Service-Learning in Civic Education (SLICE)

Service-Learning in Civic Education (SLICE)

Service-learning as a teaching method for civic education is such a natural fit that some see the two terms as redundant. Democracies depend on voters with civic knowledge of history and government, and academic skills such as the ability to investigate, analyze, and deliberate about public issues. These skills, as well as the ability to work with others, grow through service-learning experiences.

Research shows that in under-resourced communities, social studies and civic education are often sacrificed to boost instructional time in subjects with standardized tests, such as reading and mathematics. Often, the result of less education in civic participation is a growing class divide. NYLC strives to work against this divide through service-learning, which has been proven to bolster civic outcomes — especially among students and communities in poverty.

The SLICE program provides professional development and technical assistance to K-12 teachers, particularly those working in under-resourced communities. The goal of the program is to implement academically rigorous service-learning as a strategy to improve students’ civic engagement and achievement in American history, civics and government, and geography.

By creating a regional framework with a cohort leader and a cadre of teachers, NYLC fosters partnerships to build capacity and sustainability for this work. Throughout the process, NYLC provides both face-to-face training and technical assistance, and uses digital tools to augment educator support.

The first year pilot states include Georgia and North Carolina. To learn more about SLICE or to inquire about bringing it to your state, email