Call for ProposalsSubmission deadline: March 2, 2020
Notification of acceptance: Approximately April 30, 2020
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 “Future-Ready Teaching” conference, session formats offer attendees a self-directed experience as well as 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. Following a peer review, only the highest-quality presentations that best fit the framework of the Convocation will be added to the program.
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 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 (if possible) 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. Roundtable participants will walk away with innovative classroom strategies, new information on the latest research, or a deeper understanding of advocating for the profession.
Chapter Poster - Due August 1
[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 from the previous academic year. Presenters should prepare a poster display, a 10–15-minute presentation, and handouts. 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, new chapters, Celebration of Teaching, and tips for becoming an Achieving Chapter of Excellence (ACE) chapter.
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. 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: How do I reach all my students?
In today’s diverse and inclusive classrooms, it may seem impossible to meet the needs of every student, but our presenters share powerful advice on classroom management, social–emotional learning, trauma-informed instruction, culturally responsive instruction, global competencies and perspectives, character education, bullying and harassment, and diversification of the teacher workforce to help you lead your students toward academic as well as social and emotional success.
- Topic categories: Classroom management, social–emotional learning, trauma-informed instruction, culturally responsive instruction, global competencies and perspectives, character education, bullying and harassment, diversification of the teacher workforce
Strand 2: How do I help all my students excel?
Teachers play an essential role in the academic success of all their students. Presenters share research-based practices and innovative approaches around learner-centered pedagogies, community-based instruction, competency-based instruction, teacher leadership, caring relationships, Gifted and Talented Students, ELL/ESL/TESOL, response to intervention, outdoor classrooms, and climate for inquiry and understanding to help you become the pedagogical expert necessary to truly help all your students excel.
- Topic Categories: Learner-centered pedagogies, community-based instruction, competency-based instruction, teacher leadership, caring relationships, Gifted and Talented Students, ELL/ESL/TESOL, response to intervention, outdoor classrooms, climate for inquiry and understanding
Strand 3: How do I know they learned it?
You can carefully craft each lesson and deliver with passion and commitment, but how do you know if your students are learning what you’re teaching? Our presenters take you beyond standardized testing and teach you the importance and practice of formative and summative assessment, critical thinking skills, self-assessment, authentic assessments, and project-based learning.
- Topic Categories: Formative and summative assessment, critical thinking skills, self-assessment, authentic assessments, project-based learning
Strand 4: How do I keep up with the latest?
It seems the world is changing faster than we can possibly keep up, so how do we? Our presenters show you the tricks of innovative classroom practices, micro-courses and professional development, teacher self-care, networking skills, technology, leveraging KDP resources, digital leadership, integration of the disciplines, and learning about climate change.
- Topic Categories: Innovative classroom practices, micro-courses and professional development, teacher self-care, networking skills, technology, leveraging KDP resources, digital leadership, integration of the disciplines, climate change
International Research Summit (NEW for 2020)
The International Research Summit will bring together researchers, education experts, and graduate students who have theoretical and practical knowledge of education of children and teacher preparation. The Summit will offer attendees an opportunity to share their research with others, including educators across disciplines and borders, and to intentionally explore potential collaborative research and publishing partnerships. Research should be original and of a scholarly level. Presenters must submit a written narrative of 300–500 words that summarizes the research. Proposals will be scored on the importance and appropriateness of the research topic to the field of education and audience; theory, practice, and/or type of research; and overview of the presentation content. The Summit will provide participation opportunities for panel discussions and roundtables. Presenters will be paired by research topic/strand.
The Summit will consist of roundtables, panel presentations, and networking sessions on Saturday, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., with a welcome reception Friday evening. Research Summit participants will join all Convo attendees for the general session luncheon on Saturday.
The Summit is geared toward:
- Graduate Students
Strand and Topic Areas
- Innovation – Challenging current methods and strategies, practices, technologies, professional development, flexible learning spaces
- Global/Multicultural Education and Competencies – Global citizenship, culturally responsive instruction, social justice
- Assessment and Accountability – Formative and summative assessments, critical thinking, self-assessment, standardized testing, demonstrating proficiency
- Learner-Centered Education – Project-based learning, learner-centered education, education for sustainability, community outreach