Call for Proposals issued for presentations at 2016 KSBA Annual Conference; submissions for two types of sessions due by Nov. 6

With up to 1,000 education leaders from across Kentucky in attendance, the 2016 KSBA annual Conference can be a presenter’s dream opportunity to reach an audience of influential local school decision makers. The conference will be Feb. 26-28 at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville.

The opportunity to get on the agenda starts right now. KSBA Board Team Development Director Kerri Schelling, the conference manager, has issued the official Call for Proposals for two types of breakout sessions:

      · Informational Clinic Sessions (75 minutes) - Each informational session will be a maximum of 75 minutes. The purpose of these sessions will be for presenters to share their experience, information, knowledge or research about successful programs in their district or topics of critical importance to board members and education leaders. Lecture portions should be interspersed with ample time for audience questions and participation.

      · Interactive, Skill-Building Sessions (3 hours) - Each skill-building session will be a maximum of 3 hours. The purpose of these sessions is to provide an opportunity for participants to interact with each other and the presenter by asking questions and participating in skill-building exercises and activities. Lecture portions of the presentation should specifically address the practices, process or strategies necessary to understand and implement the ideas presented.

Selections will be based on the following criteria which must be reflected in each proposal:

      a) relate to local school board team roles, responsibilities and perspectives.

      b) reflect the core work, actions and styles of effective school boards.

      c) identify what the participants will know and be able to do from attendance at the session.

      d) support the topic with appropriate research.

      e) display clarity of intent, description, design and learning objectives for the session.

      f) involve participants via interactive discussions, learning activities and skill-building exercises.

      g) demonstrate innovation and creativity in presentation content.

Special note:

This conference is a noncommercial forum. Proposals received from proprietary companies MUST offer information that will be beneficial to every participant, regardless of whether a member’s school district hires the presenter’s company or one of its competitors. KSBA will not accept proposals for sessions designed to sell a product or service submitted under the guise of professional development. Companies submitting workshop proposals must indicate their intention to exhibit or sponsor at the 2016 KSBA Annual Conference. Preference will be given to proposals that include the involvement of at least one school board member.

All of the Call for Proposals information, including forms, is online here

Presenter Information

All presenters must submit a registration form for the conference by or upon acceptance of the proposal. (The conference registration fee will be waived for one presenter per session and is non-transferrable. Fees for meals and pre-conference sessions apply). Presenters contribute their services in a volunteer capacity. Presenters are responsible for providing materials. KSBA will duplicate handouts if a photo-ready master is provided by Feb. 5, 2016.

KSBA will provide an LCD projector and screen package upon request. Laptop computers, remotes, sound patches and Internet connections are not available through the conference – please plan to bring your own or make payment arrangements directly with the hotel.

For questions or more information, please contact Schelling or call 800-372-2962.

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