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2019 Student Support Call for Presenters

2019 Student Support Call for Presenters

OSPI’s Office of Student Engagement and Support is pleased to bring back our Student Support Conference. This year’s conference title is Better Together: Collaboration, Coordination and Compassion.

We are soliciting innovative and inspiring breakout sessions for the conference in 60 and 90 minute sessions. The conference dates are May 23-24, 2019 and will take place at the Wenatchee Convention Center.

The conference offers a diverse array of presenters and perspectives focused on whole-child approaches specifically geared for K-12 educators and their community partners who work closely with schools. Foundational themes include strength-based, culturally relevant practices and strategies to foster resilience that enhances the social, emotional, physical, and behavioral health of students and staff.

The themes of the conference are adopted for the ASCD Whole Child Initiative. Your presentation should align with one or more of the following themes:

1. Healthy: Each student enters school healthy and learns about and practices a healthy lifestyle.

2. Safe: Each student learns in an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for students and adults.

3. Engaged: Each student is actively engaged in learning and is connected to the school and broader community.

4. Supported: Each student has access to personalized learning and is supported by qualified, caring adults.

5. Challenged: Each graduate is challenged academically and prepared for success in college or further study and for employment and participation in a global environment.

6. Sustainable: Schools implementing a whole child approach use collaboration, coordination, and integration to ensure the approach's long term success.

Please take a moment to reflect on where your presentation would fit into these themes. If you need additional descriptions please find them on ASCD's website.


Proposals should reflect values set forth from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
  • Reflect innovation and cutting edge content
  • Provide advanced content for education professionals
  • Stimulate and provoke discussion and audience engagement
  • Deliver model practices using approaches for different types of learners
  • Present evidence based on or supported by research
  • Target either new, mid-career, or seasoned professionals
  • Use multimedia approaches to enhance attendee learning
  • Explore issues important to the conference audience
Breakout sessions may not be used to market a product, program or service for sale. There will be tables available for that as a part of this conference. Please contact Cindi Wiek if you are interested in purchasing a display table at cindi.wiek@k12.wa.us or by phone at (360) 725-6050.

The conference will draw an audience of teachers, counselors, health services, juvenile justice, and administrators and a variety of other community stakeholders and partners. Breakout sessions that are selected to present will be offered one free registration for the conference. No other reimbursements will be made.

Presenters will be responsible for bringing their own laptops to the conference. Extra laptops will not be available for use during sessions. Projectors, screens, and an easel stand with paper will be provided in each room.

If you are interested in submitting a presentation, please complete the following application by January 25, 2019.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ron Hertel 
ron.hertel@k12.wa.us  or Cindi Wiek cindi.wiek@k12.wa.us by email or by phone at 360-725-6050.