Professional Development

Professional Development

Looking to develop a school- or organization-wide action civics program? SLP’s customized Professional Development provides the resources and support your staff need to facilitate leadership projects with students from Kindergarten to 12th grade.

What is SLP?

The Service Learning Project (SLP) is an action civics program for elementary, middle, and high school-aged youth. Through our in school, after-school, and virtual programs, our students become leaders and agents of positive change in their communities by working together to help solve social problems of their choice. The students are in charge at SLP – every step of the process is youth-driven – and every final project has a real and profound impact.

About SLP Professional Development

For partner schools and community organizations that prefer a customized, school or agency-wide approach, SLP can provide training and ongoing technical assistance designed to give staff the tools they need to facilitate student-driven advocacy projects with their students. We design on-site introductory workshops to help answer planning and execution questions such as:

  • How does service learning/action civics differ from community service?
  • What are the phases of an effective action civics project?
  • How can projects be as student-driven as possible, given the age and experience of the students? What are effective strategies for helping students make collective decisions?
  • What are the goals of the Research Phase? What fundamental questions are students trying to answer?
  • How can students persuade those responsible for solving their social issue to change their approach? How can they build supportive partnerships in their school and local community?
  • How can teachers and group leaders ensure students have a real impact on their selected issue?
  • After the project is executed, how can students reflect on their experience and share what they have learned with their community?

Once student meetings are in progress, SLP staff can provide ongoing technical assistance ranging from email inquiries to on-site trouble shooting to small group brainstorming sessions. Partner schools and agencies can also obtain a standard copy of the SLP Teaching Manual, or work with SLP staff to create a customized version.

Professional development fees are determined by the level of support requested, the duration of the partnership, and the number of staff participating.

Interested in partnering with SLP? Click here to complete our new partner interest form. We will be in touch very soon!