CALL FOR PRESENTERS 2020-02-18T17:27:03+00:00

EMPOWER 2020: Pennsylvania’s Out-of-School Time Conference

November 4-6 | Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, Lancaster, Pa.

EMPOWER 2020 is Pennsylvania’s only out-of-school time conference DESIGNED TO BRIDGE LEARNING AND STEM ECOSYSTEMS and provide networking opportunities for all who work toward the successful future of our children and youth.

The conference PROVIDES HIGH-QUALITY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES for afterschool professionals at all levels, school administrators, teachers, school counselors, social workers, youth development workers, early childhood professionals, student support specialists, higher education staff, community partners, parents, policymakers, intermediate units staff, business/industry partners and other professionals and advocates who work on behalf of children and youth.

Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) SEEKS HIGH-QUALITY, EFFECTIVE PRESENTATIONS addressing the latest research and promising practices in supporting children and youth success as well as continuing professional development for professionals.

PSAYDN continues to be guided by its mission – to promote sustainable, high-quality out-of-school time youth development programs through advocacy and capacity building to enhance the welfare of Pennsylvania’s children, youth and families. Formed in 2004, PSAYDN brings together key policymakers, state agency representatives, local leaders, advocates and providers to promote sustainable, high quality OST youth development programs through advocacy and capacity building. PSAYDN in located in Camp Hill, PA under the Center for Schools and Communities, part of the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit.

Apply to Present

Presentation Theme
Choose to present on one of the following presentation themes.

  • Family Engagement and Community Partnerships
  • Local, State or National Landscape
  • Quality Counts
  • STEM, Computer Science or Career Readiness
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Staffing and Leadership Development

Session Length
Three types of breakout sessions will be offered during EMPOWER 2020. Applicants may choose any of the following or have the option on the application form to consider other non-traditional, engaging and interactive professional development presentation styles.

Presenter shares themes and concepts related to a specific topic (with or without a supporting PowerPoint) and engage the audience with small or large group discussion, role-plays, activities, scenarios or other creative opportunities for interaction.

A World Café starts with the first of three (or more) 20-minute rounds of conversation for the small group seated around a table. At the end of the twenty minutes, each member of the group moves to a different/new table. They may or may not choose to leave one person as the “table host” for the next round, who welcomes the next group and briefly fills them in on what happened in the previous round.

Explore More sessions allow attendees to dive deeper into topics. Presenters engage the audience with large group discussion, role-plays, activities, scenarios or other creative opportunities for interaction. Priority discussion topics in explore more include fund development, building capacity, leadership, career readiness exploration, business partnerships, summer learning, and afterschool quality/data systems.

Presentation Synopsis (250 words)
This is the short description of the presentation that will appear on the EMPOWER 2020 website and in the printed conference program. All descriptions are subject to change at the discretion of conference staff.

To aid applicants in completing the presentation synopsis section found in the call for presenter’s application, examples of workshop descriptions are given below.

Example 1
A critical part of afterschool management is the implementation of corrective consequences. For corrective consequences to reduce or eliminate purposeful or habitual misbehavior, they must be implemented consistently. When consequences are implemented only some of the time, the consequence, no matter how severe is not likely to change the behavior. In fact, it may even make things worse. Learn more about tips for implementing consequences.

Example 2
The internet has fundamentally changed the lives of children more than any innovation in history. The pervasiveness of portable internet enabled devices opens a world of opportunity to people and offers us great hope for communication, learning and commerce. However, there are serious risks associated with the online world. Many parents and schools have unknowingly placed their children in harm’s way. Get informed and share with parents and caregivers the risks associated with children’s online activity.

Example 3
Familiarize yourself with the components of a successful family engagement program. This introduction, not meant to be all-inclusive, is designed for you as educator to partner with the administration and community to provide interactive, inclusive family activities that provide lasting memories for students. Share your current activities and plans to improve your family engagement plan.

Selection Process
Each presentation proposal will be reviewed and evaluated by a team comprised of peer reviewers, including the EMPOWER 2020 planning committee and Center for Schools and Communities staff, to determine selection. Proposals will be reviewed for:

  • Clarity of proposal
  • Adherence to proposal submission instructions
  • Relevance to conference goals and themes, timelines and general interest level of topic
  • Quality of proposed session’s content and the potential for engaging participants in meaningful discussion through experiential learning techniques
  • Format, organization, length and session type

Preference will be given to sessions that address the latest trends in youth development research and practice, including a focus on equity needs.

All applicants will be advised electronically regarding the status of their presentation proposal no later than Friday, December 6, 2019, unless a submission extension has been granted.

Conference Registration and Associated Costs
Presenters and co-presenters receive a special rate of $150 to attend the full conference, a savings of more than $140. Registration instructions will be provided to accepted presenters when available. EMPOWER 2020 youth presenters (under 18) may attend the conference at no cost.

Presenters will be required to assume responsibility for costs associated with the presentation, including handouts, lodging, mileage, non-conference meals and related expenses.

Proposal Submission

DEADLINE: FRIDAY, October 18, 2019

Proposals must be submitted electronically using the Call for Presenters submission form no later than Friday, October 18, 2019. Handwritten, faxed or incomplete proposals will not be reviewed or accepted. Any questions regarding this Call for Presenters or the process should be directed to Jeanette Consagra, (717) 763-1661, ext. 110.

Before starting the application it is handy to have the following information available.

  • If you have multiple presenters for one session, you need the following for each presenter: name, title, organization, address, phone number, email address, bio (150 word maximum) and resume or CV (upload file only). The following is only needed if applicable: organization web address, dietary needs, ADA needs, list of other conferences presented at in the past three years.
  • If you have multiple presenters for one session, assign one of the presenters as lead. Complete the lead presenters information under Presenter 1 Information of the application (last page).
  • If applying for more than one session you will need to create a different profile/login for each session

Once you create a profile, you can log back in at any time to complete the application.