Workshop Presenting and the Showcase

Workshops are the heart of the conference, providing professional development opportunities for youth and adults alike. The Showcase highlights high quality projects from across the globe, and is an opportunity to connect with people and share how a project was implemented, how it was connected to curricular goals, and what made it effective.

The Call for Workshop Proposals for the 2015 Conference is now closed.

Meet the Presenters

Check out this year's lineup of speakers and workshop sessions.

» Meet the Presenters

About the Showcase

Do you have a high-quality project you would like to highlight at the conference? Not ready for a full 60-minute workshop session but have a powerful message to deliver? Then consider being part of the showcase.

Showcase Hours

Thursday, April 9
Set-Up: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Display Hours: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, April 10
Display Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Staffed Hours: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Tear Down: After 2:30 p.m.

Projects will be set up as table top displays on a 6-foot table. Students are encouraged to staff their table. Neither electricity hook ups nor internet connections are available in the showcase. Presenters may apply for both a workshop and a showcase. All presenters are expected to register for the conference.

Strong project proposals should show ties to curriculum, and include reflection components, youth voice, and community partnerships. The proposal should effectively describe the impact the program has on its community and how the initiative is unique and replicable for conference attendees.

About Workshops

Workshop sessions will be held Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11. Workshops will be available as either a 60-minute session or a 30-minute session.

Learn more about submitting a workshop, topic suggestions, and the strands and formats of workshops.

Workshop Formats

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. Sessions from all three strands will be selected in each of the following formats.

Sharing Successes
These 30-minute sessions allow you to share successful project implementations and lessons learned through your own experiences. In these short, focused sessions, you can discuss the outcomes of a project, present an effective method for overcoming barriers in achieving your goals, or share a novel way of teaching a fundamental skill such as facilitation, social networking, or integrating technology into a project or classroom.

Engaged Learning
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.

Workshop Strands

Choose from three specific workshop strands to help focus your Sharing Successes (30-minute) or Engaged Learning (60-minute) session. In each of these strands, we seek a cross-section of presenters that represent the groups that participate in the conference: educators, K-12 students, college students, higher education faculty, AmeriCorps members, policymakers, nonprofit leaders, corporate partners, and government staff.

Leadership Development
Sessions focus on developing leadership capacity in individuals or institutions. Examples of sessions in this theme might include developing a coaching model for improving academic or institutional performance, sharing model policies for teacher professional development or for incorporating youth councils within your school or organization, or exploring cross-field leadership opportunities and partnership development.

Sessions specifically address how to improve the quality of your service-learning (for example, through the K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice), explore a specific service-learning project or program or an issue area for service-learning (such as technology, the environment, teen driver safety, or hunger), offer strategies for effective service-learning instruction, address service-learning research or policy, or other service-learning specific topics.

Sessions are designed to build specific skills needed in service-learning or instruction. Examples might include demonstrating techniques for integrating technology into learning, giving young people practice in meeting facilitation, instructing educators on integrating action research, working with nonprofit and government organizations to be more inclusive of youth, or sharing social media strategies for organizing projects.