Conference workshops exemplify the key tenets of service-learning, including service, experiential learning, academic integrity, and authentic youth engagement. The thought leader sessions provide conference participants opportunities to interact with keynote and other major speakers that specialize in specific topic areas. Workshops and thought leader sessions will be held Thursday and Friday, March 14 - 15. There are more than 100 sessions to choose from.
The thought leader sessions are highlighted presentations put on by plenary speakers and other notable practitioners in the service-learning field. Thought leader sessions run concurrently with workshop sessions. Click here to see a list of the Featured Speakers who will be hosting thought leader sessions.
Which Workshops Should I Attend?
The conference program guide will provide a brief description of each workshop, level (beginner, immediate, advanced) and primary audience (such as K-12 teachers, Higher Ed professionals, youth, etc.), as described by the presenter. These three workshop identifiers will help attendees plan their schedules to get the most from the conference experience. All conference workshops fall within the following tracks:
Scientists and Stewards
The Scientists and Stewards track showcases work underway in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-related fields, with a focus on innovative solutions for transforming your community. Topics may include using STEM service-learning curriculum and new technology, launching green initiatives, creating green leaders, and engaging private and public partners.
These workshops provide hands-on professional development for teachers and administrators in school and district settings. Topics may include service-learning curriculum development, teaching innovations, compliance with state standards, evaluation and research, the integration of new media in education, and strategies for sustaining programs.
Workshops in the Student Achievement track concern service-learning and student engagement, performance, resiliency, and success in school. Session topics the unique contribution service-learning has to closing the achievement gap, drop-out prevention, incorporating youth voice, and after-school programs.
The sessions in the Civic Contributions track energize participants to be more fully-engaged community members. Topics may include youth leadership, social justice, community partnerships, philanthropy and fundraising, advocacy and policy-work, and teen driver safety.
Workshops in this track are selected for their universal relevance, and feature a “think local act global” approach. Topics may include service-learning and spirituality, peace-building, health strategies, multicultural understanding, economic sustainability, and disaster relief.
New to the field of service-learning? These workshops are for you. Attend all six sessions or just the ones that interest you.
Youth Room Workshops
These sessions provide a chance for young people from across the globe to meet and participate in workshops designed especially for them. All workshops and activities are led by and created by youth, and held in the Youth Room.