QRIS National Meeting 2017
June 27-29, 2017

Dallas, TX

2017 QRIS National Meeting Session Proposal Form

The BUILD Initiative and the QRIS National Learning Network are now accepting workshop proposals for the 2017 QRIS National Meeting, to be held in Dallas, Texas June 27-29, 2017. Share your knowledge and experience at the 2017 QRIS National Meeting! Submit your proposal for the conference by December 22, 2016.
Meeting Goals:  The goals of this meeting are to provide QRIS leaders (at the state and regional level) with:
- Technical assistance opportunities and resources needed to be successful in efforts to develop, implement, and revise high quality early learning systems;
- Clear understanding of "research to practice," sharing both the latest research and studies and the exemplary practices in states and communities that illustrate the research findings;
- Lessons learned from states and communities in early learning systems development;
- Cutting edge ideas for the next generation of QRIS;
- Strategies to increase the equitable distribution or access to the system and its supports in low income communities and with educators of diverse race, culture and language in early care and education programs; and
- Opportunities for cross-state discussion and peer learning that continue well beyond the meeting.
Proposal Submission Deadline
Proposals must be submitted no later than 8 pm ET on December 22, 2016. Applicants will be contacted regarding the status of their proposals no later than February 28, 2017.  Note: One presenter will receive free registration for the meeting. If other presenters wish to attend the full meeting, they will need to register and pay the registration fee.
Key Points to Consider for your Proposal:
- What is unique or innovative about the topic that you want to share?
- Do you have a challenge you would like to lay out and work with others to solve or exchange ideas on?
- Diversity of presenters is a high priority. Do your proposed presenters include persons of color?
- Reflect on your topic from a racial equity perspective. Does your approach to creating a high-quality system that is responsive to the diversity of children's abilities, race, culture and language take equity into consideration? 
- If you are considering a panel, don’t include too many speakers – two to three should be the maximum.
- Think interactive in your session design.  Emphasize discussion and not talking heads.
- If we have similar proposals on a topic, we may ask that you work with another group to combine into one session. If you’re able to incorporate work from another state into your proposal, that would be ideal and would give your proposal a better chance for approval.
- Every topical session should give at least two points of view or experiences about a topic unless you can show that the work in your state or area of expertise is so innovative that it requires a session on its own to ensure it is understood.
- We can only offer one free registration per session. All other presenters will need to pay the registration fee in order to attend.

Different Types of Sessions:  We are incorporating some different session designs in our format this year. Consider these options as you plan for what you’d like to propose.

·         Topical Breakout Sessions – These are our standard 90-minute sessions on a variety of topics. Tracks will be created this year as part of the program so we’ll ask you to design your session to fit within a specific track. Tracks include:
o   Financing;
o   Continuous Quality Improvement and Technical Assistance;
o   Diversity of Race, Culture, Language and Ability;
o   Stakeholder Engagement and Communications;
o   Policy and Advocacy;
o   Family Engagement;
o   Evaluation/Research;
o   Community Based Approaches;
o   Workforce/Professional Development;
o   Designing, Collecting and Using Data Effectively;
o   Building in strategies for infants and toddler;
o   Cross-SECTOR Systems Building (prek, child care centers/homes, Head Start, public schools, school-age care, etc.);
o   Cross-SYSTEM Systems-Building (health, family support, early learning, child welfare, housing, etc.);
o    Head Start and QRIS.

·         Consultation Sessions – We are going to set up options for people to sign up for appointments to consult with various groups as part of the meeting. Would you be interested in serving as a consultant during one of these time slots? Give us a description of such a consultation and the technical assistance you would offer.

·         Pre-Conference Sessions – We’ll be offering pre-conference sessions this year from 8 am – 12 pm on Tuesday, June 27 – prior to the start of the full meeting.  Participants will have to sign up in advance for the pre-conference sessions on a first come/first served basis. Consider a pre-conference session you might like to propose.

·         Intensive Sessions – There will be one round of two-hour sessions offered to allow presenters and participants to go deeper into a topic.  Think about the topic you might want to propose and who the target audience would be. Why does this session merit two hours?

·         Communities of Practice Sessions – Do you want to lead a discussion with your peers on a specific topic? What would the topic be and who would the target group be?
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Our Purpose

The BUILD Initiative's Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) National Learning Network was formed by a coalition of states and organizations. The network is united in the desire to use rating and improvement strategies to elevate the quality of care in state early care and education systems and to support and improve children?s development. We provide information, learning opportunities and direct technical assistance to states that have a QRIS or that are interested in developing one.