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There is great promise and significant challenges to sustaining and expanding service learning--both as a method of teaching and a method of educational reform. While the practitioners that use service learning are convinced of its benefits to youth, it has been difficult to substantiate claimed outcomes, particularly those related to academic achievement. There are problems in the depth of practice, the depth of research, and the expectations for outcomes.

The purpose of the Summit was to get people together to share, from their own perspectives, their expectations of service learning, its impact, and what they think is needed to make the case for service learning so as to ensure that the field of service learning survives and thrives long into the future.

The Summit brought together thirty-nine people with various perspectives--practitioners, funders, policy makers, researchers--as well as a few experts in communications, marketing and assessment--to review and discuss the impact of service learning and ways to increase our knowledge of impact and improve practice. Participants are listed in Appendix A and the questions we asked participants to consider before they arrived are found in Appendix B.

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