OSDFS: Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools
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2011 OSDFS National Conference
Accepting Proposals for Conference Presentations
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Congress recently eliminated several programs administered by the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools.  Notwithstanding these budget cuts, the programs that remain are critical to our efforts to establish safe, supportive, and healthy schools so that children can learn and reach their full potential.  Moreover, the Department is committed to developing and deepening program and policy expertise in the program offices, especially in high-priority areas.  Therefore, to maximize limited resources, while preserving our program focus, the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and it's programs were moved into a new Office of Safe and Healthy Students within the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE).  This change was effective on September 26, 2011, and will provide new opportunities for staff from OESE and OSDFS to work together to improve school environments and support children’s learning, health, and well-being. Within the next few weeks, the contents of the new OSHS (formerly OSDFS) webpages was relocated to OESE's homepage and is available at www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oese/oshs/index.html.


The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) is accepting proposals for workshops and posters to be presented at the 2011 OSDFS National Conference.  The conference theme is “Making the Connection:  Creating and Maintaining Conditions for Learning.”

This is an opportunity for presenters to describe demonstrated or potentially effective strategies, programs, and models related to:

Conference tracks will include alcohol and drug use; bullying and cyber bullying; training or skill-building; youth violence prevention; health, mental health, environmental health, and physical health; resources; data collection; partnerships; special populations; and emerging issues. 

Presentations may be either in a workshop or poster format.  Workshops should be tailored to fit within a 60-minute time frame and must include time for audience questions, a PowerPoint or other electronic format presentation, and handouts for participants.  Posters will be up to 90 minutes, and should provide visual displays on poster boards and handouts on table-tops as part of a smaller, interactive session. 

Proposal selections will be made based on the review criteria and the needs of the conference.  An example of a past proposal submission can be requested by sending an email to osdfsnationalconference@ed.gov  with the subject line “sample proposal.”

The deadline for proposal submissions is April 18, 2011.  All proposals must be submitted by email to osdfsnationalconference@ed.gov

If you plan to submit a proposal, please keep in mind:

• All submitted proposals will be reviewed by members of the OSDFS National Conference Planning Committee.  If your proposal is selected, you will be required to submit an advance copy of your presentation for review and approval by the planning committee, and you must agree to the program format determined by the planning committee.

• We will not consider proposals where it appears that the focus of the session is primarily on promoting a specific commercial product.

• If selected, you (or a designated alternate) must commit to presenting at the conference.  If a presenter fails to present or provide an acceptable substitute, he/she may be prevented from submitting a proposal to an OSDFS conference for up to two years.

• Presenters will be provided with more specific workshop and poster presentation guidelines after proposal selections have been made.

• If you are planning to include youth speakers in your presentation, please provide an explanation regarding why they were selected and how they will be contributing to the presentation.  Also, note that if your proposal is selected, you will also be required to provide information regarding both parental and district consent.

• If needed, we may be able to cover both travel and hotel expenses for presenters for the day of their presentation.  However, OSDFS grantees who are required to attend the conference as a condition of their grant are expected to use grant funds to pay their travel and hotel expenses.

• Conference materials will be posted on the Department of Education web site to be made available to the public after the conference.

Review Criteria:

Note: Applicants should explain how the proposal fits within the conference theme. The reviewers will assess the extent to which the proposal is related to one of the six tracks with special attention given to how information discussed may fit within effective and comprehensive strategies.

Note: Applicants should explain the conceptual framework or research basis underlying the proposal. The reviewers will assess the extent to which the proposal reflects or advances current knowledge about research or current practice in the field related to one of the six tracks.

Note: Workshops should be tailored to fit within a 60-minute time frame and must include time for audience questions, a PowerPoint or other electronic format presentation, and handouts for participants. Posters will be up to 90 minutes, providing visual displays on poster boards and table-tops as part of a smaller, interactive session.

Note: Applicants should explain the feasibility of replicating or adapting the strategies, programs, theories, concepts, or models identified within the proposal in other States, schools or their surrounding communities. The reviewers will assess the extent to which information from the proposed presentation is likely to be useful to, or utilized by, other States, schools or communities.

Note: Applicants should explain how various lessons learned from the strategy, practice, or technique show that it may be successful for other States, schools or communities to implement. This may include presenting any evaluation or research findings related to the information in your proposal, or providing case studies or examples of when the strategy was utilized or practiced and the resulting lessons learned by your State, school or community. The reviewers will assess the extent to which information in the proposed presentation identifies evidence of effectiveness or other lessons learned.

A complete proposal consists of these five elements:

The deadline for proposal submissions is April 18, 2011.  All proposals must be submitted by email to osdfsnationalconference@ed.gov.

Expect e-mail notice of acceptance by approximately June 1, 2011.  If accepted, an advance copy of your complete presentation must be submitted.


 
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