Sunday, July 14, 2024
The RP Group

Strengthening Student Success 2024. Teaching and Learning at a Crossroads: Where Do We Go From Here? October 9 to 11, 2024.

The Strengthening Student Success Conference 2024 Call for Proposals is now closed. We will notify everyone who submitted a proposal regarding the status of their proposal in mid-May.

 Important Proposal Information

For the criteria used to select submissions, including information on how we choose sessions, specific proposal questions, and detailed descriptions of the conference strands, please download the SSSC24 Proposal Submission Guide and list of Proposal Questions. The theme of this year's conference is "Teaching and Learning at a Crossroads: Where Do We Go From Here?”

A note for vendors: Only proposals that include college co-presenters and show how a college is using your product to advance student equity and success will be considered. This is not an opportunity for a sales pitch.

Each proposal will be evaluated using the scoring rubric.

This year, we will accept proposals for 60-minute and 80-minute presentations. Please note that a limited number of 60-minute presentations will be accepted; the majority of the presentations will be offered in 80-minute time slots.

We request that presenters design all sessions—regardless of length—for active learning. Through narratives, demonstrations, conversations, and/or hands-on activities, participants should be able to consider how concepts, models, and possibilities could be applied to their own practices and settings.

Conference Strands

  • Collaborating Across Sectors and Segments: Race-Conscious Partnerships and Networks

  • Redressing Structural Inequities to Achieve More Equitable Institutions

  • Achieving Equity in the Classroom: Critical Changes That Champion Race- Consciousness and Improve Teaching and Learning

  • Creating Equitable Support Systems for Students and Employees With Love and Compassion

  • Building Culturally Robust and Positive Practices That Humanize Our Students: Professional Learning and Leadership Development

  • Strategic and Integrated Planning to Create Caring, Equitable, and Race-Conscious Campus Communities

For a full list of strand descriptions, please see SSSC24 Proposal Submission Guide.

We will select proposals using criteria reflective of the conference goals and theme. See proposal rubric for more details.

  • Data and evidence are important aspects of sharing your work. Data, particularly disaggregated data, can highlight a need and show the effectiveness of solutions addressing that need. Proposals should explicitly include local evidence. However, we also understand that sometimes colleges pivot due to newly discovered needs or events that impact your work in unanticipated ways and therefore, you may not have significant data yet. If your proposal is about transitions, changes, or innovative ideas that you implemented in the last three to five years, please provide as much data detail as you have available. Some of your data points may include sharing the details of how you figured out what you needed to change or innovate based on surveys, focus groups, or some other evaluation tool. In addition, if your work is new, we ask that it be grounded in the most current research from the field.

  • Include co-presenters who bring different perspectives. Cross-functional teams are critical to college redesign. We encourage you to consider inviting the different voices—students, faculty, classified professionals, student support personnel, researchers, and administrators—who are part of your campus efforts and could add depth to describing your work. All proposals must include at least one college presenter. In addition, we will give special consideration to proposals with students as co-presenters.

  • A clear title and session description addressing learning outcomes help attendees select your session from the many that are “competing” for their attention. Creativity is welcome; however, attendees have limited time to decide which of the many sessions to attend. Your title and description should describe what they will gain from attending your session. Titles are limited to 110 characters.

  • You may have questions about which strand to choose for your proposal. You will have the opportunity to have your proposal reviewed in two strands. Because so much change work is interconnected, and because transformation efforts are often about making connections and breaking silos, we recognize that many strong proposals do not fall into only one area. Please identify a primary and secondary strand (if appropriate) under which your proposal will be reviewed.

  • When using the online form to submit your proposal:

    • If you wish to save and come back to your proposal later, click the “save and resume” button. You will be given a personalized link. You can also opt to have the link sent to you by email. Please check your “junk” or “spam” folder if you don’t receive it in your inbox. You MUST use this link to return to your partially completed form.

    • If you would like to start a new proposal, you can do so at any time using the original link (listed at the top of this form). 

    • After you submit your proposal, you will receive a confirmation email with a copy of your proposal.

 Questions?

Please contact Lila Tavelli at ProfessionalDevelopment@rpgroup.org.