Call For Presentation Proposals
Washington Hilton, Washington DC February 17-19, 2019
ATN’s National Conference for Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools (CTSS) assembles education professionals, child development experts and trauma-informed community leaders and parents from across the nation to discuss strategies and approaches to creating and sustaining trauma-sensitive schools and new solutions that will help students impacted by trauma and those considered to have developmental trauma (DT) to succeed in school and at home. We’re seeking experienced professionals to share your experiences, creative solutions, and insights by submitting a workshop proposal that showcases a program, partnership or approach that has a positive impact on creating trauma-sensitive schools and communities.
Our 2019 conference will be held at the Washington Hilton in Washington DC, February 17-19, 2019. Based on the enthusiastic attendance of our inaugural conference, we anticipate over 800 educators and other child-serving professionals will attend and each workshop will average 75 attendees.
Logistics for Selected Presenters
All presenters must register for the conference but the registration fee for up to 2 presenters will be waived. Any additional presenters (beyond 2 per session) will be required to register at the full rate. Presenters are responsible for their own travel, hotel arrangements, and expenses. Submit a session proposal only if you can secure funding to attend the conference and are available to present at any time during the conference (February 18-19, 2019.)
A/V Equipment and File Sharing
Presenters must bring your own laptop (VGA connection). We encourage you to bring your own projector. Presenters who indicate that they need these items will have access to an LCD or digital projector (inventory permitting), screen, speakers, and standard VGA cables for a PC laptop. If you have a new PC, make sure you check to verify you have a VGA port. Many new PCs only have HDMI and you will need a converter. You must bring your own connectors if you plan to use a Mac computer.
If you plan to include videos with your presentation (ie YouTube videos or audio from YouTube), please make sure they are downloaded to your device, not embedded. Internet service is not guaranteed. This link has information on downloading under the heading Method 2 (Download and Convert). See your IT person for more information.
Make sure to bring a backup of your presentation on a flashdrive.
Please bring any presentation handouts for your attendees. We are happy to place digital versions of any handouts on our conference website. Deadline for having your handouts placed prior to the conference is January 15. Handouts can also be placed on the conference website after the conference, for attendees’ continued access. ATN cannot print handouts for you at the Conference. There is an Office Depot (1875 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009) near the hotel.
Given time and space constraints, as well as our need to develop a balanced program, we may not be able to accept all exceptional proposals. If your proposal is not accepted for this year’s conference, we encourage you to consider submitting a proposal for other ATN conferences in the future.
All session titles and descriptions, along with presenter names, job titles, institutions, and states are part of the official conference program, and by submitting a proposal you grant us permission to publish and promote this session as a part of the conference. All descriptions will be edited for consistency and accuracy.
Questions? Contact us at email@example.com. (The time for submitting has ended. No more proposals can be considered at this time. Thank you for understanding.)
What We’re Looking For
ATN’s National CTSS Conference is a venue for all education professionals and parenting experts to share their ideas—sessions can be led by teachers, administrators, school counselors, psychologists, social workers, parents, or any other professional from across the broad spectrum of trauma-informed education and therapeutic parenting. Given the variety of audience and attendees’ levels at our conference, your proposed workshop description should make the topic and target audience of your session completely clear. This year we will be asking you to designate your target audience(s) as well as whether your session is designed for beginner or advanced level.
We are seeking two lengths of workshops for our 2019 conference:
- most will be 75-minute workshops covering a specific aspect of creating trauma-sensitive schools and trauma-informed community and parenting strategies.
- We also will be offering some “deep dive” sessions that will be 3 hours in length, where presenters will be able to go deeper into specific concepts, models and strategies.
Proposals for either length of workshop must be submitted online.
Within this form we will be asking you to submit:
- The contact information for the presenter(s) – up to two presenters
- A brief description of the workshop that will be used in our conference program (online and in print).
- Goals – the learning objectives for those attending your session
- Intended audience and level of presentation
- Intended length of presentation, and whether you’re willing to repeat your session
- Brief bios of the presenter(s)
In addition to completing the form, full resumes/CVs of each presenter must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All conference attendees should be able to quickly read your session description and clearly understand what will be learned in your session. Avoid using abbreviations, acronyms, or references that attendees might not be familiar with.
This year we’re asking that no more than 2 speakers be proposed for each workshop and that no one submit more than 3 workshop proposals total. ATN will only waive registration fees on the first two presenters of any workshop. If you deem it necessary to include additional presenters, they will be charged the full registration fee.
Session Subject Areas
We are especially interested in sessions that address these topics:
- Programming and activities that improve academic outcomes for children with DT (Developmental Trauma).
- Recognition of the impact of trauma on neurobiology.
- Recognition of the impact of trauma on learning and behavior in school.
- Improving outcomes for children with DT in school.
- Developing, implementing, and assessing innovative teaching strategies and successful academic programs.
- Therapeutic parenting.
- Leading advocacy initiatives, and implementing policy changes.
- Creating community partnerships and involving parents, families, and the community in supporting their students with DT.
- Diversity, poverty and the unique needs of children and schools in high poverty areas.
- Cultural Competency – school programs and systems that meet the cultural, linguistic and social needs of the students.
- Teacher Care – the importance of and strategies for caring for those working daily with traumatized children.
Proposal Requirements and Review
Your session proposal will be reviewed by a cross-professional group of educators and parents. Your proposed session should:
- Present programs, practices, or models that have been effective with, developed by, and/or created for children with Developmental Trauma (DT);
- Specify how the work presented has a positive impact on children with DT;
- Be delivered in a dynamic way that enhances the attendees’ learning ; and
- Present work that can be replicated in other settings.
The selection committee will evaluate your proposed session using these criteria:
- Relevance: Is the content of the session significant and aligned with conference topic areas? Can it be used to help children with DT, their parents or their teachers succeed? Does the content appear to be suitable for the level proposed(beginners/advanced)? Does the content reinforce the stated session objectives?
- Innovation: Will the session present creative new solutions, insights, or approaches?
- Perspective: Does the proposed session represent multiple perspectives on the topic? Does it address both student and professional experience?
- Effectiveness: Will the session present ideas or strategies that are supported by data and have proven successful in the classroom or in the home?
- Application: Is the session applicable to a broad spectrum of pre-K–12 or higher education communities? Does the session appear to fit the targeted educational communities proposed? Will it suggest methods for implementing ideas or strategies?
- Interactivity: Does the proposed session encourage interaction with attendees, i.e., discussions, activities, simulations, gaming, or other ways to engage the audience?