A video introduction to the Roots & Shoots Curriculum-based Service Learning Program
Roots creep underground everywhere and make a firm foundation. Shoots seem very weak, but to reach the light, they can break open brick walls. Imagine that the brick walls are all the problems we have inflicted on our planet. Hundreds of thousands of roots & shoots, hundreds of thousands of young people around the world, can break through these walls. We CAN change the world
Welcome to Dr. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots curriculum-based service-learning program. Roots & Shoots encourages youth “of all ages” to make positive change happen―for the animal community, for the human community, and for the environment―and in doing so to recognize how these three subject areas are intertwined and dependent upon each other to survive. With tens of thousands of people in more than 120 countries involved, Roots & Shoots members are identifying problems in their communities and taking action. Through service projects, youth-led campaigns, and an interactive website, Roots & Shoots members are making a difference across the globe!
The Roots & Shoots curriculum-based service-learning program helps teachers educate students about the world outside their own experiences, and shows young people that they can make a positive impact in their community. The goal of this curriculum is to make it easy for educators to participate in Roots & Shoots by providing a framework and lesson plans aligned to the Common Core State Standards. We also aim to connect students to Dr. Jane’s positive messages, teach them the importance of giving to their community, and develop within them a sense of empowerment that comes from helping others.
Service-learning campaigns (sometimes referred to in this curriculum as service-learning projects) are designed to take learning outside the classroom and connect it with the community in a meaningful way. By implementing a well-developed project and participating in a hands-on experience serving others, students are able to realize their ability to be a positive influence. At the same time, the experience builds academic skills, making it an excellent opportunity to apply standards-based instruction. Aligning service learning with national standards ensures that students enhance their academic learning while benefiting from an engaging experience that strengthens their sense of belonging in their community.
The unique educational opportunities offered by service learning give students a chance to grow in a number of ways. Empowering students to take responsibility for the needs of their community and their own learning has many benefits, including:
- Creating purposeful learning
- Building a sense of civic responsibility
- Enhancing critical-thinking skills
- Fostering career exploration
- Encouraging students to become agents of change for societal inadequacies
Service learning is an effective instructional method giving teachers the opportunity to connect their students with the community in a constructive manner. The power of service learning lies in encouraging students to positively impact their community, while at the same time challenging them academically.
Thank you for participating in Dr. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, and enjoy!