Upcoming Events

Join us for Close Up Conversations, student deliberations, nationwide conferences, and more!


Close Up hosts and takes part in a variety of events, both in person and online, to help students and teachers discuss policy issues and connect with members of our nationwide community. These discussions, deliberations, and presentations allow participants to hear different perspectives from experts and each other, and consider new approaches to engaging with current issues. 


Learning Cohort

February 1, March 7, April 4,  May 2 | 12-1:30pm (ET) | Open to NNSP members and non-members

Designed to support and inform educators who are looking to strengthen community engagement, partnership, and social impact programs at school, the learning cohort offers guided conversations, connections, and shared structured learning to help each educator forge their path toward a fully developed program. Through a series of Zoom meetings, participants will develop the skills to build a strong foundation at school and hone the tools to take this work wherever their career leads them.



AI in Education, a nationwide deliberation on the use of AI in High Schools

October 8, 2023 | 10-3:30pm (PT) | For students grades 9-12

Join Stanford University’s Deliberative Democracy Lab for an interactive event that will spark engaging discussions among students about crucial AI subjects, including generative AI and the role of accessible tools like ChatGPT.

As participants, students will engage in enriching conversations and have the chance to earn service hours, receive a certificate of participation, and access valuable insights from a college advice panel featuring Stanford students.

This online event will be hosted on Stanford’s Online Deliberation Platform. Students will participate in group discussion sessions and plenary sessions with subject matter experts who will answer questions from the groups. All high school students are welcome to join.



Avoiding the Holiday Pitfalls: Drives, Bake Sales, & More

October 18, 2023 | 12-1pm ET | Open to NNSP members and non-members

Join NNSP and three member schools on Zoom to discuss strategies on how to repurpose typical holiday drives and bake sales for more meaningful opportunities. Hear how different schools have changed the mindset of their school population, the necessity to connect drives to a greater sense of purpose, and the connection of all service activities to the educational outcomes of students.




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Insights from a Freedom Rider

Videos | June 7, 2023

During this #CloseUpConversations webinar Close Up sits down with Freedom Rider, Joan Mulholland.

Civic Education In Georgia

Videos | October 28, 2022

During this #CloseUpConversations webinar Close Up and an expert panel talks about the Importance of Civic Education in Georgia.

The ERA 50 Years Later

Videos | March 24, 2022

During this #CloseUpConversations webinar Close Up is commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Equal Rights Amendment.

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