Present in more than 100 classrooms across the city and serving 3,000 students in up to 60 schools annually, Need in Deed partners with committed educators who want their students to experience learning that has meaning and purpose. Through a process that starts with a community inventory in September and culminates in June with reflection on learning, students in our classrooms experience learning as connected to the world around them and themselves as effective actors in the world.
We follow best practice by contracting with an external evaluator, a specialist in public health and youth development, to conduct ongoing multiple qualitative and quantitative assessments.
Need in Deed teachers believe in students’ potential and the importance of student voice. They are part of a vibrant network of educators who are transforming their classroom practice.
Need in Deed’s community partners bring the “real world” into the classroom. Every year, across the city, individuals from local government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and higher education and health institutions step into Need in Deed classrooms.
Need in Deed Students learn while making a difference in their communities. Every year, the students in Need in Deed classrooms tell us what community issues they care about and why. Below is a list of featured student projects.
Key School 6th graders share resources for new immigrants What did they care about? Meghan Agnew’s students at Key School were intrigued by the idea that they would be able to connect civic action to their classroom learning. As relatively new arrivals to the country, they are native speakers of other languages–mostly Spanish. When […]Learn More
Add B. Anderson 8th graders create campaign: How to Stay Safe During a Traffic Stop What did they care about? The 8th grade students of Room 302 at Add B Anderson had Social Studies and English Language Arts with Don Malcolm. From exploring a range of social issues they quickly became focused on the […]Learn More
Ziegler Students Help Their Community Stay Safe from Covid-19 What did they care about? Ms. Robert’s students began the year learning online. In spite of the challenges of not being in the same room they were excited to collaborate and explore social issues together. As speakers of other languages, Ms. Robert’s students developed English […]Learn More
What did they care about? The students in Ms. Seitz’s 6th grade class began the year building a sense of community in their classroom. They wrote poems about themselves and shared the history of their names. They even participated in a community peace rally. The school community faces a number of challenges and the students […]Learn More
McCall 8th graders help spread awareness about sexual assault What did they care about? Leslie Greenberg’s 8th graders began the year exploring a wide range of social issues and making persuasive presentations to their classmates to determine which issue would be the focus of their service-learning project. After powerful points were made, two topics emerged […]Learn More
Cayuga 5th graders host Pet Expo to educate their community What did they care about? Like many children, Pam Kieffer’s 5th graders were concerned about the fact that many dogs and cats were living in shelters or on the street. They wanted to know what they could to do to make sure the pets […]Learn More
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Working with Need in Deed has made me realize that all students are affected by social issues, regardless of race, age or social economic status.Year 2 Need in Deed Teacher