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NBCDI 2020 Call for Proposals

The National Black Child Development Institute’s Annual Conference presenters and participants are at the core of our convening’s success. We invite you to contribute to our strengths-based, culturally relevant and action-oriented solutions designed to build the capacity of participants to achieve identified outcomes while fostering change in their local communities.

Please review the following information and guidelines below prior to submitting your proposal online.

Know Your Audience

For 50 years, NBCDI’s Annual Conference has convened 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, businesses and government who share a demonstrated commitment to our mission to improve and advance the quality of life for Black children and families through education and advocacy.

Last year, NBCDI’s Annual Conference offered 100 workshops.


Prepare Your Submission

All proposals will be submitted through an online format. You will be able to save and return to your work. However, we recommend that you prepare all of your responses prior to logging onto the system. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, June 30, 2020.


Bring Your Solutions

There are many paths towards achieving success. NBCDI is seeking proposals that present strengths-based, culturally relevant and action-oriented solutions that will equip participants with the knowledge, tools and skills to move their schools, neighborhoods, communities and states forward. Your proposal should be designed to advance at least one (1) of 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 cognitive and social-emotional development are holistically supported by their environment
  • Increased access to high-quality early childhood education for Black Children to ensure Kindergarten readiness
  • Increased number of educators effectively implementing culturally responsive pedagogy with their students and families
  • Increased number of educators engaging in developmentally appropriate disciplinary practices to respond to the needs and strengths of Black children
  • Increased number of Black children reading at or above grade-level by third grade
  • Increased number of Black high school graduates prepared for the workforce and post-secondary education
  • Increased number of engaged and empowered Black children, families and community members in schools
  • Increased number of highly qualified educators in the early childhood education workforce
  • Increased number of Black leaders and stakeholders at the helm of policy discussions impacting Black children, families and communities

Every proposal selected for NBCDI’s 50th Annual Conference will provide a critical opportunity for presenters and participants to exchange solutions-oriented insights, best practices, program models, policy frameworks, assessment tools, research and data, while ensuring participants leave inspired and prepared to take action in their local communities.


Review Process

All completed submissions successfully submitted by the deadline will be evaluated by the NBCDI Annual Conference Review Committee. Each submission will be reviewed and assessed based on their efficacy, relevance and extent to which they provide strengths-based, action-oriented solutions and information that will help participants achieve the 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 50th Annual Conference indicates the presenter(s)’ availability to present during any presentation time block throughout the conference.
  • All accepted presentations will be scheduled for a two-hour session.


Notifications & Registration

NBCDI will inform the lead presenter of the proposal status on Friday, July 31, 2020. Updates on the status of a proposal will not be provided until this official notification.

All individuals presenting during the 50th Annual Conference are required to 1) accept, 2) register and 3) pay the workshop presenter registration fee of $200. These requirements apply to co-presenters as well.

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; and
  • Information about future deadlines.


Please email questions to proposals@nbcdi.org.


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