2018 Global Forum on Girls' Education® II - Call for Proposals: Overview, Guidelines, and Instructions

Proposal Deadline Extended: Friday, December 22, 2017

Click here to submit your proposal today!

If you have experience in the education and empowerment of girls and have an idea for an interactive and engaging session that highlights your work, we want to hear from you!


The men and women attending the Global Forum on Girls’ Education® II are educators, researchers, advocates, authors, practitioners, and related-industry leaders from across the globe dedicated to working with girls and young women. We anticipate attendance of over 1,000 delegates from more than 25 countries, including faculty and staff from PK-12 schools and universities as well as representatives from mission-aligned organizations from around the world.

Session Formats

Regardless of the session type you choose, we encourage presentations not only about your institution’s or organization’s accomplishments, but also about unsuccessful initiatives that required iteration and include lessons learned.

  • Breakout Session: Traditional 50-minute session with up to four (4) total presenters per session (average audience size: 30-50 people).
  • INSPIRE! Session: Interactive 25-minute “speed innovating” mini-sessions designed to share ideas and foster small-group discussion. Each session will be repeated for a second group and may have up to two (2) presenters (average audience size: 8-12 people/group for a combined reach of 16-24 people). Please note up to 25-30 INSPIRE! Sessions are held concurrently at round tables in one large ballroom. Presenters who select this format will not have access to A/V equipment or electricity.
  • SNAP! Session: Each SNAP! Session is made up of 5-6 rapid-fire presentations during which each presenter has 6-7 minutes to tell a story about how a program, course, initiative, etc. benefited a student (or students) using a limited number of slides (14 maximum) to help bring the story to life. Each slide will be set to automatically advance every 30-60 seconds. This format is similar to the popular PechaKucha style of presenting.
Evaluation Criteria
  • Alignment with one or more of the six (6) universal themes (click here to read more).
  • Potential to attract and engage professionals who work with girls PK-12 in and out of school settings, formally and informally. (Please be clear in indicating your intended audience.)
  • Demonstrable impact on the healthy development of girls and young women.
  • Clear content and objectives. Your description should accurately and concisely reflect your goals for the session as well as specific takeaways attendees can expect.
  • Opportunities for attendee involvement and interaction – you will be asked to indicate specific ways in which you plan to engage attendees on the CFP submission form.
  • Examples, case studies, practical tools or models that can be applied immediately in the classroom or modified for a different educational environment or set of learners.
  • A representation of both innovation and practicality.
  • Comfort, skill, and experience with leading and moderating discussions.
Selection Process
  • Selections will be determined on appropriateness and interest of topic, level of content, expertise of presenters, and balance of overall program.
  • Special consideration will be given to proposals that:
    • Include presenters from multiple schools/organizations in a panel discussion or other collaborative presentation format.
    • Go beyond the details of a specific program or course and offer attendees a “behind the scenes look” at underlying principles, decision-making processes, and measurements of success.
  • NCGS reserves the right to request modifications to a session proposal before final selections are made.
  • During the week of February 5, 2018, NCGS will email acceptance and declination decisions.
  • If a proposal is selected for inclusion in the Global Forum II program, NCGS reserves the right to assign the date and time of the session or workshop at its sole discretion. NCGS also reserves the right to edit the session title or description to meet its editorial or marketing requirements.
Instructions for Submission of Proposals

Click here to access the online submission form. You may propose more than one session, but must submit separate online applications for each.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday, December 22, 2017.

Presenter Information
  • It is NCGS' hope and expectation that presenters will be full attendees of the Global Forum II and, as such, will be present and engaged throughout the 3-day conference.
  • Presenters may attend the Global Forum II at a reduced rate of $450 ($500 after April 15, 2018).
  • Final presentations and handouts must be submitted to NCGS no later than June 8, 2018, for pre-conference posting to the conference mobile app.

If you have questions concerning this CFP or the selection process, please contact Jen Shakeshaft, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Professional Development, at or (773) 780-8292.

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