Valerie Sorgen

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The Service-Learning Leadership Development (SLLD) program is a comprehensive professional development initiative, designed to increase the Service-learning leadership capacity in schools or districts that are committed to: (a) implementing school-wide or grade-wide service-learning, (b) developing new service-learning practice and policy, or (c) improving existing youth service programs to reflect high-quality service-learning practices.

The program is funded by the California Department of Education CalServe Initiatives, as part of a statewide effort to develop effective, replicable models of service-learning professional development (for more information see: http:/ / The SLLD model developed by Youth Community Service, a non-profit based in Palo Alto, California, offers valuable resources (a service-learning Resource Binder and the SLLD Training Guide) and on-going professional development and support. It has been successfully piloted for two years in three very diverse school districts, across all three grade spans. Its flexible design can be adapted to work for any school or district.