The South Dakota Board of Education recently tackled the topic of Service Learning. A framework and standards were on the agenda of the boardís November meeting.
Beginning in the fall of 2013, schools will be required to offer Capstone Experiences or Service Learning. Because Capstone Experiences and Service Learning oftentimes take place off campus and outside of the traditional classroom environment, the Service Learning Standards and Framework provide additional structure to ensure that students are getting a real-world experience that is both rigorous and relevant.
Now that the board has given its seal of approval to the standards, the Department of Educationís Career Development staff will begin disseminating information on the standards and framework to schools. Watch for information on training opportunities in the spring, and visit http://www.doe.sd.gov/octe/servicelearning.asp to learn more.