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CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The Call for Proposals is now closed.

Proposal reviews are being conducted now. All proposal submitters will receive notification of decisions on April 18, 2024.

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is thrilled to announce NCSC24, taking place from June 30 to July 3 in the vibrant city of Boston, MA.

We are seeking dynamic presenters who can empower, challenge, and inspire our diverse audience during the breakout sessions. These sessions are an opportunity to share insights, tactics, resources, and methodologies that effectively tackle the common challenges charter schools encounter.

Missed the NCSC24 call for proposals informational session? Watch the recording and download the slide deck that recaps everything we covered.

CONTENT FOCUS AREAS

To cater to the diverse needs of our attendees, we have introduced a new content area that focuses on leadership. Additionally, we have separated mental health and academic achievement into two distinct content areas to meet the evolving needs of the sector. The NCSC24 programming will revolve around the following areas of content:
  1. Staffing and Fiscal Challenges
  2. Academic Achievement 
  3. Mental Health and Well-Being
  4. The Changing Landscape of Education
  5. Building Diverse and Engaged Advocates 
  6. Leadership

We are excited to review submissions that allow attendees to explore relevant and timely subject matter with experts and colleagues. Our goal is for participants to gain valuable skills and insights and come away with practical tools they can implement at their schools and organizations. We are particularly interested in proposals that align with the following themes and topics:

  • Talent Pipeline, Recruitment, Development, and Retention
  • Teacher Coaching and Mentoring
  • Strengthening the Pipeline of Teachers and Leaders of Color
  • Future of the Teacher Workforce
  • Facilities Access and Financing 
  • ESSR Funding and Managing the Fiscal Cliff
  • Impacts of Economic Crisis on Education
  • Budgeting for Managing the Impact of Inflation
  • Securing Equitable Public Funding
  • Improving Academic Performance
  • Innovative Teaching Models
  • Accelerated Learning
  • Post-pandemic Learning Recovery
  • AI & Instructional Innovations
  • Data to Improve Learning Outcomes
  • Impact of Trauma on Learning
  • The School/Home Partnership
  • The Science of Reading 
  • Special Education 
  • English Language Learners
  • Standardized Tests
  • Education After High School 
  • Chronic Absenteeism
  • Whole Child Education
  • Increasing Mental Resilience in Students 
  • Reengaging Disengaged Students 
  • Technology and the Future of Mental Health Treatment 
  • Staff Mental Health and Wellness
  • Educators’ Mental Health Literacy
  • Engaging and Educating Families on Youth Mental Health
  • Refugee and Migrant Support
  • Innovation and Technology in Learning
  • Developing Students for the Workforce of the Future 
  • Bilingual Teachers and English Language Learners
  • Diverse by Design Charter Schools 
  • Advancing Educational Equity and Quality
  • Charter School Renewals and Accountability  
  • Charter School Governance 
  • Equitable, Safe and Effective School Disciplinary Policies and Practices
  • Reaching and Teaching Generation Alpha
  • Ensuring Charter School Operational Freedom and Innovation
  • Enabling High-Quality Growth for Charter Schools
  • Uniting a Diverse Sector into a Coalition
  • Diversifying Political Supporters and Stakeholders
  • Navigating Polarized Political Reality
  • Understanding and Navigating the National Public Education Landscape
  • Engaging and Educating Elected Officials
  • 2024 Elections and Public Education/Charter Schools
  • Legal Issues in Education
  • Parents and Students as Advocates 
  • Teacher Voice in the Charter School Sector
  • Strengthening Family and Community Partnerships
  • Leading through Change
  • Succession Planning
  • Leading Under-Resourced Staff
  • Leading Schools in the Age of AI
  • Leading and Managing Gen Z Staff
  • Mental Health & Well-Being for Leaders
  • Culturally Responsive Leadership 
  • Crisis Response, Planning, and Prevention for Leaders
  • Change, Adaptation, and Innovation
  • Strategic Planning for School Growth
  • Improving Teacher Coaching, Development, and Mentorship
  • PRESENTATION TYPES

    We are accepting proposals for the following four session formats with preference given to proposals that include opportunities for meaningful audience engagement.

    Workshop: a 90-minute in-depth subject-focused session to help attendees deepen their practice through hands-on learning. Workshops will focus on the “how-to” and equip attendees with tools and actionable takeaways; handouts and resources are highly recommended. Workshops should feature a 45-minute presentation followed by 45 minutes of hands-on work, collaborative breakouts, or engaging discussions. There is a limit of 3 facilitators for this format.

    • Focus: subject-focused deep dive 
    • Discussion time: at least 45 minutes 
    • Maximum presenters/facilitators: 3 facilitators

    Fireside Chat: a 60-minute moderated discussion that explores relevant topics within the six 2024 content focus areas. These conversations provide a unique opportunity to gain insights from presenters’ professional experiences or research. The aim is to inspire and motivate attendees to elevate their impact within their communities. No slides should be used in these sessions. There is a limit of 3 facilitators for this format.

    • Focus: moderated discussion to inspire and motivate 
    • Discussion time: at least 20 minutes 
    • Maximum presenters/facilitators: 3 facilitators

    Interactive Presentation: 60-minute sessions featuring up to one to three presenters covering professional development, learning, and discussions pertinent to the six 2024 content focus area. Each session must include at least 20 minutes dedicated to audience discussions and Q&A, ensuring an interactive and informative experience.

    • Focus: interactive professional development, learning, and conversations
    • Discussion time: at least 15 minutes 
    • Maximum presenters/facilitators: 3 facilitators
    • No slide decks for this session format

    Facilitated Discussion: interactive conversations designed to engage attendees in sharing ideas, strategies, and perspectives to resolve a defined problem. The presenters serve as facilitators, briefly introducing a topic and then posing questions to draw the audience into a discussion, engaging them in a lively exchange. Facilitators may ask participants to brainstorm in workgroups to activate discussion. No slides should be used in these sessions; handouts or other resources are preferred. There is a limit of 2 facilitators for this format.

    • Focus: facilitated discussion to solve a defined problem 
    • Discussion time: at least 35 minutes 
    • Maximum presenters/facilitators: 2 facilitators
    Session Format
    Time Allotted
    Focus
    Discussion Time
    Max. Presenters
    Workshop
    90 minutes
    subject-focused deep dive
    at least 45 minutes
    3
    Fireside Chat
    60 minutes
    moderated discussions to inspire
    at least 15 minutes
    3
    Interactive Presentation
    60 minutes
    interactive professional development, learning, and conversations
    at least 20 minutes
    3
    Facilitated Discussion
    60 or 90 minutes
    facilitated discussions to solve a defined problem
    at least 35 minutes
    2

    PREPARING YOUR PROPOSAL

    • Identify your focus area and topic
      • Review the content focus areas and session formats. All content should be advanced-level and have clear learning outcomes participants can implement or address a relevant need.

     

    • Who will be your target audience?
      • Identify the audience who will get the most out of attending your session. You will have the opportunity to select up to two audience strands for your session. Review the descriptions below to determine which audience best aligns with your topic.

     

    • Audience Strands
      • Lead: addresses the many challenges facing charter school leaders and trains those looking to lead tomorrow. 
      • Advocate: sessions on the political landscape for charter schools, the latest state developments, and federal legislation and advocacy. 
      • Govern: professional development for those who oversee charter schools, including board members and authorizers. 
      • Educate: advanced content in instructional innovations and other learning-specific topics.
      • Operate: professional development for those who support schools to ensure long-term organizational health.

     

    • Reach out to co-presenters
      • It is important to have a diversity of voices and perspectives represented during sessions, which is why NCSC places great importance on speaker diversity. When selecting speakers, we consider gender, race, geographic background, school type, and geography. We urge you to consider speaker diversity at every stage of your proposal planning rather than as an afterthought. As part of your submission, you will be asked to provide your proposed presenters’ names, email addresses, and demographic information. Please note the maximum number of presenters and time lengths for each session type.

     

    • Write your session description and title
      • Write a short session description of no more than 150 words. Focus on the intended audience’s needs and problems, and address the benefits of the presentation for the attendee. Consider catchy titles that appeal to what your session offers attendees and draw them to your session description.

     

    • Write session learning objectives 
      • Write three one-sentence learning objectives that you want attendees to remember after your presentation. The objectives should be clear and achievable within the allotted session time frame.

     

    • Reach out to co-presenters
      • It is important to have a diversity of voices and perspectives represented during sessions, which is why NCSC places great importance on speaker diversity. When selecting speakers, we consider gender, race, geographic background, school type, and geography. We urge you to consider speaker diversity at every stage of your proposal planning rather than as an afterthought. As part of your submission, you will be asked to provide your proposed presenters’ names, email addresses, and demographic information. Please note the maximum number of presenters and time lengths for each session type.

     

    • Write your session description and title
      • Write a short session description of no more than 150 words. Focus on the intended audience’s needs and problems, and address the benefits of the presentation for the attendee. Consider catchy titles that appeal to what your session offers attendees and draw them to your session description.

     

    • Write session learning objectives
      • Write three one-sentence learning objectives that you want attendees to remember after your presentation. The objectives should be clear and achievable within the allotted session time frame.

    SELECTION CRITERIA

    Our goal is to curate a program that allows attendees to engage with experts and peers on the most relevant and timely topics. We will give priority to submissions that provide tangible takeaways and practical techniques that attendees can immediately implement within their schools and organizations. We value and prioritize diversity in presenters, organizations, and geographic locations to ensure a well-rounded and inclusive experience for all participants.

    Proposals will be reviewed by the conference program committee using the following criteria:

    • Relevant Topic: The proposal topic is relevant, meaningful, valuable, and attractive to the audience.
    • Presenter Knowledge: The presenter has sufficient knowledge, expertise, and authority to address this topic based on evidence provided in the proposal or prior experience with or knowledge of the presenter. 
    • Session Outcomes: There is alignment between the session outcome and description. The proposal provides attendees with timely, relevant, and applicable content with valuable takeaways.
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: The proposal shows how the session will reflect or address diversity, equity, and inclusion, including subject matter, perspectives, and demographic characteristics. We are striving to have a high percentage of women and people of color as speakers.
    IMPORTANT DATES

    Info session: January 16, 2024

    Call for Proposals Closes: February 9, 2024

    Decision Notifications: April 18, 2024

    NCSC24 Schedule Announced: May 20, 2024

    NCSC24 (Boston, MA): June 30-July 3, 2024

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