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Thank you for your interest in presenting at NHSA’s 2020 Annual National Head Start Conference.

The Conference will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona  March 29- April 2, 2020.

Presentation Format 

  • Education Session/Workshop (1 hour)
  • Education Session/ Workshop (1.5 hours)
  • Learning Express/ Pop-Up Talk (15 mins)
Session time slots will be assigned based on availability 

Selection Criteria

  • Quality and originality of content that revolves around the Head Start Program Performance Standards
  • Relevance of topic to the target audience that tie in PFCE goals, family outcomes, parent involvement, ELOF and school readiness
  • Topic reflects innovative ideas on meeting Head Start’s goal of Continuous Quality Improvement
  • Creative presentation strategies that meet the different styles of the adult learner to ignite learning and audience interaction.
  • Presentations must include a combination of information sharing, group discussions, and reflection.
  • Professional experience, regional diversity, and public speaking abilities that engage the learner

Note: Proposals designed to promote products or services will not be considered.

Communities of Practice 
Proposals will be considered and evaluated in each of the nine Communities of Practice areas. A Community of Practice is a broad category in which session offerings are grouped to assist attendees in identifying content areas for which they have a particular interest. They indicate a target audience. Please check one to three Communities of Practice for your proposed session in the section below.

The Communities of Practice are:

  1. Education/Child Development
  2. Family Engagement
  3. Parents
  4. Data
  5. Fiscal
  6. Health and Wellness
  7. Human Resources/ Program Operations
  8. New Directors
  9. ERSEA (Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance)
Please review the Speaker FAQs available. 

Submissions are due November 15, 2019

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