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Arizona Department of Education
Service Learning Competencies and Indicators

  Grades 4-8

2.1.0  Determine ways to address school or community needs.
2.1.1  Identify a need to address in the school or community.
2.1.2  Identify steps in problem-solving.
2.1.3  Identify possible solutions.
2.1.4  Describe potential actions to bring about a solution.

2.2.0  Develop a plan to address a school or community need. (Planning)
2.2.1  Identify the goal to be accomplished.
2.2.2  Determine the actions to take.
2.2.3  Identify who needs to be involved, what steps to take, and a timeline.
2.2.4  Describe how the plan will contribute to a safe and healthy environment for the school, community, and individuals.
2.2.5  Know when the need is resolved.

2.3.0  Develop activities related to the plan. (Action)
2.3.1  Participate in the activities identified in the plan.
2.3.2  Distinguish between relevant and non-relevant information in activities.
2.3.3  Apply creative thinking to develop new potential solutions beyond those first proposed.
2.3.4  Select alternative actions as needed.

2.4.0  Use reflection to assess the process of planning and implementing activities. (Reflection)
2.4.1  Identify progress, successes, and the extent to which intended results were achieved.
2.4.2  Identify intended and unintended outcomes of the activities.
2.4.3  Identify areas for improvement.
2.4.4  Modify the plan of action to incorporate ideas for improvement.

2.5.0  Analyze successes throughout the process and at the end of the action. (Celebration)
2.5.1  Acknowledge successful group and individual accomplishments.
2.5.2  Acknowledge the benefits to community, school, and individuals.
2.5.3  Identify unexpected accomplishments.

2.6.0  Develop personal and interpersonal skills.
2.6.1  Identify personal strengths and skills
2.6.2  Practice oral and written communication skills to convey one's own thoughts and feelings to others.
2.6.3  Practice personal skills in being flexible, seeing another's person's view, and standing for one's own values.
2.6.4  Identify leadership and team member characteristics and skills.
2.6.5  Recognize the role of a team member in a group/

2.7.0  Assess self-development regarding individual's extended relationship with community.
2.7.1  Recognize how groups can accomplish more than an individual.
2.7.2  Identify potential group conflicts and how to resolve them.
2.7.3  Recognize the need and opportunities for civic participation.
2.7.4  Determine how empathy, respect, and responsibility relate to civic participation.

2.8.0  Apply academic content in Planning, Action, Reflection, and Celebration activities.
2.8.1  Apply knowledge of government, history, and current affairs to each step of a service experience in the school or the community.
2.8.2  Apply knowledge of science and mathematic problem solving strategies to each step of a service experience in the school or the community.
2.8.3  Apply knowledge of oral and written communications skills to each step of a service experience in the school or the community.

2.9.0  Examine the need for civic and social responsibility.
2.9.1  Identify the difference between civic and social responsibilities to the community and school.
2.9.2  Compare the effects of civic engagement and non-engagement.
2.9.3  Examine how social responsibility impacts government, communities, and individuals.
2.9.4  Examine ethical behavior as part of an individual's social responsibility.
2.9.5  Examine the topics of human rights and diversity and their relationship to civic engagement.

2.10.0  Develop skills essential for both service and future employment.
2.10.1  Identify skills that are common for service and future jobs.
2.10.2  Practice skills required for both service and future jobs.
2.10.3  Demonstrate skills for interviewing, developing resumes, and completing applications for both non-paid and paid jobs.