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NEASC Annual Conference and Showcase

Call for Proposals
Proposal deadline: Monday, August 16, 2021

Conference Dates: December 8-9, 2021
Format: Virtual
Audience: K-12 educators and innovators from around the world
Because NEASC works with public, independent, and international schools, we are well-positioned to bring together a truly diverse cross-section of the global K-12 education community for a unique, multifaceted experience.

Theme: What if?

What if? is inspired by a shared aspiration across the NEASC community to explore the possibilities as we learn from the last 18 months and look to the future for all of our schools. The pandemic has opened up new possibilities, shined a light where it was needed, and given us the opportunity — whether by necessity or choice — to try some new approaches to teaching, learning, and leadership. We have now entered an exciting phase of questioning how we do school and how we might do it differently and better, starting with "What If..."

We are interested in showcasing schools with programs or practices that are aligned with the NEASC Standards for Accreditation and which reflect an approach that engages students and adults in learning. Please note that all program/practice formats will be considered: in-person, hybrid, and/or remote learning.

Speakers are encouraged to: 

  • model an innovative learning design 
  • highlight student voices in their presentations 
  • include student and adult learners as participants in their sessions when possible 


All presentations should have a connection with the conference theme, What if?, and will be grouped into theme pathways such as:

  • What if... students decide? 
  • What if... diversity, equity, and inclusion were a lens for decision-making?  
  • What if... time and space were the variables and learning was the constant?   
  • What if... the social and emotional well-being of learners was the priority?

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

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

Session Formats

All conference sessions will be 60 minutes in length. Example formats include:

  • 30 minute presentation + 30 minutes for collaboration or interactive activities
  • 45 minute presentation + 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 will be used
  • familiarize yourself with the virtual platform used for the conference in advance of the event
  • give permission to NEASC to record/distribute your presentation and related content
  • provide your own presentation materials and resources for distribution to participants
  • provide your final presentation title and a short description, 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 apprppriate for a virtual presentation model? 

Accepted Proposals

Accepted proposal notices will be sent to the primary speakers by September 13, 2021

Confirmed Sessions

 NEASC will provide the following for all speakers participating in a confirmed session:

  • Complimentary event tickets which allow access to all live sessions, recordings, and networking options during the virtual conference
  • 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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/neasc2021cfp

Proposal deadline: Monday, August 16, 2021

Please contact:
George Edwards, NEASC Chief Accreditation Officer
gedwards@neasc.org | +1 781-425-7735