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Request for Breakout Session Proposals

Share your expertise with school leaders from around the state!

The State Education Convention is the opportunity for school leaders to learn from each other and from experts in business. What are your success stories? What strategies are working?

The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, June 21.

Proposal Information Needed

To submit a proposal, use the link above. If you do not already have an account in the WASB convention database system, you’ll need to create one.

After logging in, you’ll need to provide the following information:

  • Proposal title (50 characters)
  • Presenter names, titles, organizations and email address. (Presenter information may be added or corrected later. But if known, please add when submitting so duplicate submissions can be caught.)
  • Track (select from Community Engagement, Facilities, Human Resources, Leadership, School Finance, School Law and/or Student Achievement)
  • Proposal description (700 characters – generally, 100-150 words; write it as though this is the description you want shown in the convention guide. Use third-person point of view)
  • Learning objectives (500 characters – explain what the main takeaway for attendees is)
  • Methodology – (1,000 characters – explain how you are going to conduct your presentation)
  • Describe the research that supports your program and/or the data that indicates it is a success. (2,000 characters)
  • List all school districts, exhibiting companies or other organizations planning to participate in this session. (2,000 characters)
  • Indicate if you are willing to have your session recorded.
  • Indicate if you understand that, with some limited exceptions, ALL presenters must be paid registrants or a confirmed exhibitor in order to present.
Proposal Selection Criteria
  • Please do not submit a proposal unless you are able to present any day of the convention – Jan. 22, 23 or 24.
  • Each proposal is evaluated by a panel of reviewers who serve on the State Education Convention Advisory Committee. Many factors are considered in the selection of presentations, including:
    • The topic is of high interest and relevant to today’s school leaders.
    • Objectives are clear and can be met in the time allotment of one hour.
    • The presentation will be engaging and interactive (large speaker panels are discouraged).
    • The concept or solution presented:
      – Is innovative.
      – Has been in existence for at least one year at the time of submission.
      – Is providing positive, tangible results in a school district.
      – Can be replicated in other school districts.
    • The presentation is appropriate for an audience of school board members and administrators, with the role of the board clearly delineated.
    • Audience members have a clear “take away” from the presentation.
    • The presentation is NOT used as a “sales pitch” by vendors.
    • The proposal is well written and complete.
Presenter Requirements
  • All presenters must be 1) district staff; 2) CESA staff; 3) school board members; 4) students; 5) community partners (not paid by the district for services); or 6) business partners or vendors.
  • Vendors must be paid exhibitors at the convention at the time the proposal is submitted. No refunds of exhibitor fees will be made for booth cancellations received after notification of selection or non-selection.
  • Presenters are responsible for all arrangements, audio-visual (AV) equipment, and all expenses necessary for participation. Each session room will be equipped with a screen, lectern, head table for four, one microphone, speakers and an AV cart with cable from cart to head table for computers. Other equipment, including a laptop and projector, is the responsibility of the presenter. If equipment needs to be rented on site, you will be invoiced by the WASB for the requested equipment.
  • Acceptance of a proposal does not mean the presenters are registered for the convention. School board members, district administrators, principals and other administrators must register and pay to attend the convention. Students, community partners and classroom teachers are provided a guest pass to attend that day. Business partners and vendors must be confirmed exhibitors.
Important Dates
  • June 21: Deadline for the Call for Proposals to be submitted.
  • Sept. 9: Session selections finalized. An initial round of invitations will be sent to accepted presenters.
  • Sept. 20: Confirmations of acceptance returned to the WASB.
  • Sept. 27: Final invitations and notifications of non-acceptance will be sent.
  • Nov. 1: Presenter information is sent to all selected participants including day/time slot(s) and room numbers, driving and parking directions, etc.
  • Nov. 1: Convention registration opens.
  • Dec. 15: Early bird registration ends, fees increase (remember to register all presenters following our standard registration process or include them in your exhibitor booth badges).


Questions? Contact Director of Conferences and Events Amy Qualmann at 608-512-1713 or

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We are looking for sessions that address:

  • Student Achievement
  • Leadership
  • Facilities
  • Human Resources
  • Community Engagement
  • School Funding
  • School Law

Our major audiences are:

  • School Board Members
  • District Administrators
  • Business Officials

Wisconsin State Education Convention
122 W. Washington Ave., Suite 400 · Madison, WI 53703
toll-free 877-705-4422 · phone 608-257-2622 · fax 608-257-8386


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