student engagement in service learning projects is about student-centered inquiry using the IPARD Framework:    

  • Investigation
  • Planning and Preparation
  • Action
  • Reflection
  • Demonstration


All projects are aligned to the K-12 Service Learning Standards for Quality Practice:


Meaningful Service 
Service-learning actively engages participants in meaningful and personally relevant service activities.
Link to Curriculum 
Service-learning is intentionally used as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals and/or content standards.
Service-learning incorporates multiple challenging reflection activities that are ongoing and that prompt deep thinking and analysis about oneself and one’s relationship to society.
Service-learning promotes understanding of diversity and mutual respect among all participants.
Youth Voice 
Service-learning provides youth with a strong voice in planning, implementing, and evaluating service-learning experiences with guidance from adults.
Service-learning partnerships are collaborative, mutually beneficial, and address community needs.
Progress Monitoring 
Service-learning engages participants in an ongoing process to assess the quality of implementation and progress toward meeting specified goals, and uses results for improvement and sustainability.
Duration and Intensity 
Service-learning has sufficient duration and intensity to address community needs and meet specified outcomes.

The National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) has created a robust website dedicated to supporting school districts develop and implement a high quality service learning program for students and and the community. Click HERE to visit the interactive webpage called Lift - Raising the Bar for Service Learning