Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals for the 2017 Texas CASA Conference is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal, and for your interest in presenting a workshop. All proposals are being reviewed by Texas CASA.

About the 2017 Texas CASA conference: Setting Our Course

Texas CASA is committed to bringing volunteer advocates, staff, individuals and child welfare institutions together, connecting and building personal and professional community – at the 2017 Texas CASA Conference and throughout the year.

At the 2017 Texas CASA Conference, we will be exploring the theme: Setting Our Course. Setting Our Course is about moving the child welfare system and the CASA network in the right direction to create brighter futures for Texas’ children. The conference will feature interactive sessions and workshops, network opportunities, exhibitors and a gala to celebrate the volunteer advocates in our network.

Texas CASA is seeking proposals that reflect the best thinking in the field; and are informed by theory, research and practice; and cognizant of issues of the child welfare system, child development, trauma, diversity and inclusion.

Texas CASA invites proposals that:

  • Deliver model practices using approaches for different types of learners
  • Address current challenges faced by volunteer advocates and staff in the field, and are solution-oriented
  • Provide advanced content for staff, board members and volunteer advocates
  • Stimulate and provoke discussion and audience engagement
  • Present evidence based on or supported by research
  • Target either new, mid-experience or seasoned professionals staff, board and volunteer advocates
  • Use multi-media approaches to enhance attendee learning

Highlighted topics may include:

  • Building program capacity
  • Equity, inclusion and identity
  • Resource development
  • Leadership skills
  • Legal practice/issues in child welfare
  • Campaign launch and communications
  • Program governance/building your board
  • Program management
  • Human resources
  • Public policy
  • Volunteer management, coaching
  • Former/foster youth voice and issues

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL

You will need to have all of the below information ready in order to submit your proposal:

  1. Workshop title (subject to change/editing)
  2. Intended audience of your workshop as it relates to the Texas CASA Conference
  3. Workshop format (workshop or panel discussion)
  4. A brief description of how your workshop corresponds with this year’s theme: Setting Our Course
  5. 3-5 sentence description of your workshop for publication purposes (subject to change/editing)
  6. Workshop goal, and 3-5 learning objectives that will help you reach the goal
  7. Workshop teaching method(s) and materials (use of PowerPoint, handouts, etc.)
  8. A 500 word narration of your workshop agenda including topics covered, use of time, activities, and anything else you will include in your presentation
  9. Name, title, company, email, and phone number for workshop presenter(s)/panelists (4 presenters/panelists max per workshop)
  10. Biography of workshop presenter(s)/panelists (150 words max)
  11. Name, title, company, phone number and email address for two references

If you plan to submit more than one proposal: The online system only allows one proposal submission per person. Please submit your FIRST proposal via the online system, then directly email each SUCCEEDING proposal as a word document version that answers all of the same questions outlined in the online version to Training and Communications Assistant Lindsey Lee at llee@texascasa.org.

All proposals will be considered equally.

COMPENSATION

Once a workshop is approved, the presenter(s) will receive a free conference registration upon request (max of 2 free registrations per workshop). Presenters are required to cover any and all other conference costs including transportation, hotel accommodations and meals.