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SCALE receives funding for new service-learning program

The Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education (SCALE) at the School of Education was recently awarded a three-year, $1.2 million grant from Learn & Serve America.  The grant will fund "Learning to Teach, Learning to Serve" (LTLS), a new program initiative designed to integrate service-learning and teacher education in North Carolina.

LTLS will provide sub-grants to 14 North Carolina public or private institutions of higher education to design or modify service-learning teacher education courses.  Service-learning offers a unique opportunity for students to get involved with their communities by integrating community service with classroom learning.  

Each institution will offer two service-learning teacher education courses a year for three years.  Through these courses, each institution is expected to produce 25 pre-service “teacher tutors” per year for a total of 1,050 tutors over the course of the three-year project. 

Each tutor will commit to 30 hours of K-12 tutoring.  In addition, the tutors will help K-12 students organize their own service-learning projects so that they, too, can give back to their community. 

The goal of the program is to create a total of 2,100 student volunteers in North Carolina over the next three years.

Founded in 1989, SCALE works to mobilize and support college students and campus-based programs to address the literacy needs of this country.

Learn & Serve America – a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service – supports and encourages service-learning throughout the United States by providing direct and indirect support to K-12 schools, community groups and institutions of higher education.

Applications for the LTLS sub-grants are still being accepted.  For more information, contact the project director, Keren Zuniga, at or (919) 962-5470.

A full list of partner institutions will be available in upcoming weeks.