Student Service Learning (SSL) Overview

Service-learning is a teaching method that combines meaningful service to the community with curriculum-based learning. Students improve their academic skills by applying what they learn in school to the real world; they then reflect on their experience to reinforce the link between their service and their learning.

1.The minimum total number of hours students must engage in service-learning activities before they successfully complete the service-learning graduation requirementPrince George’s County Public Schools students must engage in a minimum of 75 student service-learning (SSL) hours in order to successfully meet the service-learning graduation requirement.  To ensure that students are able to meet this requirement, service-learning has been infused into the science and social studies curricula for grades 5-10 for a total of 51 hours.  Social Studies courses provide a total of 28 curriculum-infused hours and Science courses provide a total of 23 curriculum-infused hours.  Additionally, students must complete 24 independent hours of service learning.

 
2. List of courses and/or grade levels that include infused service-learning activities and the number of hours or level of involvement with service-learning in each course.

 

Infused hours – the service learning hours that students earn while participating in curriculum based activities during classroom instruction; hours that do not require a verification form; hours that are automatically entered into School Max upon passing the science and/or social studies course.

 

                             CURRICULUM-INFUSED SERVICE LEARNING

GRADE

DEPT.

COURSE NAME

HOURS EARNED

5

Science

Grade 5 Science

 

4

6

Science

Grade 6 Science

4

6

Social Studies

World Cultures and Geography I: The Western Hemisphere

4

7

Science

Grade 7 Science

4

7

Social Studies

World Cultures and Geography II: The Eastern Hemisphere

4

8

Science

Grade 8 Science

4

8

Social Studies

United States History I: The Revolution to Reconstruction

4

9

Social Studies

United States History II: Reconstruction to the Present

7

9

Science

Integrating the Sciences

7

10

Social Studies

Local, State, and National Government

9

                                                                                                                        Total 51 infused hours

3. The chart below lists expected hours earned by grade for independent student service-learning projects.

 

 

INDEPENDENT SERVICE-LEARNING HOURS

GRADE

EXPECTED HOURS

6

4

7

4

8

4

9

6

10

6

                                                                                                                      Total 24 hours

Independent hours – the service learning hours that students earn while exclusively participating in local community service learning projects; hours that require students to submit a signed verification form.

  • Graduating Classes of 2010- 2013, students must earn 36 independent hours.
  • Graduating Classes of 2014 and beyond, students must earn 24 independent hours.

DEADLINES for submission of the Student Service-Learning Verification Form are as follows:

  •  October 15 (for any independent hours obtained between July and August 30)
  •  January 31 (for any independent hours obtained between September 1 and January 31)
  •  July 15 (for any independent hours obtained between February 1 and June 30)

Kara Miley-Libby, Ed.D.
Executive Director
Division of Teaching and Learning
14201 School Lane
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
klibby@pgcps.org 
301-952-6395

Angela Walton
Administrative Assistant
angela2.walton@pgcps.org
301-952-6395

 

 

                     

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