Proposal Deadline: Friday, September 22, 2017
WHAT MAKES A QUALITY CCSA CONFERENCE PRESENTATION?
Attendees of the CCSA Conference are looking for interactive sessions in which they are active contributors to the conversation. Attendees want to understand how the content you are presenting is relevant to the work they are engaged in every day and they want takeaways they can apply when they return to their school.
Successful proposals submitted to CCSA will:
Successful presentations at the CCSA conference will:
- Address why the audience needs to know this information and how it is useful.
- Provide handouts.
- Engage the audience by providing real life stories, examples and case studies. The best speakers engage the audience and connect emotionally. Have a sense of humor? Use it liberally.
- Encourage audience participation by supplying small bites of learning with time to reflect, swap ideas and contrast experiences.
- Leave time for audience reflection—at least 25% of your time should be left for audience Q&A.
- Never engage in sale pitches: Remember, "If you're speaking, you should be teaching." Your presentation is to be educational in nature, not a sales pitch. Nothing turns off an audience more than a sales pitch.
Successful poster session presentations will also:
- Provide visuals to enhance the effectiveness of your presentation. Think in terms of graphic impact. Charts, drawings, photographs and other illustrations are encouraged. See examples of poster sessions.
- Have presenters who remain at the display for the scheduled 45 minutes to answer questions and discuss informally the contents of the display.
- Take advantage of the informal environment and encourage audience Q&A.
Write a creative, catchy and precise session title. In 2016, the following titles bought in the highest attendance rates:
- Less Sticks, More Carrots: How Reimagining Discipline Can Break the School-to-Prison Pipeline
- The ABCs of Leave Laws for Charter Schools: Don't Get an "F"
- # Black Lives Matter to whom?
- Formative Assessment. More Than Just an Exit Ticket
Address why the audience needs to know this information and how it is useful.
Presentations that offered applicable skills were rated much higher overall by conference attendees in 2016.
Include at least two interactive facilitation techniques.
- In 2016, presentations that offered high levels of audience participation were more likely to receive a higher overall rating by conference attendees.