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NBCDI 2019 Call for Proposals

You will not be able to save and return to your work, so please be prepared to submit your complete proposal. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Mobilizing to Transform Communities for Our Children

September 28 – October 1, 2019

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

Chicago, IL


The National Black Child Development Institute’s Annual Conference presenters and participants are at the core of the convening’s success. We invite you to contribute to our strengths-based, action-oriented solutions to help participants achieve identified outcomes and to foster change within their local communities.


Please review the information and guidelines below before submitting your proposal.


Know Your Audience

For 49 years, NBCDI’s Annual Conference has brought together thousands of early childhood educators, K-12 teachers, administrators, social workers, health professionals, elected officials, researchers, and representatives from universities, community and faith-based organizations, business and government who share our mission and are working to improve and advance the quality of life for Black children and families through education and advocacy.


Last year, NBCDI’s Annual Conference offered nearly 100 workshops reaching nearly 1,000 conferees.


Prepare Your Submission

All proposals will be submitted through an online format. You will not be able to save and return to your work, so please prepare your answers prior to logging on to the system. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.


The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 22, 2019.


Bring Your Solutions

There are many paths towards achieving success. NBCDI is seeking proposals that present strengths-based, action-oriented solutions that will help participants move their schools, neighborhoods, communities and states forward. Your proposal should be designed to advance the following outcomes.


  • Increased resources to improve and advance the quality of life for Black children and families
  • Increased number of healthy Black children whose social-emotional and brain development are supported holistically by their ecosystem
  • Increased access to high-quality Early Childhood Education for Black Children to ensure Kindergarten readiness
  • Increased number of educators effectively implementing culturally-responsive pedagogy
  • Increased number of educators developmentally appropriate discipline practices to respond to the needs of Black children
  • Increased number of Black children reading at or above grade-level by grade 3
  • Increased number of Black high school graduates who are prepared for the workforce and post-secondary education
  • Increase the number of engaged and empowered Black families and community members in schools
  • Increase the number of highly-qualified educators in the early childhood workforce
  • Increase the number of Black leaders and stakeholders at the helm of policy discussions that impact Black children and families


Every proposal selected for the 49th Annual Conference will provide a critical opportunity for presenters and participants to exchange solution-focused ideas, best practices, program models, policy frameworks, assessment tools, research and data, and will be focused on allowing participants to return home not only inspired, but ready for action.



When submitting a proposal, presenters will be required to provide the following information:

  • Contact information
    • Name, title, organization, mailing address, phone number and email address
    • Co-presenter information can also be uploaded to the Speaker Service Center
  • Brief biography
    • Up to 100 words each
    • Presenters may also upload resumes
  • Have you presented at NBCDI’s Annual Conference previously?
  • Are you a member of NBCDI?
  • Are you submitting a: (select one)
    • Workshop Proposal

Prospective presenters will also need to answer the following questions:

1. What is the title of your workshop or poster presentation?
(15-word maximum)

2. Which national priority does your presentation address?

Presenters may select one topic from a list of options (NBCDI will prioritize the selection of proposals in the subtopics listed under each priority below):

§ Early Childhood Education

  • Early Childhood Workforce and Education Requirements
  • Kindergarten Readiness
  • Other

§ Elementary and Secondary Education

  • Wrap-Around Supports
  • Black Male Achievement
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math)
  • Other

§ School Climate, Culture and Discipline Policies

  • Practice
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Elementary Education
    • Secondary Education
  • Policy and Advocacy

§ Policy and Advocacy

  • Parents as Advocates
  • Starting a Grassroots Advocacy Campaign
  • Legislative and Grasstops Advocacy
  • Other

§ Health & Wellness

  • Brain Development
  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Mental Health
  • Child Welfare
  • Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
  • Other

§ Family Engagement

  • Home Visiting
  • Family Empowerment
  • Other

§ Literacy

  • Increasing Reading Proficiency
  • Increasing Access to Books and Literacy Resources
  • Other

3. What are the outcomes of your presentation?

Presenters will identify three specific outcomes, which may include new knowledge, resources, tools, curricula, contacts, etc. Please list in complete sentences. (For example, Participants will gain new tools and strategies to educate parents and caregivers on the importance of early brain development.)

4. What is the format of your presentation?

Presenters will select from a list of presentation formats (all that apply):

· Lecture/presentation

· Whole-group discussion

· Small group discussions

· Demonstration

· Research-based Poster Presentation

5. How would you describe this presentation to someone else? (200 word limit).

Presenters will provide a description for the program brochure and review process, including purpose and objectives.



Review Process

All completed submissions successfully submitted by the deadline will be evaluated by the Conference Committee. They will be judged on their efficacy, relevance, and the extent to which they provide strengths-based, action-oriented solutions and information that will help participants achieve identified outcomes. The Conference Committee and NBCDI Senior Leadership Team reserve the right to recommend modifications to final selections and proposal titles in order to ensure a balanced program.


Please note the following:

  • The submission of a presentation proposal for NBCDI’s 49th Annual Conference indicates the presenter(s) is available and open to present during any presentation time block.
  • All accepted presentations will be scheduled for a two-hour session.




Notifications & Registration

NBCDI will inform the lead presenter of the proposal status on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Updates on the status of a proposal will not be provided until this official notification.


All persons presenting during the 49th Annual Conference are required to 1) accept, 2) register and 3) pay the workshop presenter registration fee of $200. This includes all co-presenters.


Upon notification of acceptance, the lead presenter will be emailed an acceptance letter that includes the following:

  • Details about registration processes, including the presenter discount code
  • Login for the Speaker Service Center
  • Information about future deadlines



Please email questions to proposals@nbcdi.org.




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