What Really Works!What Really Works!
in Education
March 22, 2013 at the CSUN University Student Union

Call For Proposals

Proposals DUE: October 26, 2012 December 1, 2012 EXTENDED

This year's What Really WorksWhat Really Works conference will focus on practical strategies for improving teaching and learning while supporting our educational community and students. Although research and theory need to inform our practices, this conference is about providing participants with concrete tools, strategies, and techniques to take back with them to their districts, schools, and classrooms. In fact, we will be promising that each session will offer every participant a “tool” to add to their bag of tricks; for example, this might be a concrete item (such as a make & take), a helpful mnemonic, a specific strategy, a page of websites or apps, a form/checklist/survey, or a classroom management technique. Every proposal will need to include what the tool(s) will be that the participants will take away from that session.

We seek proposals for engaging sessions that highlight work done in classrooms that improve student learning, build on techniques successfully used with a variety of learners, help colleagues make improvements based on past experiences, emphasize ways to bring families, administrators, and other educational specialists into the learning process, or extend our impact beyond the traditional boundaries of the classroom. Specifically, we are looking for engaging and practical proposals that address:

  • Concrete actions that new and experienced teachers can take to extend their reach to new learners and communities
  • Approaches to enhance learning through excellence, inclusivity, and innovation
  • Practical, concrete strategies that apply research and the scholarship of teaching and learning to the learning experience
  • User-friendly methods to assess student learning and concrete examples of using assessment data to improve teaching and learning
  • Ways to use technology with students, colleagues and families more effectively
  • Techniques to engage, motivate, differentiate, include, and instruct students

Proposed presentations should be 45 minutes or 90 minutes long (1-2 blocks). The format should be either a presentation (lecture/discussion), workshop (hands-on or experiential sessions), group presentations, panel (structured discussions), or poster.

Submitting a Proposal

Make your submission electronically by clicking here:

  1. Title of the submission
  2. Topic area of the submission (choose a topic area listed below; it is acceptable to create your own)
  3. Presentation format (choose one: Presentation, Workshop, Panel Session, or Poster Session)
    Presentation = Lecture/PPT/Discussion; Workshop = Demonstration session; Panel = Multiple presenters on same topic w/Q & A from audience; Poster = tri-fold poster w/1 page handout; Group presentation = multiple presenters on related topic)
  4. Abstract of your presentation (no more than 75 words). Be sure to include what “tool” participants will walk away with as this will be included in the program and will be the ‘hook’ for your presentation.
  5. Brief description of your presentation (No more than 1 page, 700 words)- include both content and presentation style. This will help the selection committee determine whether or not to accept your proposal. Please keep in mind that the purpose of this conference is to provide engaging, practical strategies to our conference participants. While research-based professional development is the goal, proposals that sound overly dry, theoretical, ivory-tower, research, or even fluffy, will not be accepted.
  6. 1-3 Learning objectives for participants. Please write these as “Based on this session, participants will be able to….” Again, a link to the practical nature of your presentation will be beneficial.
  7. Presenters’ Information. For EACH presenter, provide name, title, and contact information.

Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged via email within 72 hours. Additional information & specifics will be emailed if your proposal is accepted. Acceptances will be emailed in December 2012.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Inclusion of students with special needs
  • Instructional practices
  • Families/Parents/Community strand
  • Diversity/Culture
  • Collaboration/Communication
  • School reform
  • Literacy/Numeracy Strategies
  • Project Based Learning
  • Assessment Strategies
  • Leadership/Administration strand
  • Counseling/Psychology
  • Higher Education issues
  • Neurodevelopment
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Classroom Management Techniques
  • Deaf Culture

For additional information on presenting at the What REALLY Works in Education Conference, contact the Conference Organizers at the Center for Teaching and Learning at 818-677-7494 or ctl@csun.edu.


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