New England Secondary School Consortium

Call for Proposals


Thank you! Our Call for Proposals is now officially closed. We received over 80 proposals from across 16 states. Proposals are being read by team members now, and will be reviewed the second week of November as a full team; primary contacts will be notified of their status by November 25, 2019.

Schools, community-based organizations, and education stakeholders from across the nation are invited to submit proposals to lead sessions at the 11th annual School Redesign in Action conference. This year’s theme: Equity in our classrooms, schools, and communities. Join us in Norwood, MA, on March 23 & 24 for two days of shared learning on one of the most urgent topics of our time: educational equity.

What are we looking for? The experiences, insights, and lessons learned on your school’s, district’s, or community’s journey toward a better education for all.

Session Description

Seventy-five minute sessions are expected to share strategies that showcase how school or district efforts have led to a more equitable, rigorous, and personalized experience for students. Components of personalized learning could include proficiency-based education, multiple/flexible pathways, individual student supports, and engaging learning practices. Sessions may focus on positive shifts in the student experience and how teacher learning and increased community engagement can support such improvements, especially in regards to students in traditionally marginalized groups.

Session Format

Presenting teams will be asked to follow a general session format that is designed to:

  1. Narrow the focus in order to dig deep into a particular practice or approach
  2. Align with the strands and dimensions of Global Best Practices
  3. Promote educational equity
  4. Fully engage participants

Our Workshop Protocol outlines our expectations for sessions. In addition, all presenters selected for the conference will be expected to participate in a 30-minute webinar in early January that will serve as an orientation to the conference and outline best practices for meaningful and engaging sessions.

To see the titles and descriptions of previous years’ session, please visit our conference archive.

Proposal Requirements

To submit a proposal, you will need to provide:

  • The name of one facilitator who will be your point of contact 
  • Full names, roles, and email addresses for all facilitators
  • Session title (no more than 15 words)
  • Content strand (student, family, and community engagement; teaching and learning; organizational design; school and district leadership; student voice and choice)
  • Session outcomes (no more than 50 words)
  • Session description (no more than 150 words)
  • Session components (no more than 50 words)
  • Any data from your school, district, or organization that is relevant to your proposal; this may include demographic data such as race, ethnicity, free and reduced lunch, English language learners, as well as performance, discipline, and attendance data

Deadline, Notification, & Registration

The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, November 1, 2019.

Proposals will be reviewed the second week of November; primary contacts will be notified of their status by November 25, 2019.

Each presenting team will receive up to two reduced-price registrations.

For more information,  please contact Becky Vance at or 207-773-0505.