CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
Oregon Statewide Transition Conference
Bridges to the Future
February 16-17, 2017
Marriott Downtown Portland- Waterfront
Oregon’s first statewide transition conference, Building Bridges to the future,
invites the submission of proposals for breakout sessions. This year’s conference is structured around three topical
strands: 1) Educational Practices for Transition Aged Youth; 2) Vocational Rehabilitation and Youth; 3) Research and Evidence
Based Practices in Transition. This collaborative, cross-stakeholder event includes state agency staff, educators, service
providers, and community members who share a commitment to the successful transition of students to adult life.
Proposal submissions are invited that address one of the four strands, include practical and
replicable activities or strategies, and focus on strengths as they relate to: Implementation strategies; Outcomes and/or products; and Tools to share that support replication.
Proposals will be chosen to create a balance of topics that will appeal to a variety of audiences.
#1: Educational Practices for Transition Aged Youth;
Papers submitted for
sessions under this topical strand should address innovative and promising practices that assure youth play a vital role in
their transition from high school to adult life. Sessions should be interactive and provide attendees with practical
descriptions of innovative programs and/or partnerships in the community that could support a student in all aspects
of their transition from school to adult life. Youth Transition Program specific sessions may be included in this strand.
Sessions may include:
- Curriculum implementation in the community
- Student Peer mentoring
Work Experience Development
- Partnerships in with local Employment First Groups
- Successful Transition programs
Topical Strand #2: Vocational Rehabilitation and Youth
Papers submitted for sessions under this topical strand should address partnerships, innovation,
and addressing ethical concerns when working with transition aged students. Sessions should provide schools, VR staff,
and other community partners information regarding innovative approaches for supporting students before, during, and/or after
Vocational Rehabilitation involvement.
Sessions may include:
- Ethical Considerations for VR counselors
- Innovative Approaches with VR staff in the classroom
- Partnering with your VR counselor
- Implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in your school district
Topical Strand #3: Research and Evidence Based Practices in Transition
Papers submitted for sessions under this topical strand should address the latest techniques
in research and evidence based practices in classrooms, programs, or universities. Topics could include research theories
tested and outcomes when working with school districts, community partners, and/or transition aged students.
Sessions may include:
- Using Post School Outcomes for program improvement
- STEPPS tool in district programs
- Think College
Proposal Review Process
Proposals must identify the primary
topical strand the session is intended to address. Sessions must incorporate strategies and interventions, involve active
participation of the audience, include adequate time for reflection and sharing, and provide “takeaways” or handouts.
Your session description must be content specific, complete, clearly written, and accurately reflect the material
to be presented to your audience. If your proposal is selected, the session description you
submit will be used as is in the conference program. Please plan the session for either 60 or 90 minutes
in length. Please mark session length in the application.
Oregon Statewide Transition
Conference Planning Committee will review all submissions based on the following criteria:
1. The degree to which the
proposal clearly addresses one of the three identified conference strands;
2. Clear identification of
what the participants will know and be able to do as a result of their attendance at the session;
3. Relevance of session content to the intended audience; and
4. The degree to which the proposal has
practical application and demonstrated results for the intended audience.
Conference Registration Fee and Multiple Presenters
If there is more than one presenter, conference registration fee at the presenter rate is limited to one person.
If Accommodations are needed (special needs, table set-up, room preference, etc),please indicate on application.
Please note: Oregon Statewide Transition
Conference Planning Committee reserves the right to edit session titles and descriptions to allow for accuracy, consistency,
and clarity in all conference materials.