Call for Proposals

Do you have an instructional method, project, or idea that you are passionate about and will “wow” other educators? If so, we invite you to present for the 2014 Reform Symposium E-Conference. The conference will be held online over the course of 3 days: July 11-13th. It will be free to attend, and everyone is encouraged to submit a presentation proposal, including first-time presenters. It will be free for educators worldwide to attend and in the past we had thousands of teachers attend from over 100 different countries.


The Process:

Proposals can be submitted until July 11th, 2014. We will begin accepting proposals immediately. We encourage you to submit your proposal as early as possible because as soon as a proposal is accepted, you are given the ability to select from the available presentation times (the time choices become increasingly limited closer to the event). Additionally, we are accepting a limited amount of proposals than in previous years. Please only submit one presentation. We will not accept presentations that focus on sharing many tools. Instead, we welcome you to present your favorite tools or apps at our online Tech and App Smackdown, which takes place Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 12:00noon ET/4pmUTC. See more time zones here.


Your presentation proposal, once submitted, will be listed on the Reform Symposium Conference website, with the opportunity for members of this network to view, comment on, and/or "like" your presentation proposal. This will give you and the other members of this site the chance to share ideas and to make connections before, during, and after the conference.


Presentation Guidelines:

Presentations will be only 20 minutes in length with 5 minutes for Q&A, totaling 25 minutes. We will be very strict about this presentation time. All sessions will be held in the Blackboard Collaborate online platform (previously Elluminate/Wimba). You will be responsible for familiarizing yourself with the web conferencing platform. Please see recorded training material, as well as the schedule of live training sessions where you can ask questions here. To practice, you can also sign up for the Collaborate trial room at


All presentations will be recorded and released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License. For more information, please visit: By submitting to present, you are agreeing to these terms.


Presentations must be non-commercial. Interest in commercial sponsorship or presentations should be directed to Steve Hargadon at


Conference Strands:

You can indicate one or more conference strands when you submit your presentation. Your presentation does not have to fit into the conference strands to be considered--the strands exist for the convenience of those interested in finding particular types of sessions. The strand names and tags can be seen here.


How to Submit Your Proposal:

Please follow these instructions carefully. It is your responsibility to make sure your presentation proposal is submitted correctly. You must be signed up on the RSCON Conference network and logged in to submit your proposal.

1. Join the conference presenters group here to receive general emails.

2. Copy the following text (highlight and ctrl-c on your computer):

Session Title:

Your Name:

Work Title:

School or Organization Name:

Co-Presenter Name(s):

Area of the World from Which You Will Present:

Language in Which You Will Present:

Target Audience(s):

Short Session Description (one line):

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:

URL to a Slides or a Video Showcasing Your Presentation Skills:

3. Click here to open a new forum discussion post.

4. Title your discussion post with the title of your proposed session.

5. Paste the template text (ctrl-v) into the body of the forum discussion post.

6. Fill in the session information according to the template. If you separate your answers with a blank line and make the questions text bold, it will make your proposal easier to read.

7. In the Category drop-down field, check to make sure the category is 2014 Reform Symposium Submitted Proposals.

8. In the tags field, use the strand tag code for the strand to which you are submitting your proposal.

9. Click the Add Discussion button to save your proposal.


You are able to modify your proposal after it has been saved and up until it has been accepted. If you need to change your proposal after that time, please email