Call for Presenters — AASB’s 71st Annual Conference 2024

Troy Hutchings presenting a general session at AASB’s 2023 Annual Conference.

AASB is planning a dynamic conference on November 7-10, 2024, at the Anchorage Hilton. We invite school districts and partners to submit session proposals to share your expertise with school board members and district leaders. This year’s theme is Investing in Students, Strengthening Public Schools.

We are seeking proposals that are designed to equip boards with content knowledge, practical tips, and tools to energize school boards, inspire change, and advance student achievement.

Session proposals are welcome from school districts, educational organizations and other partners. Breakout session proposals must include at least one school district representative from an AASB member district, and be geared toward school board members.

Deadline to Submit: Friday, August 30, 2024, at 5:00 pm AK.

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Session Logistics

  • Accepted proposals will be for a Breakout Session (either 60 or 75 minutes) or a Snapshot Session (four 15-20 minute “mini-sessions”). Sessions will take place on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9.
  • Each proposal is evaluated by a panel of reviewers.
  • As you think about your proposed session, be aware of who your audience will be. The conference is attended by school board members and district leaders throughout Alaska. Most are from rural Alaska, and many are Alaska Native and bi-lingual, with their native language being their first language.
  • If you are interested in presenting at this year’s conference, please complete this Session Proposal Form by Friday, August 30, at 5:00 pm (AK Time).

We are seeking and will select presentations that meet all of the following criteria:

  • Appropriate for an audience of school board members and administrators, with the role of the board clearly delineated.
  • Breakout session presenters include at least one presenter from an AASB Member School District (i.e. school board member, Superintendent, or other staff member).
  • Enhances the knowledge, skills and abilities of school board members.
  • Will be engaging and interactive (large speaker panels are discouraged).
  • Will provide solid, practical, how-to information and tips that board members can take back and apply to their governance work.
  • Presentations should NOT be used as a “sales pitch” by vendors. AASB requests that presenters approach this as an information-sharing opportunity and not a time for a concerted “sales pitch.”
  • Sessions that are focused on presenting/sharing information rather than engaging attendees will likely be selected to be a Snapshot Session (rather than a breakout session).

Key Dates:

  • August 30: Deadline to submit presentation proposal.
  • September 13: Acceptance or denial email sent.
  • End of September: Contact made by AASB to help shape messaging.
  • November 1: Session Slides & Handouts due for conference app (if want posted for attendees to access during Annual Conference).
  • November 7-10: Annual Conference at Anchorage Hilton

Additional Information:

  • AASB reserves the right to revise session titles and descriptions.
  • AASB is not responsible for presenter(s) registration fees or any travel-related experiences.
  • Sessions that are focused on presenting/sharing information rather than engaging attendees will likely be selected to be a Snapshot Session, rather than breakout.
  • Breakout sessions take place Friday, November 8, and Saturday, November 9, and are 75 minutes (60 minutes for presentation & 15 minutes for Q & A)
  • Please do not submit a proposal unless you are able to present either day- Friday, November 8 or Saturday, November 9.

Standard Presentation Room Setup will include the following:

  • Projector (HDMI connection)
  • Projection Screen
  • Microphone (if applicable to session room)
  • Wireless Internet Access