National Service-Learning Conference

More Powerful Together

The 26th Annual National Service-Learning Conference®

Dates: April 9-11, 2015
Location: Marriott Wardman Park, Washington D.C.

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Deadline to apply is October 3, 2014.

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Mark your calendars for the opportunity to improve your practice, increase your leadership skills, and further your commitment to changing communities and the world – the National Service-Learning Conference!

More Powerful Together provides more than workshops and keynote addresses; it is an extension of the classroom, allowing for the youth and adult attendees to be part of something bigger. Both youth and adults gain the tools, resources, ideas, and inspiration to return home to improve their practice, their schools, and their communities. The conference's multiple day, concurrent session format offers a self-directed, facilitated learning environment with education sessions, discussion groups, and interactive workshops designed specifically for all levels of attendees engaged in service, learning, and youth development, focusing on current and emerging issues, best practices, and the challenges facing us today.

The conference brings together more than 1,400 attendees from across the United States and many other countries: a mix of innovative teachers who engage their youth in creative, meaningful contributions to society, school administrators who are committed to systematic change, researchers who investigate the direct connection between service-learning and graduation rates, policy-makers who take these messages to the Hill, and young leaders making a positive change throughout the world.

Highlights for the 2015 conference include:

  • Thought-provoking addresses from internationally recognized leaders, educational professionals, and young people
  • Professional development opportunities in 90-minute workshop sessions
  • Youth leadership trainings for and by youth
  • Skill building sessions
  • Successful project sharing and feedback opportunities
  • Off-site service-learning opportunities in Washington D.C.
  • An exciting exhibit hall showcasing businesses,  nonprofit organizations, and schools
  • A showcase of service-learning projects from around the world
  • Networking opportunities galore through networking breakfasts and after-hours receptions
  • Guided advocacy opportunity on Capitol Hill

Who attends?

Forty percent of attendees are young people, attending as part of a group with their adult advocate.

If you are a:

  • Teacher
  • Elementary, Middle or High School Student
  • College Student
  • Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • Service-Learning Coordinator
  • Curriculum Coordinator or Director
  • University Professor or Administrator
  • Consultant
  • AmeriCorps, Vista, or Senior Corps
  • Community Based Organization
  • Superintendent
  • State Education Department Personnel
  • District Wide Personnel
  • Non-profit Organization

…this conference is for you! No matter your role, if you are a young person or a person who works with young people, this is a conference experience you won't want to miss!

How can you get involved?

What your peers say about this event.

This conference recharged my service-learning batteries and provided me with a wealth of resources. It also gave me affirmation in what I have been doing and confidence to persevere and grow.

Sally MacGregor-Martin
First Grade Teacher, Greensview Elementary, Ohio

What better place than Washington D.C. to have a MONUMENTAL conference on sharing best practices and lessons-learned in service-learning! Every year, this conference reignites my flame and sparks me into action when I get home. There's ALWAYS so much work to do, but this conference provides the ideas, expertise, and networking to empower me to get there!

Clare Zlatic Blankemeyer
Director, High School Service-Learning Program, Mayerson Foundation, Ohio

This conference is invaluable to the professional who has to establish a relationship and work within a community in need. This conference gave me relevant tools that work to establish a lasting footprint on Detroit's Lower Eastside.

Orlando Bailey
Youth Project Coordinator, Warren/Conner Development Coalition, Mich.

This conference is energetic, motivating and simply inspiring to begin to make change. It is by far my #1 conference to attend--and always has been!

Barb Witteman
Professor of Education, Concordia College , Minn.

The conference provides students with the opportunity to see that they are not alone in their desire to change the injustices of the world. It gives them a chance to share their successes, learn from others, and discover new ideas. They also find organizations to become involved in after high school, leading them to be service minded for years to come.

Stephanie Stone
Service Learning Coordinator, Richland Northeast High School, S.C.

This was my first conference. I was so excited to attend and participate in professional development dedicated and focused on a very important component for our youth and in our school community; and it was all about my area of concentration and collaboration. I sometimes feel like I am on an island trying to make an impact, message the importance of service-learning all alone in my school community. Imagine my delight to have finally found an organization who not only gets it but has gone beyond my wildest dreams of living it every day!

Toni M. Kauffman
Director of Community Relations and Service-Learning, PA Virtual Charter School, Pa.

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