2023 Schools of the Future Conference - Call For Proposals
The 2023 Schools of the Future Conference will take place on November 16 & 17, at the Hawaii Convention Center. The NEW deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, March 31, 2023, and notifications will be sent by May 5, 2023.

Overview and Mission

The Schools of the Future Conference aims to help transform learning environments today for the world of tomorrow. In pursuit of this mission, the conference planning committee seeks proposals related to pedagogy and best teaching practices to help educators prepare learners for the future. 

Proposals should include innovative trends, while also helping attendees increase their professional competence by providing for an exchange of ideas and solutions.  As always, the planning team strives to ensure that all content is relevant and timely. The goal of SOTF is to deliver a conference that helps inform best and emerging practices in education going forward, by providing innovative and implementable ideas that can be put into practice. To that end, the review committee will pay particular attention to whether proposals are reflective, in some way, of the teaching and learning environment we strive to create for our students. In doing so, the SOTF conference, along with selected presenters, will create a community of learning that will help educators improve the quality of education for all students.

Proposals will be accepted for 50-minute presentations or 1 hour and 45 minutes- long workshops (see Session Types below for descriptions). On-demand, pre-recorded presentations will also be offered as a component of this year’s conference and will be made available along with a selection of keynote and featured speaker recordings to registered attendees. 

Proposals can be submitted by anyone working in a preschool, early learning, K-12 or higher education setting or support organization. Vendors, exhibitors and for-profit companies interested in presenting at the SOTF Conference will need to purchase a sponsor package that includes a breakout session. 

Proposal Review Criteria

As a reminder be sure to provide sufficient detail including full names (not acronyms) and brief descriptions of all such elements in your proposal summary so reviewers can evaluate the relevance and usefulness of the information to attendees.

Your proposal will be evaluated for its:

  • Relevance to the selected educational track and overall mission of the conference.
  • Alignment to the current teaching and learning conditions.
  • Educational significance and contribution to the respective topic.
  • Ease of replication and application.
  • Value and relevance to SOTF participants.
  • Presenter knowledge and experience.

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Deadline to submit proposals is Friday, March 31, 2023
Notifications will be sent by May 5, 2023

Presenter Registration and Discount Information
  • If your proposal is selected for the in-person conference, the Primary Presenter will receive a complimentary ticket to attend 1 or both days of the Conference. 
  • 50-minute long sessions are allowed 1 co-presenter, and the 1 hour and 45 minute-long workshops are allowed up to 3 co-presenters. 
  • 1 Co-presenter(s) will receive a 50% discount off of either a 1-day or 2-day ticket to attend the Conference.  
  • All presenters must register in order to present at the conference. Please note that the Conference does not cover any travel expenses (hotel, airfare or other) for presenters. For more information on SOTF Conference fees, go to http://www.sotfconf.org.
  • Discounts are not available to presenters only submitting a proposal for a pre-recorded session.. 
Presentations with Students
If an adult will serve as the primary presenter with the presentation incorporating student voice, then please proceed with submitting a proposal using this form. If, however, the presentation will be delivered primarily by students, with a teacher serving as a point-person or facilitator, then please wait for the Student Call for Proposals which will be announced later this Spring.

Student presenters (K-12th graders) will not be charged a registration fee (maximum of 4 students per session).

Please note that the conference does not cover any additional expenses related to attending or presenting at the conference (travel expenses, equipment, supplies, etc.).

For more information on SOTF Conference fees, go to http://www.sotfconf.org.
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