Induction and Mentoring Conference Call for Proposals 

We invite you to share your expertise, lessons learned, and promising practices as we seek to identify and build upon the assets that are already present in our schools and districts. Your session(s) should address one or more of the Conference Critical Issues listed below.

Preference will be given to those proposals that involve early career teachers (years 1-3) as co-presenters with experienced teachers/leaders. 

The deadline for proposal submissions is ***updated*** December 30, 2016 and you will be notified of your acceptance by email on or before January 6th, 2017. You and any co-presenters must register for the conference. 

The conference will be held on February 21 and 22, 2017 in Champaign, IL. For more information, go to the conference page

Critical Issues

Teachers as Learners

  • How do we ensure that early career professional learning meets the various needs and interests of ALL new teachers (e.g. fine arts teachers, P.E. teachers, counselors, second career teachers, etc.?) 
  • What roles do professional networks play in new teacher development? How do we support the development of these networks?
  • What happens when new teachers engage in inquiry or teacher research alongside experienced colleagues?

Teachers as Influencers

  • How do we ensure that early career educators are empowered to contribute to and lead change in our schools and communities?
  • How do we elevate and celebrate the assets our new teachers bring to our schools and districts?

Teacher Development in Various Contexts

  • In what ways have digital platforms expanded access to new teacher support?
  • How are local, state, and federal policies impacting teacher recruitment and development?
  • How have you creatively repurposed time and resources to provide more opportunities for peer-to-peer support or more time for professional learning?

Additional Information

Proposals are for 70 minute sessions with an unknown number of attendees (conference participants do not sign up for sessions in advance).

Submissions will require the following:

  • contact information for presenter and co-presenters 
  • Presentation title (10 word limit)
  • Applicability to the Critical Issues (see above)
  • Session abstract, including description, objectives, and intended audience (250 word limit)

Presenters will receive free registration, which will cover conference materials, breakfasts, and lunches, and an evening reception. Hotel rooms are not included. 

Technology and Supplies

All breakout rooms will have a screen and projector. Please provide your own computer and adaptor/dongle. INTC will supply wireless internet connections in every breakout room and microphones for rooms requiring aplification. If you are using handouts, you must bring them with you (estimate 40 session participants). 

Contact Info

Please direct questions to intc@illinois.edu