What happens when you combine WE’s year-round service learning program with the College Board’s Advanced Placement program? The chance for students to apply classroom learning to real-world situations and discover their power to change the world.
AP® with WE Service is a new pilot program designed in exclusive partnership between the College Board and WE, through our WE family of organizations. Launching in September 2016, the pilot will integrate WE’s internationally-recognized service-based Learning Framework and resources into six AP® courses—Computer Science A, Environmental Science, European History, Human Geography, Spanish Language and Culture and Studio Art: 2-D Design—enabling students to apply content and skills to real-life social issues and challenges through innovation, creativity and hard work. Students who complete the program will earn a service recognition on their transcripts.
Through the foundation and outcomes of the WE Learning Framework, students explore the root causes of pressing issues like hunger, poverty and lack of education. They also plan at least one local and one global action to improve their community and the world
The WE Learning Framework is the foundation for all of WE’s educational programming. As students’ progress through service learning projects they develop core skill sets. The top skills that will be developed are identified at the top of each activity and throughout WE materials. Through a diverse selection of specially designed learning tools and resources students find increased academic engagement, active citizenship and university and workplace readiness.
The College Board and WE share a passion for enriching students’ learning experiences and developing well-rounded citizens. By combining the academic challenge and AP® with the WE education and citizenship model, AP® with WE Service creates an opportunity for students to consider their classroom work and how it applies to real-world topics, while working closely with their peers to address relevant needs in the local, national, and global community.
Service learning is based on a structured academic foundation that goes beyond volunteering or doing community service.
While service learning does involve performing service, it is based on a structured academic foundation. To learn more about the impacts of service learning, see Best Practices and Effectiveness of Service Learning, a compilation of research by Shelley K. White, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Director, Master of Public Health Program, Simmons College (formerly Worcester State University) and Jonathan M. White, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology, Director, Service Learning Center, Bentley University.
Service learning engages teachers and students with their community in a structured way that allows for students to meet their learning objectives, while community needs are addressed through the service work that students carry out. The Best Practices and Effectiveness of Service Learning research shares the long-term benefits and outcomes for students that service learning offers as a pedagogy.
The AP® with WE partnership provides an opportunity for students to realize their classroom work as it applies to the real world, while working closely with their peers to address actionable topics and issues in their community—locally, nationally and internationally.
WE’s service-based leaning approach allows students to apply knowledge and skills they are developing in their AP® courses to local and global contexts through innovation, creativity and critical thinking. WE’s programs encourage skills development for students to:
WE’s service-based learning program, called WE Schools, was designed to deepen students’ engagement with social issues while creating positive outcomes for society. More than curriculum, educational resources and action campaigns, the program is a movement of students and educators who believe that some of the most powerful learning experiences happen when you make a meaningful difference in your communities and for the world. By taking at least one local and one global action, the program helps students gain diverse skills and perspectives that challenge apathy and encourage active citizenship.
Working with the WE Service Framework, each AP® with WE Service module will require a minimum of 10 hours of in-class instruction and 20 hours of student work outside of the classroom.
To be eligible for recognition for transcripts students must complete the following criteria:
Reflect: Completes written reflections that make connections between the local and global topic(s) and learning about one’s self, one’s team, community and the larger environment.
For each of the six AP® courses offered through the AP® with WE Service pilot year, teachers can select one of two issue-focused accessible at collegeboard.org/APWE tied to that subject. Each module integrates the WE Learning Framework, as well as educational tools and resources to enable students to apply their AP® course learning to service initiatives. Explore more WE resources, including a library of service learning activities, action campaigns and more to integrate in each module. These resources will enrich the instruction for teachers and students.
Explore WE resources to support modules on access to education and access to health care.
Explore WE resources to support modules on access to clean water and human impact on loss of biodiversity.
Explore WE resources to support modules on access to education and poverty.
Explore WE resources to support modules on food insecurity and hunger, and access to health care.
Explore WE resources to support modules on the effect of poverty on access to education and the environment.
Explore WE resources to support modules on home and displacement, and natural environments.
The application period is now closed. If you are requesting more information about the status of your application, please email [email protected].
Thank you for your continued interest in the AP® with WE Service 2016-17 Pilot.