Convening RFP

May 18–20, 2020

Learn more about how to submit your session proposal below below.

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Request for Presentations

Join the Strategic Data Project for our annual convening, “2020: From Hindsight to Insight.” This year we will challenge attendees with taking a hard look at their work with the benefit of hindsight, and use research insights to advance policies and practices that promise to improve education in the next decade.

We are interested in session proposals that showcase thoughtful reflection on analytic approaches to key questions and lessons learned in the implementation of data projects. All sessions should also give attendees opportunities to apply takeaways to their own plans for the future. When appropriate, we encourage bringing stakeholders to the table to ensure that we highlight the voices of those who need and use data for good. Last year’s convening sessions featured a similar emphasis on impact and amplifying the voices of those who use data for good.

What to Submit

SDP will accept proposals in two formats:

I. Critical Conversations (75 minutes):

Panel or individual policy-relevant discussions. This may include case studies highlighting recent research-findings, or a diverse and dynamic exploration of a particular topic from multiple perspectives. Successful sessions of this format will elicit audience participation through ample time to ask and answer questions. Sessions with more than 5 panelists will not be selected.

II. Workshops (75 minutes):

An in-depth skill-based training with hands-on learning activities and specific takeaways. Workshops may address innovative techniques in policy, advocacy, data collection and analysis, or visualization.

Benefits of Speaking at Convening

Selected presenters will pay no conference registration fee, and will receive a $1,000 stipend to offset the cost of travel and lodging. This stipend will be disbursed after the conference, in the event the unforeseen happens and you are no longer able to speak.

How to Submit

Proposals must include a captivating title and specify a format for delivery (i.e., Critical Conversation or Workshop) and your intended audience. You will submit a detailed 300-word description of the session, and a brief description (50 words or less) to be used in conference materials. In the longer description please elaborate on the goals of the proposed sessions, possible activities for the session, and the takeaways with which you plan to leave the audience. For the shorter description, be sure to speak to your desired audience, use active voice, and set accurate expectations.

Not all sessions will be selected. A panel of staff and alumni will review proposals and select ones that address areas of high interest, feature diverse perspectives, and a clear vision for their attendees’ learning. This year there’s a strong interest in accountability, supporting low-performing schools with data, making difficult policy decisions with evidence, building a data culture, and ensuring equity of access and outcomes.

When to Submit

  • Final deadline for proposals is Friday, February 28.
  • Acceptances will be delivered on a rolling basis between 2/14/2020 and 3/13/2020
  • Conference registration deadline is 3/27/2020, and selected speakers will not be charged a registration fee.