Call for Presentations

If your board has something interesting to share or your district pioneers innovative programs, we want to hear about your success!

Governance Camp, Powered by Student Voice, accepts conference proposals that reflect sound adult learning principles and reveal the best thinking in the field, informed by theory, research, and practice.

2022 Education Guidelines

Read more about student involvement on the Student Voice page. Preference may be given to proposals that are positioned to deliver a mix of the following:

Content

  • Reflect innovative, cutting-edge content, and evidence-based practice
  • Present a business case with evidence supported by research or data
  • Explore issues important to Texas school board members
  • Challenge attendees to think of a new solution
  • Cover topics around student voice

Instructional design

  • Stimulate and provoke discussion, audience engagement, and outcome-focused design
  • Facilitate knowledge transfer and development of new competencies
  • Use methods that draw out relevant past knowledge and experiences

Audience

  • Targeted messages for school board members
  • Provide diverse approaches for different types of learners
  • Demonstrate relevance of lessons through “real-life” case studies

Session categories

The following session categories are the focus areas for the 2022 conference program.

  • District Culture: Human resources, professional development, collaboration, safety, and shared leadership
  • Engagement and Advocacy: Building partnerships and engaging community, parents, businesses, and governmental leaders in school improvement efforts
  • Fiscal Responsibility: Finance/budgeting, facilities, bonds, energy issues, risk management
  • Policy and Legal: School law, employment law, policy, ethics, and transparency
  • Student Achievement: Student learning, outcomes, accountability, and instructional programs
  • Visionary Team: Roles and responsibilities, teamwork, collaboration, and shared vision of board-superintendent teams

Learning formats

Adult learners usually prefer to engage in self-directed learning, and that philosophy drives the Governance Camp approach to conference programming. 

Concurrent Sessions (60 minutes, Thursday only)

These sessions are the educational backbone of the conference and must fill the entire 60 minutes timeslot.  The material needs to be of value to our attendees (90% are school board members), reflect the mission and vision of TASB, and provide a truly interactive learning experience. Concurrent sessions can be delivered in various formats – panel, instructor driven, dialogue, or café style. Please note, sessions that let out earlier than 5 minutes before the scheduled end time may not be included in future events.

Student Voice (60 minutes, Friday only)

Sessions on Friday will focus on Texas public school students' real-life education experiences that impact student achievement and student outcomes. These Student Voice sessions should be presented or co-presented by students about initiatives and programs driven by students or developed by students. Read more about student opportunities.

Students Inspired (Combination of exhibit/demo and 15 min presentation, Friday only)

• Another Student Voice opportunity for an individual or group of students is to lead a hands-on interactive experience or demonstration in an "exhibition" style setting twice on Friday. This showcase is ideal for students who are excited to demonstrate the ways K-12 has improved their own learning journey. Maybe it is video game design, health studies, or crafts like carpentry or welding; TASB is giving students the platform to share their skills. Read more about student opportunities.

In-Depth Sessions (varies)

In-depth sessions should be a highly interactive presentation by 1 or 2 content leaders, developing skills through collaborative learning. The course will likely be designed for a specific subgroup of our membership like new board members, board presidents, or experienced board members. 

Meeting logistics

  • Handouts and Sharable Files: Go green by emailing your handout or sharable files when they are ready for inclusion on the Governance Camp resource web page for our members to access.
  • Day/Time Preference: Sessions will be scheduled for Thursday or Friday, depending on whether they meet the Governance or Student Voice criteria. The schedule for both Wednesday and Saturday is set. No additional sessions can be offered either day.
  • Room Arrangement and Audio/Visual Setup: Room assignments are made depending on pre-registration numbers and our members' session selection forms. Additional information will be provided with your session schedule.

Selection criteria and proposal process

Governance Camp is an exclusive and premier event for our membership. Therefore (other factors being equal), priority is given to proposals that include original content designed solely for our members that have not been presented at other TASB or non-TASB events. It is also imperative to note that sessions perceived by attendees as commercially biased in the content are unacceptable. Any submission that is not educational, neutral, and unbiased, and free of commercial motive/intent will not be accepted.

Timeline

It is rewarding to have your expertise shared in a meaningful way with our membership. So that you can plan accordingly, please make note of these dates and deadlines as well as the overall content leader timeline below:

  • Call for Proposals Opens: Monday, October 4, 2021
  • Call for Proposals Deadline: Friday, December 10, 2021. Only applications that are completed in full and sent as an email attachment to Kathy.Dundee@tasb.org will be accepted. (NO PDFs or Google docs, please!)
  • Students Inspired Application Deadline: Friday, January 14, 2022
  • Conference Invitations: Late January 2022
  • Save the Conference Dates: March 2-5, 2022

Additional Information

For additional information about this event, contact us directly for support at 800.580.8272.

Thank you to our 2022 Sponsors

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