Celebrating 30 years of service-learning leadership, the National Service-Learning Conference highlights and promotes service-learning as a way of teaching and learning that builds academic and citizenship skills while renewing communities. It is the only major national conference that provides service-learning professional development to a diverse audience of K-H educators, administrators, pre-service teacher education staff and faculty, researchers, youth leaders, partners, parents, program coordinators, national service members, community-based organization staff, policy-makers, and corporate and foundation officers.
Proposals will be assessed on content quality, creativity of delivery, and audience participation. We strongly encourage proposals from young people. Workshops that involve audience interaction are also strongly encouraged. Presenters may apply for both a workshop and a Showcase.
Proposals must be submitted online.When filling out the online workshop proposal form, you will be asked to submit your narrative description via text boxes, describing all important aspects of your presentation, including:1. Overview of presentation content2. Learning objectives gained by participants3. Learning and teaching methods used in the workshop4. Opportunities for participant interaction and reflection5. Description of the primary presenter’s qualifications and experiences (an optional paragraph may be included for each of the co-presenters)
Only complete applications will be reviewed. NYLC reserves the right to edit titles and descriptions for length and content for the official conference program. Academic degrees will not be included in the program guide.
All communications will be sent only to the primary presenter. All presenters must register for the conference.
If accepted, presentation content cannot be changed from original proposal without written approval from the conference and events coordinator.
Because conference participants are of diverse ages and come from diverse backgrounds, we offer a variety of flexible formats for sharing your best work and to help attendees gain the benefit of a wide range of presentation styles.
ENGAGED LEARNING SESSIONSThese 60-minute sessions are designed to give you more time to explore a topic in-depth using a variety of techniques. Engage your audience in hands-on activities, simulations, facilitated panels, small group work, World Café-style conversations, or other active learning methods.
In an effort to be more inclusive and sensitive to individual learning needs, you are asked to present in one of three distinct learning formats. They are:
Lecture (listen and learn) – Designed for those who absorb information by listening to a speaker deliver a lecture. These sessions contain a low level of interactivity.
Interactive (learn from experts and practice) – These sessions feature hands-on learning with facilitated guidance through listening, moving, touching, doing, and discussing, and are designed to provide a medium level of interaction.
Peer-to-Peer (learn from each other) – These are participant-led sessions with the highest level of interactivity. These sessions are designed for participants to learn from peers through discussions and sharing of experiences. The facilitator drives the process, but not the content.
Not sure what to present? Here is a list of suggested topics, or feel free to select your own!
GENERAL TOPICSIssues of Education Equity Inclusion/Diversity Hunger/Homelessness Mentoring/Tutoring Social Justice (bullying, LGBTQ) Literacy Access Economic OpportunityCivic EngagementEnvironment Health & Wellness (HIV/AIDS, obesity, etc.) Peace Teen Driver Safety Veterans & Military Families
ACADEMIC CONTENT AREA TOPICSSTEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Language Arts & Foreign Language Social Studies & Humanities Life/Family SkillsAgriculture Health & Physical Education
PRACTICE/IMPLEMENTATION TOPICSEngaging Youth Not Traditionally Asked to Serve (Diversity) Diverse Learners Technology Investigation Community Needs Assessment Community Asset Mapping School-Community Partnerships Preparation and Planning Youth Voice Meaningful Service Link to Curriculum Duration and Intensity Progress Monitoring Working with Volunteers Fundraising Media & Communications (including social media) Engaging Elected Officials Reflection Demonstration / Celebration Evaluation Sustainability Days of Service: GYSD, MLK Day, 9/11Sustainable Development Goals
FORMS OF SERVICE TOPICSService (Direct) Philanthropy (Indirect Service) Public Awareness/Education (Advocacy) Advocacy/Policy
OUTCOMES/RESULTS OF HIGH QUALITY PRACTICE TOPICSAchievement Gap Bridging Out-of-School Time to Programs in the K-12 Classroom Career Exploration Civic Engagement College and Career Prep (21st Century Skills; the 4 Cs) Common Core State Standards Student Engagement Teacher Evaluation Intergenerational Strategies Social & Emotional Learning Youth Leadership 21st Century Skills