School of Education and Allied Professions

Rochonda Nenonene, Director of Urban Teacher Academy
Chaminade Hall 112A

Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Some examples of service learning activities in teacher education include: (1) tutoring adults and children in ESL classrooms and at public libraries as part of a foundations of education course; (2) working with children via Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Neighborhood School Centers, or Head Start; (3) participating in student-initiated service projects developed by Urban Teacher Academy students and student organizations; and (4) participating in the Struggling Readers program to provide intensive reading interventions to local students.

The Department of Health and Sport Science also incorporates service learning experiences into its curriculum. Examples of these service projects include: event management of a regional quad rugby tournament by sport management students; food preparation at the House of Bread by nutrition/dietetic students; and physical education instruction provided to elementary, high school, and handicapped students by physical education students.