Missouri - Community Service Education/ Service Learning: Programs or Services

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law requires districts to implement community service education or service learning programs, orencourages and offers student incentives for participation (e.g., recognition programs or course credit).

Missouri Revised Statutes 170.037 Adoption of service-learning programs and projects encouraged

  1. The state board of education shall encourage the adoption of service-learning programs and projects among school districts. As used in this section, the term “service-learning programs and projects” means a student-centered, research-based method of teaching and learning which engages students of all ages in solving problems and addressing issues in their school or greater community as part of the academic curriculum. As a result, service-learning fosters academic achievement, civic engagement, and character development.

    1. Upon request of any school district that elects to implement service-learning programs or projects, the state board of education shall provide any assistance needed to districts in locating, leveraging, and utilizing alternative financial resources that will assist teachers desiring to receive training in developing and administering service-learning programs or projects.

    2. Any local board of education that maintains a high school may include service-learning as part of any course contributing to the satisfaction of credits necessary for high school graduation and provide support for the use of service-learning as an instructional strategy at any grade level to address appropriate areas of current state educational standards for student knowledge and performance.

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