Call for presentation proposals now open

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Department of Education are seeking presentation proposals for the 2020 Student Success Summit that will be held July 30-31, 2020 at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center in Charleston, WV.

The theme of the 2020 Summit is “Redefining West Virginia’s Future Graduate: Fostering Student Success.”

Each of the 54, one-hour Summit breakout sessions will be chosen based upon its demonstration of this theme.  Sessions should focus on what actions are being taken and can be replicated to ensure student success at all levels of education and training.   Questions to consider include:  What are some of the practical solutions being used across the state to address our students’, communities’, institutions’, and workforce needs?  How are schools and institutions of higher education implementing promising reform and collaborating within their own institutions, across the pipeline, and with potential employers to provide student support, develop best practices, and meet district, state, and federal mandates?  What does student success look like?  Every breakout session should present an actionable resource that participants can utilize and/or replicate once they return to their respective communities and places of work.

If you are interested in presenting during the Summit, please complete and submit this form no later than Friday, March 27, 2020.  Only those individuals (not associated with for-profit vendors) who submit a proposal will be considered, and it is likely that not all submissions will be selected. Only sessions that highlight effective practices, present actionable resources, and provide an active-learner structure to enable participants to apply concepts to their own practices will be considered.  (Please see additional requirements for presentations applying to offer LPC credits.) Collaborative presentations are highly encouraged.  Presentation selection will be announced by early APRIL.

CEUs will be offered for licensed practical counselors, RNs, and social workers. In order for a session to count toward Licensed Practical Counselor (LPC) CEUs, at least one of the presenters should have a master’s level or above in a human services field, have expertise in the content area, and the content must be able to connect to the counseling practice.  

The two-day Summit will be held July 30-31, 2020 at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center.  Those selected to present will be required to fund their own transportation, lodging, and parking, and are strongly encouraged to attend the entire conference.

The following conference tracks will be used to categorize presentations:
Adult Basic Education
Career and Technical Education
Elementary Education
High School Education
Institutional Education
Middle School Education
Military Partners
Postsecondary Education

Suggested Topics:
Adult Basic Education
Attendance, Behavior, and Course Performance
Attracting and Serving Adult Learners
Behavior and Mental Health
Bullying Prevention
Career and Technical Education
Career Exploration and Preparation
College Access and Awareness Initiatives
Community Engagement
Community Partnerships
Early Grades Instruction and Transition
Early Warning Indicators
Effective Mentoring Models (including peer-to-peer models)
Exemplary Programs
Financial Aid Awareness and Instruction
Grant Writing
Higher Grades Instruction and Transition
IEPS for ALL Students
Innovation and Creativity
Local Solutions
Middle Grades Instruction and Transition
Military Partnerships
Multiple Pathways to Completing Education
Overcoming Social/Emotional Barriers
Parent and Family Engagement
Partnership Building
Postsecondary Instruction and Transition
Progressive Technology
Student Engagement
Student Voice
System Wide Student Support and/or Inter-System Collaboration
Transitions for Students with Disabilities
Transitions Bridge Program

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