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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.

 Export to Your Calendar 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

Online registration is available until: 10/16/2018
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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.

Event Registration Plus Accommodations at Mt. Washington (single room, plus meals):  $725
Day-Only Attendees (includes continental breakfast, lunch):  $400

Add the Pre-Event to Your Registration Above (Pre-Event: Wednesday 8am-3pm):  $125
Add an Overnight Room Before the Pre-Event (Tuesday night accommodations):  $125



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

Event Registration Plus Accommodations at Mt. Washington (single room, plus meals):  $850
Day-Only Attendees (includes continental breakfast, lunch):  $550

Add the Pre-Event to Your Registration Above (Pre-Event: Wednesday 8am-3pm):  $175
Add an Overnight Room Before the Pre-Event (Tuesday night accommodations):  $150


Target Audience

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



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 "how to stay fresh for those who are 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 on staying fresh, 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.

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

At various times
Participants who wish to share effective strategies/ programs from their school will be invited to. (more details soon)


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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.



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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