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1992

  • The beginning of service-learning in Texas, with grants awarded by the Commission on National and Community Service to the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
  • Under the auspices of the PK-12 Learn and Serve America program, TEA administers feasibility grants to a limited number of schools and statewide capacity-building grants.

1993

  • President Clinton signs legislation creating the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which folds the Commission and other entities into one independent federal agency.

1995–1996

  • Learn and Serve America in Texas funds service-learning mini-grants to individual teachers, administered through regional service centers.

1996

  • The administration of Learn and Serve America in Texas is now handled by Region 14 Education Service Center in Abilene.
  • TEA receives a CNCS grant to establish a statewide network of service-learning practitioners and to develop regional councils, evaluation tools, a website and a newsletter. The new center is to be established at the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

1997–2001

  • TEA, Region 14 and the Dana Center form a partnership leading to the creation of the Texas Center for Service-Learning.
  • Texas Center for Service-Learning and its partners support service-learning in Texas through training, technical assistance, and mini-grants.
  • Expansion and campus grants are added.

2001

  • Texas Center for Service-Learning becomes a satellite center of the Region 14 Education Service Center. Staff are now Region 14 employees.

2009

  • Texas Center for Service-Learning changes its name to Service Learning Texas (SLT) to reflect the collaborative nature of our work

2011

  • Congress eliminates funding for the federal Learn and Serve America program of the Corporation for National and Community Service in April.

2012

  • Service Learning Texas closes its doors in August after 15 years of successful operations.