National Service-Learning Conference
April 15-16, 2019, Philadelphia, P.A.

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.

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Call for Proposal
Workshops are the heart of the conference, providing professional development opportunities for youth and adults alike.

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 content
2. Learning objectives gained by participants
3. Learning and teaching methods used in the workshop
4. Opportunities for participant interaction and reflection
5. 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.

These 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!

Issues of Education Equity
Social Justice (bullying, LGBTQ)
Economic Opportunity
Civic Engagement
Health & Wellness (HIV/AIDS, obesity, etc.)
Teen Driver Safety
Veterans & Military Families

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math)
Language Arts & Foreign Language
Social Studies & Humanities
Life/Family Skills
Health & Physical Education

Engaging Youth Not Traditionally Asked to Serve (Diversity)
Diverse Learners
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
Media & Communications (including social media)
Engaging Elected Officials
Demonstration / Celebration
Days of Service: GYSD, MLK Day, 9/11
Sustainable Development Goals

Service (Direct)
Philanthropy (Indirect Service)
Public Awareness/Education (Advocacy)

Achievement 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

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Workshop Title *
Primary Presenter Qualifications and Experience *
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Describe how your workshop applies to the target audience. *
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Provide a brief outline of your workshop session. *
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What outcomes will participants gain from your workshop session? *
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What engagement and connection activities will you incorporate into your workshop session? *
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What specific skills will participants gain from your workshop session? *
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Please provide a description of your workshop session. *
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Please provide a brief description of your workshop session for the conference program guide. *
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