Writing a Winning Proposal
As you consider submitting a proposal for the next CCSS conference, think about what a winning entry looks like from the viewpoints of a proposal reviewer and conference attendee.
Audience Level: Whom do you want to attract?
Proposals are needed at all levels from pre-K to supervisory. Make sure you select the appropriate audience for your presentation on the proposal form. Your choice will be listed in the conference program so attendees can easily find presentations that match their responsibilities.
Discipline: Have you anchored your presentation in a content area? Again, this will help attendees find the right session that matches their interest and responsibilities.
All proposals, including those that explore content, teaching strategies, technology and pedagogy, should be grounded in one of the social studies content areas. Even those focused on a general methodology should be linked to a discipline to show how the strategy works in a classroom setting. Your discipline choice will also be listed in the conference program so that attendees can find presentations related to their content specialties.
The Title: Is it an attention grabber?
You have 10 words to create a catchy title that draws attention to what you have to say. Use them well!
Session Description: Does it hook the reader?
Your session description is your opportunity to engage your audience. You have 60 words. Make them count!
Objectives, Skills and Strategies: What are your intentions?
There are no word limits here, so write as much as you need to explain what you plan to do. Only reviewers see this part of your proposal. What the reviewer looks for:
Notice how the use of bullet points here succinctly communicates what is expected. Your proposal will be easier to read and review if you use this format.
Before you Submit: Ask yourself the following questions.
submitted, you will receive an email confirmation. The proposal review and selection process will take place in August and acceptance notifications will go out in September/October. Good Luck!