2020 National Service-Learning Conference Workshop Proposals

Unmask Your Potential, the 31st Annual National Service-Learning Conference Call for Proposals

April 16-18, 2020, New Orleans, LA

Celebrating 31 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.

Call for Proposals

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.

We are looking for workshops that incorporate one or more of the following strands: Higher Education, STEM, Literacy, Social-Emotional Learning and Leadership Skills, Administration and Teacher Development, Global Goals, and Project Planning.

Proposals must be submitted online using this form.

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.

Workshop Format - Engaged Learning Sessions

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Topic Ideas:


  • Issues of Education Equity Inclusion/Diversity
  • Hunger/Homelessness
  • Mentoring/Tutoring
  • Social Justice (bullying, LGBTQ)
  • Literacy
  • Access
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Civic Engagement
  • Environment
  • Health & Wellness (HIV/AIDS, obesity, etc.)
  • Peace
  • Teen Driver Safety
  • Veterans & Military Families


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

Outcomes of Service-Learning

  • Closing the 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

Forms of Service

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


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