Call for Presentations

May 9, 2014 — STEM is now a much-debated and, perhaps, much-hyped topic for educators, policymakers, and theoreticians. As advocates for STEM education, we must consider whether we’re nearing the zenith of interest in STEM, whether our efforts to expand access to STEM resources are as inclusive as they should be, and what must we do to ensure STEM remains at the forefront of education policymakers’ and problem-solvers’ minds.

Triangle Coalition is seeking proposals for its 14th Annual STEM Education Conference that will address these and other critical questions for the STEM community. The 2014 conference, entitled “Sustaining STEM: Maintaining the Movement, Widening the Circle,” will be held October 8-10 in Washington, DC. More than 200 program directors, administrators, business leaders, educators, and other STEM stakeholders will be in attendance.

This year’s program will examine the issues and solutions for sustaining the STEM education movement. For example, what will the paradigm for STEM success look like in 10 years? Does success in reaching one underserved STEM population come at the expense of another? How will leaders sustain achievement with STEM programs when funding dries up? How can we engage a broader range of stakeholders in the pursuit of STEM education for all and maintain the hard-wrought momentum of STEM?

Suggested topics for presentation proposals include:

  • Sustainability through Partnerships (examples of successful long-term partnerships)
  • Oversight and Accountability of “STEM” Programs (with more programs and schools applying the “STEM” label, what quality control measures exist/should exist to determine efficacy?)
  • Secrets of Exemplary STEM Programs with Long-Standing Success
  • Strategic Planning and Goal-Setting for STEM Initiatives (how to create a strategic plan and who to include in the planning process)
  • Evidence-based Approaches (using data to support STEM initiatives)
  • Funding for Long-Term Sustainability (how to obtain grants, private revenue or create new funding streams)
  • Building Momentum in Unexpected Places (broadening STEM participation in often over-looked populations, i.e. students with disabilities, first-generation college students, immigrant families, and urban, rural or tribal communities)
  • Addressing Workforce Demands through H1-B Visa Reform
  • After the Funding Dries Up – What’s Next? (former grant recipients who are successfully sustaining programs)
  • Moving Towards an Integrated STEM Culture (embracing STEM as a way of thinking and teaching, success stories of a true STEM culture)
  • Sustaining STEM through Career and Technical Education Programs
  • Grass-Roots STEM (how communities can assert real influence at the state/regional/national levels and sustain momentum)
  • Strengthening STEM for National Security (ensuring a strong STEM workforce to meet the growing needs of national security, cybersecurity, and defense)
  • STEM, STEAM, STREAM…Preserving a Unified Message in a Fractured Movement
  • 2024: The STEM Paradigm of the Future (where will the STEM movement be in 10 years)

Speakers are encouraged to develop presentations on these or other STEM education topics that will provide attendees with real takeaways and solutions to real-world challenges that can be implemented in a variety of settings.

FORMAT

We are seeking proposals that may be incorporated into panel sessions as well as standalone presentations. If you are proposing a joint presentation, please include your co-presenter’s contact information.

New this year, we are also accepting proposals for pre-conference webinar presentations to provide attendees with a background on the topic before the event. When submitting your proposal, please indicate whether you prefer to present a pre-conference webinar, a regular conference session, or both.

AUDIENCE

Each year, this conference attracts a diverse group of STEM education leaders from across the United States. The audience of more than 200 participants will include program directors, state and district-level administrators, nationally-recognized educators, business leaders, federal employees, and other STEM stakeholders.

REQUIRED INFORMATION

**Must be submitted through the online form by 5:00 PM ET on Friday, June 27, 2014.

  • Indicate Preferred Format
  • Speaker Contact Information (email, phone, address)
  • Speaker Job Title
  • Speaker Biography
  • Company/Organization/School
  • Contact Name and Contact Information (if other than speaker)
  • Presentation Title
  • Length of Presentation
  • Description of Content (1-2 paragraphs)
  • Links to Additional Information (if applicable)

NOTICE

Please do not submit more than one idea as we will only accept one proposal from each entrant.

All presentations should be educational in nature. Sales pitches for individual companies or products will not be accepted.

Speakers are encouraged to provide links to relevant articles, resources or background information related to the presentation topic. This information will be made available online for attendees to review before the conference.

REGISTRATION

If your presentation is selected for a session at the conference, Triangle Coalition will offer you a complimentary conference registration.  All speakers will be responsible for their own travel arrangements and expenses (air, ground and hotel).

QUESTIONS?

If you have questions, please contact Susie Fernald at sfernald@trianglecoalition.org.