Conference Theme
Sustaining Hope In Uncertain Times
Equity & Anti-Racist Stance
COSA is a coalition of K-12 education leaders committed to equity and the success of every Oregon student and staff member. To that end, we will develop and support K-12 leaders in:
  • Race is central to our equity work. It is our belief and experience that going deep and staying focused on race supports each of us in building our will, skill, and courage to see and interrupt systemic barriers in our schools and districts not only around race, but all forms of inequities and oppression.
  • Transforming our systems and institutions by crafting, and implementing, anti-racist policies, budgets, programs, and practices that translates into resource allocation, education rigor, and opportunities for students and staff who are members of historically marginalized groups.
  • Supporting districts and ESDs to recruit, hire, support, develop, promote, and retain staff (classified, certified, and administrative) who reflect the diversity of the students in our state.
  • Cultivating the unique gifts, talents, and interests of every Oregon student so that success and failure are no longer predicted nor predetermined by race, ethnicity, culture, family economics, mobility, language, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or initial proficiencies.
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Presenter information, please read thoroughly:

This year’s conference will be presented with the following guidelines:
  • Conference participants will be attending in-person. All presenters will need to be available to present in-person in Eugene.  Please ensure your availability to attend in-person prior to submitting an RFP.
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The 2022 Summer Conference RFPs seek submission in the following areas. Preference will be given to proposals that improve student opportunities and achievement regarding the following topics:
  • Sustaining Hope in Uncertain Times - This is the theme of this year's conference.  Proposals related to visions and practices of hope and unity constructed from the resilience of educators and students. Proposals related to taking a strength-based view of the work and learning accomplished (student and system learning) from the last two years and reinforce that the big investments are present and that we can still move forward with a vision into a brighter future.   
  • Prioritizing Physical and Mental Health and Well-being for Students and Staff - Proposals related to new endeavors to meet the social, emotional, mental and physical health needs of Oregon students and families, including but not limited to policies which would encourage healthcare organizations, CCOs, county health programs and health-focused nonprofits to partner with school districts. Proposals that address the impacts and learning from COVID-19 and tend to communicable disease management in ways that support holistic systems improvement. 
  • Financial Stewardship - Proposals that share great work or spur discussion about the best investments for the decade ahead and/or address challenges with spending resources well.
  • Strengthening Partnerships - Proposals that speak to and illuminate the power of collaboration in small or big ways.
  • Culturally Responsive Practices in Teaching and Learning - Proposals related to new and innovative policies or efforts which would apply an equity lens to the changing structures of education and prioritize the following topics:
  1. Well Rounded, Student Centered Outcomes - Proposals related to individualized and well rounded education programs, courses, and strategies which are inherently student centered.
  2. Inclusive Practices - Proposals related to authentic engagement in classrooms where diversity is truly valued.  Best Practices - What strategies will best serve students, parents, and staff as we move forward this next school year.
  3. Assessment - Best practices in assessment to inform instruction.
  4. Literacy - Proposals that explore the professional and practical realities of literacy strategies that center equity, first and second languages, and break through or across tensions in the field around literacy instruction
Please complete ALL questions and submit no later than June 10, 2022.

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* Presentation Title:

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* Presentation Description (maximum 100 word descriptive paragraph to be used in conference program): Please include how your presentation aligns with the COSA Equity Stance.

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* How does this (PD/Presentation) build educator capacity to address systemic barriers in education that affect students/staff/administrators who are members of historically marginalized groups?

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* List 1-3 key learning outcomes for the participants:

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* Describe the evidence-based, equity-centered, and/or anti-racist practices that you will present.

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* Describe the active learning strategies the presenters will use during the presentation.

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* Check the area of your presentation's primary emphasis.

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* Target Audience:
Who do you see as the target audience that would most benefit from your presentation:

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* I am an exhibitor submitting an RFP. I understand as an exhibitor I need to co-present with a school/district that has shown outstanding improvement.

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* Preferred Day and Time: There is no guarantee that you will be assigned a time slot on your preferred day; however, we will make every attempt possible to accommodate your request):

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* Primary Session Presenter - This person will be the primary contact for the conference. PLEASE NOTE: If your proposal is accepted, registration on the day of the presentation is waived for the presenter listed below . If the presenter wishes to attend the other day they must pay an $147.50 adjusted rate. All other presenters/panelists for the session must register and pay regular registration for the conference.

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* Name/title/organization/email of co-presenter(s) to be listed in conference program (co-presenter(s) needs to register and pay regular registration rates for the conference):

Thank you for submitting your proposal for the 2022 Summer Conference. We are extremely excited for this year's conference.

Shortly after the submission deadline, we will begin the review process of all proposals. The timeline for RFP approval is as follows:
  • June 10, 2022 - RFP submission due
  • June 17, 2022 - RFP approval (via email)
We thank you for your proposal, interest and commitment, and look forward to seeing you at this year’s conference - either as a speaker or as an attendee.

Thank you for your support.

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