Call for proposal information

Please read the details below before submitting your workshop proposal. 

Session classifications and categories are used by the conference committee to plan a well-balanced program.  Additionally, attendees will use session classifications and categories to determine which sessions to attend.  During the submission process, presenters will be asked to select the classification and category that aligns most closely with the workshop content.  All sessions will be 90 minute or 2-hour sessions.  All 2-hour sessions will take place on Thursday, March 19, 2020.  All 90-minute sessions will be held on Friday, March 20, 2020, and Saturday, March 21, 2020.

SESSION CLASSIFICATIONS


Education Session – Education Sessions allow presenters to share their practice knowledge, work experiences, and practice implications in a traditional lecture or panel format.  While this presentation classification is a more traditional format, speakers are encouraged to be intentional regarding participant engagement, interactions, and audience discussions

Session Features:

  • 90 minutes total - typically broken into 5 minutes for introductions, 60 minutes of theoretical background and practice implications, 15 minutes for application and interactive learning, 10 minutes for Q&A

  • 1-3 presenters

  • Accompanied by a slide presentation and handouts

  • CEUs are awarded for Education Sessions

Exploration Session – Exploration Sessions expand the learning experience to a highly engaging format.  Presenters share practice knowledge followed by hands-on learning and skill-based practice.  Attendees are given opportunities to learn the skill and apply the knowledge via activity-based practice opportunities, group interaction, and engaging case scenarios.


Session Features:

  • 90 minutes total - typically broken into 5 minutes for introductions, no more than 30 minutes of theoretical background and practice implications, 45 minutes for application and interactive learning, 10 minutes for Q&A

  • 1-3 presenters

  • Session activity is highly engaging, interactive, and focused on activity-based learning

  • May be accompanied by a slide presentation and any handouts or worksheets necessary for an effective session

  • CEUs are awarded for Exploration Sessions


Expanded Session – Expanded Sessions are in-depth sessions that provide for a deep understanding of session materials and enable participants to walk away with tools and techniques that can be applied to his/her practice.


Session Features:

  • 120 minutes total - typically broken into 5 minutes for introductions, 60 minutes of theoretical background and practice implications, 45 minutes for application and interactive learning, 10 minutes for Q&A

  • 1-3 presenters

  • The session is a balance of education on a topic and interactive learning

  • Accompanied by a slide presentation and handouts

  • CEUs are awarded for Expanded Sessions


Poster Session – Poster Sessions allow presenters to share a visual presentation of the presenter’s research and data.  The author will illustrate his/her findings with pictures, graphics, and charts accompanied by limited text.  A good poster session offers useful information and provides for rich and meaningful discussion. *These poster sessions will take place during the welcome reception on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.


Session Features:

  • Informal presentation with meaningful questions and discussion with attendees circulating throughout the exhibit hall

  • 1-3 presenters

  • CEUs are NOT available for Poster Sessions

 

 

SESSION CATEGORIES


Research to Practice – These sessions highlight School Social Work Research including innovative approaches to ways researchers and practitioners work together to evaluate practice and programs providing tangible practice implications for School Social Workers.  
Macro Practice – These sessions highlight macro level practice such as advocacy, campus or district system work, PBIS and MTSS, campus policies, rural SSW practice issues, urban SSW practice issues, etc.


Equity Dilemma / Cultural Competence – These sessions highlight the ways in which we can center our school social work practice within social justice, racial justice, and decolonial frameworks.  Sessions focus on strategies for disrupting racialized achievement gaps and creating welcoming and equitable school environments. This is a call out for the school social work profession to take a critical lens toward systems that perpetuate systemic oppression within schools. Cultural Competence sessions highlight understanding of one’s own thoughts, beliefs, values, and behaviors, understanding a client’s cultural identify or experience, and how the practice is impacted by these factors.


Specific Populations – These sessions highlight work with specific populations, i.e. homeless, early childhood, LGTBQ, gender identity and expression, Special Education, ADHD, Autism, children in foster care, etc.


General Practice Topics – These sessions highlight evidence-based practice work with individuals, groups, families, parental involvement, violence prevention, substance abuse prevention, crisis response, mental health issues, bullying prevention, etc.


Leadership Focus – These sessions highlight topics of interest pertaining to supervisory roles or leadership roles within a district or state. Additionally, these sessions may provide guidance and insights for those attendees who are interested in moving into district or state leadership positions.


Poster Presentation – Visual presentations of research or data along with interactive discussion.

 

 

 

SELECTION CRITERIA


The following criteria will be used when session proposals are peer-reviewed.

  • Do the title and description clearly articulate the session content?

  • Is the topic timely and/or pertinent to the field?

  • Are the session goals and objectives clear and appropriate?

  • Will this session positively contribute to the conference program and the profession?

  • Is the session intended to be interactive and engaging?


ACCEPTANCE

If your proposal is accepted, you will be asked to:​

  • Register for the conference and pay the published fee minus a $100 presenter discount (available for up to 3 presenters per session).

  • Prepare, edit, and accurately reference all materials for your session.

  • Upload all session materials (PowerPoint, handouts, etc.) to the conference App by the deadline of January 31, 2020. 


TIMELINE

  • Proposals must be submitted by July 31, 2019, 5 pm EST.

  • Notification of acceptance by August 14, 2019.

  • Deadline for presenters to accept an invitation to present is August 21, 2019, 5 pm EST.

  • Registration opens September 1, 2019.

  • Deadline for presenters to register is November 15, 2019.

  • Final presentation upload deadline is January 31, 2020.


AV & MEDIA
The following standard audiovisual equipment will be provided in each room: LCD projector equipped with an HDMI cable, wireless internet connection, and a screen.  Microphones will be provided in larger meeting rooms as need is determined by SSWAA.  Presenters are expected to provide their own laptop and any special adaptors that are needed.  All other AV equipment must be provided by the presenter or through arrangements with the hotel at your expense.  

Adapted from OLC Accelerate

Contact

P.O. Box 3068  

London, KY 40743

contactus@sswaa.org

conference@sswaa.org

Our Mission

The School Social Work Association of America empowers school social workers and promotes the profession of school social work to enhance the social and emotional growth and academic outcomes of all students.

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