NASAI | June 12–13, 2017

Writing Guidelines

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Session Requirements

We cannot consider session proposals that do not meet these requirements. Please know that if your session is accepted, you will be required to submit additional materials including a presentation outline and a résumé or CV for each presenter.

Your proposed session should:

  • Present programs, practices, and models that have been effective with, developed by, and/or created for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students;
  • Utilize research or practices relevant to Native education; and
  • Not be a repeat session from a previous NASAI conference.
  • Address different learning styles by including visuals, handouts, or hands-on activities. Use of technology is highly recommended.

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated by the NASAI National Advisory Committee, a cross-professional group of educators from across the country, using these criteria:

  • Relevance: Is the topic of the session significant and aligned with conference topic areas? Can it be used to help Native students succeed?
  • Innovation: Will the session present creative new solutions, insights, or approaches?
  • Perspective: Does the proposed session represent multiple perspectives on the topic? Does it address both student and professional experience?
  • Effectiveness: Will the session present ideas or strategies that are supported by data and have proven successful in the classroom?
  • Application: Is the session applicable to a broad spectrum of K–12 or higher education communities? Will it suggest methods for implementing ideas or strategies?
  • Interactivity: Does the proposed session encourage interaction with attendees, i.e., discussions, activities, simulations, gaming, or other ways to engage the audience?
  • Participant learning outcomes: Does the proposal present clear, measurable, and significant learning outcomes for session participants?

Submitting a Session Proposal

When submitting your proposal you will be asked to:

  • Enter detailed contact information including the name, job title, institution, state, and email for the submitter (yourself), moderator, and presenters.
  • Select the audience and broad topic most relevant to your presentation.
  • Enter a title that describes your session (limit 75 characters including spaces).
  • Enter a short description of your session (limit 150 characters including spaces) and a longer description that identifies key participant learning outcomes (limit 1,000 characters including spaces).
  • Further describe your session's two most important participant learning outcomes (limit 1,000 characters including spaces).

Learning Outcomes 

Learning outcomes are particularly important to help us understand the focus of your session. They also help participants determine which sessions to attend, based on their specific needs. We suggest including only two outcomes in a 75-minute session. Bloom’s taxonomy may be helpful to develop learning outcomes. 

In order to be effective, learning outcomes must be:

  • Clear descriptions of the skills participants will develop, as well as the specific ways those skills can be applied. Focus on what participants will be able to accomplish after attending the session, as opposed to what they will receive.
  • Measurable, meaning that they could be observed or evaluated if needed.

Examples of effective learning outcomes:

  • "Participants will analyze various technologies and their effectiveness in delivering instruction and assessment."
  • "By learning about different assessment methods, participants will develop the skills needed to compare the effectiveness of formative and summative assessments. Participants will then design three formative assessment activities that they can use."
  • "After hearing from the panel, participants will develop strategies for identifying academic resources in the community, and for getting parents involved in the application process, in order to assist their students."

Other Considerations

Given time and space constraints, as well as our need to develop a balanced program, we may not be able to accept all exceptional proposals. If your proposal is not accepted for this year's conference, we encourage you to consider submitting a proposal for other College Board conferences.

All session titles and descriptions, along with presenter names, job titles, and states are part of the official conference program and will be edited for consistency and accuracy.