Please fill out the following form to submit a proposal for a session that you’d like to lead or you’d like to see offered at the 2015 GRCA Conference.
GOALS & THEME
The theme of the 2015 GRCA Conference is Girls Rock: Home, Community, and Beyond
Expanding upon last year’s focus on intergenerational and international movement building, this year’s conference theme seeks to explore the various and multiple geographies of Girls Rock as both movement and practice. This theme emerges from current conversations about regional networks, anti-oppression and intersectionality as well as a need to acknowledge the larger context in which the GRCA and its member camps exist - how do we strengthen our movement and the movements around us as well as deepen relationships and connections between camps in the alliance.
We recognize that not all workshops will directly answer questions raised here, but hope that facilitators will consider them in their proposals and in the substance of their workshops.
How might we think about the Girls Rock movement as a series of concentric circles rooted in home, extending through the broader communities with which we interact, and moving out across the globe?
How is our work shaped by the regions where we are located? What are the actual physical geographies that shape Girls Rock? How is our work informed by the needs and opportunities in our local, home communities? And how is that work enriched and/or challenged by our connections nationally and internationally? And then, thinking about geographies in a different way, what additional boundaries beyond the physical might shape our work? For example, how do race, class, gender expression, age, language, and ability shape our Girls Rock communities? How do these factors contribute to inclusions and exclusions within our camps and in our movement? Who or what might exist on the margins of what we do and how can we more fully centralize them in our social change efforts?
Where are the points of encounter between home, community and beyond and how might we foster more opportunities for such engagements? How do we work across and through boundaries, and engage other folks and agencies in our communities? How and where does our work intersect with other movements?
What possibilities might emerge in thinking about Girls Rock in terms of scale? How might thinking and acting more regionally and globally broaden and transform the opportunities available to the youth that we serve and to the Girls Rock movement as a whole?
We hope to create a fluid and flexible schedule in 2015 that allows for both inspiring sessions and real relationship building. GRCA values localism – we encourage each camp to offer programming that is rooted in and relevant to its local history, local culture and local identity. We hope Conference sessions will inspire, motivate, and spark creativity, rather than teach to one particular way of doing things. We do encourage Case Study models of workshops, which delve deeply into a particular model and allow participants to explore and discuss one particular method/program but not to copy and paste.
Also to note, we’re trying a new organizational structure for the days of the conference, this year each day will be organized around it’s own sub-theme.
Day 1: Home is where Rock Camp is.
Day 2: Community is more than where you live.
Day 3: GRCA moves because we do.
A wide range of camps are represented at the Conference – brand new camps still in formation, to camps who have been around more than 10 years; camps from Europe, Canada, the USA, and more; camps located in rural areas, to camps located in major cities.
TYPES OF SESSIONS
There are a few different types of sessions offered at the conference – i.e. not all sessions are presentation-based/traditional workshop setting. Consider what kind of session you’re proposing. This will help both session facilitators and session participants generally know what to expect, specifically knowing how information will be presented and what kind of space will be created.
Workshops – Participatory, hands-on; attendees are lead through a topic and given tools for achieving a tangible goal.
Facilitated Discussions – A forum for sharing ideas and experiences in an open and supportive environment. Could be specific (e.g., let's figure out the best way to inventory gear) or broad (what challenges do we face as leaders).
Panels – Three or more experts share their knowledge on a topic and engage in discussion with each other. Attendees may ask questions.
Presentations - A presenter shows and explains the content of a topic to attendees. Visual aids and hand outs recommended.
Caucuses - A gathering of people who identify with a historically marginalized/under-represented group, with the goal of building community and power for that group within the GRCA and the girls rock movement. Examples: transgender people, people of color, working class people.
Regional Assemblies - A gathering of camps from similar geographic region or size-based locality (i.e. rural, urban, suburban) with the goal of building community and power among camps located in similar areas
Help Desks- Provide a space where conference attendees can sign up for an efficient one-on-one meeting with an expert. Example: tech desk (for troubleshooting technology issues).
Meetups- Casual/informal gatherings on various topics - from singing harmonies and slide guitar to girls rock parents meetup and icebreakers for 9 year olds.
Thematic categories include:
*Teach to Learn & Learn to Teach
*Building and Sustaining your organization
*First Time's a Charm
*Outcomes, Measurement and Evaluation
You can propose a workshop on a topic that has been covered at past conferences, but feel free to get creative and propose something entirely new!
2014 Conference Schedule & Session Descriptions
2013 Conference Schedule & Session Descriptions (scroll down through welcome packet to page 12):
2012 Conference Schedule & Session Descriptions:
2011 Conference Schedule & Session Descriptions:
SESSION SELECTION & TIPS
The Programming Department will evaluate the Session Proposals and select proposals collectively. Here are a few things the Programming Department looks for when selecting sessions:
Interactive and Creative Content
Collaborative and Participatory Facilitation
When possible, sessions should use the popular education approach to facilitation - making space for and drawing on the collective knowledge of the participants, i.e. the facilitators and the learners are not two distinct groups.
What are you trying to communicate during your session? Covering one topic in-depth is preferable to touching on lots of topics briefly.
Session proposal has demonstrated an awareness of diversity of conference attendees’ camp experiences, culture, and native language. This does not mean that all workshops need to be relevant to everyone at the conference, just that proposals should be clear about who the workshop is geared towards.
GRCA’s Core Values:
We value the power of music as a means to create personal and social change;
We value efforts that actively expand opportunities for girls and women;
We value positive approaches to fighting sexism;
We value integrity, honesty and respect;
We value appropriate sharing of resources, cooperation, and collaboration;
We value using our collective voice to further our mission;
We value diversity.
November 17 • Conference Session Proposal Process OPENS!
December 1 • First Session Acceptance Notices sent out and continue on a rolling basis
February (Date TBA) • Facilitator Skills Training Webinar
February 1 • Deadline for Session Proposals
February 15 • Final Session Information Due from Session Leaders (expanded descriptions, facilitator bios, etc)
March 1 • Full Conference Schedule available
March 19 • Conference Begins!