Call for Breakout Session Proposals
Share your great stories, experiences and expertise with school directors at the 2014 Annual Conference. Now is the time to submit breakout session proposals in the spirit of this year’s theme, Inspire. Celebrate. Lead.
The WSSDA Annual Conference is the premier educational event for school board members in Washington state. Attendees include school directors, school superintendents and administrators, state officials, and others.
If you are interested in speaking at the conference, please submit your proposal by Friday, May 9, 2014 using the electronic session proposal form.
The categories for proposal submission, as well as the conference theme, reflect a focus on strong leadership, relationships and actions that inspire greatness at all levels, and an upbeat attitude toward the future of public education. The strands are:
- Governing with excellence Proposals may cover topics within the wide range of knowledge and practices needed to govern school districts. Ideas include: setting policy, overseeing the budget, hiring and evaluating the superintendent, using data, board-superintendent roles, clear communication, and setting the parameters for a district’s success.
- Contemporary issues in education TPEP, Common Core, STEM, new education legislation, privatization vs. public education, and college readiness are just some of the topics pertinent to this strand.
- Success and well-being Success is a result of both internal and external conditions. Solid academics and programs to engage all children, closing the achievement gap, and boosting achievement are part of the picture. Well-being for both children and adults is also needed for success. Relationships that inspire us to be our best, policies that create safe environments in which to excel, and practices to help negotiate the stresses and demands we face, are all included in this strand.
- Advocacy and community engagement This strand focuses on the opportunities and techniques school boards can use to inform, engage, and partner with community members, parents, local and state government, and the media. School directors should all advocate for public education and for laws that improve rather than impede. They should also communicate the successes taking place in their schools.
- Change for the better What is new and promising in public education? Sessions in this strand focus on arts innovation, flipped learning, creative uses of technology, and other practices that create a springboard for success. The strand also invites discussion of how leaders articulate the value of exploring and embracing new ideas, and the need to take risks in order to improve.
We have three session length options this year (60, 75, 90 minutes).
School board members and superintendents from small, rural and suburban districts to large, urban districts.
Submit your proposal using the online form. You may download this PDF of proposal questions to use in preparing your proposal.
- Start by entering the primary presenter’s email address. Upon completion of each stage, the content entered is saved. Required information is highlighted with a red asterisk * (primary presenter, session information and AV requests).
- Upon completing all required information, press the submit button on the home page. The submit button will not appear until all required areas have been completed.
- After pressing the submit button, you will receive an automated email confirming the details of your submission. If you do not receive this email, your proposal has not been submitted.
- Keep the confirmation email. Changes to your submission may be made at any time by logging back in using the instructions in the confirmation message.
Criteria for acceptance
- The session must be relevant to school board members. The school board's role in the project, program or issue presented is clearly defined.
- The session should provide practical information, deep discussion and implementable take-aways for school directors, rather than general topic overviews.
- The description clearly, concisely, and accurately depicts what the presentation will include.
- School directors and/or students have an active role in the development and delivery of the presentation.
- The session outcomes are clear, measurable and achievable in the time allowed.
Guidelines for participation
- Presenters are responsible for all arrangements and expenses necessary for participation in the conference program.
- Any board member or superintendent participating in the presentation must register as an attendee of the conference and pay the registration fee. Other presenters will receive a speaker’s pass to attend workshops and visit the exhibit hall for the presentation day only.
- The "primary presenter" or an "additional session contact" is responsible for communicating with any co-presenter(s) regarding acceptance or rejection, deadlines and all other session details, and responding in a timely manner to inquiries and requests from WSSDA. This contact is also responsible for finalizing speaker information for the conference program and submitting presentation materials by the posted due dates.Under no circumstances may a presenter promote a product, service, or anything representing monetary self-interest.
- No response—no session. If WSSDA does not receive timely responses to communications and deadlines from the session contact, we may exercise the option of cancelling the session.
- Friday, May 9 - Proposals due.
- Wednesday, July 16 - Session acceptance/rejection letters emailed
Contact Sean Fleming, 206.227.0669