Information For School Staff
School staff can help students connect their classroom experiences and build upon their social and emotional learning through engaging them in service-learning opportunities to address real life issues. It is always helpful for students to choose their service experience and as the adult support them by making connections to academics, positive behaviors and college/career readiness.
GCS staff are encouraged to attend Character Development Beginning Teacher trainings that help to strengthen their effectiveness in using service-learning as an instructional strategy to increase student engagement, build character and citizenship skills as well as identify ways to create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive school environment. During this training educators have the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with one another across the district. For details, please register through GCS Professional Development.
GCS staff persons that facilitate service-learning experiences in classes, clubs, or school organizations need to complete the Teacher Documentation Form, which can be found on the Character Development home page under Links.
High school staff working with youth engaging in service-learning now have access to the High School Service-Learning Tip Sheet and the High School Service-Learning GCS Staff Checklist. These documents explain how to engage students in high-quality service-learning opportunities as well as tips on how to use x2VOL, the online platform where high school students log their hours.
For current Service-Learning opportunities click here.
For current Service-Learning Providers click here.
Funding opportunities are available for service-learning experiences. Visit, Youth Service America (YSA) website by clicking here and staying up-to-date on upcoming grant opportunities.