Academic Service-Learning

‌"Service-learning is the various pedagogies that link community service and academic study so that each strengthens the other. The basic theory of service-learning is Dewey's: The interaction of knowledge and skills with experience is key to learning. Students learn best not by reading the Great Books in a closed room but by opening the doors and windows of experience. Learning starts with a problem and continues with the application of increasingly complex ideas and increasingly sophisticated skills to increasingly complicated problems."

- Thomas Ehrlich, from "Barbara Jacoby and Associates. Service-Learning in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices." San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass 1996.

Videos of Service-Learning Projects  

Watch this video showcasing two service-learning projects implemented in Teach for America Corps members' schools. The projects were a part of the SEC 592 seminar taught at NLU.

 

Introducing the NLU Civic Engagement Team

Contact the following Civic Engagement Team members (faculty & staff) for help with service-learning inclusion in your courses, questions regarding service-learning pedagogy, and if you are interested in becoming a team member to advance service-learning involvement throughout NLU.

  • Virginia Jagla, NCE
  • Vito Dipinto, NCE
  • Lauren Heidbrink, CPSA
  • Antonina Lukenchuk, NCE
  • Mary Kelly, CPSA
  • Tiffeny Jimenez, CPSA
  • Todd Price, NCE
  • Kate Zilla, NCE
  • Steve Zemelman, NCE
  • CEC, AmeriCorps VISTA

 

Service-Learning Faculty Manual

Need an introduction to service-learning? Having trouble defining a service-learning project for your class? The Civic Engagement team has compiled this Service-Learning Faculty Manual to guide professors of any curriculum to utilize service-learning in their courses:

Service-Learning Civic Engagement Consortium (SLCEC)

The Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Consortium (SLCEC) brings universities together with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to promote and advocate for service-learning and civic engagement practices. SLCEC provides faculty professional develoment (PD's), generate civic learning opportunities with CPS schools, publishes an online student journal for civic engagement (SPACE - Student Perspectives About Civic Engagement), and advocates for policies that support and strengthen civic engagement practices. Photos displayed on website were taken by Kristine Becker-Kristufek, Civic Engagement Center Coordinator & AmeriCorps VISTA for ILCC at NLU's CEC.

SLCEC works to:

  • Encourage universities to generate increased opportunities for their students to learn through civic engagement;
  • Strengthen efforts by universities to prepare pre-service teachers to learn, experience, and use service-learning and civic engagement pedagogies as they enter CPS classrooms;
  • Encourage increased collaboration between universities and K-12 public schools in service-learning and civic engagement pedagogies and practices.

For more information, check out their webpage: www.slcecchicago.weebly.com.

(SLCEC*) Presents a Faculty Professional Learning Session Series for 2015-16

Civic Education Summer Institute for K-12 Teachers Candidates interested in Democracy/Civic Education
Day 1 Thursday, June 23, 2016 & Day 2 Friday, June 24, 2016 at Loyola University Lake Shore Campus Mundelein Hall Rm 514
 
The State of Illinois has a new requirement that all students complete a civics course while in high school. Build your skills and competence in civic education practice.
 
Day 1 of the conference discussed civic identity and what we bring to this experience/practice, talked about the book, What Kind of Citizen and the types of citizens there are such as Personally Responsible, Participatory and Social Justice-Oriented, discovered the Civics State of Affairs with Elizabeth Robbins from Chicago Public Schools, learned about putting together Controversial Discussions with Nissan Chavkin from Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, and amazed by Cristina Salgado from CPS and the Student Voice program. We learned so much about Civics and identity during day 1 of this amazing conference. Below are pictures from the event:
 
SLCEC Civic Education Summer Institute Loyola University 6-23-16 Day 1 Pic 1 SLCEC Civic Education Summer Institute Loyola University 6-23-16 Day 1 Pic 2
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Day 2 of the conference discussed a passage from the book, Healing the Heart of Democracy and what is the common good, learned about Civic Action/Service-Learning from Jill Bass with the Mikva Challenge and the great work they are doing with high school students, participated in a simulation exercise with policy, politics, and government officials facilitated by Jon Schmidt, experenced differrent ways to build community partnerships and policy and politics with Cynthia from Northern Illinois University and NLU's CEC's own Todd Alan Price, and wrapped up discussions with Curriculum/Plan Development by Julie Peters from University of Illinois at Chicago. We ended the conference by reflecting what we learned over the past two days and how it can be incorporated into classrooms. Below are pictures from the event: 
 
SLCEC Civic Education Summer Institute Loyola University 6-24-16 Day 2 Pic 1 SLCEC Civic Education Summer Institute Loyola University 6-24-16 Day 2 Pic 2
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Final Session: Final Reflection
Friday, May 13, 2016 at NLU's Chicago Campus 2nd floor Atrium
 
A cumulation of all of our sessions has lead to the final reflection. Faculty members who attended the first session and at least two CPS school site visits (high school and middle school) presented their own strategies for embedding service-learning in their curriculum and received a $300 stipend. Todd Alan Price (NLU) presented a powerpoint presentation on Civic Engagement & Service-Learning – A Pragmatic Approach which showcased what the transformative experience during this year with the SLCEC. Julie Peters (UIC) also presented her finds through a powerpoint on Reflection Building SL Capacity at UIC which she discussed the difficulties of getting faculty on board with service-learning. Annie-Bernadette Weiner (NLU) talked about a presentation she will be giving in the future on High School & Labor Laws and asked the group in attendance the best way to inform and grab high school students attention in 40 minutes time. We ended the final session with an great civic reflection on what we learned and took away from the experience. Below are pictures from the event:
 
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SLCEC Professional Development: Civics Summit II @ Northeastern Illinois University

Thursday, March 31st from 10:00am - 12:00pm at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, IL. Faculty members interested in civic education gathered again to discuss their strategies that prepare teachers for new civics education instruction. A great turnout of faculty from all the university members of the SLCEC especially from National-Louis University and Northeastern Illinois University. Guest speaker was Joel Westheimer, author of the book, What Kind of Citizen and, along with NLU faculty member Todd Price, led a discussion about his book and what it means to be a "good citizen". He talks about three categories of "Good Citizenship" which are Personal (donating food to a food drive), Participatory (Organizing a food drive), and Social Justice Orientated (Why we have hunger in the first place). Below are pictures from the event:

SLCEC Civics Summit II pictures March 31st at Northeastern University 3-31-16 SLCEC Civics Summit II Northeastern University Group picture 3-31-2016

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SLCEC Professional Development: Civics Summit @ Northeastern Illinois University

Thursday, February 4th from 9:30am - 11:30am at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, IL. Faculty members interested in civic education gathered to discuss the new civics course mandate that was passed by the Illinois General Assembly in 2015 and how we could better prepare our teacher candidates for civics education instruction. Guest speakers who presented materials were Sonia Matthew from the McCormick Foundation and Elizabeth Robbins from Department of Socail Studies and Civic Engagement at Chicago Public School. A great turnout of faculty members from all the university members of the SLCEC especially from National-Louis University. Faculty members who are interested in joining this discussion this year are eligible for a $500 stipend. Below are pictures from the event:

SLCEC Civics Summit at NEIU 2-4-16 SLCEC Civics Summit at NEIU 2-4-16

SLCEC Civics Summit at NEIU 2-4-16 SLCEC Civics Summit at NEIU 2-4-16

SLCEC Civics Summit at NEIU 2-4-16 SLCEC Civics Summit at NEIU 2-4-16

SLCEC Professional Development: Site Visit at CPS Schools (Multicultural Academy of Scholarship/Little Village)

Friday, April 29th, 2016 from 10am - 1pm at (MAS) Multicultural Academy of Scholarship located at 3120 S. Kostner Avenue in Chicago, IL. The Multicultural Academy of Scholarship is committed to answering that demand by inspiring scholars: internally motivated learners who strive to achieve personal, educational, and professional goals. The Multicultural Academy of Scholarship is founded on the beliefs that: Education offers power, opportunity, and personal fulfillment; Every student can become a highly skilled scholar; Exposure to the arts and an understanding of different cultures cultivate global awareness; The use of technology is central to success; A school excels only when students, parents, teachers, and community members work together. NLU's Todd Price facilitated this site visit and some takeaways those in attendance had were the following:

  • Staggered by the blight and decay of the neighborhoods just North of the school
  • Engaged by the discussion of the math teacher and the other teachers who shared their process of teaching/thinking, navigating with their students important relationships in making meaning of their curriculum and the world
  • Enjoyed and warmed by the sharing of the organizing tactics, the courage and the insights of the students as they shared out their “get better food in the cafeteria” campaign!

SLCEC Professional Development: Site Visit at CPS Schools (Evergreen Academy Middle School)

Tuesday, January 26th from 10am - 1pm at Evergreen Academy Middle School located at 3537 S. Paulina in Chicago, IL. A neighborhood school that takes anyone who wants to attend for grades 6 through 8 in a community that is working class and full of diversity. One of a few schools that has been awarded the prestigious Schools to Watch Award and only one that is a middle school. Their mission is to create a collaborative and safe environment with a rigorous and differentiated curriculum that aligns with the Common Core State Standards, strive to empower all students to explore, to create, and to make decisions while actively participating in, and being accountable for their learning as they become College and Career ready in an economically, culturally, socially and religiously diverse world. Students & faculty are actively engaged in Service-Learning and engaged in their community as well as truly putting the students need ahead of everything else and listens to their ideas & concerns. Below are some photos from the event:

SLCEC Professional Development Evergreen Academy Middle School special ed teacher speaking SLCEC Professional Development at Evergreen Academy Middle School
 
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SLCEC Evergreen Academy Service-learning pic SLCEC PD #3 Evergreen Academy group pic of NLU faculty
 
SLCEC Professional Development: Site Visit at CPS Schools (Hancock High School)

Thursday, November 5th from 10am - 1pm at Hancock High School located at 4034 W. 56th Street in Chicago, IL. Hancock received the prestigious Democracy School Award for their work in civic education & has consistently been a high performer on service-learning practices. Students & faculty are actively engaged in Service-Learning and engaged in their community. Below are some photos from the event:

Classroom picture Meeting with SL coach Heather
SLCEC PD Day 1 2015 Speakers from CPS Schools
 
Beginning Session: Introduction to Service-Learning: Principles, Pedagogy, Practices
Friday, October 2, 2015 at NLU's Chicago Campus

 

Service-Learning:  Principles, Pedagogy, and Practice is an opportunity to learn about and dig deeper into service-learning practice - a recognized high impact learning strategy. We will experience service-learning implementation in Chicago public middle and high schools and share service-learning strategies in university classrooms as part of our learning.  Faculty are invited to attend our first and last sessions and then choose 2-4 site visits to attend during the 2015-16 academic year.  Our final session will take place on May 13, 2016, at National Louis University with participating faculty presenting their own strategies for embedding service-learning in the curriculum. Faculty who attend two working sessions and two site visits and document their service-learning plans/projects are eligible to receive a $300 stipend. Participating faculty will be invited to present their service-learning project/plan at the May 13th session.   

 

Photographs below are from the SLCEC Event hosted by SLCEC & Civic Engagement Center:

SLCEC pic PPT Service-Learning SLCEC PD Day #1 2015 Community Organizations Speaking

SLCEC PD Day 1 2015 Speakers from CPS Schools SLCEC PD Day #1 2015 Group Shot of SLCEC Faculty Participants

 

Illinois Campus Compact (ILCC)

Campus Compact is a national organization with representation in 32 states that supports service-learning in higher education. Visit their website at www.compact.org. NLU is a member of the Illinois Campus Compact. Visit their website at www.illinoiscampuscompact.org. The Civic Engagement Team frequently hosts workshops and other events as a resource for NLU faculty members. See events page for a list of upcoming events. 

Service-Learning Resources

Tools

Research, Assessment, and Evaluation

NLU Faculty

If you are already utilizing service-learning and want to let us know, or to find out ways you can utilize service learning in your classroom, please fill out the form found here and we will contact you.

Sample Lists of Syllabi with Service-Learning Inclusion by Discipline

Here is a list of syllabi with service-learning inclusion by discipline.

 

 

 

 

 

Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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  • WISCONSIN

    NLU has a proud history of serving graduate students in southeastern Wisconsin. We currently offer all Wisconsin residents online programs in non-licensure education as well as a variety of business-related degrees.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    (414) 577.2658
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