Call for Presentations


Annual Convention and Education Expo
Call for
Deadline Extended: March 12, 2021


The New York State School Boards Association is pleased to announce its redesigned Call for Presentations for NYSSBA 2021, which will be held in person at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City Oct. 24-26, 2021. 

The 2021 event theme is Coming of Age. We chose this theme to reflect the change, growth and evolution in boards of educations, administrators, educators and students in the times in which we live. This is your opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise with school board members and education leaders across New York State.

NYSSBA seeks proposals that reflect sound adult learning principles in conference presentation and the best thinking, informed by theory, research and practice. Adult learning theory suggests that the best learning environments are the ones that are collaborative and utilize a problem-based approach. To deliver exceptional learning experiences at the conference, preference will be given to proposals that answer the following content questions and address the target audience.


  • How do I create moments of reflection?
  • Have I allowed conversation and dialogue throughout my session?
  • What skill will attendees develop?
  • How can I challenge attendees to think of new solutions as public education policy makers?
  • Can I include a learning game?


  • Varying levels of board service - newly elected to veteran board members
  • Board Officers - Presidents and Vice Presidents
  • Superintendents and other administrators in NYS P-12 public education


  1. Learning Lab
    • A 75-minute workshop designed around learning objective(s) which provokes critical thought, creates reflection, asks focused questions, initiates new direction or spurs collaboration. One or two presenters.
    • Choose from one of the following subject areas
      1. Board Governance
      2. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
      3. Digital Learning Solutions
  2. Student Town Hall
    • A 90-minute deep dive – highly interactive discussion presenting student perspectives around a specific topic. Facilitator can open and close session, but majority of time will be spent on attendees asking questions directly of students. One facilitator; maximum five students.
  3. Birds of a Feather
    • A 20-minute TED-style talk that explores one topic, tells one story and asks one question about a major, relevant issue that affects your school/district type. Your objective is to disrupt/reshape assumptions and beliefs. One presenter. 
    • Choose from one of the following school/district type
      1. Urban
      2. Small City
      3. Large Suburban
      4. Small Suburban
      5. Rural


  • A diverse committee of selected NYSSBA staff with years of experience in leadership development, member relations, policy and marketing and communications will evaluate each submission using a Likert scale to measure agreement based on the following five criteria:
    1. Overall Quality
    2. Relevance specific to school board member audience
    3. Ability to inspire action or solve a problem
    4. Originality
    5. Interactive program design
  • We receive several hundred submissions each year so understand this is a difficult and highly selective process.


  • Once submissions are accepted from the Call for Presentations, we will identify gaps which staff will address through additional content development strategies. The overall program will reflect an array of presenters and perspectives in varied learning formats to ensure content is timely, relevant and providing solutions for our school board member audience.


  • All proposals must be submitted using the online form by Friday, March 12, 2021. You may edit the submission through March 12, 2021.
  • Submit one proposal per presenter.
  • 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 Friday, April 30, 2021 contact Jennifer Kearney at
  • Presenter(s) is/are available to be in NYC Sunday, October 24 – Tuesday, October 26, 2021.
  • School district is a current NYSSBA member in good standing through the 2021 calendar year.
  • All accepted presenter(s) (school board member, superintendent, administrator, educator or subject matter expert) must register by required deadlines and will be afforded the member registration rate. Student Panel members will be registered free of charge. All presenters and panelists will be responsible for travel costs.
  • All speakers must sign a Presenter Agreement Letter, agreeing to the terms outlined above in this Rules of Engagement section. 
  • An electronic copy of your presentation will be required by Friday, September 17, 2021. This can be uploaded via the Speaker Service Center. All presenters must come to the session with their presentation on a USB drive. NYSSBA will not have your presentation saved on the laptops in the meeting rooms.
  • Use clear, concise language
    • Title* – 7-word maximum
    • Description* – 40-word maximum
    • Synopsis – 300-word maximum
      • Include elements of engagement and interaction
    • Three action-oriented learning objectives that answer the prompt “After this participants will be able to…”
      * NYSSBA retains the right to modify titles and descriptions during copy editing for marketing purposes
  • Call for Presentations Opens: Tuesday, January 26, 2021
  • Call for Presentations Closes: Friday, March 12, 2021
  • Acceptances/Declinations Sent By: Friday, April 30, 2021
  • Session Materials Due: Friday, September 17, 2021
  • Save the Convention Dates: Sunday, October 24 – Tuesday, October 26, 2021

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