Call for Proposals

Conference Call for Proposals Deadline: January 10, 2014
Notifications will be sent out: January 27, 2014

We are pleased to announce this request for proposals (RFP) for conference workshop presenters for the second annual statewide Student Development Conference. Our goal is to support our pre-service teachers, who come from underrepresented populations or those pursuing high needs teaching disciplines, by meeting their career development needs.

The second annual statewide Student Development Conference, organized by representatives from various UW institutions, will be held March 7-8, 2014 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse campus, located in La Crosse, WI. We anticipate hosting a diverse group of approximately 150 pre-service teachers and interested high school students from across the State of Wisconsin and Minnesota.

This conference, which provides an opportunity for a diverse range of participants to learn, network, and celebrate each other’s work, would not be a success without the unique perspective of our speakers and presenters. Your participation helps educate and inspire these future teachers, and plays an important role in our efforts to foster career development experiences among this diverse group of undergraduate college and high school students.

Proposals for workshop presenters should outline a session that lasts no more than 40 minutes and will conclude with approximately 10 minutes of questions, discussion, and dialogue with participants. Each workshop is scheduled to total 50 minutes in length. Because various workshops will be offered concurrently throughout the conference day, interested presenters may request to repeat their presentation (see Online Submission Form).

Workshops should focus on one of the four “Workshop Categories” below and should be aligned to serve either the needs of undergraduate college pre-service teachers, high school students interested in exploring teacher education careers, or both (see Online Submission Form).

Conference Goals:

  • Conference participants will be provided an opportunity to learn more about the teaching profession and the classroom as a professional workplace
  • Conference participants will have an increased understanding of different strategies to serve a diverse group of students in the classroom
  • Conference participants will have an increased understanding of current issues relevant to the teaching profession
  • Conference participants will have an increased interest in continuing to pursue a teaching career

Conference Audience:

  • Undergraduate college pre-service teacher candidates from underrepresented populations
  • Undergraduate college pre-service teacher candidates pursuing a degree in a high needs content area (i.e. Math/Science/Technology Education, Special Education, ESL Education, etc.)
  • High School-aged students interested in exploring teacher education careers

Workshop Categories:

  • Category 1: Preparing High School Students for a Teaching Career
    Workshops specifically for high school students should focus on introduction of themes, awareness of current issues, and relevant strategies for student preparation.
  • Category 2: Understanding the Profession - What to Expect as a Future Teacher
    Workshop topics could include but are not limited to the following ideas: Being Prepared for a Teacher Education Program, New/Beginning Teacher: What to expect?, Current Issues Affecting the State of Education, Professionalism in Teaching, What does a Reflective Practitioner Look Like?, Emerging Technology:  Tools in the Classroom
  • Category 3: Diversity in the Classroom
    Workshop topics could include but are not limited to the following ideas: Strategies to Facilitate Learning in a Diverse Classroom, Incorporating Diversity into Everyday Learning, Appreciation for Diversity in  the Classroom, Education as a Social Justice Tool, Appreciating and Understanding Different Learners and Learning Styles, Education Today
  • Category 4: Pursuing Your Passion as a Professional Educator
    Workshop topics could include but are not limited to the following ideas: It's About the Passion in Teaching, To Teach is to Care, Empower Yourself to Teach, Why choose teaching?, The Importance of Teachers

All proposals must be submitted online: call for proposal submission online form

Concurrent Session Proposals:

  • Sessions are limited to 40 minutes of presentation followed by 10 minutes of questions, discussion and dialogue with participants for a total of 50 minutes.
  • Guidelines for concurrent sessions: 75-100 word abstract and three bulleted learning objectives, session rationale, and a brief description of the presentation outline/format.
  • Session Workshops can be tailored to:
    • high school students only
    • college students only
    • both - high school and college students
  • Selected concurrent session presenters will receive $200 honorarium. Reasonable travel expenses: lodging, travel and food will be compensated.

Successful Proposals will:

  • Provide participants with tangible classroom strategies with which they can implement in their own career preparation.
  • Provide for a high level of interaction between the audience and facilitator(s).


For additional questions, please contact: Angie Coenen, 

For questions regarding submission process, please contact: Continuing Education, 608.785.6504 or