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 a 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:
  • The conference participants will be attending in person as well as virtually.  We are referring to this delivery as Hybrid.
  • Your hybrid presentation will have a live audience at Seaside and will be live streamed on Zoom to remote participants concurrently.
  • Presenters will need to be proficient in ZOOM meeting format and be able to engage the hybrid audience.
  • We will require all in person presenters and attendees to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus by June 9th and abide by CDC and State Regulations.
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The 2021 COSA Seaside Conference RFP's seek submission in the following areas. Preference will be given to proposals that include activities/training's/and results that improve student opportunities and achievement regarding the following topics:
  • Culturally Responsive Practices - Proposals related to new and innovative policies or efforts which would apply an equity lens to the changing structures of education, especially in terms of the below topics.
  • Social-Emotional Well-Being – 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
  • Education Workforce Development – Proposals related to statewide efforts to: 1) expand and diversify the current K-12 workforce through incentives, licensure opportunities and universal mentoring, and 2) create incentive strategies for new and second-career employees, potentially including grow-your-own programs, and scholarship or debt-forgiveness programs.
  • Assessment - Best practices in assessment to inform instruction.
  • Well Rounded, Student Centered Outcomes - Proposals related to individualized and well rounded education programs, courses, and strategies which are inherently student centered.
  • Inclusive Practices - Proposals related to authentic engagement in classrooms where diversity is truly valued.
  • Rebounding: Best Practices - What strategies will best serve students, parents, and staff as we move forward this next school year.
Please complete ALL questions and submit no later than April 16, 2021

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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 practices, equity-centered, and/or anti-racist practices that you will present here:

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

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* Target Audience:

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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 (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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* Select all that apply:

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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 $124.50 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 of co-presenter to be listed in conference program (co-presenter needs to register and pay regular registration rates for the conference):

Thank you for submitting your proposal for the 47th Annual COSA Seaside 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:
  • April 16, 2021 - RFP submission due
  • April 23, 2021 - 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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