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2017 Presentations

Call for Presentations have now closed.  All applicants will be notified if your presentation has been accepted by January 10th, 2017. 
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Oregon Statewide Transition Conference

Building Bridges to the Future

February 16-17, 2017


Marriott Downtown Portland- Waterfront

Portland, Oregon


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.


Topic Strand #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
  • Community Work Experience Development
  • Partnerships in with local Employment First Groups
  • Successful Transition programs
  • Family engagement


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
  • Vocational Rehabilitation 101
  • Innovative Approaches with VR staff in the classroom
  • Partnering with your VR counselor towards employment
  • 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
  • Project SEARCH
  • 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.