2018 Call for Presentations

The New York State School Boards Association is pleased to issue a Call for Presentations for our 99th Annual Convention and Education Expo to be held at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in New York City, Oct. 25-27, 2018.

Deadline: January 26, 2018

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, keep in mind our convention theme, New Ideas and New Solutions, 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 review 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. Proposals including more than two presenters will not be given consideration.

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 minute 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
  • Hiring a New Superintendent
  • School Public Relations
  • APPR
  • Immigrant Student Populations
  • Serving English Language Learners
  • Board-Superintendent Relationships
  • LGBTQ Student Issues
  • Shared Services
  • Career & College Readiness
  • New or Advanced Technology in Special Education Instruction
  • Staff Morale & Retention
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Common Core
  • Receivership & School Turnarounds
  • Strategic Planning
  • Community/Business Alliances
  • Reducing Suspensions for Persistently Disruptive Students
  • Student Leadership Programs
  • Crisis Management & Communications
  • School Based Mental Health Programs
  • Student Social/Emotional Well-Being
  • Curriculum Trends
  • School Facilities
  • Understanding Student Achievement Data
You are eligible to submit a proposal if:
  • You are available on Thursday, Oct. 25 – Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 to be in New York City
  • Your school district or legal firm is a current NYSSBA member in good standing through the 2018 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, educator, attorney, exhibitor) will be a paid convention registrant
  • You complete the online submission process by Friday, January 26, 2018 (Note: you may edit during the submission period of Nov. 29, 2017 – Jan. 26, 2018)
What You Will Need Before You Begin:
  1. Proposed Session Title - 7 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
    • 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 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
  • Laptop
  • Microphones, as appropriate 
  • Wireless Internet
2018 Important Dates:
  • January 26: Call for Presentations site closes
  • March 23:  Acceptance or declination email sent
  • May 18: Session date and time assigned
  • July 16: Register for Convention via the Speaker Service Center. Secure hotel room via link in registration confirmation email
  • September 14: Upload presentation materials via the Speaker Service Center. This is for attendee purposes only. All presenters must come to the session with their presentation on a USB drive for the live event.

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