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Call for Proposals

Thank you for your interest in presenting at the 2016 Global Education Conference. The Call for Proposals is now CLOSED.

This year's conference will take place Sunday, November 13 through Wednesday, November 16, 2016 (November 17th in some time zones). It will be free to attend, and everyone is encouraged to submit a presentation proposal, including first-time presenters.

All submissions must relate directly to our mission of increasing opportunities for collaboration, developing active global citizens, and ensuring educational opportunities for all. Please read our mission and make sure your topic is a good fit for this conference. This is not a general education nor an ed tech conference. Take a look at existing accepted proposals for inspiration

Presentations must be non-commercial. For profit entities should help support this effort and need to be sponsors to present. Interest in commercial sponsorship or presentations should be directed to Steve Hargadon at


The Process:

Proposals can be submitted from August 1st until November 11, 2016, and we will begin accepting proposals August 15th. 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). You may submit more than one proposal, but we will give priority to providing as many presenters the chance to present as possible.

Your presentation proposal, once submitted, will be listed on the Global Education 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. Additionally, it will allow us to gauge the popularity of your topic or approach. It is our intention that all serious proposals be given the opportunity to be presented.

Presentation Guidelines:

Presentations should be at least 20 minutes in length, and all sessions must be completed (including Q&A) within one hour. 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. You can take a look at the training materials at, and we will provide live training sessions where you can ask questions as we get closer to the event. 

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. For-profit entities need to be sponsors to present. Interest in commercial sponsorship or presentations should be directed to Steve Hargadon at

Plagiarism will not be tolerated in any way, shape, or form. Proposals must be original submissions reflecting the work and ideas of the presenter. Plagiarism will result in being banned from participating in the conference indefinitely. 

Conference Strands:

You can indicate one or more conference strands (or tracks) when you submit your presentation: Teachers, Students, Curriculum, and Leadership. 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 are given below, and a fuller description of each strand can be found 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 Global Education Conference network and be logged in to submit your proposal. 

Important Instructions:

1. Join the conference presenters group to receive general emails for those who have submitted proposals.

2. Read our mission statement and make sure your topic aligns with the goals of this conference. This is not a technology conference nor a general education conference. 

3. Copy the following text to your computer's clipboard (highlight and Ctrl+C/Cmd+C on your computer):

Your Name and 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:

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

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

6. Paste the template text (Ctrl+V/Cmd+V) copied in Step 2 into the body of the discussion forum post. 

7. 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.

8. In the Category drop-down field, check to make sure the category is GEC 2016 Submissions & Waitlist

9. In the tags field, use the strand tag code for the strand to which you are submitting your proposal. You MUST use at least one the following strand tag codes:

  • For the "Teachers" strand, use "2016Teachers"
  • For the "Students"strands, use "2016Students"
  • For the "Curricular" strand, use "2016Curricular"
  • For the "Leadership" strand, use "2016Leadership"
  • For the "Dual Language" strand, use "2016DualLanguage"

NOTE: If not input correctly, your session will not appear in searches.

10. 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 by clicking on the Options button in your proposal.

If you need to change your proposal after acceptance, please email

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