Information release from ASCD on this month's Educational Leadership. Lots of good articles on service-learning and civic responsibility.
Service learning promotes good deeds and academic achievement, but its greater potential lies in preparing students to be engaged citizens. Roughly one-quarter of all schools engage at least some of their students in service learning projects. The latest Educational Leadership highlights several studies in the past decade that have addressed the role that service learning can play in increasing students' commitment to civic participation. The strongest effects have generally been found for service learning programs that have the explicit aim of developing active citizenship, in contrast with those that emphasize community service and character building.