WERA/OSPI Annual Conference Breakout Session Proposal
Washington Education Research Association &
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
November 29 – December 1, 2017 (Note this is a different date than WERA is usually held)
Seattle Airport Hilton Hotel Conference Center

THEME: Here and Now: Using Research and Data to Make Decisions that Matter and Put Them into Practice.

The Washington Education Research Association’s annual December conference focuses on the collection and application of research and data on decision-making and educational practice. Authors of proposals are encouraged to incorporate this theme into their presentations.

Conference Session Formats: For sessions scheduled on November 30 and December 1, 2017, presenters may select from two different presentation formats:

• Traditional Breakout Sessions: Traditional breakout sessions are 30 or 75 minutes in length. These sessions typically focus on one topic, issue, or problem of practice that is of particular interest to a subsection of WERA participants.

• Round Table Discussions: Round tables are 75-minutes in length. These sessions offer opportunities for the presenter(s) to engage directly with attendees within a small-group setting. This format is recommended for those who are interested in presenting on a topic that facilitates a two-way exchange of ideas with attendees present.

Please note: Presenters will be expected to identify their preferred format when completing the accompanying conference proposal form.

Presenter Expectations: Please use active engagement methods and effective education practices during your presentation. Use of technology and/or materials to engage and connect participants is encouraged.
• For traditional breakout sessions, rooms will be set in theater style. LCD projectors, laptops, and screens will be provided.
• For round table discussions, tables will be provided for presenters and attendees to congregate. Because of this physical configuration, no additional audiovisual equipment, such as a screen or LCD projector, is provided. Presenters are encouraged to bring approximately 20 paper copies of any handouts they wish to distribute. For those who wish to use a laptop, please be sure the battery is charged, as a power source may not be readily available.

WERA expects all presentations will be uploaded by November 14 so that attendees will have access at the conference.

Proposals must be submitted by June 1, 2017.

Questions? Contact Sharon Rockwood, Executive Secretary

Presenter Information for Conference Breakout Sessions
Lead Presenter LAST NAME
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Lead Presenter FIRST NAME
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Background and experience
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Proposal for Breakout and Round Table Conference Session
Breakout Length
We will offer the following session types, please check all preferences that apply: 1) Traditional 75 minute session: 75 minute presentation on an approved topic with 15 minutes of Q&A at the end. Rooms will be set in theater style. LCD projectors, laptops, and screens will be provided; 2) 30 minute session: 30 minute session on an approved topic with 5-10 minutes of Q&A at the end. Rooms will be set in theater style. LCD projectors, laptops, and screens will be provided. 30 minute sessions will be combined with like topic discussions; and 3) 75 minute round table discussion: 75 minute Round Table Discussion intended to share your work in a small group format focused on open discussion, problem solving and/or interactive learning. There may be multiple round-table sessions taking place at the same time in the same large room. If you want participants to have information, please bring handouts as there will not be a projector available.
Primary Audience
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Primary Level
What level is your presentation appropriate for? Check all that apply.
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Session Strand
Please indicate the strand your proposed session best fits within. Select no more than two.
Presentation Title
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Presentation Description
Please provide an accurate, concise and interesting description to attract attendees. This description will be used for the program. Space is limited to fewer than 100 words / 600 characters. If your presentation is based on a specific tool or product that you are using/ implementing, please name it in the session description. Edit carefully!
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Session Learning Targets
Please list the learning targets for your session and provide a brief description of how they relate to the theme for this year's conference: "Here and Now: Using Research and Data to Make Decisions that Matter and Put Them into Practice."
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Presentation Posted to WERA's Website
Your presentation will be posted to our website. A link will be provided for you to upload your presentation prior to November 14 so that it will be available to attendees at the conference.
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