• UPDATE: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - Code Blue – Schools are closed. Central and Regional Offices will open two hours late. All 12-month personnel are expected to report. A Liberal Leave policy will be in effect for non-emergency personnel. Evening High School Classes and Spring Registration are also cancelled for tonight.

    The TAG Center Showcase scheduled for tonight is cancelled and will be rescheduled.

    Miércoles, 17 de enero de 2018: Código azul. Todas las escuelas están cerradas. Las oficinas centrales y regionales abrirán dos horas tarde. Todos los empleados de 12 meses deben reportarse al trabajo. Estará vigente la política de licencia liberal para el personal que no es de emergencia. Las clases nocturnas de la escuela superior y la inscripción de primavera se han cancelado para esta noche.

    La exposición del Centro TAG (Talentosos y Dotados) programada para esta noche se ha cancelado y se programará para una nueva fecha.

SSL Best Practices

MSDE Best Practices of Student Service-Learning (SSL)

All independent service-learning activities must meet these best practices:

  1.  The Student Meets a Recognized Need in the Community.
    • Examines pressing community needs.  (preparation)
    • Strategizes to address problems associated with community needs.  (preparation)
    • Provides direct, indirect and/or advocacy service.  (action)
  2. The Student Achieves Curricular Objectives.
    • Uses academic standards to establish mastery objectives.  (preparation)
    • Applies academic learning to recognized community needs.  (preparation, reflection, action)
    • Assesses progress towards and attainment of mastery objectives.  (preparation, action)
  3. The Student Gains Necessary Knowledge and Skills.
    • Explores citizenship and career options.  (preparation, action)
    • Understands expectations associated with participation.  (preparation)
    • Cooperates with team members and community partners.  (action)
  4. The Student Plans Ahead.
    • Identifies tasks, timelines and outcomes. (preparation)
    • Assesses own skills and interests.  (preparation)
    • Takes leadership opportunities.  (preparation, action)
  5. The Student Works with Existing Service Organizations.
    • Identifies non profit, tax-exempt organizations with which to partner.  (preparation)
    • Creates collaborative, reciprocal relationships through involvement.  (action)
    • Respects the human dignity and contributions of others.  (action, reflection)
  6. The Student Develops Responsibility.
    • Evaluates own performance.  (reflection)
    • Strengthens character through civic engagement.  (action)
    • Participates in a range of service opportunities.  (action)
  7. The Student Reflects Throughout the Experience.
    • Evaluates overall impact of service and learning.  (reflection)
    • Analyzes what was learned from multiple perspectives.  (reflection)
    • Explores next steps to continue service-learning involvement.  (reflection)

Kara Libby, Ed.D.
Executive Director
Division of Teaching and Learning
14201 School Lane
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Angela Walton
Administrative Assistant




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