Program Proposals Descriptions

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

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

Action Labs

Action Labs are 90 minute programs, limited to 48 attendees, which actively involve participants. The majority of the time must be devoted to hands-on tasks directed by the presenter(s). On your Program Proposal Form, please clearly describe the program, spell out the objectives, and include a general list of activities so that the selection committee will be able to assess how the participants will enrich their skills. All Action labs offer 1 Board Member Academy credit.

Group Sessions

Group Sessions are 60 minute programs which allow you to present information to up to 200 attendees on an area where you are the subject matter expert. At least one quarter of the program should be devoted to questions and answers. In designing your program, you may consider using any one of the following formats: single speaker, panel, debate, or some other program structure. If there is more than one presenter, include all of the required information for each individual on the completed Program Proposal Form. These training opportunities are limited to three presenters. Please clearly describe the program and spell out the objectives so that the selection committee will be able to assess how the attendees will benefit. 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 all Group Sessions offer .5 Board Member Academy credits.

The deadline for receiving completed Program Proposal Forms is April 2.

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 and Group Sessions may offer attendees professional development credits based on content. Workshop 2018 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 2018 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