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Conference Proposals

Engaged by Learning

#NEASC2020 — a virtual event
First week of December, 2020

Call for proposals

Deadline for submission: July 31, 2020

The theme for this year's annual conference, Engaged by Learning, is inspired by a shared aspiration across NEASC Commissions for schools — whether independent, international, or public — to foster engagement in students and educators. With the majority of schools worldwide having transitioned to some form of emergency remote learning, the challenges educators now face have inspired a creative spectrum of new approaches to engaging students and adults in learning that we hope to explore further at this year's conference.

We are interested in showcasing schools with programs or practices (both in-person and remote) that are aligned with the NEASC Standards for Accreditation and which reflect an approach that engages students and adults in learning. 

Speakers are encouraged to:

  • model an innovative learning design
  • include students as participants in their presentations

If you have a great idea for a conference session or want to share a particular area of expertise or experience that could benefit the education community, please read through the proposal guidelines and submit a proposal online.


All presentations must connect with the conference theme, "Engaged by Learning" and will be grouped into theme pathways such as:

  • Engaging Students through Innovative and Flexible Learning Experience Design
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Assessment of Learner Impacts
  • Learning Beyond School: College, Careers, and Community
  • Professional Learning

    In addition, there will be a pathway dedicated to expanding upon the conversations started at the 2019 conference: Designed for Learning

Proposals should describe how the program or practice was designed to address the topic. Some example topics are listed for your reference:

  • strategies for flexible use of space and time
  • personalizing remote learning programs or processes to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of students
  • strategies to promote students as active learners who have opportunities to lead their own learning
  • assessing and reporting transferable skills and dispositions as a part of the Vision of the Graduate 
  • fostering cross-disciplinary learning within the learning community
  • developing an inclusive culture that ensures equity and honors diversity in identity and thought
  • integrating current research and technology to improve remote student learning
  • fostering positive social behaviors and social-emotional learning 

Session Formats

All conference sessions will be 60 minutes in length; for example:

  • 30 minute presentation with 30 minutes for collaboration or interactive activities
  • 45 minute presentation with 15 minutes of discussion, questions, and answers

Speaker Requirements

As a conference speaker, you will be expected to:
  • be flexible as to the time, date, and format of your presentation
  • use material and language that does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, physical ability, or sexual orientation
  • assure that proper permission has been acquired if copyrighted material is presented in addition to original content
  • give permission to NEASC to record/distribute your presentation and related content
  • provide your own presentation materials and resources to be distributed to participants
  • provide your final presentation title and short description, plus a current head shot and short biography to NEASC for promotional purposes

Proposal Review

When evaluating proposals, NEASC will consider:
  • How well does the proposal relate to the conference theme?
  • How well does the proposal relate to the NEASC Standards for Accreditation?
  • Is the proposal clearly written and does it specify what participants might gain from the session?
  • Will the proposal be of interest to a K-12 audience?
  • Will the proposal's content attract and stimulate attendees' thinking?
  • Does the proposal contain innovative ideas that have helped the school to improve?
  • Are the ideas, practices, and programs replicable, and do they include the "whys" and "hows"?
  • Do the presentation techniques model effective practices for adult learning?
  • Are the presentation techniques adaptable to a virtual presentation model (if needed)?

Accepted Proposals

Accepted proposal notices will be sent to the primary speakers by September 14, 2020.

Confirmed Sessions

 NEASC will provide the following for speakers of each confirmed session:

  • Complimentary conference passes
  • Support and training for successful virtual presentations
Additional instructions/deadlines will be sent to the primary speaker for confirmed sessions.

Submission instructions

Please use our online form to provide information about speakers and program content. We recommend reading through the complete form and gathering any supporting materials before starting your submission. You can make changes while the form is open; however, you will not be able to go back and edit your proposal once the "Submit" button has been clicked

Go to proposal form:

Submit your proposal

Deadline: July 31, 2020


Please contact:
George Edwards, Director, NEASC-CPS
gedwards@neasc.org | +1 781-425-7735