How-To Integrate Service-Learning into the Common Core Curriculum

Cost: Free (participants will have to pay for parking)

Date: Friday January 24, 2014, 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
(Registration and continental breakfast from 9:30 – 10:00am)

How to Register: For more information contact Samantha Rabinowicz by email at Parking information, travel suggestions and directions will be emailed to all registrants.

Location: The Boston University School of Education 2 Silber Way, Boston, MA (The School of Education on Commonwealth Avenue is one block west of Kenmore Square)

Goal: Explore ways to implement service-learning during the traditional school day and during out-of-school programs as a K – 12 administrator, classroom teacher or community leader. Through an in-depth workshop of model programs and frameworks, participants will gain an understanding of how service-learning enriches the Common Core.

What is service-learning?

Service Learning is a teaching and learning approach that integrates community service with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.

“Service-learning is one of several ‘deeper learning’ strategies that states, districts, schools, and teachers may use to help students gain a deeper understanding of core academic content and simultaneously build deeper learning skills through the integration of content knowledge with application.”

“A growing body of research shows that students engaged in high-quality service-learning learn to collaborate, think critically, and problem solve.These same deeper learning skills are necessary for students to master the Common Core and meet the expectations of Common Core authors and advocates.”

Citation: Lisa Guilfoile and Molly Ryan, Linking Service-Learning and the Common Core State Standards: Alignment, Progress, and Obstacles (Denver: Education Commission of the States, April 2013)


  • Mary McCarthy photoDr. Mary Hansberry McCarthy is an elementary principal in Hudson Public Schools where she served as the Curriculum Director of Character Education and Service-Learning for many years. Mary has published studies on service-learning and led service-learning professional development locally, nationally and internationally. Mary is the coordinator of the Massachusetts Schools of Character Program through the Character Education Partnership (CEP).
  • Todd W photoTodd Wallingford is the director of secondary English Language Arts and Social Studies in the Hudson Public Schools. As a teacher for fifteen years at Hudson High School, he worked with colleagues to embed service-learning as a core pedagogy throughout their civics and history courses. Todd has presented Hudson’s work in service-learning, civic education, and portfolio assessment for a number of years.
  • Kristen McKinnon currently serves as the Service-Learning and Out-of-School Time Specialist at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She holds masters degrees in public administration and mental health counseling from Suffolk University, and a bachelors degree in psychology from Providence College. Ms. McKinnon has spent the last 18 years developing and implementing youth programs that support academic achievement, promote healthy behaviors, and improve social behavior and civic engagement.

SL3The Summer Malden Academics and Adventures Program, known as MAAP, is a four-week, intensive collaboration between the Dept of Elementary & Secondary Education, the Malden Public Schools and the City of Malden. Our program is aimed at capturing targeted entering 9th grade students, who have been defined by EWIS data, MCAS data and consultation from middle school personnel, as being “at-risk” for academic and/or personal success at the high school level. Our program runs four mornings per week, for four weeks, with a total of 7 faculty members on board. In that time we were able to complete three guidance college/career prep lessons, two on-campus visits to local universities, two leadership, team-building days at Project Adventure, and a three-pronged service-learning project which had a direct, positive impact on the City of Malden. The project was student-driven, met all the qualifications of a true service-learning project, and centered around beautifying and respecting our city. We specifically targeted littering and graffiti as key student issues, then worked on educating the community through our local cable access studio, direct service interventions through the Malden DPW and city policy-making through the Mayor’s office. We completed our time with a whole group celebration and presentations to the Mayor and the director of the DPW of all three avenues of the service-learning project.

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