KCCTE Workshop Proposal Information

Overview
All proposals are welcome. Priority will be given to workshops that address current technology issues in CTE or innovative teaching ideas (see Assessments below). Sessions will be scheduled for 4 hours unless additional time is requested. Session days and times will be scheduled in a manner to provide the best mix of offerings to attendees.

Purpose
In order to assist both secondary and post-secondary CTE teachers in keeping up with changes in technology in a given field, KCCTE is looking for persons to lead workshops that will help close that gap. Another aspect of the workshop should be to share ‘best practices’ in teaching that subject matter. New ideas or new teaching technology that can be used in CTE courses is also being sought.

Location
One aspect of KCCTE is to deliver these workshops across the state of Kansas rather than in only one location. In preparing a proposal, a question to be considered is “Can this be offered only at my school location? Or is it something that can be easily transported to another location?”

Finances
There is an automatic minimal registration fee for KCCTE workshops. If there is a charge for consumables used in the workshop, please stress that in the proposal. Up to two presenters will be compensated for their time by KCCTE.

Safety
When the workshop includes time spent in a lab, standard safety practices are expected to be followed. If participants need to bring their own PPE, that needs to be stressed in the proposal.

Assessments
KCCTE strongly supports the efforts of educators in the area of Technical Skills Assessments. National, state, and/or local assessments provide ongoing information on the extent to which students are attaining the necessary knowledge and skills for entry into and advancement in CTE education and careers in their chosen field.

Well-developed technical skills assessments:

  • Measure student attainment of technical skill proficiencies at multiple points
  • Employ industry-approved technical skill assessments based on industry standards, where available and appropriate
  • Employ state-developed and/or approved assessments, where industry- approved assessments do not exist
  • Incorporate performance-based assessment items, to the greatest extent possible, where students will demonstrate the application of their knowledge and skills

Your Guide to Writing a Successful Workshop Proposal

  1. Read through the "KCCTE Call for Presenters form" (CFP). This form is provided online for your convenience. 
  2. Examine the workshop itself. What is the major theme? Who attends this workshop? Is there an online audience? Explore the event as you consider your own potential to make an impact. How will your experiences or institutional demographic add value to this event?
  3. Spend some time brainstorming your session before you begin writing. What will be your key take-aways? How can you actively involve participants? Will you present in the classroom, the lab, or both? How does your audience impact your workshop presentation plan? How does this workshop tie in to Industry Certification? National standards? State standards?
  4. Draft your proposal. Begin by going to the website and completing each section thoughtfully. Provide supporting materials and citations where appropriate.  Spell check!  Request feedback from a knowledgeable colleague or experienced presenter. Keep in mind that stated learning outcomes and workshop abstract will factor into both proposal reviewer evaluations and participant evaluations.
  5. Complete the online CFP form. Double-check details and format. Click Submit. That’s it, for now! After your submission is reviewed, you will be contacted by email as to whether or not it has been approved.

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