Call for Presenters

Call for Presenters 2018-08-13T11:00:17+00:00

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Wednesday, September 12, 2018


About the Center for the Promotion of Social and Emotional Learning (CPSEL)

CPSEL was created to promote social and emotional learning in preK-12 formal and informal education settings by providing resources, training, coaching and technical assistance to educators and practitioners. Our vision is to support learning environments that produce well-rounded young people who are not only equipped with the academic skills to succeed in life, but the skills that allow them to be men and women of integrity who contribute positively to their communities.


Target Audience

This conference is designed to provide quality professional development opportunities for school administrators, school psychologists, school counselors, social workers, youth development workers, early childhood professionals, student support specialists, staff who serve on SAP teams, alternative education teachers, homeless liaisons, foster care points of contact and other professionals who work on behalf of children and youth.


Conference Goals

The Center seeks high quality, effective presentations addressing the latest research and promising practices in supporting children’s social and emotional development, student engagement and school climate improvement. Workshops must support one of the five CASEL Core Competencies:

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship Skills
  • Responsible Decision-Making


Session Schedule

Workshop presentations will be selected for delivery throughout the conference.

Day 1, Monday, May 20, 2019

  • p.m. Explore More session (3 hours in length)

Day 2, Tuesday, May 21, 2019

  • a.m. Workshop session (90 minutes)
  • p.m. Workshop session (90 minutes)

Day 3, Wednesday, May 22, 2019

  • a.m. Workshop session (90 minutes)
  • p.m. Workshop session (90 minutes)


Session Format Options

Session Format Day 1

  • Explore More. These sessions allow attendees to dive deeper into SEL-related topics. Presenters engage the audience with small or large group discussion, role plays, activities, scenarios OR other creative opportunities for interaction.

Session Formats Day 2 and 3
Applicants may choose any of the following:

  • Traditional Workshop. Presenter shares themes and concepts related to a specific topic (usually with a supporting PowerPoint – although a PowerPoint is not mandatory). Similar to the Explore More sessions, presenters engage the audience with small or large group discussion, role plays, activities, scenarios OR other creative opportunities for interaction. The main difference is that the traditional workshop is 90 minutes in length whereas the Explore More sessions are three hours in length.
  • Soundclash. One or more presenters share two completely opposing views about a topic. Then, audience members discuss them and come up with their own views – or weigh the pros and cons of what they heard.
  • World Café. This process begins with the first of three or more twenty minute rounds of conversation for the small group seated around a table. At the end of the twenty minutes, each member of the group moves to a different/new table. They may or may not choose to leave one person as the “table host” for the next round, who welcomes the next group and briefly fills them in on what happened in the previous round.


Session Recommendations

  • Consider providing handouts that correspond with your content. If you use a PowerPoint, participants often tell us that they like having the handout format of the PowerPoint for note-taking.
  • Your session should not be used as a means to sell your products or additional services. While you may mention your products and services, your content should be intended to teach participants about SEL and/or teach skills that help with SEL implementation regardless of any future purchases.
  • Sessions must be interactive. Consider pausing every ten to fifteen minutes to engage participants in discussion or activities.


Presentation Summary (250 words)

This is the short description of the presentation that will appear on the SEL Conference website to help participants register/select sessions in advance. All descriptions are subject to change at the discretion of conference staff.

To aid applicants in completing the presentation synopsis section found in the call for presenter’s application, examples of workshop descriptions are listed below.

Example #1
A critical part of classroom management is the implementation of corrective consequences. For corrective consequences to reduce or eliminate purposeful or habitual misbehavior, they must be implemented consistently. When consequences are implemented only some of the time, the consequence, no matter how severe is not likely to change the behavior. In fact, it may even make things worse. This session will provide tips for implementing consequences.

Example #2
The World Wide Web has fundamentally changed the lives of children more than any innovation in history. The pervasiveness of portable internet enabled devices opens a world of opportunity to people and offers us great hope for communication, learning, and commerce. However, there are serious risks associated with the online world. Many parents and schools have unknowingly placed their children in harm’s way. This presentation is aimed at informing adults of the risks associated with children’s online activity.

Example #3
This workshop is intended to familiarize the participants with the components of a parent/child reunification program. This introduction is not meant to be an all-inclusive program, but is designed to make school officials and emergency responders aware of the key components of a good parent-child reunification plan. Participants will return to their school able to analyze their current capabilities and plans to improve their school’s parent-child reunification processes and procedures.


Selection Process

Each presentation proposal will be reviewed and evaluated by a team comprised of peer reviewers and Center for the Promotion of Social and Emotional Learning staff to determine selection. Proposals will be reviewed for:

  • Clarity of proposal
  • Adherence to proposal submission instructions
  • Relevance to conference goals and themes, timelines and general interest level of topic
  • Quality of proposed session’s content and the potential for engaging participants in meaningful discussion through experiential learning techniques
  • Format, organization, length and session type

Preference will be given to sessions that address the latest trends in SEL research and practice including equity, culturally-sensitive SEL, positive psychology, trauma-informed practices and academic integration.



All applicants will be advised electronically regarding the status of their presentation proposal no later than October 15, 2018.


Conference Registration & Associated Costs

Presenters may attend sessions on the day of their presentation at no charge. If the presenter would like to attend on a day when he/she is not scheduled to present, the registration fee for that day must be paid. Registration instructions will be provided to accepted presenters when available.

Presenters will be required to assume responsibility for costs associated with the presentation, including handouts, lodging, mileage, non-conference meals and related expenses.



Deadline: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Proposals must be submitted electronically using the Call for Presenters Submission Form. Handwritten, faxed or incomplete proposals will not be reviewed or accepted.

We strongly encourage you to write out responses in a word processing document and then copy and paste your answers into the form, just in case your browser times out.

In order to submit your proposal, please be prepared to select/submit:

  • Session format (see above for descriptions)
  • Presentation title, summary and objectives
  • Strategies you will use to make the session interactive and engaging
  • Availability of presenter(s) per session in order to choose session time(s)
  • The following information and documentation for EACH presenter: name, title, organization, address, phone number, email, dietary needs, ADA needs and a short bio (150 word maximum)
  • If you have multiple presenters for one session, assign one of the presenter as lead
  • If applying for more than one session you will be asked to create a different login for each session

Any questions regarding this Call for Presenters or the process should be directed to CPSEL.

After completing the submission form, scroll to the bottom of the form and click Submit.