Leadership Sessions

Leadership Sessions
Thursday, April 9
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Immerse yourself in a day of learning during an all-day Leadership session.

All registered college visit attendees must meet at the Conference registration desk no later than 8:45 a.m. Refunds will not be given for individuals or groups who miss the bus to the sites.

Additional fees may apply. Pre-registration is required. Lunch is included.

Open Spaces: Proving More Powerful Together
Hosted by the National Youth Leadership Council
Audience: All

New this year to the National Service-Learning Conference is a preconference session that will prove the service-learning field truly is more powerful together. Introducing Open Space, an unconventional opportunity based on the belief that everyone has something to offer. This innovative professional development format is sweeping the nation by putting attendees in the driver’s seat. You set the agenda. Come ready to share what you know about service-learning. Be surprised and discover something new. Become more powerful together.

» Learn more about Open Spaces

Preregistration required during registration. No additional fees apply.


Washington D.C. University and College Visit (additional fee) 
Audience: Students, Chaperones

Our nation’s capital is home to many outstanding colleges and universities. Join your peers for a day of exploration and learning! Visit two of Washington D.C.’s exceptional colleges and universities, tour their campuses, and hear directly from their students about all that the school has to offer. Discover what makes each school unique. Who knows? You might just find the right school for you!

Additional fee of $60 applied during registration.


UPS Road Code: Driving Towards Safety
Audience: Youth (ages 15 and up)

Join UPS and teens from across the country for this interactive day-long session that puts YOUth in the driver’s seat!

UPS Road Code is largely based on the same safety training used by UPS’s own drivers, who are known for their safe driving techniques. Taught by UPS employees trained as volunteer instructors, UPS Road Code will provide participants with classroom instruction, as well as time “behind the wheel” of a virtual driving simulator.

The program focuses on different safety principles, from basic instruction to the consequences of risky behaviors such as talking on cell phones, texting, or drinking while driving. Throughout the session, participants will have a chance to practice what they’ve learned on the driving simulators, which feature a computer screen that serves as a windshield to the program’s interactive animation, a steering wheel, and life-like gas and brake pedals.

At the end of the session, participants will receive a graduation certificate and leave better, safer drivers.

Preregistration required during registration. No additional fees apply.

Lessons Learned: Accountable and Assessable Service-Learning in the K-12 Setting
Audience: K-12 Educators and Administrators

At New Foundations Charter School in Philadelphia, Pa., service-learning happens during the day and afterschool, through extracurricular activities and family projects. Throughout the years, New Foundations has worked to create a system of standards and benchmarks for integrating service-learning into its curriculum. Each year, 6th - 10th grade students engage in cross-curricular, semester-long projects that are formally assessed and included on official school records.

Come learn from New Foundations Charter School staff about how your school can take steps toward meeting your academic goals while incorporating assessable service-learning experiences into your curriculum. Gain resources, tools, and hands-on technical assistance for building your program. All K-12 educators and administrators welcome!

Preregistration required. No additional fees apply.

How to Teach Students to Think Like 21st Century Leaders and Problem-Solvers
Hosted by James Toole, Ph.D.
Audience: K-16 Teachers and High School Youth

Apple’s Alan Kay famously said that: “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” That’s what Muhammad Yunus, Nelson Mandela, and Jane Goodall have done. How will we prepare students through service-learning to take their place in the world as leaders, inventors, and change-makers? Although the service-learning field contains a clear instructional process (IPARD) and research-based K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice, the missing piece is how to think like a 21st century leader and problem-solver. Workshop participants will explore mindsets and tools that can empower their students (and themselves) to create deeper, longer-lasting, and more creative solutions to both local and global problems.  

James Toole is a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development, an ongoing consultant for the International Youth Foundation (IYF), and the President of Compass Institute. He has taught at every level from pre-school and kindergarten to graduate school. He is also the co-founder (with his wife) of NYLC’s Professional Development Department. Over the past 10 years, he has worked with over 200 innovative global youth leaders from 50 countries. His curriculum on social innovation and entrepreneurship for IYF is translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, and Arabic and used in 19 countries. 

Preregistration required. No additional fees apply.

Diving Deep: Strategies to Transform Service-Learning Concepts and Best Practice
Hosted by Cathryn Berger Kaye
Audience: K-16 Teachers and Administrators

Ready to be revitalized? Experience new and effective approaches to illuminate service-learning ideas that meet the needs of 21st century learners. These strategies have proven highly effective within schools in the United States and across the globe. The aim: to provoke and promote deep understanding of critical issues and to expand how youth approach designing plans that make meaningful contributions. In what ways can we ensure our students have essential skills to be change-makers? What is the role of the adult? What are the amazing possibilities for the learners? ​And how do we do all of this and connect to the curriculum? ​Our work together will be highly engaging with resources provided. All who attend will walk out the door with effective ways to enliven service learning best practice. 

Author and international consultant Cathryn Berger Kaye is known for modeling engaging methods that can be integrated in everyday teaching. Her transparency while presenting ensures understanding regarding the depth and dimensions of her approach. Cathryn is the author of The Complete Guide to Service Learning and two service-learning books coauthored with environmental advocate Philippe Cousteau. Cathryn will be traveling 188 days this academic year to provide professional development around the world in K-12 and higher education. For additional information visit www.cbkassociates.com or email cathy@cbkassociates.com

Preregistration required during registration. No additional fees apply.

Why Service-Learning in Teacher Education? Why Now?
Hosted by the International Center for Service Learning in Teacher Education
Audience: K-16 Stakeholders for Service-Learning Pedagogy

Join us to explore the state of service-learning in K-16 education and shape ICSLTE’s work advocating for high-quality service-learning pedagogy, policy, and research. In the morning, participants will learn about (and share) local, state, and national policies that shape educators’ practice in service-learning, models for effective partnerships, and examples of integrating service-learning pedagogy in teacher education. The afternoon will be guided by World Café practices, inviting participants’ active co-creation of standards to shape effective collaborations and partnerships, policy recommendations, and research in service-learning in teacher education.

Preregistration required during registration. No additional fees apply.