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Call for Proposals

Thank you for submitting a proposal. Notification of acceptance will be April 30, 2018.

Kappa Delta Pi envisions a world in which teachers create the future and is committed to preparing all learners for future challenges. The “Designing the Future” conference provides a platform for educators of all levels and disciplines to come together and create a future that is sustainable, equitable, and promising for ALL learners. Through innovative breakout sessions, collaboration stations, and mentoring, attendees will design—in ways large and small—a promising future for themselves, their classrooms, their communities, and the education profession.

Kappa Delta Pi seeks presenters who will engage attendees with innovative techniques and relevant content.
As in any effective learning environment, conference presentations should model successful learning that is collaborative, centered on real-world issues, and visually or technologically stimulating. Learning experiences for attendees should be designed using innovative approaches to instruction that engage participants in active learning and lead to maximum retention.

Presentations selected for the program will include a wide variety of topics in several specific formats. All proposals will be evaluated according to established criteria. This Convocation website provides the following guidelines for proposals, a link to the online Proposal Form, and Selection Criteria. Following peer review, only the highest-quality presentations that best fit the framework of the Convocation will be added to the program.
Presentation Formats
To get started with your proposal, choose your presentation format from among our newly updated selections.

Deep Dive
[May be scheduled on any day of the 3-day conference; 60-minutes]
KDP is seeking Deep Dive presenters who will engage attendees in innovative ways, create highly interactive sessions, and provide opportunities for application and use of the information. Ideally, the format should be no more than 50% delivered information, with the rest of the session including interactive or hands-on engagement. Workshop rooms may hold up to 30 or 50 attendees. They may be set in a theatre arrangement or roundtable format. Presenters may rearrange the room on-site. An LCD projector and screen will be available for use. Computers are not provided. Certain rooms may have Internet access. If presenters require additional equipment, they must arrange and pay for it through the hotel or bring their own.

[May be scheduled on any day of the 3-day conference; 15 minutes within a 60-minute session]
Individual presenters will each have 15 minutes to share a tightly focused presentation. The last 15 minutes of the session is reserved for questions and discussion. KDP will select and group three topically related presentations within each session.

[May be scheduled on any day of the 3-day conference; 30 minutes within a 60-minute session]
Engage participants in interactive discussion regarding best practices in education, the newest research, or advocating for the profession. In this format, two selected presenters on a related topic will share a table, present their work, and host a conversation with other attendees. Roundtables participants will walk away with innovative classroom strategies, new information on the latest research, or a deeper understanding of advocating for the profession.

Lessons Learned
[May be scheduled on any day of the 3-day conference; a single 60 minute large-group networking session ]
KDP is seeking experienced educators who have advice to share with other educators that find themselves maneuvering tricky situations. Apply to share your wisdom in one of the topic areas listed below. Those whose proposals are selected will have one-on-one conversations with participants who will walk away with experienced advice from someone who has been there!

Chapter Poster
[May be scheduled on any day of the 3-day conference; a single 90-minute session]
Set up like a gallery, this poster session provides an informal way for chapters to share best practices and successful strategies within the Chapter Member Engagement Model. Through a poster display, a prepared 10–15-minute presentation, and handouts, posters offer new ideas for programming, leadership, and chapter management that current and future leaders can take back to their respective chapters. Chapters are allowed to submit multiple proposals; however, the number of posters accepted will be based on space capacity.
Possible topics for this poster session include service projects, officer training, member recruitment and retention programs, fundraising strategies, literacy programs, and tips for becoming an Achieving Chapter of Excellence (ACE) chapter.

Presentation Strands
After selecting a format, if you are proposing a Deep Dive, Powertalk, or Roundtable, choose one of the three conference strands appropriate for your topic. The Lessons Learned session requires selection of a topic area only. You do not need to indicate a strand or topic area for a Chapter Poster.

Strand 1: Designing the Classroom
Presentations within this strand focus on innovative classroom strategies with practical delivery that are appropriate for the classrooms of tomorrow.

Strand 2: Designing the Community
Presentations within this strand are designed to provide educators the tools and resources needed to prepare all students for future challenges.

Strand 3: Designing the Profession
Presentations within this strand are designed to give educators and members of one of the noblest professions the tools needed to take action and become an advocate for education.

Topic Categories
Designing the Classroom

Designing the Community

Designing the Profession

Roundtable Discussion Topic Areas

Lessons Learned Topic Areas
  • Varying Instruction/Differentiation
  • Relationships with Parents
  • Time Management
  • Literacy Rates
  • Integrating Innovation and Critical Thinking into the Classroom
  • Motivating/Engaging Students
  • Avoiding New Teacher Burnout
  • Technology Integration
  • Classroom Management/Rules and Routines
  • Career Planning/Planning my Professional Journey
  • Children and Poverty
  • Bullying