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Call for Proposals

Submission Closed
Notification of acceptance: Approximately April 1, 2019

Kappa Delta Pi is committed to delivering exceptional education, sparks of innovation, unique learning experiences, and high-quality networking. The conference environment is centered on creativity and innovative practices to effectively inform educators at all levels in their professional careers and to support their role in creating a better future for current students and future generations.

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.

KDP organizes sessions into a range of instructional methods, which gives attendees more control over setting priorities and choosing the right content, materials, and methods that match their learning goals. At “The Power of You” conference, session formats offer attendees a self-directed experience and social learning opportunities that allow them to take back and immediately apply ideas from the sessions.

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 a 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.

[May be scheduled on any day of the 3-day conference; 60-minutes]
KDP is seeking workshop 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.

Roundtable Discussions
[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
[Day and Time of Poster Session TBD]
[Submissions will be accepted until August 1, 2019]
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 Workshop, 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.

Through commitment to every child’s education, all teachers are creating the future. Teachers are thought leaders, learning facilitators, and change makers. The three strands allow for a variety of topics from these three perspectives.

Strand 1: The Power of Your Thinking
A teacher’s philosophy on learning and education is very personal and greatly impacts the effectiveness and direction of the classroom. The culturally responsive educator brings equity and respect for diversity to the classroom. The future-facing and sustainability-oriented teacher shares a commitment to prepare students with higher-order thinking skills, unleash the dreams and aspirations of every student, and work toward creating a better future for all. Presenters share various philosophies and mind-sets that power quality learning.

Strand 2: The Power of Your Actions
A teacher’s actions, choice of pedagogies, creativity, continuing professional growth, and commitment to change indeed can create the future. Engaging students in solving real-world problems, establishing classroom norms that support sustainability, and modeling equity and fairness all contribute to every student’s opportunity for learning, growth, and a brighter future. Presenters share research-based practices, innovative approaches, and a variety of powerful actions that impact learning and the future.

Strand 3: The Power of Your Voice
Creating the future requires a commitment to change. Though teachers may not conceive of themselves as change agents, advocating for change is a critical means of ensuring that every student has an opportunity for an excellent education and a future of possibilities. Presenters cover a variety of topics from advocating for individual students, schools, and communities, to using the power of collective voices to transform the future of education.
Topic Categories
The Power of Your Thinking

The Power of Your Actions

The Power of Your Voice

Lessons Learned Session Topic Areas