NSBA issues call for proposals for workshops for 2013 national conference in San Diego; online submissions deadline is June 25

More than 20 Kentucky presentations were part of the 2012 National School Boards Association annual conference in Boston. Are you interested in presenting at NSBA’s 73rd Annual Conference in San Diego?

NSBA has opened its process for proposals from school districts and other organizations for high-quality, 75-minute breakout sessions that focus on topics of critical interest to school board members from all across the country. Conference attendees are seeking information and skills to help them govern and lead more effectively in the fast-moving world of K-12 education.

If you are interested in having a program considered for the 73rd Annual Conference, please submit your proposal online by 5 p.m. ET June 25 here http://ww4.aievolution.com/nsb1301/.

Submissions collected through this Call for Proposals process will be considered for breakout sessions only. Proposal submission does not guarantee participation in the conference.

It is strongly advised that presentations include at least one school board member as part of the panel of presenters.

Districts submitting proposals must be members in good standing of their respective state school boards associations.

This conference is a noncommercial forum. Under no circumstances may a breakout session be used for direct promotion of a product , service, or monetary self-interest. Sales pitches disguised as presentations will not be considered.

Please do not type any part of your proposal in all capital or lowercase letters, do not use acronyms or abbreviations, and please do not send any attachments or supplemental materials--they will not be reviewed.

Breakout sessions will be 75 minutes and will be scheduled throughout the conference. Please do not submit a proposal unless you can present your session any time during the conference, Saturday April 13 – Monday, April 15.

All presenters must pay conference registration fees and have a registration badge. Please explain this policy to your co-presenters. There are no presenter registration discounts.

Here are the primary focus areas for the 2013 conference:

School Board/Superintendent Partnerships
Understanding roles and responsibilities
Collaboration
Developing long-term, successful relationships inside and outside the system
Community engagement
Leading the community in setting the vision and mission for your district
Setting and modeling school climate

Innovations in District Management
Dealing with economic challenges/surviving in turbulent times
Managing local bond initiatives
Common Core Standards
Understanding and using data to drive decisions
Effective use of technology to manage district operations
School facility issues, "green schools"
Strategies for effective community outreach

Governance and Executive Leadership
Standards & assessments
Alignment-- applying resources to the achievement of district standards and priorities
School law issues--preventing litigation and providing updates on legal decisions impacting education
Sustainability of the superintendency

Labor/union relations/collective bargaining
Advocacy at the local and state levels
Understanding school funding/ARRA regulations
"Hot" topics, including those related to educational reform
Effective use of technology to improve student achievement
Social media --issues and impact

Student Achievement and Accountability
Factors that set the conditions to encourage students and adults to optimize teaching and learning
Narrowing or eliminating achievement gaps
Accountability & continuous improvement within a system
Sexting, bullying, religion in schools, responsible use of social media
Understanding diversity and changing demographics
Teacher performance/teacher evaluation
High school graduation rates

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