2017 Annual Impact Conference

Call for Proposals

At CISNC’s 2017 Annual Impact Conference, join us to explore the theme:  CIS Hidden Figures!  CIS local Affiliates, Student Support Specialists, Board Members and partners are often time the best kept secret, as we are our using our ability to assess, plan, and provide support to launch our students to the moon and beyond as seen in the award-winning film Hidden Figures. The Impact Conference is a great time to highlight the work of those hidden figures who have been able to launch students to reach new heights.  The event will be held August 14th-16th at the Embassy Suites in Cary, NC (201 Harrison Oaks Blvd, Cary, NC 27513).  The conference features sessions, workshops, and unlimited networking opportunities. The 2017 Annual Impact Conference Committee is seeking proposals that reflect the best thinking in the field, informed by theory, research, and practice and awareness of issues of diversity and inclusion as it relates to Integrated Student Supports and/or Wraparound Support. 

Proposals can be submitted by completing the online form by clicking here

All proposals must now be submitted by the extended date of  May 30th 2017 for consideration for acceptance.

The committee invites proposals that:

  • Address current challenges faced by professionals and leaders in the field and are solution-oriented
  • Deliver model practices using approaches for different types of learners
  • Stimulate and provoke discussion and audience engagement
  • Present evidence based on or supported by research
  • Target either new, mid-career, or seasoned professionals
  • Use multimedia approaches to enhance attendee learning

Highlighted topics may include:

  • Time management for working with students.
  • Collaboration within the school setting and surrounding community
  • Innovative ways to support student welfare and well being
  • Evidence Based Student Interventions/Supports related to Attendance, Behavior, Coursework, College and Career Readiness, and Parent Engagement
  • Building a culture of valuing data
  • Case Management within a school setting
  • Volunteer Management
  • Coaching for Performance (Students or Employees)
  • Partnership Development
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Motivational Interviewing in Primary and Secondary School Settings
  • Board Development & Engagement

We are seeking presenters with a diverse array of perspectives and experience in the educational and social service spectrum.  Presenters from a single organization or multiple organizations will be considered equally.

 

 

 Session Formats

Please select the format that will best enable you to effectively engage conference participants with learning about and considering how to adapt your research, theories, strategies, and evidence-based practices to their own school/district/affiliate work and culture. 

Problem Solving Sessions (75 minutes each; 2-4 facilitators; rooms set in roundtables; audio visual as available upon request)

Problem-solving sessions should identify a topic and problematize it as a way to foster discussion and develop a plan of action.  Proposals using this format should:  1) describe the problem; 2) offer a call to action (to address the problem); and 3) provide a method (such as concept mapping, promising practices, or other tools) to engage participants in examining a topic of mutual interest and applying knowledge from a variety of perspectives to solve the problem. Participants may be organized in small discussion groups according to grade levels served and to mix school based staff, Affiliate staff,  and other school practitioners to gain a full range of perspectives and to foster inclusive problem-solving practices.  Sessions that model high-impact practices—reflection, discussion, collaboration, hands-on activities—will be given priority.  Please note that the session should be an inclusive discussion with problem-solving exercises that advance actions adaptable to others – not a show-and-tell of what you did.

 

Planning Sessions (75 minutes each; 2-4 facilitators; rooms set in roundtables; audio visual as available upon request)

Planning sessions should examine and bridge research, theory, and practice to advance evidence-based plans of action.  Proposals using this format should: 1) provide research findings related to one of the conference themes; 2) examine critical theory that provides scholarly grounding emanating from this evidence; and 3) engage participants in considering how the findings and theories might be used to advance change in their school, district and/or Affiliate. Facilitators should provide data/findings related to the topic and engage participants in reflection, discussion, and strategic planning. Sessions that model high-impact practices—reflection, discussion, collaboration, hands-on activities—will be given priority.  Please note that the session should be an analysis of theories, strategies, and practices that are adaptable to others – not a show-and-tell of what you did.

 

Developing and Submitting a Problem Solving or Planning Session Proposal

Proposals are accepted through an online format and must include:

  • Name, title, organization/institution, and email address of each facilitator
  • Session title(100-character limit including spaces)
  • Anticipated participant learning outcomes(30-word limit)
  • Statement of intended audience(50-word limit, not required for poster proposals)
  • Background and evidence of effectiveness of work being presented(250-word limit)
  • Plan for participant engagement(150-word limit, not required for poster proposals)
  • Brief description to explain what your session will address if accepted(this description will be used in final conference program – 150 words)

 

Poster Sessions (90 minutes; 1-2 presenters; 6’x3′ table with 4′ x 3′ table top bi-fold poster board)

Posters share visual models of school site/district/affiliate specific approaches to the topics specified.  They might focus on a particular high quality best practices around attendance, behavior, coursework, and/or parent engagement, equity-minded framework; student-centered/asset-based learning paradigm; topic/problem; strategic planning framework; concept map; assessment rubric and feedback loops; or high-impact practices.  Posters that include evidence of success and resources for participants will be given priority. Posters are displayed on a 4′ x 3′ poster board that stands on a 6’x3′ table. 

Developing and Submitting a Poster Session Proposal

Proposals are accepted through an online format and must include:

  • Name, title, organization/institution, and email address of each facilitator
  • Session title(100-character limit including spaces)
  • Anticipated participant learning outcomes(30-word limit)
  • Background and evidence of effectiveness of work being presented(250-word limit)
  • Brief description to explain what your session will address if accepted(this description will be used in final conference program – 150 words)

 

Expenses and Fees

All session facilitators are responsible for conference registration fees, travel, and hotel expenses. A registration discount will be provided to one presenter of accepted Problem Solving or Planning Sessions.  Please be sure that all individuals listed in the proposal have this information and can be available to present throughout the event. Presentation times range from Monday, August 14th, at 1:00 p.m. through Wednesday, August 16th at 1:00 p.m.

 

Submission Information & Deadline

Proposals can be submitted by completing the online form by clicking here

All proposals must be submitted by extended date of May 30th 2017 for consideration for acceptance.

 

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