Submission Guidelines and Tips

Thank you for your interest in submitting a presentation for the NAIS Annual Conference. This page will provide guidelines, tips, and information for submitting an effective NAIS proposal.

We are reimagining the 2021 NAIS Annual Conference to bring the community spirit and networking energy to an inspired and engaging online space. We are excited to navigate this new pathway together. The deadline to modify and submit workshop submissions is June 5, 2020.

Submission Types

There are three different types of presentations at the NAIS Annual Conference. Each individual may only submit three proposals for each presentation type. To prepare in advance, please view the submission requirements below, which will outline what information is needed for each.  
Tips to make your proposal stand out:
  • Pick a topic that is timely, relevant, thought-provoking, and one that genuinely interests you. What challenges and successes are you witnessing on school campuses and how can those lessons be applied more broadly?
  • Be clear and captivating in your title and description. A good title will invite the attendee to join by making the topic and coverage distinct and engaging. Make sure that your description supports the title
  • Know a lot about a topic? Prove it! Let us know what research, case studies, examples and even anecdotes support your expertise.
  • Proofread and edit what you’ve submitted so reviewers know you’ve taken the time to perfect your submission.
What criteria is used to review proposals?

2021 Reviewer Guide 

Presentation proposals should be timely, carefully considered and prepared, interactive, and provide resources, takeaways, and action points. To ensure that every participant feels their time spent in workshops is valuable, reviewers will consider some of the following criteria when evaluating presentation proposals:
  • Relevance: The proposed session should interface with the felt needs, challenges, and opportunities in today’s schools, organizations, and society.
  • Approach: The following should be clear: the session description and objectives; how the session adds value to the conference and serves attendees; who the target audience is; what modes of facilitation the presenters will use; and what takeaways participants can expect.
  • Creativity and innovation: The session should bring to bear a new lens or perspective on its topic.
  • Demonstrated expertise: The session should present original research, applied knowledge of (others’) recognized research or theory, models or use of evidence-based practices, personal mastery, and/or reflective practice.
  • Impact: The session should lend itself to professional or personal application. It should be designed to encourage attendees to contemplate follow-up, continued exploration, and action planning on various levels.


Q. What information should I prepare? Please view the submission requirements at the top of this page to see what information you need to prepare, including word limits. Make sure to also collect all the information for your co-presenters before you start the submission process, if applicable.

Q. What is the submission and review process? Submissions are now open through June 5, 2020. After that time, a team of reviewers will assess all proposals and final decisions will be made, according to our review criteria.

Q. Who can submit a proposal? You do not need to be from an NAIS member school to submit, although preference is given to submissions from NAIS or other state and regional association member schools. It is highly encouraged that any submitters who are not affiliated with a school (member or non-member) pair with an NAIS member school for consideration. If selected, solicitation or promotion of services during your workshop presentation is strictly prohibited.

Q. When will I know if I’ve been accepted? Notifications will be emailed out in September to the main submitter.