A Program Review Committee will evaluate all proposals postmarked by February 28, 2014. Presentations that meet the following criteria will receive first consideration:
• Workshop content that attracts students and teachers
• Clarity of content (a specific outline of what will be covered)
• Evidence of involvement in SkillsUSA at the local, regional, state or national levels
• Written statement of intended learning outcome (behavioral or performance objective)
• Session evaluation method
Sessions will be scheduled for Wednesday June 25, Thursday June 26 and Friday June 27, 2014. On Wednesday June 25, the first sessions will begin at 10:00 a.m. with additional presentations at 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the Marriott. On Thursday, sessions will take place at Bartle Hall. On Friday, sessions will be held morning in Bartle Hall. Please note your preference for date on the application form.
The suggested length of sessions are approximately 60 minutes. If you want additional time for your presentation, please let us know. If meeting space is available we will make an effort to accommodate your needs.
If more than one person is listed as a presenter for the session, we will assume that the person submitting the proposal will serve as the main contact person. Please do not list co-presenters unless you have a definite commitment that they will be able to appear on the program. Please provide contact information for all presenters on the enclosed Presentation Proposal Sheet.
All travel and hotel accommodations are the responsibility of the presenters. Each presenter should be registered for the conference.
Presenters may register using one of the following methods:
• Register as an educator with your State association
• Register as a TECHSPO exhibitor
• Register as a National Technical Contest Committee
• Pay the $140 conference registration fee (see register site)
If you solicit co-presenters, please be sure they are aware they’ll need to cover their own expenses and be registered for the conference.
Proposals must be postmarked by February 28, 2014. Information will be sent to all presenters in late March/April 2014 to confirm your meeting room and to provide information for making hotel reservations.
If your presentation requires audiovisuals supported by a laptop computer, LCD projector or other equipment, you will need to bring the equipment with you or rent it from our local supplier. SkillsUSA, as a non-profit organization, is not able to support the audiovisual needs for all of our presentations. Thanks for your understanding and help on this important matter.
The SkillsUSA University sessions are free to paid national conference registrants. Approximately 12,000 students and teachers attend the National Leadership and Skills Conference from our nation’s public high schools and community colleges and technical schools. Our members are enrolled in training programs for technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations. Pre-registration for Skills University is not required—teachers and students simply “vote with their feet” and show up at the scheduled time. Presentations should be appropriate for both students and teachers and can be for a high school or college audience (or both). Attendance in 2013 was estimated at 1,100 people attending 70 sessions. The average attendance per session varies—ranging anywhere from 10 to 60 people (depending upon the topic and its appeal to the potential audience). Larger audiences are usually for specific topics geared to a particular group of SkillsUSA Championships contestants.
Promotion of your Session:
Promotion of your session will be included in all SkillsUSA publications, on the national SkillsUSA Web site, and in press releases and promotional mailings. Proposals should be as specific as possible as to the workshop title and a detailed description of the session. This will enable us to develop appropriate promotional materials about your session.
Presenters are encouraged to provide free resources and giveaways to instructors such as sample CDs, software trials, publications, pencils, pens, etc. Teachers and students never fail to respond to these offers and are more likely to attend if this is mentioned in your promotional copy.
Presenters are welcome to sell or make offers books, related materials or services at the conclusion of their presentations, with prior approval of the SkillsUSA University faculty.
NOTE: If you are targeting contestants and their advisors, please make a request directly to the technical committee chairman that your seminar date and time be announced during the contestant meeting (we can provide contact information for the technical committee, if necessary).