All proposals are due by 4:00 PM CST on Monday, February 25, 2019. GTS Educational Event Staff assistance will only be available until 4:00 PM CST on Monday, February 25, 2019. If you begin your submission very close to the deadline, you are not guaranteed support. The form automatically closes at 4:00 PM CST on February 25, 2019 whether you have completed your submission or not.
Deadline: Monday, February 25, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. CST
PROPOSALS THAT ARE INCOMPLETE OR RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
Thank you for considering sharing your knowledge and expertise at the Transforming Learning Summit! The purpose of the Transforming Learning Summit is to inspire educators who are transforming systems and practices for the success of ALL students by making the learning experience relevant and meaningful.
The theme of the 2019 Summit is Assessing for Learning.
The conference creates an annual opportunity for practitioners, leaders and stakeholders within the state’s education community to come together to advance learning and share best practices. The success of the conference depends on engaging and informative presentations from K-12 education professionals like you who represent diverse backgrounds, settings and positions.
If you want to showcase a particular area of expertise, or an experience that could benefit your peers and help Transform Learning, we want to hear from you!
The Transforming Learning Summit will bring together hundreds of leaders and professionals from across the spectrum of K-12 educational settings and functions, along with their private and civic sector partners.
Attendees come from public and charter schools, school districts, nonprofit/advocacy Groups, state agencies and education professional associations. Attendee positions include:
Advocacy Group Leaders
Alternative School Directors
Charter School Contacts
District and School Assessment Coordinators
Intermediate District Staff
Minnesota Educational Organization Leaders
Regional Centers of Excellence Staff
Regional Co-op Staff
School Board Members
Special Education Directors
State Agency, Board and Council Members
The Transforming Learning Summit is seeking session proposals that reflect sound adult learning principles and reflect the best thinking in the field of K-12 education. To deliver exceptional learning experiences, preference may be given to proposals that feature an interactive presentation style, supports the conference’s purpose and theme, and delivers an effective mix of the following:
Thoughtful consideration of the audience:
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR COMMERCIAL COMPANIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
Breakout sessions at the Transforming Learning Summit are learning experiences and are noncommercial. Under no circumstances should a presentation be used for direct promotion of a speaker's product, service, or other self-interest.
If you are a commercial company/organization doing business within the K-12 field as a product and/or service provider, you are invited to submit a session proposal within the following guidelines:
No submissions from commercial companies/organizations will be accepted outside of these guidelines.
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. – registration and professional group meetings
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – introductory remarks and keynote speaker
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – break
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – 60 minute concurrent sessions
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – break
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. – 60 minute concurrent sessions
11:45 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. – lunch
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – featured speaker
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – break
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – 90 minute concurrent sessions
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – break
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. 60 minute concurrent sessions
1:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. – 2.5 hour concurrent sessions (with a 15 minute break built in)
4:15 p.m. - end
Session format options
Adult learners usually prefer to engage in self-directed learning. The Transforming Learning Summit seeks to offer a variety of learning formats with a range of instructional methods that give attendees more control over setting priorities and choosing the right content, materials, and methods that match their learning styles and objectives.
As you reflect on your proposal, please consider topics that support the Summit’s purpose and theme and that fit into the following learning pathways (tracks) for the conference program. While proposals may address more than one area, you will be asked to select one which is the best fit. Some examples of topics are listed after each pathway. There are many other topics that can fit under each pathway.
All proposals must be submitted using the Transforming Learning Summit online proposal website. Upon submitting a proposal, you will receive an automatic confirmation for your records if it was submitted successfully.
Plan your submission in advance. We suggest that you first collect your thoughts for your proposal. Collect contact information and biographies from your co-presenters before beginning the form. Session proposals require clear and concise titles, persuasive learning outcomes-focused descriptions in a short and long version, and three action-oriented learning outcomes that answer the question "upon completion of this session, participants will be able to...". The following is the order and type of questions asked on the online proposal submission form:
Federal and State law require that public conference information systems, venues, tools and content be accessible to people with disabilities. In addition, GTS Educational Events is committed to ensuring the Transforming Learning Summit is accessible to a diverse audience.
How will you present your session in a way that is accessible (slides, videos, etc.) to everyone who attends? NOTE: All electronic files provided to GTS for attendees are required to be accessible. Visit the State of Minnesota's accessible documents page for training and other resources.
We seek to create a premiere event for the K-12 education field, and therefore priority will be given to those sessions that meet the following criteria:
Timely – Does the topic address a current or emerging concern?
Relevant – How significant is the topic to the theme and purpose of the conference?
Clarity – Is the proposal clear and understandable?
Engaging – Is the session designed to engage the audience?
Equity – Does the session content address issues of equity?
Non Commercial – Commercial companies/organizations are invited to submit a session proposal within the guidelines as stated in the General Guidelines section.
Proposals must be submitted via the online submission form. Proposals sent by email will not be considered. Presenters may submit more than one submission.
The online submission form closes on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. CST. Incomplete and/or late proposal submissions are accepted by invitation only.
The person listed as the lead presenter will be automatically notified of receipt by an email sent to the address that you provide. If you do not receive such a notification, please email email@example.com to confirm that your proposal was received. You will be able to return to the proposal to edit it until the submission deadline on February 25th at 4:00 p.m. CST. Information on how to do so will be included in the automated email.
Submission of a proposal does not guarantee inclusion in the program. GTS Educational Events reserves the right to work with presenters to revise presentation titles, reassign the identified topic area and edit session descriptions for promotional and program publication purposes.
How are proposals reviewed/accepted?
An advisory committee with diverse representation of K-12 settings and functions will meet to review, rate and prioritize ALL proposals to determine which ones will be selected for the 2019 Transforming Learning Summit.
When are proposals selected?
Final selections will be made by mid-March. Confirmation letters will be sent to selected lead presenters at this time. Signed confirmation letters will be due back to GTS Educational Events on Friday, March 29th, 2019.
The Advisory Committee will schedule selected sessions. All types of sessions will be scheduled to minimize topic overlap. Some presenters may be asked to repeat their sessions. Sessions will be scheduled for the follow timeslots:
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – 60 minute sessions
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. – 60 minute sessions
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – 90 minute sessions
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. 60 minute sessions
1:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. – 2.5 hour sessions (with a 15 minute break built in)
For each proposal selected, one presenter/moderator/facilitator will receive a complimentary registration for the day of the conference ($150 value). No additional compensation is available. All presenters will be required to register prior to the event using an online registration system.
Once a session has been accepted and listed online, cancellation imposes a serious burden. Do not submit a proposal if you are uncertain that you will be able to fulfill your obligation to organize and conduct the session.
Monday, February 25th at 4:00 p.m. CST – deadline to submit online proposal form
Mid-March – proposals selected and lead presenters notified
March 29th – signed presenter agreement forms due
April 10th – attendee and presenter registration opens
July 19th – Presentation Power Point slide deck and handouts due
July 26th – Final session times/room assignments sent to lead presenters
August 8th – Transforming Learning Summit