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Call for Proposals Now Open!
In teacher-powered schools, teacher teams secure collective autonomy to design, implement, and make the decisions influencing school success. This innovative school governance model opens the opportunity for teachers and students to shift the ways they work and learn. Formalizing collaborative leadership practices allows teams to rethink power in education — power amongst staff and power in relationship to students, families, and communities. Innovating with power dynamics is challenging and rewarding. Share how your team has reimagined teaching, leading, and learning at your school.
What does your team do that every teacher-powered school ought to know about? We hope you’ll apply to share it with us.
- Application period closes April 15, 2020
Presenters at the 2020 Teacher-Powered Schools National Conference must be teacher-powered practitioners or those supporting teacher-powered teams. We are looking for a diverse group of teacher leaders, educators, and students to share their knowledge and experience.
Breakout Session Strands
This year we have four session strands. Your proposed session must fit into at least one of these strands. If your session fits into multiple strands please select all that apply.
- To boldly go — Designing equitable, student-centered learning: Teacher-powered teams use their autonomies to create student-centered learning environments. Sessions in this strand will focus on ways teacher-powered schools have designed learning programs and environments that allow all students to be successful. Please reference which of Education Evolving’s seven principles of student-centered learning you will focus on in your presentation.
- Planetary alignment — Sharing power with students, families, community: Teacher-powered schools actively engage families and communities as experts and give students real power and choice in their own education. Many teacher-powered schools are also community schools, meaning they offer wraparound support services to students and families and have a staff member or members coordinate community involvement. Sharing the power of decision-making with students, families, and communities allows all members of a school to come together for the benefit of students. Sessions in this strand focus on this particular teacher-powered practice. Please consider co-presenting with students, families, and community organizations that meaningfully contribute to your school’s leadership.
- Intergalactic cooperation — Running effective collaborative teams: These sessions will focus on innovative ways teacher-powered teams use their autonomies, structures, and collaborative leadership practices to govern their schools. More information on Teacher-Powered Practices and use of specific autonomies can be found on our website. Please share which practices and autonomies you will focus on in your presentation.
- Shooting for the stars — Transforming the system: There are many teacher-powered allies and advocates that actively support teacher-powered teams. Sessions in this strand will focus on ways districts, unions, networks, and education organizations support the innovative and important work happening in teacher-powered schools.
Types of Sessions
This year we will have multiple types of sessions during the conference. Please choose the best option for your proposal.
- Breakout Sessions (60 minutes): These breakout sessions are designed to share knowledge and best practices. If you are interested in presenting a breakout session please share the topic, its relevance to teacher-powered, and a detailed description of how you will use the time.
- Panel of Experts (60 minutes): Panels can be coordinated by an organization or school. Each expert will be given time to share their research and relevant experience and there should be time allotted for questions. If you are interested in coordinating a panel of experts please share the topic and individuals you will ask to participate.
- Roundtable Discussions: (60 minutes): Roundtables discussions are led by teacher-powered practitioners and support experts in small groups (no more than 15 people). If you are interested in leading one of these discussion groups please share the topic you would like to discuss, including talking points and questions you will ask the group.
Please let us know what is the intended audience of your session. Choose all that apply.
- New to Teacher-Powered: Attendees exploring the possibilities of teacher-powered practices and structures
- In-Development: Attendees in the process of creating a teacher-powered school or converting to a teacher-powered model
- Open and Innovating: Attendees using teacher-powered, student-centered practices and innovations
- Teacher-Powered Supporters: Attendees in supporting roles who work with teacher-powered teams
The conference theme is 2020 Teacher-Powered Odyssey: Rethinking Power in Education. We are looking for interactive and engaging session proposals from current teacher-powered practitioners. Ideal proposals cover the innovative ways teacher-powered governance changes teaching, learning, and leading at your school. Sessions should be designed from a “how to” perspective and focus on teacher-powered, student-centered design; principles; practices; structures; autonomies; and innovations.
Please share with the selection committee a description of your proposed session. We are looking for sessions to incorporate design thinking activities that complement the conference’s theme of Rethinking Power in Education.
Discounts for Presenters: Presenters receive 50% off registration pricing (up to 2 per session; or, with sessions where multiple schools are presenting, 1 per school)