CLEL Virtual Conference Call for Presenters
Thank you for your interest in submitting a proposal for the 2021 Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy Virtual Conference, scheduled on October 7 (Leadership Institute) and October 8, 2021 (Main Conference). We are seeking speakers for both days. All presentations will be delivered live via Zoom.
● October 7th will start at 11:00 pm MT and end at 5:00 pm MT tentatively.
● October 8th will begin at 8:00 am MT and will conclude at 5:00 pm MT tentatively
● Break-out sessions will be approximately 50 minutes in length.
● If you would like to present please fill out the form below; multiple topics and forms can be submitted, however, only one will be accepted per person.
● Please double check contact information especially for co-presenters.
● There will be no monetary compensation, however, all presenters can attend the full conference free of charge.

The Leadership Institute seeks to advance the leadership skills of all participants to empower them to lead from where they are in their libraries and communities, regardless of position, experience, or skill level. The topics should benefit current leadership staff as well as staff seeking growth.
Potential Leadership Institute Themes:
● Mentorship of early literacy staff and storytime presenters
● How to lead from where you are
● How to advocate for youth within the library and in the community
● Recognizing and eliminating barriers to access for young children and families
● Fostering strategic partnerships
● Change management
● Providing services responsive to your community’s needs
● Communication skills
● New to management
● If you could attend any one session on leadership, what would it be about?
● Future of libraries and leadership
● Things that can hold people back from leading
● Taking risks and not being afraid of failure
● Middle management
● Soft skills-what makes a good manager?
● How to identify learning and development opportunities
● Advocacy for your staff and for your department
● Self-advocacy

Main Conference Potential Training Themes:
● New “Normal” programming: remote, hybrid, outdoor?
● Spanish/Bilingual/non-English storytime
● Evaluating picture books and other children’s media
● Beginning readers and connecting families to kindergarten readiness resources and ideas
● Innovative visual art programs in early literacy and how to implement them
● Early literacy programming for rural and small libraries
● Training for non-children staff and/or local childcare providers
● Mental and/or physical health issues and helping our patrons
● Non-fiction in storytime
● Trauma-informed services for youth
● Book selection for developmental differences
● Full-spectrum literacy to include math, science, etc
● Equity and diversity in children services and collections
● ECRR2, literacy and brain development research, storytime best practices, great books for storytimes, and more!


Proposals for presentations will be considered if submitted by midnight MST June 18th, 2021.

Thank you, and good luck!

Email *
Please indicate the contact information for the first presenter. Name: *
Please indicate the contact information for the first presenter. Email: *
Please indicate information for the first presenter. Role or Title: *
Please indicate information for the first presenter. Library/School or Organization: *
Please indicate information for the first presenter. Location: *
Please indicate the contact information for the additional presenter(s). Please double check contact info. *
Is this a presentation for the Leadership Institute or Main Conference? Check one. *
Title of Presentation: *
Presentation Summary *
Learning Outcomes: Briefly describe what participants will learn as a result of attending this program. Who would most benefit from attending (i.e., staff new to youth services, new managers, etc), and how will you engage and involve the participants? *
Being aware of the knowledge level of information helps attendees decide which webinars are a good fit for them. Please indicate the level of knowledge required on the part of the audience: *
All sessions will be presented virtually via Zoom. Live captioning will be provided. Do you need any additional technological accommodation to ensure a successful virtual presentation via Whova (Zoom)? *
Any additional relevant information, questions, or comments? *
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