NISOD is looking for your best ideas that will help participants advance student achievement on their campuses! This call for presentations for NISOD’s 2014 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence invites proposals that address important issues facing today’s community and technical colleges, including, but not limited to:
Demands to increase the number of completers
Continuing need for postsecondary remediation
Synchronizing higher education expectations and high school reform efforts
Improving alignments between two- and four-year institutions
Substantial reliance on part-time faculty
Fully online and blended courses and programs and other educational technologies
Shifting demands for skilled labor
New approaches to sub-baccalaureate training and credentialing
Declining fiscal resources
Calls for improved data systems, data-sharing, and accountability
Underrepresentation of African-American, Latino, Native American, female, and low-income students in STEM disciplines
Shifting demographic, political, and economic forces
Succession planning for faculty and senior administrators
NISOD is seeking session topics that are delivered in innovative ways for new and veteran community and technical college educators. One thing we know about our audience is that they do not want to be talked at—they want to be engaged and challenged! So put on your creative thinking cap and give us your best ideas. There’s no such thing as a crazy idea. Here are some questions to help you come up with session ideas:
What are you doing to improve student achievement, and what can other educators learn from your experiences?
How are you accommodating students who may not be on campus?
Have you placed an emphasis on teaching soft skills in addition to providing technical and academic education?
Do you have a new perspective on a leadership topic?
Can you share an original approach to improving faculty development?
Have you found ways to generate positive results by using real-world experiences to supplement in-class learning?
Do you have technology solutions of interest to community and technical college educators (i.e., social media, cloud computing, etc.)?
Has your college discovered a breakthrough way of working more effectively with local business/industry partners, high schools, and four-year institutions?
For suggested questions to ask yourself and ideas to help guide you through designing a proposal that will be accepted, please review these proposal development tips.
Teaching and Learning
Presentation topics in this strand include strategies designed to increase student academic achievement while promoting a campus culture that values and rewards teaching, respects and supports individual differences among learners, and encourages the creation of learning environments in which diverse students can learn and excel.
Student Support Services
Presentation topics in this strand include innovations designed to help students enhance their academic skills, increase their retention and graduation rates, meet basic college requirements, and successfully complete their academic pursuits.
Presentation topics in this strand include strategies designed to improve student and organizational learning by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources.
Diversity and Inclusion
Presentation topics in this strand include high-quality, high impact strategies designed to continually and successfully embed diversity, equity, and inclusion into a campus culture that values different perspectives and fosters student, employee, and community engagement.
Culture of Evidence
Presentation topics in this strand include strategies designed to improve, revise, and introduce comprehensive systems used to collect and analyze data required to improve student learning outcomes.
Faculty and Staff Development
Presentation topics in this strand include strategies designed to maximize the professional and personal development of faculty and staff to improve teaching practices, strengthen leadership and management skills, and facilitate institutional commitment.
Developmental and Adult Education
Presentation topics in this strand include strategies designed to successfully transition students into higher education through developmental education, adult high school, ESL, GED, adult basic education, and similar offerings.
Economic and Workforce Development
Presentation topics in this strand include strategies designed to successfully align college resources with business- and industry-sector needs to meet local demands for skilled workers.
Leadership and Organizational Development
Presentation topics in this strand include strategies designed to manage change and achieve outstanding results through improvements in leadership, decision-making, planning, conflict resolution, marketing, advocacy, and fundraising.
Types of Presentations
Breakout Sessions address topics within the nine program strands and are 45 minutes in length. They are intended for 25-75 participants and may include multiple presenters. Presenters are expected to engage participants in interactive learning activities, provide handouts, and be prepared to respond to post-conference requests for more information.
Roundtable Discussions offer a more interactive venue for the exploration of key issues within the program strands. These discussions accommodate up to 10 participants and are limited to two discussion leaders. Multiple roundtables are scheduled simultaneously in the designated area. Roundtable Discussions are 45 minutes in length and are particularly well-suited for exploratory topics and hands-on demonstrations that require small group interaction and more individual attention than a larger group would accommodate. These discussions cannot accommodate equipment other than presenters' battery-powered laptop computers.
Poster Sessions are a visual approach to presenting research findings or describing an activity or program. The aim is to use the Poster Session as a means for generating active discussion about the project or research. Poster Sessions are displayed throughout the conference, but specific times are scheduled when participants can have informal conversations with Poster Session presenters. Poster Sessions are judged during the conference and prizes are awarded. A panel of judges award three levels of awards and conference attendees vote for a “Best of Show” winner.
Tuesday, May 27 Poster Sessions, 11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Wednesday, May 28
Poster Session Judging, 8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
Proposal Selection Process
Please submit your session proposals by January 10, 2014. You will receive an automatic confirmation of your submission. Please keep this confirmation in your files. You will be notified about the status of your proposal submission by January 24, 2014.
We receive many session proposals for the International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence. So, please understand that it is a difficult and highly selective process to review and choose from among the many excellent submissions received. As such, quality rather than quantity is always best when submitting proposals. We prefer to receive your best ideas rather than every idea you might have. So, send us just the proposals you think are for the strongest sessions.
Presentations will be reviewed for their:
Innovative, unique, or thought-provoking subjects, topics, and/or strategies
Engaging presentation of material
Relevance to the needs and challenges of teaching and learning in community and technical colleges
Appeal to a broad cross-section of community and technical college professionals or to a clearly defined program or discipline
Upon acceptance, NISOD will modify the proposed session title and description to fit our publishing style and format guidelines for the purpose of preconference materials, website, and onsite Conference Program.
Each breakout session will be equipped with a lectern, microphone, video data projector, and a screen. Any other equipment must be supplied by the presenter or rented from the in-house audiovisual provider.
Presenters are paid neither honoraria nor expenses and are required to register for the conference and pay the registration fee.
If you are an exhibitor and/or sponsor, we strongly encourage you to include at least one community college educator as a co-presenter and to focus your presentation on educating the audience rather than trying to sell a particular product or service. This will ensure your session has the best chance of being selected. For-profit organizations must become a Sponsor/Exhibitor in order to participate in the International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence.
National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD)
College of Education |
The University of Texas at Austin
1912 Speedway, Stop D5600 |
Austin, TX 78712-1607
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