Call for Proposals

CALL FOR PROPOSALS IS CLOSED! Missed the deadline but still interested in presenting? Contact Jen Shakeshaft by December 7, 2018.

Programming at the 2019 NCGS Conference, Dream, Dare, Do: Girls as Makers, Inventors, Engineers, and Entrepreneurs will explore the following questions:

  • How do we create educational environments in which there is time and space to dream, dare, and do and where the creative process is valued as much as content-based learning?
  • What can educators do to ensure their students are armed with the competencies and dispositions to combat negative messages and create lasting change in whatever field they choose?
  • Why are women still so drastically underrepresented in careers such as engineering and computer science as well as in the start-up community?
  • What are girls’ schools doing to change this narrative – and what can they do even better?
  • What kinds of programs and experiences encourage healthy risk-taking and embracing failure by students and faculty?

We invite you to share your knowledge and expertise at the 2019 NCGS Conference by developing an interactive and engaging presentation highlighting your work in girls’ schools. This is a valuable opportunity to contribute to the expanding portfolio of best practices about teaching girls and to help facilitate conversations among peers and colleagues.


The women and men attending the 2019 NCGS Conference 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 400 delegates, including faculty and staff from PK-12 schools and universities as well as representatives from mission-aligned organizations.

Session Formats

Regardless of the session type you choose, we encourage presentations not only about your 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: 20-30 people).
  • Hands-on Workshop: 75-minute session offering participants an opportunity to dream, dare, and do. Workshops may have up to 30 participants each. It is our assumption that leaders/presenters will supply their own materials.
  • 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 room. Presenters who select this format will not have access to A/V equipment or electricity. In 2019, we are looking to focus these sessions on two different themes:
    • Live & Learn: Stories of Failure and Iteration
    • Hot Tools for the Classroom & Beyond
  • 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.

Instructions for Submission

Call for proposals is closed! Missed the deadline but still interested in presenting? Contact Jen Shakeshaft by December 7, 2018.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Alignment with conference theme and essential questions.
  • 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.
  • 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.

* 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.

Selection Process

  • Selections will be determined on appropriateness and interest of topic, level of content, expertise of presenters, and balance of overall conference programming.
  • NCGS reserves the right to request modifications to a session proposal before final selections are made.
  • During the week of December 17, 2018, NCGS will email acceptance and declination decisions.
  • If a proposal is selected for inclusion in the 2019 NCGS Conference 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 requirements and/or marketing needs.

Presenter Information

  • It is the hope and expectation of NCGS that presenters will be full attendees of the 2019 NCGS Conference and, as such, will be present and engaged throughout the three-day conference.
  • Presenters may attend the 2019 NCGS Conference at a reduced rate of $425 ($500 after April 29, 2019).
  • Final presentations and handouts must be submitted to NCGS no later than June 17, 2019, for pre-conference posting to the conference mobile app.


If you have questions about the Call for Proposal or the selection process, please contact Jen Shakeshaft, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Professional Development.