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Program Proposals Descriptions

We encourage you to submit a proposal for the following training opportunities at Workshop 2017:

Action Labs

Action Labs emphasize the application of specific skills by actively involving participants. Action Labs are 90 minutes long. The majority of that time must be devoted to hands-on tasks directed by the presenter(s). Limited to 48 attendees. Action Labs carry BMA credits.

Group Sessions

Group Sessions present information on topics such as education philosophy, best practices in a variety of subject areas, and contrasting viewpoints on educational questions. The sessions are scheduled for 60 minutes, and limited to 3 presenters. At least one quarter of time should be devoted to questions and answers. Group Sessions will be submitted for possible Qualified Purchasing Agent (QPA) Credits and/or Certified Educational Facilities Manager Credit depending on the scope. In addition Group Sessions will qualify for .5 BMA credits.

21st Century Classroom

There is also a limited amount of presentation slots available in areas of the exhibit floor: 21ST CENTURY CLASSROOM: The 21st Century Classroom is one of our most popular training venues. The technology in the classroom presents a unique opportunity for innovative sessions. This exhibit floor destination features a model of a 21st Century Classroom – including enhanced wireless networking with BYOD support, a SMART Board, high def video conferencing, a flexible furniture configuration, and work areas for participant collaboration with team displays. The purpose of this room is to enable districts to demonstrate how technology can be effectively integrated into the learning environment. Programs for this classroom will integrate collaborative technology and encourage participant interaction with the technology.

What Workshop Attendees Want:

  • Sessions that focus on best practices
  • Sessions that provide tools that can be easily implemented
  • Sessions designed to engage and educate attendees
  • Differentiated content for new and veteran school leaders
  • Sessions showcasing cutting edge innovations in the education field

The deadline for receiving completed Program Proposal Forms is April 3.

Programming Guidance

Your description is the basis for determining if your program will be selected to be presented at Workshop and it is also what will appear in the Workshop program book to help generate interest in and attendance at your program. Please keep your description brief – no more than four or five sentences – and free of jargon and acronyms so it is understandable to a general audience. Give Workshop attendees a reason to attend your program by telling them what they will learn!

Action Labs, Group Sessions, and possibly sessions in the 21st Century Classroom, may offer attendees professional development credits based on content. Workshop 2017 will include professional development programs offering Qualified Purchasing Agents credits (QPAs) for school business administrators.

These programs are traditionally very well attended. In order for those currently holding a QPA certification to maintain their certification, it is required that they complete 20 contact hours of continuing education every three years. Applicants for renewal must obtain a minimum of two (2) contact hours in each of the below subject areas below, except for “Ethics,” for which applicants must obtain a minimum of three (3) contact hours, and “Information Technology,” which is an optional category.

Please consider the following topics when submitting program proposals for QPA credit:

  • Procurement Procedures Office Administrative/General Duties
  • Ethics (3 contact hours)
  • Information Technology (optional category)
  • Green Purchasing - Anything having to with environmental purchasing will be popular. (QPAs will be required to obtain a minimum of 2 hours in green purchasing out of the 20 hours of continuing education required.)

In calculating credit contact hours, generally 50 minutes is equivalent to one contact hour and 25 minutes would be equivalent to 1/2 contact hour.

Most programs that have to do with public procurement, ethics, office management (dealing with difficult people, time management, etc.) would likely be approved for credit hours.

NOTE: QPAs are generally not approved for sessions that primarily deal with the other responsibilities of the school boards, such as curriculum development, special education, or transportation of students.

Certified Educational Facilities Manager (CEFM) Credits Workshop 2017 will include professional development programs for Educational Facilities Managers. Programs are likely be approved for credit if they are based on the following topics:

  • School Code Compliance
  • Green & Sustainable Schools
  • Boiler Safety
  • Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC)
  • School Security and Safety