Learn and Serve: Evaluation of the Pennsylvania 1995-96 Learn and Serve America Grant Program.Report as inadecuate

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The Pennsylvania Department of Education's Learn and Serve America K-12 Grant Program distributes funds from the Corporation for National Service to schools to develop and expand service learning programs throughout Pennsylvania. The 1995-96 grant program is currently funding 101 school-based programs (70 recipients of continuing funds from the previous year, 21 recipients of new full-year minigrants, and 10 half-year grant recipients). The grant program's primary objectives are as follows: foster civic responsibility; enhance the academic curriculum; and promote students' personal growth by using the service learning model of preparation, service, reflection, and celebration. In an evaluation of the 1995-96 grant programs that included site visits to each grant recipient, most programs appeared to have met the program's objectives. Although many programs integrated meaningful community service into the academic program, others did not. Those programs with integrated projects, strong collaborations, and high levels of student participation were generally the most effective; however, nearly every program had a positive and successful program year. (Appendixes constituting approximately two-thirds of this document contain the following: Year 2 objectives and goals; Corporation for National Service Forms; site visit protocol and program profile; and service learning hours by subgrantee.) (MN)

Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Comparative Analysis, Educational Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Grants, Integrated Curriculum, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Public Service, Records (Forms), School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, Service Learning, State Programs

Author: Yugar, Yolanda; And Others

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=12538&id=ED398448

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