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TABSE invites proposals for presentations for its 2018 State Conference to be held on February 22-25, 2018 at the Omni Houston Galleria (4 Riverway Houston, Texas 77056). Conference details available at www.tabse.net.  


Proposals must outline strategies to engage the audience, must align to one of the following conference strands, and must specifically address the needs of African American students and/or educators of African American students:

  • LEADERSHIP – Relevant issues faced by district leaders, principals, and aspiring leaders, including counselors and school board members.
  • STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT – Curriculum alignment, instructional design, and assessment development strategies that result in improved student learning. Specifically, addressing topics such as; literacy, Science, Technology, and Math (STEM).
  • PARENT AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT – Practices that promote parental engagement as well as community building sustainable partnerships that benefit the community. 
  • DIVERSE LEARNERSDiscussion of the unique academic needs of diverse learners including, underserved students, SPED, and ELL learners. Exploration of how best practices to better understand and incorporate insight into diversity in the classroom.
  • HIGHER EDUCATION CONNECTION– Addresses issues that pertain to higher education personnel and students obtaining an advanced degree and/or aspiring to work in higher education.
  • HIGHER EDUCATION/RESEARCH – These sessions allow researchers to present their research on topics in higher education.
  • COLLEGE/CAREER READINESS– Addresses issues that relate to college access and job attainment including, ACT/SAT involvement and advanced placement for minority students.
  • EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY– These sessions will address successful and/or innovative tools to enhance student and professional learning.
  • DISCIPLINE / CULTURAL RESPONSIVENESS / RESTORATIVE PRACTICE– This strand will address specific strategies that will help educators address guidance and management for students of African descent.  


This year TABSE will offer various formats to engage participants throughout the conference.

  • General Breakout Session – 60-minute interactive breakout session.
  • Panel Discussions – 60-minute ‘expert’ panel discussion around a topic intended to engage all participants. Must include a minimum of 30 min. Q&A
  • Learning Academies – 120 minutes in depth learning opportunity for participants.  This will be a time to take a deep dive into a specific topic.  (Similar topics may be combined to create full or half day sessions)
  • Research Roundtables – 30-minute presentations regarding past or present research focused on a topic related to the conference strands.


Proposals will be judged on their relevance to the strands and African American learners, content quality, clarity, creativity, usefulness and logical organization. Proposal submission should address the following criteria:

  • Identify appropriate audience(s) for the session (i.e., teachers, counselors, campus leaders, central office leaders, and higher education).
  • State how the proposal supports at least one conference strand and it contribution to education.
  • Denote, where appropriate, the session’s content to research, external evaluation, or documented success.
  • Provide specific outcomes for the session participants.  Sales promotions are not permitted.
  • Presentations must be limited to one (1) hour unless otherwise noted.  Presenters must also be able to present their session at any time during the conference.


  • Notification on the status of your proposal will be submitted to the lead presenter by November 11, 2017.
  • All presenters whose presentations are selected must register and pay registration fees by December 15, 2017.  TABSE does not pay honorariums or assume travel, lodging, or other additional costs associated with presenting at the conference.
  • The lead presenter must be a current TABSE member.  TABSE will correspond only with the lead presenter.
  • TABSE will provide one podium, microphone, and screen for each workshop.  The lead presenter is responsible for securing all other audio/video equipment.  
  • Presenters should prepare handouts for 20-50 participants and may sell products in the Exhibition area ONLY.
  • Presenters will have access to the conference room at least 15 minutes prior to the session.
  • Email questions to TABSEproposals@gmail.com.  

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