Information for Speakers

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 2019 will include professional development programs offering Qualified Purchasing Agents credits (QPAs) for school business administrators. These programs are traditionally very well attended.

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 (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.

Programs that have to do with public procurement, ethics, and office management are often 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 2019 will include professional development programs for Educational Facilities Managers. Programs are likely be approved for credit if they feature the following topics:

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