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Clarkston Community School District

Academic Service Learning

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Professional Learning

We offer professional learning experiences that best fit each educator's journey! We offer levels of learning at our district along with workshops & seminars at conferences.

National Service learning Conference

Clarkston's Journey - Academic Service Learning meets curriculum goals while empowering students to impact their community through the power of service. Learn about our district’s story from implementation to sustainability of service learning for educators, students and community. If you are beginning or continuing your journey, this workshop will provide dialogue and tools for strengthening this work. Participants will leave this session engaged, educated and inspired!

S.O.C.K.S. - Serving our Community Kids Style: Engaging Students in a School-Wide Service Learning Experience - What began as a day of service grew into a meaningful Academic Service Learning experience. Come learn about how students can engage in curriculum while serving their community. We will share the story of S.O.C.K.S. and offer tools and strategies that will enhance your work whether you are thinking of your classroom or school community. Examples of other school-wide projects ranging from Elementary to Secondary will be provided.

Academic Service Learning Project Ideas - This interactive workshop will provide multiple examples of projects developed using the IPARDC (Investigation, Planning and Preparation, Action, Reflection, Demonstration / Celebration) components for designing a service learning experience. Presenters will share their stories with elementary and secondary projects.

29th Annual National Service Learning Conference: Justice in Action

Location: InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront, Saint Paul, MN
Date: March 11-13, 2018

ARTS FIRST! Conference

One hour workshop to introduce you to service learning. Participants will leave with process and examples to begin planning their own project!

Location: Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Twp, MI
Date: Monday, August 20, 2018

Website for Conference Registration: Coming soon

ASL 101: Dive Right In

New to ASL? We have a session just right for you. Join us at our Fall session to design a project for this academic year or at our Spring session to design a project for next year!

Location: Clarkston Community Schools, Central Office
Date for 2018-19 to be released soon!
Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

ASL 102: Fun & Challenging

Join us for a day of networking and strengthening your service learning project! Educators will get an opportunity to visit a community partner along with time to plan for a project.

Location: Clarkston Community Schools, Central Office
Date for 2018-19 to be released soon!
Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

ASL 103: Connecting & Elevating

This workshop will provide educators time to reflect, connect and revise their projects as we continue to elevate our instructional planning with Project Based Learning components.

Location: Clarkston Community Schools, Central Office
Dates for 2018-19 to be released soon!
Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm


CCS - Past ASL Projects

Browse to see what wonderful projects are already taking place in our district. Project facilitators. community partners, and brief description is included for you to get started. You can team up with an existing project or use these as your starting point to make it your own! Contact your building liaison for additional information.


Michigan Academic Standards - When filling out your Project Design Overview, copy the standard and paste it into your document!


Environmental Service Learning Project Ideas - Check out this document. It has 55 different projects! - Possible community partner. Also has wonderful ideas for projects related to Environment.

Display your Project - - Check out this website for a unique way to display your project.

KIDS Consortium - Founded in 1992, KIDS (Kids Involved Doing Service-Learning) Consortium is a non-profit organization that strengthens service-learning collaborations by preparing and connecting students, educators, and community partners.

Kids Helping Kids - Focuses on how children can help with hunger.

Learning to Give - Search this resource warehouse for lesson ideas and support.

Youth Service America - Search ideas by cause.

Oakland County Parks - Check out their calendar and upcoming events. Many partner opportunities are available during the year.

PBS Empathy Lesson - Lessons on Empathy guide students to "step into" various characters' perspectives in Fairy Tales.

Random Acts of Kindness - Website with wonderful service opportunities and ideas. They have a link for specific plans that could be valuable for an ASL project.

Science Project Idea - Article about blending Science and Service Learning.

Season of Service (SOS) - Projects organized by national holidays and other days of celebration.

Story Corps - Our mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.


ASL Workshop Reflections - From our resident expert, CORENA BELL! These are the reflection ideas shared during our ASL workshops.

PBL Reflections - More to add to your repertoire!

FUNDING - Similar to a go fund me page.

Community Partners - Check out partners in our community that have helped projects in our district.

Foundation Center - Fundraising guide.

Learning to Give - Mini grants available for projects.

MDE - Document provided at Michigan Department of Education for additional grant link.

Teach - Make a Difference - Grants for professional learning & student enrichment/activities listed. - Grants sponsored by various organizations.

Youth Service America - Grant with various community partners available.

Wheels to Woods - Wheels to Woods provides funding to PreK-12 schools and other youth groups to pay for transportation costs for an educational field trip to a nearby forest or forest products company.


Data Collection - For the GREEN (True Colors) in you, here's a website that will help you collect data on various parameters.

Learn and Serve of America - Stay updated with service learning at the national level. Great resource for general overview of service learning including research, statistics, and projects.

NYLC - National Youth Leadership Council

Inspiring Projects

We can't wait to share some of the exciting projects we have in store for you!


Our Partners

Clarkston's Project Design


Inspire. Empower. Engage.

Use the tools and process below to guide your project from design, implementation to evaluation / reflection.


Submit for review by (2018-19 dates coming soon).

This document uses the IPARDC process to help you organize your project. Whether funds are requested or not, this tool will help you design an effective project for you and your students.

Advisory Board will meet to review your project design and contact you upon its review. Students, community partners, teachers and volunteers will be recognized at our Spotlight on Service: A Red Carpet ASL Celebration in May.



Promote the great work you and your students are engaged in. Plan to post photos on Facebook, Instagram and / or Twitter using #clarkstonasl and @servicelearning.

Contact Clarkston News and other media organizations with your celebration date.

Invite your administrator, colleagues, student families, Board of Education members and community partners to your project celebration.


For Funding Approved Project Design Overviews

If your Project Design Overview was approved with funding, you will need to consider reimbursement process.

If using your credit card/cash:

  • Use your school’s TAX ID. The grant does not reimburse sales tax.
  • Complete Supply Reimbursement form and send it via interoffice mail to RADHIKA ISSAC at Central Office. Click here for the Supply Reimbursement form. Deadline for non-perishable items is April 21st. Deadline for perishable items (mainly for celebrations) is May 24th.

If purchasing online:

  • If you pay with your credit card, follow steps above, however TAX ID may not work for every site.
  • If your office staff has purchased items for your project, have them contact Radhika Issac for account number to reconcile the school’s credit card payment. Deadline for school credit card purchases is April 30th.


Your Input is Needed!

Once your project is completed, take time to reflect and provide information to continue growing Academic Service Learning!


May 24, 2018, 6:30pm - Clarkston Junior High School

Teachers, students, families and community partners are invited to join us in celebrating our Academic Service Learning experiences.

Teachers plan for the following:

  1. Prepare a brief 3 minute presentation of your project for the showcase event. You may choose a few students to share during the entire hour or rotate groups to accommodate more student shares.
  2. Presentation highlights should include:
  • Community Partner and Need
  • Curriculum Connection
  • Student Reflection
  1. Prepare a tri-fold project display board that include various components of your project. Contact your liaison and / or Radhika Issac ( for your board. We appreciate your boards as they are used to showcase our ASL work in professional learning and conference presentations.
  2. Your liaison has worked with our team to contact your community partner. We’ve invited them to use this as an opportunity to showcase their services at a table. To learn if your partner is joining our celebration, check in with your liaison. The letter we shared with community partner(s) is on the next page as a reference.
  3. You should have received an email inviting you to the celebration. We ask that you use that format to invite your families and community members. You will find a copy / paste friendly version in our digital invitation document. We appreciate your help with getting the word out.
  4. Plan to be at Clarkston Junior High School by 6:15 to set up your presentation. Program promptly begins at 6:30pm.

Click here for our Spotlight on Service details.

Connecting authentic learning and meaningful service to inspire, empower, and engage students as change agents.