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Service Learning Event: Engagement, Activism, Reflection
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This popular event is a great opportunity to connect with other service learning professionals, share ideas and projects, and gain inspiration and tools from expert practitioners.

10/17/2018 to 10/19/2018
When: October 17-19, 2018
Where: Mt. Washington Conference Center
5801 Smith Ave
Baltimore, Maryland  21209
United States

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EARLY BIRD:  Register before September 10th and receive $50 off registration for event with accommodations, or $25 off day-only event registration.

Main Event Registration (Wednesday, 6pm opening dinner; Thursday, 8:30am-4pm; Friday, 8:30am-3pm)
Event plus accommodations at Mt. Washington (single room, meals):  $725
Day-Only Attendees (includes continental breakfast, lunch):  $400

Add the Pre-Event to Your Registration Above (Pre-Event: Wednesday 8am-3pm):  $125

If you need Tuesday night accommodations before the Pre-Event at Mt. Washington, this is available for an additional $125.



EARLY BIRD:  Register before September 10th and receive $50 off registration for event with accommodations, or $25 off day-only event registration.

Main Event Registration (Wednesday, 6pm opening dinner; Thursday, 8:30am-4pm; Friday, 8:30am-3pm)
Event plus accommodations at Mt. Washington (single room, meals):  $850
Day-Only Attendees (includes continental breakfast, lunch):  $550

Add the Pre-Event to Your Registration Above (Pre-Event: Wednesday 8am-3pm):  $175

If you need Tuesday night accommodations before the Pre-Event at Mt. Washington, this is available for an additional $150.


Target Audience

Service learning professionals of all experience levels and who work with any division.



To see a full detailed agenda, click here.


Quick Overview

Wednesday (Optional day: register for Pre-Event to attend)

There are two themes for the day: "intensive training for those new to leading service learning" and "meeting of veteran service learning leaders." Both groups will be together in the morning as our keynote speaker from Cathryn Berger Kaye Associates, Maureen Connolly, leads an in-depth look at service learning (see description below). In the afternoon, Maureen will continue with those who are new to service learning leadership, while veterans will listen to a panel, followed by strategy discussions in groups. Click here for more info. 

Leitzel Schoen, from Friend's Seminary in NYC, will guide us in how to lead all ages of students in advocacy work. Click here for more info. 

David Weeks, from Glenelg Country School in Maryland, will demonstrate the effectiveness of service-learning and discuss the importance of program design and evaluation of intended outcomes. Click here for more info.

Thursday afternoon: sessions for presenting new ideas. Five sessions to choose from. Click here for more info.

Amanda Munroe from Georgetown University Center of Social Justice will present effective methods for successful reflection. Click here for more info. 


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Full Event Description


Pre-Event (Optional Registration):
Wednesday, 8am-3pm

Service Learning: Best Practices and Engaging Strategies for 2018

Moving from ideas to purposeful action: this is the heart ♡ of service learning. Independent school educators seek ways to add depth and meaning to learning, and strategies that will guide students to understand the dense and complex issues facing our communities. This can best be accomplished by extending academic connections beyond the confines of the classroom through a reliable and effective process: service learning. Participate in a dynamic interchange and engaging experiences as together we explore how service learning builds the capacity for students to:

· Conduct social analysis through action research—a method applicable to every research assignment

· Authenticate a community need—increase the ability to make local and global connections

· Elevate question asking skills—a transferable ability that augments all learning

· Reflect by choice on significant moments and learning—and enjoy the process of reflection

· Demonstrate what has been learned, the process of learning, and what has been accomplished through service—resulting in a more astute and competent learner

Through a vivid articulation of the five stages of service learning, you will be more able to strengthen everyday teaching as well as guide students to understand a replicable process of participating in social activism.

Service learning has been defined as the fourth wall of the classroom that extends into the community. This is the time to “knock down the walls.”

This day is designed for educators in grades K-12 to provide practical strategies you can use immediately. Handouts are included. Come ready for participation!


About the Presenter:  Maureen Connolly, Ed.D. is a professor in The School of Education at The College of New Jersey. She also works with CBK Associates, a consulting group that provides professional development programs promoting service learning, strategies for success with academics, and 21st Century Skills. Maureen was an English teacher and service learning coordinator at Mineola High School on Long Island, NY for fifteen years. She is the co-author of Next Generation Literacy: Using the Tests (You Think) You Hate to Help the Students You Love; Getting to the to Core of English Language Arts, Grades 6-12: How to Meet the Common Core State Standards with Lessons from the Classroom; and Getting to the Core of Literacy for History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects, Grades 6-12. Maureen believes that at the heart of her profession is the need to develop purposeful learning that opens students’ eyes to the potential for positive change in themselves and in their local, national, and global communities.


Main Event:
Wednesday, 6pm - opening dinner; Thursday, 8:30am-4pm - presentations; Friday, 8:30am-3:00pm - presentations


Thursday: Purpose-Based Education: The Intersections of Identity Development and Social Justice Activism

This workshop will explore how purpose-based learning can play an integral role in connecting students to themselves and the world. The intersections of identity development and students' experiences with social justice activism will be demonstrated through the story of one school's intentional shift to a synergistic-approach to its values-based curricular and co-curricular programming--a shift that strategically capitalizes on the educational expertise of its service learning, diversity & inclusion, experiential education, global education, and sustainability practitioners. Exemplars will include elementary, middle, and upper grade-level purpose-based learning experiences that are designed to help students thrive and contribute through a reflective process of sense-making. The second-part of this workshop will allow educators to interact, considering ways social and emotional learning programs can help their students better understand their inner world--their gifts and passions--and how modern pedagogies such as problem-based and place-based learning can help their students develop, through the impact of their activism, a sense of purpose. Participants are encouraged to bring their own service learning experiences to the workshop. We have much to learn through the sharing of our stories. 


About the facilitator: Leitzel Schoen serves as Dean of Co-Curricular Programs at Friends Seminary, a K-12 Quaker school in Manhattan. Leitzel directs Friends' service learning and global education programs and oversees the school's Center for Peace, Equity and Justice. Prior to her years at Friends Seminary, she served at the Westminster Schools' Glenn Institute for Philanthropy and Service Learning. Through her 20+ years as an educator, she has collaborated with schools domestically and internationally in the development of programs that put students at the center of addressing real community and environmental needs through immersive service experiences and philanthropy education.


Thursday Afternoon: Assessment: Harnessing the Transformative Power of Service-Learning

Service-learning has the power to profoundly influence a person’s development. How can educators harness service-learning’s transformative power so that it can have a life changing impact on their students? Understanding the reciprocity between the stakeholders in a “direct” service learning experience provides insight into the energy supporting this transformative power. In this session, David Weeks will demonstrate the effectiveness of service-learning and discuss the importance of program design and evaluation of intended outcomes.

About the facilitator: With more than twenty years of service-learning experience, David Weeks has developed community service-learning programs for high school and middle school students. He is the Founder and Director of the Maryland Youth Partners in Change, which is a private and public school partnership. David also directs the Global Leadership Program in Haiti, which partners U.S. high school students with Haitian adolescents in the village of Camp Coq. Since 2009 he has been a Service-Learning Fellow with the Maryland State Board of Education. David holds a BA degree from Harvard College and MEd and MA degrees from Loyola University in Baltimore. He currently is a humanities teacher and the Director of Global Education and Community Service at the Glenelg Country School in Ellicott City, Maryland.


Thursday afternoon: sessions for presenting new ideas. Participants will pick 2.

  • Executing a successful Social Issues Conference
    Mary Catherine Bradshaw and Greg Eubanks, Ensworth School, Nashville
    Each spring, Ensworth conducts a day long Social Issues Conference for our students, faculty and the community at-large that provides non-profits with the opportunity to share their issues, what they do to help solve the issue and how teenagers can help them fulfill their mission. It is the only event in middle Tennessee that connects high school age youth with non-profit organizations. I will share what we do during the conference, why we do it, how it fits into the larger context of our school and Service Learning program and some of the success stories that have come out of the conference.


  • Our Approach to Service Learning: Empowering Students
    Dr. Sarah Bennison, Trinity School, New York City
    Dr. Bennison, Director of Public Service, will give an overview of Trinity's innovative approach to community engagement work. Founded as a charity school in 1709 with a specific mission to address issues of urban poverty and inequality, Trinity students continue this commitment through weekly work in their school neighborhood. Guided by the need for regular, ongoing community engagement work and integrating this work into the school day, Trinity is shifting traditional paradigms of community service and is empowering students to lead this grassroots movement for social change as an integral part of school life.  

  • What is an ethical response to poverty? Setting foundations for considerate community engagement.
    Drew Johnson and Jeff Turner, St. Catherine’s School, Richmond

    Learn about St. Catherine’s award-winning 9th grade class that teaches students the complexities of poverty, provokes deep thinking, and prepares students for meaningful service throughout their high school careers.


  • A Lower School’s Response to Hurricane 
    Elizabeth Tozzer, Westminster Schools, Atlanta

    The first grade STEAM curriculum at Westminster in the 2017-2018 school year included the study of soil, seeds, the growth cycle, harvesting, milling and cooking with wheat. The big question was, What is a seed and how does it grow? We were deep in the study of wheat as the hurricane season of 2017 blew through the Caribbean. In the aftermath, we received a new student named Ella from St. Croix Virgin Islands. Her school was no longer in operation. Ella’s presence in our first grade made the difficulties of hurricane relief real to our 1st graders. Further interviews with staff and families affected by hurricanes deepened their empathy and sparked a desire to do something to help. With support from the Glenn Institute for Philanthropy and Service Learning, under the direction of our head chef, who is from Puerto Rico, our entire community rallied around a chocolate chip cookie sale of cookies prepared by the students and baked in our food service ovens. Faculty and staff purchased the cookies and we donated the funds equally to affected staff families in Houston, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

  • Continuation of David Week’s 1-2pm Presentation
    This group will keep talking about the themes from David Week’s afternoon session (Assessment: Harnessing the Transformative Power of Service-Learning).

  • Utilizing Technology to Enhance Your Service Learning Program
    Krista Clement, CEO, and Robert Schoenfeld, VP, of Helper Helper

    As students investigate community needs, prepare their projects, take action and reflect, there are simple ways to integrate technology - both to drive engagement and promote positive outcomes. In this session we'll highlight some strategies we've seen used across the country to best organize and grow a school's service learning program.


Friday: Reflection for Academic Service-Learning, Advocacy & Action

This workshop will adopt a contemplative pedagogy (Zajonc, 2013) approach to incorporating reflection into community-based learning experiences. Reflection is a crucial element for such experiences because it influences learning outcomes, influences community development, and can function as a long-term strategy for sustaining engagement around significant injustices. Participants in the workshop will spend time in individual and group reflective practice and review the educational goals and possible benefits of reflection for learning. We will practice and analyze distinct tools for reflection around experiences of service and solidarity, interrogating connections to civic responsibility, advocacy, and activism. We will conclude with the opportunity for participants to adapt the tools to their own particular context. Tools are drawn from a number of fields of practice, including critical pedagogy, global service-learning, nonviolent communication, and more.


About the facilitator: Amanda Munroe serves as Assistant Director, Social Justice Curriculum & Pedagogy at Georgetown University’s Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching, and Service. In this role Amanda directs Georgetown’s community-based learning programs, develops global partnerships for social justice immersion and supports mission-driven initiatives related to the university’s commitment to social justice and the common good. She also teaches courses in reflection for social action and cultural humility for social justice and community health work. Amanda holds an MA in Conflict Resolution with a focus on Peace Pedagogy from Georgetown University and a BA in Global Studies & French with a focus on African Studies from North Park University. She is an RYT 200 Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher, an avid cyclist, and proud resident of Washington, D.C.







"This conference was beyond inspiring and showed the necessity, practicality, and applicability of service learning across curricula."

"Great conference with a lot of valuable information. This conference also made me put my fear aside of starting something at my school."

"Loved getting to meet other SL educators and speaking to presenters; everyone had lots of great experiences and knowledge to spare!"

"I learned so much. This conference was invaluable to me. THANK YOU!!"


Travel / Accommodations


Mt. Washington Conference Center at Johns Hopkins University
5801 Smith Ave
Baltimore, Maryland  21209

For directions from BWI Airport, Washington D.C., Philadelphia / New York, please visit the conference center's directions page.

Light Rail can be taken from BWI Airport to the conference center. It is an hour ride, and a 0.3 mile walk from the Mount Washington Light Rail stop to the center.


Overnight rooms at Mt. Washington Conference Center are hotel-style and include in-room baths. A few rooms have two beds. If you plan to attend with a colleague and would like to share a room, please contact CSEE to inquire about availability and a reduced rate ( Meals included for overnight guests are dinner Wednesday; breakfast and lunch Thursday; and breakfast and lunch Friday. Thursday evening has become a tradition of camaraderie: walking into the neighborhood to dine at a local restaurant.

Please see CSEE's Event Policy to learn more about cancellations and refunds.


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