2018 Schools of the Future Call for Proposals is Open
Be a part of the 10th annual Schools of the Future Conference! We are seeking proposals related to pedagogy and best teaching practices to help educators prepare student learners for the future. This year's conference will take place on November 8th & 9th, at the Hawai'i Convention Center. For more information about the conference, please visit the HAIS SOTF Webpage.
The Schools of the Future Conference explores a wide range of topics and ideas. Conference tracks are offered as a means of illuminating content that is of most interest to attendees. Session proposals can be submitted in one of the conference tracks listed below, but can encompass a wide-range of topics. For sessions that may fall under multiple tracks, please submit the proposal under the best-fitting track.
Each conference track offers general guidelines and keywords that best represent the interests of this year's conference. These guidelines are offered to assist and are by no means limitations.
- Project/Design/Inquiry-Based Learning
- Teaching and Learning with Technology - Integration, Mobile Online Learning, Gaming & Simulation and Blended & Online Learning
- Social & Emotional Learning
- Early Childhood Learning
- Education Research - Original research that aligns with best practices in education
- Place-Based & Culture-Based Learning
- Teaching & Instructional Best Practices: 21st Century Learning, Student Engagement, School Culture, Standards-based Grading & Assessment, Curriculum Alignment, Individualized Learning
Session Format Type:
- Presentation - Can be a traditional seated audience presentation or Interactive lecture - involving participant-engaged learning experience.
- Panel - Presentation involving a designated moderator facilitating discussion among 3 or more panelists on a particular topic.
- Workshop - In depth exploration of a topic over the course of 1 or 2 sessions that provides for a more personal, in-depth exploration of a particular topic, resource or tool.
- Like-Minded Session - An informal facilitated discussion, centered around a specific topic or subject matter area of interest. To be held during lunch on day 2 (October 27).
Note: All presentation formats may involve 1 or more presenters. Student participation is encouraged.
Proposal Submission Guidelines:
When completing the Proposal Submission Form, you will be asked to include the Presentation Title - 100 characters maximum - and a Presentation Summary - 3-10 sentences or 750 characters maximum. If your proposal is selected, the description provided will appear in the SOTF program and will be made viewable on the conference program app. Please be sure that it fully and accurately describes the topic on which you will be presenting and what you will be doing during your session. Please make sure that all content (including spelling and grammar) is suitable for public reference.
Proposal Review Criteria:
Keep in mind that the proposal reviewers may not know you or your reputation or be familiar with the specific technologies, models or instructional strategies you are addressing. Be sure to provide sufficient detail including full names (not acronyms) and brief descriptions of all such elements in your proposal summary so reviewers can evaluate the relevance and usefulness of the information to attendees.
Specifically, reviewers will evaluate your proposal for its:
- Relevance of the topic to the educational track and SOTF audience.
- Educational significance and contribution to the respective topic.
- Ease of replication and application.
- Value to participants.
- Presenter knowledge and experience.
The deadline to submit a proposal is March 1, 2018 and notifications will be sent by April 27, 2018.
2017 SOTF Conference Re-Cap
The year's SOTF Conference once again experienced a record number of attendees, with total participation over two days of 2109! The conference featured 3 keynote speakers, 16 featured speakers, 7 interactive playgrounds, 43 exhibitors and sponsors, 121 breakout sessions and 129 presenters. HAIS membership was very well represented, with attendees hailing from 44 different member schools! Feedback was extremely positive as well. Of the 468 attendees that responded to the SOTF Feedback Form, 85% rated their overall level of satisfaction as either high or extremely high. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the 10th Annual SOTF Conference in 2018!
The Ninth Annual Schools of the Future Conference was held on October 26 & 27 from 7:30am - 5:00pm, at the Hawaii Convention Center. Teachers and administrators from Hawai'i's public, private, charter and parochial schools joined together to focus on how to best transform our existing schools and create new learning environments for the 21st Century.