NOTE:: Starting in 2018, the Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement (CCSA) and the Home Base Symposium have merged to become the Connecting Communities of Education Stakeholders Conference (CCES).



March 11-15, 2018
Sheraton Greensboro Hotel
& Koury Convention Center
3121 West Gate City Boulevard
Greensboro, NC

Call for Proposals!

The Conference Planning Committee seeks proposals for the CCES 2018 Conference. Preference will be given to proposals that address this year's conference theme, "Fostering Innovation Across Our State" as well as highlighting one or more of the four conference goals, listed below.

CCES 2018 Conference Goals

  1. To provide educators and leaders relevant, research-based strategies to affect short- and long-term change in adult practices that foster innovative practices for student success
  2. To provide support staff with professional learning and resources for the daily operations and needs of school communities
  3. To support student and educator growth through the dissemination of data-driven strategies and resources
  4. To recognize and encourage the collective contribution of communities of education stakeholders in individual and community-wide growth

Categories to be addressed:

  • Accountability and Assessments
  • Career and Technical Education
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Data Management
  • Digital Teaching and Learning
  • Dropout Prevention
  • Early Learning and Development
  • Educator Effectiveness
  • Exceptional Children
  • Global Education
  • Language and Literacy
  • Personalized Learning
  • School/Business/Community Partnerships

Types of Sessions
The Connecting Communities of Education Stakeholders Conference features three types of sessions: Operational, Concurrent, and Poster.

  • Operational Sessions: [45 minutes] These sessions are intended to be highly interactive and feature some type of make-and-take component that participants can implement once they return to their work settings (classroom, central office, etc.). Operational sessions should be focused introductions to innovative ideas, strategies, and practices.
  • Concurrent Sessions: [75 minutes] These sessions are intended to engage participants in ways that apply theory, research, and/or best practices which are currently relevant to a broad spectrum of education stakeholders.
  • Poster Sessions: [75 minutes] Poster sessions are research-focused sessions highlighting current trends in educational theory or research that will be of use to various educational stakeholders. Posters will be displayed in 75-minute intervals, in which participants will be free to peruse posters and discuss any details with presenters. Poster session presenters are typically faculty or graduate students from institutes of higher education.

Submission Guidelines
Proposals may only be submitted through our online proposal system. The proposal window has been extended to November 7, 2017. Please click link at the bottom of the page to access the proposal submission form.  Individuals selected for presentation will be notified of acceptance status by December 1, 2017.

Proposal Evaluation
Members of the conference committee will evaluate all proposals. Exemplary proposals demonstrate clarity in content, processes, and solutions.

Session Abstract (50 words or less)
The abstract succinctly describes your session and should be written in a manner to apprise participants of content and outcomes. Please carefully proofread your abstract. The abstract will appear as written in the mobile conference app.

Session Description (200 words or less)
This section allows the presenter an opportunity to provide a fuller description of the proposed session. The presenter should include details of the session including purpose, session format, and materials that will be used during the session. Remember, all sessions should be informative, engaging, and outcomes-based.

Session Documents
Presenters are required to electronically submit a pdf file of all session materials no later than Monday, February 25, 2018. Materials not received by February 25th may not be included in the mobile app. We suggest that presenters also prepare a limited number of hard copies for distribution during the session.

Audio Visual Equipment
Data projectors and screens will be provided for all operational and concurrent sessions. Presenters are required to bring their own computers. Mac users should bring a VGA adapter for use with the data projector.

Room Layout
All operational and concurrent session rooms will be set classroom style or table rounds. Poster presenters will be provided with a table and posters will be displayed in an open area allowing for foot traffic.

Registration will open on January 2nd, once the final schedule is posted. All presenters and co-presenters must officially register for the conference. If your proposal is accepted, registration fees for the lead presenter will be waived. Additional co-presenters must remit the registration fee.

Review of Important Dates
Oct 2 - 31: Proposal Window Open
Dec. 1: Presenters notified of acceptance status
Jan. 2: Final Schedule Posted Online