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 18-21, 2019
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 2019 Conference. Preference will be given to proposals that address this year's conference theme, "Innovative Pathways to Personalized Learning" as well as highlighting one or more of the four conference goals, listed below.

CCES 2019 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

Personalized Learning Pillars

  • A student having a “learner profile” that documents and stimulates self-reflection on his or her strengths, weaknesses, preferences, and goals;
  • A student pursuing an individualized learning path that encourages him or her to set and manage personal academic goals;
  • A student following a “competency-based progression” that focuses on the ability to demonstrate mastery of a topic, rather than seat time; and,
  • A students’ learning environment being flexible and structured in ways that support individual goals.

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

  • 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: [1 hour & 45 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.
  • Workshop Sessions: [2 hours & 45 minutes] These sessions are also 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. Participants should be give the opportunity to interact with the content and in most cases leave with a product.

Submission Guidelines
Proposals may only be submitted through our online proposal system. Please click link at the bottom of the page to access the proposal submission form. The proposal window will be open through December 9, 2018. Individuals selected for presentation will be notified of acceptance status by December 21, 2018.

Proposal Preparation
In a effort to assist you with the completion of the Call for Proposal, you may want to complete a 2019 CCES Call for Proposals - Worksheet. Click on the link, and make a copy of the document. The document will save to your Google Drive. If you do not rename the document, it will be named, “Copy of 2019 CCES Call for Proposals - Worksheet”. All proposals must be submitted through the link at the bottom of the page.

Proposal Evaluation
Members of the conference committee will evaluate all proposals. Exemplary proposals demonstrate clarity in content, processes, and solutions. They will also be evaluated on the alignment to the CCES Goals and Pillars of Personalized Learning.

Session Description (1000 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 Abstract (250 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 Documents
Presenters will be sent a link to a personalized Google Slides presentation. Presentations need to be completed prior to the presentation date and time and will be published and linked in the mobile app.

Audio Visual Equipment
Laptops, data projectors and screens will be provided for all operational, concurrent, and workshop sessions.

Room Layout
All session rooms, unless assigned one of the auditoriums, will be set classroom style with rows of tables and chairs.

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
Nov 13 - Dec. 9: Proposal Window Open
Dec. 21: Presenters notified of acceptance status
Jan. 4: Final Schedule Posted Online