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Request for Master Class Proposals

National Conference 2016 – October 27-29, 2016 – Detroit, MI

EL Education’s mission is to create classrooms where teachers can fulfill their highest aspirations, and students achieve more than they think possible, becoming active contributors to building a better world.

We believe that when students and teachers are engaged in work that is challenging, adventurous and meaningful, learning and achievement flourish. Our definition of student success combines academic achievement, character, and high-quality work.

Each year, the EL Education National Conference galvanizes the excitement, respect, and commitment for the work of EL among multiple constituencies. With this RFP, we invite practitioners from the field to submit proposals to share their wisdom and expertise in one of the following focus areas by facilitating a two-hour Master Class at the 2016 conference.

  • Culture and Character
  • Diversity and Equity
  • Fitness, Wellness, Adventure
  • High-Quality Work
  • Leadership
  • Learning Expeditions - includes science, social studies, project-based learning, fieldwork, experts, service learning, the arts
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Student-Engaged Assessment
  • Supporting All Students - includes ELL, differentiation, special education

Please refer to EL Education’s Core Practices for further descriptions of all focus areas. Additionally, please review EL Education’s Facilitation Criteria, which delineates the skills required for masterful facilitation of professional development. An exemplar proposal is also available. Please review these resources prior to submitting an application.

Proposals are due by Friday, June 24, 2016, 5:00 PM Pacific Time. You will be notified about the status of your proposal via email notification by the end of July. The selection of Master Classes will be based on the need to create a balanced slate of Master Classes reflecting different regions, schools, focus areas, grade levels, and the degree to which the proposal meets the criteria described on the scoring rubric (see page 3 of the application). Proposals will be scored on: content, instruction, learning targets, sequence and flow, and craftsmanship.


  • Master Classes typically have between 24 and 56 participants depending on available space and participant interest. However, some sessions can see even higher participant numbers, and we ask you to consider this possibility as you plan your session. Confirmed presenters will be notified at least two weeks prior to the conference the number of people to expect for their class. It is the responsibility of presenters to provide materials for all participants.
  • As we actively move towards a more green conference, all master class presenters will be required to upload their materials to our website by Friday, October 21, 2016. Wi-fi access will be available for all conference participants. Thus, we encourage presenters to use electronic documents as much as possible. While we cannot guarantee that every participant will comply, participants will be strongly encouraged to bring an internet-ready device to Master Class sessions. If presenting with an EL Education staff member, the school facilitator is responsible for the printing of any materials for the session, should they be required.
  • Each breakout space will be equipped with chart paper, markers, sticky notes, an LCD projector, and projection screen. You will be responsible for providing any additional equipment (e.g., AVI adapter, speakers, document camera).
  • We offer one national conference registration waiver for each Master Class proposal that is accepted, regardless of number of presenters. If presenters are from more than one school, the waiver is to be split between the two main presenters/schools (please note that this is a change in practice). If presenters are from one school, the full amount will be credited to the first facilitator named on the application. Each facilitator's school leader must agree to pay registration fees not covered by EL Education.
  • If your school is able to cover travel costs and lodging, we encourage you to include some students as part of your master class proposal.
  • All presenters must register for the conference on our website between August 15 and September 15, 2016. Acceptance as a facilitator is not the same as registering for the conference. Only registered facilitators will be allowed to present.

Proposal Submission

  • Click here to download the application.
  • Completed proposals should be emailed as an attachment to Stephanie Bishop (sbishop@ELeducation.org) no later than Friday, June 24, 2016, 5:00 PM Pacific Time.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Prospective presenters will receive email confirmation that their proposal has been received by June 27. If you do not receive an email confirmation by this date, contact Stephanie Bishop (sbishop@ELeducation.org) or Patty Mengel (pmengel@ELeducation.org) no later than July 1.