Call For PresentersLive in the NOW, with Focus on the FUTURE
“Live in the NOW, with Focus on the FUTURE!” In this ever changing world of increasing global focus, how does your local EE play a role and make a positive impact? Aid in the exploration of topics that grow from our community and beyond as we make connections though the all-inclusive experience of MEEC 2017.
Our goal is to connect participants to people, places and opportunities that exist in our backyards. We challenge each attendee with, “What’s your Niche?…Nature, Native, Neighborhood, Nurture and Nourishment.” Help a fellow educator discover their niche by submitting a proposal that gives them the tools to succeed!
Find the your connection to global issues. Focus on the
hard science behind your programs in areas of scientific research and topics from global warming to the pond next door.
- Climate Change
- Clean Energy
- Green Construction
- Sciences – geology, zoology, soils, hydrology, limnology
- Dendrology / Forestry
Look in your backyard for local issues on environmental and cultural interpretation. Focus on interpretation skills and techniques and methods of promoting local advocacy.
- Environmental Interpretation
- Historical Interpretation
- Cultural Interpretation
- Local Enviro Issues
- Local Advocacy
- Public Programming and Events
Look to your community to grow your public programing and relevance- This Niche focuses on creating partnerships through volunteer programs, stewardship, and grant writing and reaching out to community organizations.
- Creating Partnerships
- Grant Writing
- Volunteer Programs
- Go Green Programs
Connect your educational programs- This Niche focuses on the current trends in formal education from NGSS, STEM, nature preschools and school outreach programs.
- Next Generation Science Standards
- Nature Preschool
- School Programs / Outreach
- Naturalist/Teacher Partnerships
- Teacher Workshops
Explore the science behind what you eat- This Niche Focuses on GMO knowledge, the farm to table movement, organic farming, schoolyard gardens and soil science
- Local SCA
- Local Restaurants
- Environmental Impacts
- Organic Farming
- Science Topics
Presenter Selection Criteria
All presentations should correspond to one or more of the conference strands, or to the overall conference theme. Proposals will be rated on their relevance to the conference theme, target audience, clarity and originality. Concurrent sessions and workshops will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Presenters can select between one hour and one hour and twenty five minute sessions. Workshops are expected to be three hour interactive sessions.
Guidelines for Submission
Proposals must be submitted by Saturday, April 1, 2017 for consideration. Your online proposal will include the following components:
- A brief description (not to exceed 50 words) of your concurrent session or workshop to be used in the conference program, with a title that reflects the proposed content.
- An abstract of your concurrent session or workshop (not to exceed 250 words) that summarizes the content, describes the presentation format, and identifies the audience.
- Please keep a copy of your proposal for your records.
- Workshop prices must reflect reasonable and customary fee for materials only. Presenter will submit reimbursement request following the event.
- AV Equipment needs: Each room will be equipped with screen, LCD and wireless internet connection. All other needs will be at the responsibility of the presenter.