Top 5 Education Session Submission Secrets

By Tom Crosley | Posted on November 17, 2014

There’s an old saying that states “inspiration is the catalyst of action.” Well, the time is now for you to submit your ideas for an education session for the 2017 NRPA Annual Conference. Inspire your fellow park and recreation professionals so that they might take action to implement your successful programs, strategies and more.
It’s sort of like completing the circle, right?  
At one time, your agency faced a challenge that seemed insurmountable. 
You worked your network. 
You read an article.  
Maybe you attended a class?  
However you got there, you found the inspiration to try something new or implement change and solve the problem. And it worked! It took bravery and hard work, but mostly it took inspiration to take that first big step.Now is the time to teach and share what you know to others.
Blog-Five-Tips-for-Submitting-Education-Session-ProposalsBe brave once again and put “pen to paper” to submit an education session proposal for the 2017 NRPA Annual Conference being held in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Here are my five secrets for submitting a successful education session proposal:

1.  Familiarize yourself with the “lingo.” You’ll see a variety of words used in the proposal form. Know the difference between a “learning objective” and a “learner assessment.” This is especially important for new speakers hoping to break-through. These resources can help you write a complete and thorough proposal.

2.  Create your draft version in Word before using the online form. Prepare the required session outline and save it to your desktop before you begin filling out the electronic proposal form. Also, it’s helpful to have your biography written ahead of time.

3.  Include a variety of perspectives. Invite appointed officials or allied organizations to participate in the session with you. This can add another dimension to your proposal and session. 

4.  Identify how you’ll connect with the audience. No one goes to sessions to be bored. Make sure your proposal communicates how you hope to involve and interact with the session attendees, and help them participate and share in the discovery of learning! 

5.  Try something new! You don’t just have to create a lecture-style session proposal. NRPA and the Program Committee encourages innovative and well-designed sessions, with an increased focus on subjects that support the Three Pillars of Health and Wellness, Conservation, and Social Equity. Specifically, we are striving to find energetic speakers to address the demographics shift in America, parks role in habitat and eco-diversity, and serving underserved populations.   

Bonus Tip: Speakers always get a complimentary one-day conference pass for the days they speak, but this year NRPA is giving away one FREE Full Package Registration to one randomly selected person whose proposal is selected for the conference. In other words, if your proposal is selected, you will be eligible to attend the entire conference, including education sessions, the exhibit hall and all social events, for free!


Blog-Tom-Crosley-Tips-for-Session-ProposalsKnowledge is the key to success, and it’s time to inspire your park and recreation colleagues and let them share in the discovery and excitement of your solutions and know-how. Submit your education session proposal before the deadline on November 18, 2016!


What topics are you proposing as education sessions? Tell us in the comments below or tweet us @NRPA_News


Tom Crosley is the Education Manager of Conference and Schools for NRPA