Call for Proposals: 15-minute “Big Idea” sessions

The 2022 Families Learning Conference: Families Learning, Families Leading, Equitable Communities, elevates the expertise and experience of participants by showcasing examples of family learning opportunities. Practitioners, families, and community leaders are invited to present sessions focused on evidence-based practices, strategies, and resources that help families succeed in accomplishing personal, educational, and economic goals. The National Center for Families Learning is currently seeking “Big Idea” session proposals for the virtual portion of the 2022 Families Learning Conference, held October 25-26.

This opportunity has now closed.

“Big Idea” sessions present models in a way that is fast-paced and thought-provoking while connecting to at least one of the conference tracks: Family Literacy, Family Engagement, Family Leadership, and Research and Policy. During “Big Idea” sessions, presenters will have fifteen minutes to share their models and answer any questions participants may have. Due to time constraints, we are limiting these sessions to single-presenter only. 

This Call for Proposals closed at 11:59 pm PDT July 22, 2022.

Before beginning your application, add to your email provider’s list of safe senders to ensure you receive notification about your application. Preview the application by clicking here.

Questions to Consider:

What tool have you used in a new or effective way?

How have you worked to affect or lead change in new ways?

Have you implemented a new program or idea that inspired change in your organization or community?

“Big Idea” Proposal Selection Criteria:

Proposals should be detailed and showcase the overarching Big Idea that presenters want to highlight and share with participants. Presentations will be scored and selected based on the following criteria:

Clarity of focus topic and objective

Relevance to the theme: Families Learning, Families Leading, Equitable Communities

Originality and creativity

Methods used to inform and engage the audience

Key dates:

June 20, 2022: Application opens
July 22, 2022: Application closes
August 2022: Applicants notified of acceptance
September 2022: Presenters notified of date/time for presentation
September 25, 2022: Presenters must be registered for Conference

Presenter benefits:

Presenter agreement:

Content track definitions:

Family Engagement: programming that includes learning opportunities, events, activities, and strategies that support children’s academic achievement. Program supports are often less intensive and of shorter duration than family literacy or family leadership.

Family Leadership: programming that is designed to support parenting adults and caregivers with knowledge and skills to build confidence in themselves as leaders in their communities.

Family Literacy: four-component model programming that includes children’s education, adult education, parent education, and interactive parent-child literacy and learning activities (Parent and Child Together [PACT] Time®).

Research and Policy: content focusing on current topics of educational research and policy, particularly topics that feature the outcomes of research-based program studies and evaluations of multigenerational family programs.

Information about our attendees

In 2021, conference attendees shared the following as their primary work categories:

Share best practices from your community while highlighting your organization to a national audience.  Apply to become a Families Learning Conference presenter!

Before beginning your application, add to your email provider’s list of safe senders to ensure you receive notification about your application. 

Terms Selling or promoting products is not allowed during the sessions. Presenters of “Big Idea” sessions are required to register for the 2022 Families Learning Conference.