KASA Annual Leadership Institute 2017

Request for Education Session Proposals

Proposal submission deadline has passed. Please apply again next year.

The Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA) is seeking education session proposals for its Annual Leadership Institute & Expo, July 26-28, 2017, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville. 

This year’s institute centers on the theme Fuel Your Ride with Purpose, Passion and Positivity. Sessions should explore new and improved ways to tackle issues leaders face every day and bring positive change to the profession.  A few examples include: Exemplary Leadership Practices, Safety Topics, Strategies aimed at Closing the Achievement Gap, Novice Reduction Strategies, and Innovative Approaches to Teaching and Learning.  Sessions should feature interactive, engaging learning techniques and showcase emerging trends and innovations in education that demonstrate Purpose, Passion, and Positivity.  

Again this year, the Kentucky Center for School Safety will combine its annual conference with KASA’s Annual Leadership Institute. KASA has joined forces with KCSS to bring an expanded offering of school safety sessions. These sessions will help school leaders gain critical school safety knowledge and identify needs to ensure their schools are safe.

Presentation Parameters

Education sessions will take place Thursday, July 27, 2017, and will be one hour in length. Sessions will be identified in terms of topic, target audience, and presentation format as follows:


Lecture – Research, practices, or program is presented to an audience by an individual or team

Panel Discussion – Specific topic is discussed among a selected group of panelists who share differing perspectives, while attendees are invited to add their perspectives, comments, or questions 

Roundtable – Participants take part in small group discussions on an assigned topic for a timed interval facilitated by the session presenter

Workshop – Attendees actively participate in learning a new skill, methodology, or technique facilitated by the session presenter



This event is designed for P-12 school administrators and others who serve Kentucky students.


Proposal Review and Notification

All proposals will be reviewed by members of the planning committee and KASA staff. Reviewers will evaluate the proposals through a series of questions:

  1. How well does the proposal relate to the event theme and focus areas?
  2. Does the proposal contain innovative, research-based, and cutting-edge ideas that achieved successful results?
  3. Will the proposal’s content attract and stimulate attendees?
  4. Does the proposal clearly specify what participants might gain from the session?
  5. Are the ideas, practices, and programs replicable, and do they focus on the hows and whys?
  6. Does the proposal provide a unique solution to a universal education-related concern?
  7. Are presentation techniques current, diverse, and interactive?
  8. Does the proposal/session provide the level of insight, instruction, and material that meets the high standards and expectations of KASA attendees?
  9. Does the session provide theory and practical application?
  10. Will the presentation help attendees lead schools effectively while doing their jobs?

Tips for Preparing Your Proposal

  1. Session title should be 15 words or less and should clearly reflect the session’s focus and content.
  2. Avoid abbreviations and acronyms that do not clearly explain the session’s content.
  3. Use active verbs to describe what will occur in the session. (Examples: discuss, examine, present)
  4. Session descriptions should be limited to 50 words and should indicate presentation style (lecture, panel discussion, roundtable, workshop) and learning targets participants can expect to gain from your session.
  5. Indicate whether handouts or other resources will be available.
  6. Write in complete sentences. Do not use phrases.

Presenter Registration

Presenters must register for the institute before or upon acceptance of the proposal. One-day, complimentary registration will be provided for the primary presenter for the day of the presentation, Thursday, July 27, if requested. Presenters are encouraged to attend the full three-day institute at the early bird member rate of $269 per person. Registration fee includes access to all general sessions, concurrent education sessions, featured workshops, exhibit hall, meal functions, activities, and EILA conference or finance officer credit. 

Proposal Submission

Each organization or individual may submit up to two session proposals. To submit a proposal, complete the online submission form by March 1, 2017. KASA will notify the primary presenter in April 2017 regarding acceptance or non-acceptance of all proposals.

Kentucky Association of School Administrators

Questions? Contact Mary Brown (mary@kasa.org) or Julie Hawkins (julie@kasa.org)