Articles and Resources

Good reads for civic-minded educators
Use these for your own development, or start a professional learning community with your colleagues!

Inspirational Stories for Earth Day

Bridgers, Leslie. (April 16, 2012). "Town Checks Out Student's Plastic Bag Ban." The Portland Press Herald.

Check our our 2012 Hasbro Community Action Hero awardee Cassandra Lin and her Turn Grease Into Fuel (T.G.I.F.) initiative here.  

Resources for Quality Literature and Non-Fiction

Central to getting youth to read is engaging them through literature and non-fiction that is relevant to their lives and experiences.  There are a number of fantastic sites to find new titles and literacy-based activities, and these three are tried and tested by educators we work with at generationOn:

What Kids Can Do and their nonprofit publishing house, Next Generation Press, offer stories and books that feature the voices of youth as a powerful force for justice, understanding, and social change. 

CBK Associates features amazing youth-based toolkits and literature here, and also offers ten ways to bring quotes to life here.  A genuinely engaging set of quote activities to get students to think deeply about words and the way we use them! 

Free Spirit Publishing also features titles for kids, teens, and caring adults in their mission to offer tools to help youth succeed in life and make a positive difference in the world. 

Service-Learning and the Common Core State Standards

Kaye, Cathryn Berger and Maureen Connolly (May, 2013) "With Common Core State Standards, Why Service-Learning Matters Even More." NASSP

21st Century Skills

Bargseghian, Tina. (October 5, 2012) "Should we Connect School Life to Real Life?" MindShift.

Dwyer, Liz. (Dec. 6, 2011) "In College Admissions, Student Volunteers Have a Competitive Edge" Good Education.

Which experience do you think college admission agents prefer on applicant's record: one month helping orphans in Somalia or four years volunteering at a local community shelter? The answer may surprise you.

Markham, Paul. "Connecting the Dots: Why Civic Engagement Has to Be More Than 'Good Stuff'" Huffington Post. September 7, 2012

Sondheimer, Eric. (April 8, 2012). "High Schoolers Give and Learn Lessons Through Community Service" The Los Angeles Times.

---Loyola High seniors teach economics to junior high students at a Pasadena-based center that helps educate youths who were abused or need special attention.


Piper, Katie. (Sep. 18, 2012) "Practical PBL: The Ongoing Challenges of Assessment." Edutopia.

Rog, Laura. (Jan. 27, 2012) "Assessing Youth Service Through the Lens of Teaching Citizenship" Volunteer Maine: From the Field.

Rog, Laura. (Feb. 17, 2012) "Rigor/Relevance Framework: The Knowledge Taxonomy" Volunteer Maine: From the Field.

Rog, Laura. (March 23, 2012) "Rigor/Relevance Framework: Bringing Critical Thought Full Circle to Action" Volunteer Maine: From the Field.


Jascz, Michael. (April 8, 2012). "Bullying: Why Social and Emotional Learning in Schools Is Paramount to Prevention" Huffington Post.


Borovoy, Amy Erin. "Five-Minute Film Festival: Teaching Digital Citizenship," Edutopia, September 14, 2012

Hess, Rick. "Making Civics Count." Education Week. November 15

National Conference on Citizenship.  "'Millennials' Play a Central Role in Our Nation's Civic Health, But Who Are They.?"  (Feb 6, 2013)

---A major new study provides insight on the civic engagement of a generation. Includes a link to the "Millennials Civic Health Index."

generationOn in the Spotlight

PS 20 Speech and Language Blog "Learning to Give Lesson Plans"

---PS 20 in New York shares how to use Learning to Give service-learning lesson plans in conjunction with speech therapy.

Michelle Visits Battle Creek, School-Based Service-Learning

--- Michelle Nunn, CEO of Points of Light, toured the country meeting volunteers this summer. She blogged about service-learning in Michigan. From the link, scroll down to School-Based Service-Learning to read about how teachers are using generationOn curriculum.

Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D.

Price-Mitchell, Marilyn. (September, 2012) "50 Best Back-to-School Articles for Parents" Roots of Action

Price-Mitchell, Marilyn. (Feb. 7, 2012) "How to Change a Teenager's Life" Psychology Today.

---The top five qualities of role models described by students.

Price-Mitchell, Marilyn. "Teachers Change Lives through Mentoring & Service-Learning" Roots of Action.

Price-Mitchell, Marilyn. (October 10, 2011) "How to Instill Compassion in Children" Roots of Action

***With a shout-out to generationOn Youth Advisory Council member, Jake Bernstein***

Service-Learning Practice

Baumann, Paul. "New Understandings of Service-Learning's Impact on Students: Quality Matters." Every Student a Citizen. October 12, 2012.

Hustace, Kip M. "Practice Makes Citizens." Boston Review. May 30, 2012.

Rilkoff, Megan. "Is Service-Learning the Hidden Gem of Education Reform?" Good. October 11, 2012.

Robinson, Matt. (April 19, 2012) Helping Service-Learning Stick. Volunteer Maine: From the Field.

---Four elements identified to contribute to sustaining service-learning.

Kaye, Cathryn Berger. "Words into Action: Service-Learning as a Teaching Strategy." Character Education Partnership. October 9, 2012.

Kaye, Cathryn Berger. The Complete Guide to Service Learning: Proven, Practical Ways to Engage Students in Civic Responsibility, Academic Curriculum, & Social Action. Free Spirit Press, 2012. ISBN-10: 1575423456 ISBN-13: 978-1575423456

---The book with CD Rom provides practical activities, ideas, resources, and research to encourage K-12 service-learning.

Service Inspiration

Brennan, Jenny. (January 23, 2013). "Year-Round Service." Positive Psychology News.  -- This article provides research-based evidence on the value of volunteering to one's health and well-being.