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We are pleased to present a new tool for service-learning. Students can make a tremendous difference in their schools and communities if they are given the opportunity to use their enthusiasm, energy and ideas.

Maryland is a leader in the field of service-learning. We believe it is important for our students not only to understand the concept of citizenship but also to be good citizens by providing needed service to their communities. Teachers around the state have found service-learning to be a highly effective teaching method, adding relevancy to classroom learning.

As the first state to require that all students participate in service-learning to graduate from public high school, we are in the unique position of having thousands of teachers across the state involved in this new method of instruction.

Maryland' s Best Practices: An Improvement Guide for School-Based Service-Learning incorporates some of the best thinking on service-learning. With the assistance of eighty teachers, we have created a tool to promote continuous program improvement. The guide includes seven best practices of quality programs. Bach best practice is illustrated with approaches and examples to provide the framework for quality service-learning. We hope that this guide inspires you and your students to new heights.

Thank you for supporting quality school-based service-learning.

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