2017 Call for Presentations

NYSSBA is pleased to issue a Call for Presentations for our 98th Annual Convention and Education Expo to be held at the Conference Center at Lake Placid in Lake Placid, New York, Oct. 12-14, 2017.

Deadline: January 27, 2017

This is your opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise with more than 2,000 school board members and education leaders across New York State.

In crafting your presentation proposal, please keep in mind our conference theme, Taking Education to New Heights, as well as the needs, interests and issues of concern to school board members across New York State. Proposals are ranked and scored by a separate committee. Please be certain that your topic or program is clearly written with precise learning objectives. Sometimes learning objectives are not clearly understood and as a result the proposal does not advance. Have a neutral and trusted colleague read your proposal for feedback prior to submission. Program submissions should be substantive with key principles, practices, and programming elements which can easily be adapted.  Make certain that your proposal is clear; avoid heavy theoretical components and ambiguity. Finally, this is a 60-minute presentation which includes question and answer, so be realistic as to how much you can cover; don’t overpromise.

In this year’s Call for Presentations, we’re looking for sessions that will increase attendee engagement. Here are some suggestions:

  • Break presentations down into 10-15 minutes segments. After each segment, involve the audience in discussing a question
  • Game formats significantly boost energy and involvement
  • Bridge any experiences you share by immediately giving a specific example that is laser-beam focused on the day-to-day realities of the school board member – our target audience
  • Keep the presentation moving – time management is critical
  • Presentation slots are 60 minutes in duration to include Q&A
Topics for Consideration:
  • Alternative Education Programs
  • Data-Driven Decision Making
  • Serving English Language Learners
  • APPR
  • Hiring a New Superintendent
  • Shared Services
  • Board-Superintendent Relationships
  • LGBTQ Student Rights
  • Staff Morale & Retention
  • Career & College Readiness
  • New or Advanced Technology in Special Education Instruction
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Strategic Planning
  • Common Core
  • Receivership & School Turnarounds
  • Student Leadership Programs
  • Community/Business Alliances
  • Reducing Suspensions for Persistently Disruptive Students
  • Succeeding in Poverty
  • Crisis Management & Communications
  • School Facilities
  • Understanding Student Achievement Data
  • Curriculum Trends
  • School Public Relations
You are eligible to submit a proposal if:
  • You are available on Thursday, Oct. 12 – Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 to be in Lake Placid
  • Your school district or legal firm is a current NYSSBA member in good standing through the 2017 calendar year
  • Your commercial enterprise will become a paid exhibitor in the Education Expo upon acceptance
  • Your proposal can be delivered with a maximum of two (2) presenters
  • You agree to be responsible for any/all costs associated with presentation delivery. Presenters are not compensated
  • You agree that the presenter(s) (school board member, superintendent, administrator, teacher, attorney, exhibitor) will be a paid convention registrant
  • You complete the online submission process by Friday, January 27, 2017 (Note: you may edit during the submission period of Nov. 28, 2016 – Jan. 27, 2017)
What You Will Need Before You Begin:
  1. Proposed Session Title - 10 word maximum
  2. Proposed Session Description - 40 word maximum
  3. Proposed Session Strand
    • Board Governance
    • Community Relations and School Improvement
    • Cultural Awareness and Diversity
    • Emerging Educational Trends and Timely Debate
    • Finance and Facilities
    • Health, Safety and School Climate
    • Products/Services
    • Rural Schools
    • School Law/Employee Relations
    • Student Achievement
    • Technology
  4. Session Synopsis - 500 word maximum
  5. Proposed Learning Objectives- Maximum of 3
If your proposal is accepted: 
  • Presenters associated with a commercial enterprise must agree to have their company or organization participate as a paid exhibitor in the Education Expo upon selection of their proposal. All commercial enterprise presentations will be scheduled in the Products/Services strand
  • All notification of accepted or declined proposals will be done via email - please be sure the email address provided is correct. If you do not receive an email by March 31, please contact Jennifer Kearney at jennifer.kearney@nyssba.org
  • All presentations must be delivered in 60 minutes and should include 10-15 minutes at the end for questions from the audience
  • NYSSBA reserves the right to revise session titles and descriptions
Session rooms will be equipped with the following:
  • LCD projector 
  • Projection screen
  • Audio/video cables for PC and Mac computers
  • Microphones, as appropriate 
  • Wireless Internet
2017 Important Dates:
  • January 27: Call for Presentations site closes
  • March 24:  Acceptance or declination email sent
  • May 19: Session date and time assigned
  • June 15: Register for Convention via the Speaker Service Center. Secure hotel room via link in registration confirmation email
  • September 15: Upload presentation materials via the Speaker Service Center

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