Call for Proposals
10th Regional Conference on Supplemental Instruction
May 26 & 27, 2021
(Central Daylight Time)
Sponsored by the Academic Success Center, Texas A&M University
The conference will be held virtually this year due to COVID-19.
Lessons Learned: Moving Forward
It was just one year ago -- over spring break -- when many of us were notified by our institutions that we were not returning to campus after spring break. We had just a week or two to transition our programs to new formats. For most, that meant taking programs that were only offered face-to-face and transitioning them to remote only. It was scary and daunting. It was trial and error. It forced us to rethink all those things we had on auto-pilot. But we did it. We made it happen. We found a way to support students in new and creative ways. But most importantly, students responded and adapted to the change.
But was 2020-2021 the lost year and now it's time to start transitioning back to the face-to-face model? Or was this the year that forced us to question and challenge our perspectives on past practices and evolve in favor of offering remote or hybrid support options in the years to come? If we do, what will that look like?
Our hope is that the theme of this year's conference provides a space for us to gather and reflect on this past year as we share with each other our plans for the future.
We welcome anyone with experience in Supplemental Instruction to submit a proposal: SI program director/administrator, SI supervisor, SI Coach, and SI faculty members. Encourage your SI Leaders to submit a proposal. Additionally, we consider proposals from those with experience in group facilitation, peer mentoring, etc.
We are no longer accepting proposals.
60 Minute Conference Sessions: we invite proposals on strategic plans for 2021-2022, using a hybrid approach of both online and face-to-face training, supervising/evaluating SI leader performance, and forwarding thinking program initiatives. These sessions should be interactive and engaging and involve discussions with those in the session.
10-15 Minute Video: we invite videos that explain aspects of your program or that showcase a technology tool or strategy. Examples, explain your session plan template or observiation form, show us how you use TEAMs/Discord, etc. to communicate with your leaders, give us a tour of your LMS site's training modules, show us how SI leaders upload session plans or how you track hours and responsibilities, share an activity that students really enjoyed, or do a "how to" video on how to use a cool internet tool to facilitate collaboration. These videos will be posted on the conference site and available throughout the conference and for a couple of weeks after the conference has concluded.
Be sure to submit a separate written proposal for each proposal type. For the video proposal, we will contact you after reviewing and accepting your written proposal regarding additional directions on how to submit your video.
Program proposals will be reviewed for selection based on appropriateness, creativity of approach, and/or demonstration of expertise by presenters. Evidence of assessment will strengthen the proposal.
Video Conferencing Technology
Each presenter will be able to use the video conference platform of their choice, provided that it can be accessed by people outside your organization. A member of the conference team will reach out several weeks prior to the conference to get the link, which will be published in the conference booklet. A member of the conference staff will attend the session as a moderator.
If your written proposal is accepted, please follow these guidelines for creating your video. Be mindful of the following: background, noise, lighting, and appropriate language. A member of the conference team will reach out several weeks prior to the conference to get the link to the video for a final review prior to the conference. The conference team reserves the right to not publish the video.