NPE's 4th Annual Conference will be held on October 14 - 15, 2017 in Oakland, CA. Our theme is:
Now More Than Ever: Fight for Public Education
The fight to save public education from those who want to privatize it has never been more important.
Which is where you come in.
We are looking to our members from around the country to provide the best workshop proposals. We will have workshops both Saturday and Sunday. Each will last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
The call for proposals begins Thursday, April 20, 2017 and runs for three weeks, closing on Thursday, May 11, 2017. Applicants will be notified if their proposal was selected or not by Monday, May 22, 2017. Those proposals that are aligned with the theme of the conference will be given the highest consideration. There is a limited amount of workshop space available.
Topics we hope to see addressed in proposals include:
1. Fighting back against privatization in all its forms: vouchers, charters, online learning, ESAs and tax credits.
2. The different ways privatization looks in different communities. How is it affecting your school or community?
3. Emerging issues: sanctuary cities/schools, resisting the DeVos/Trump agenda.
4. Lack of democratic governance in schools: what it looks like/how do we restore community voice?
5. Successes in the fight against privatization.
6. Grassroots organizing.
7. Coalitions that survive: how to work together in real and lasting ways.
We welcome your ideas beyond this list as well. What does fighting for public education mean to you?
Process Guidelines to consider that will impact our selection:
1. We are looking for a good balance of workshops--single person presentations, panel discussions, action planning sessions, roundtable discussions, etc.
2. Our members like to come away from workshops with concrete actions steps and a new network of allies--how might you facilitate that?
3. Our commitment to diversity in race/ethnicity, gender, and geographic location should be reflected in your suggested list of panelists.
4. Scholarships will be limited this year and we will be unable to fly an entire panel across the country to present. Please be aware of the financial constraints we face.
Process Guidelines that must be followed:
1. No more than 3 people + a moderator (if needed) on your panel. If you do not have a suggestion for a moderator, NPE will be happy to help fill that role.
2. Panels will be approved as submitted, therefore if you need to make any modification like a substitution of a panelist or a title change, you must get the approval of NPE’s Executive Director or Conference Chair first.
3. Technology needs must be included with proposal, although access is not guaranteed due to our limited budget. Options we hope to have available include an overhead projector, screen, and wired microphones. You will be expected to bring your own laptop and connecting cables. If providing your own laptop presents a hardship, please get in touch with the Conference Chair or ED at email@example.com.
4. Room setup preference – indicate if you would prefer an auditorium, classroom, or open discussion room setup. We will do our best to accommodate, but can not guarantee the room setup.
Thank you for your willingness to share your work with us and for your unending dedication to public education, our students and our communities.