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Maryland’s 7 Best Practices, Aligned!

          This page contains links to Maryland’s Updated 7 Best Practices, which have been aligned to fit with the National Youth Leadership Council’s (NYLC) K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice. In 2008, NYLC put out eight nationally recognized standards that were supported by credible research. By tweaking the language in Maryland’s 7 Best Practices to align with NYLC’s standards, we can now use the same research to support what we’ve known and practiced all along – effective and meaningful service-learning projects as a viable instructional strategy.

Service-Learning 101

          This page contains links to basic introductions to service-learning. These resources are great for professional development sessions and basic information that everyone should know about service-learning. From fact sheets to training guides, this is the perfect place to start educating yourself or your staff about service-learning.

For Principals

          Resources specifically meant for administrators, these links include information about school improvement and strategies to improve the implementation of service-learning in your building.

Evaluation Tools

          How effectively are you implementing service-learning in your classroom? Your school? Your district? Use these rubrics to help you determine what you are doing well and what can be improved.

Character Education and Service-Learning

          These links will all pertain to effectively implementing character education and service-learning in your school.

21st Century Community Learning Centers and Service-Learning

          These links will all pertain to effectively implementing service-learning in 21st century schools.


Contact Information
Julie Ayers, Service-Learning Specialist
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:  410-767-0358
Fax:  410-333-8010
Email:  jayers@msde.state.md.us
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