Have questions about the 2018 NCSC proposal submission process? Look below to see if your question is included in our FAQs.

Still have questions? You can always reach out to us at presenterinfo@publiccharters.org.

What are some general tips and reminders for creating a competitive proposal?

See some of our top tips below.

  • Use complete sentences in your proposal. This will help proposal reviewers and participants gain a clearer picture of what you plan to share and do in your session.
  • Write an accurate title and description that would draw an audience. When you read your title and session description, would you be interested in attending?
  • Incorporate interactive components into your session. Participants aren't likely to want to sit through a lecture -- they want to work with and learn from each other! Consider ways to break up your session with activities, pair-and-shares, group discussions, and hands-on learning experiences. Remember to also leave time for audience Q&A.
  • Identify the right audience experience level for your session. Participants should feel like they are learning something new, working toward advancing to the next level in their careers, and be continually engaged during a session. Review the content levels to determine which level your session best aligns with.
  • Presenting at NCSC is an excellent opportunity to highlight the important work you do and a great learning opportunity. Consider what you do well that can be taught to others.

We encourage you to download and complete the Session Proposal Template prior to submitting your proposal.

Will I be able to edit my proposal once I've submitted it?

Yes! You can log back in and edit your proposal(s) anytime during the call for proposals.

I've never presented before. Can I still submit a proposal?

Yes, but we do consider experience when reviewing proposals. We're most interested in finding experts on particular topics to present at NCSC. If you're new to presenting, we'll help train you, but do expect you to be a subject matter expert.

I can only present on a specific day during the Conference. Can I still submit a proposal?

We ask all potential presenters to plan to attend the entire Conference. If accepted, you'll receive your exact session date and time in April 2018. If you have an extenuating circumstance, please contact us at presenterinfo@publiccharters.org.

Do presenters receive a discounted rate for registration?

Yes, all confirmed presenters receive our lowest registration rate of $375. We require all presenters, co-presenters, and panelists to register for the conference no later than May 9, 2018.

What types of sessions and topics are you looking for?

Please review the recording of our call for proposals informational webinar for more information about what we're looking for and tips on how to make your proposal stand out.

Is there a maximum number of proposals I can submit?

We encourage presenters to submit a maximum of 3 proposals. We are interested in presenters who are experts in a specific topic or field and encourage you to consider which topics you have the deepest expertise and experience in.

What is the typical number of attendees in a session?

It depends on the day and room of any given session, but our workshop rooms can fit between 80-250 attendees. Presenters should expect about 75% of their room capacity to attend. If your session is selected, you will receive more information about your room capacity.

How many sessions are accepted?

We typically accept around 100 sessions each year.

My session is about a product my organization sells or provides to charter schools. Can I still submit a proposal?

NCSC attendees typically do not want sales pitches and product promotions in the workshop sessions they attend. If 25% or more of attendees indicate on a session evaluation that a sales pitch was made, you will not be invited back to present. 

Sponsorships are available, and we invite companies to join us at the Conference as an exhibitor. Our exhibit hall offers a great opportunity to engage with attendees. For more information about sponsorships and exhibiting, please visit our Sponsors & Exhibit page

Is the Session Selector Voting public?

Yes! After you submit a proposal, we will share additional details about how to promote your session during Session Selector Voting. This counts for 30% of your selection criteria, so we encourage you to promote among your network!