Service-Learning and Social Justice provides everything administrators and teachers need to build service-learning programs that prepare students as engaged citizens committed to equity and justice. Cipolle describes practical strategies for classroom teachers along with the theoretical framework so readers can deftly move beyond the book to a meaningful program for their schools. Writing in a conversational style, the author explains service-learning's unlimited potential in terms of student empowerment and academic achievement and as tool in developing a student's a lifetime commitment to service and social justice. This book's contribution to new knowledge and practice is three-fold as it promotes (a) understanding of how individuals become committed to social justice, (b) identification of how one's orientation to service-learning and social justice changes as one develops a more critical consciousness, and (c) practical strategies that teachers can use to support and guide students as they become more critically aware. Practitioners will improve their service-learning programs and have a framework for preparing students for their experiences, as well as ideas for reflection activities. Educators will gain a better understanding of the psychology and sociology of developing a commitment to service for social justice.
About the Author
Susan Benigni Cipolle has over thirty years of teaching experience, and as a service-learning practitioner and administrator, she was instrumental in developing and institutionalizing the service-learning program at Benilde-St. Margaret's School in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. The author is also an adjunct faculty member in the College of Applied Professional Studies' Graduate Program in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and has presented several papers on service-learning and social justice at national conferences.