Proposal Submission


Thank you for your interest in submitting a proposal for ASCD Empower21, to be held March 26–29, 2021, in Washington, D.C.!

We are planning for Empower21 to be one of the most inspiring and content-rich ASCD annual conferences ever! Given the challenges that everyone is facing, and the growing reliance on educators and education as the foundational core to our communities, the gathering of educators in Washington D.C. next March promises to be an event that reinvigorates and further develops a movement of essential impact makers.


Empower21 has been sub-themed Leaving Something Behind to elevate the meaning and relevance of the role of educators and the motivations that you bring to your work every day. For educators, ultimate success is based on the success of others. You undertake professional learning to ensure growth in the learning of others. Ultimately, your commitment to service is undergirded by your desire to nurture the success of individuals and by the lasting impact your selfless efforts have on communities. Your legacy impact, driven through daily commitment, is ultimately measured by what your efforts leave behind, to be counted and valued for generations to come. Now more than ever, that commitment to service needs to be elevated and celebrated and we aim to do just that at Empower21 as part of the conference experience.


As we open the call for proposals for Empower 21, we are particularly interested in presentations that address the following:

  • Sharing inspirational stories about how you or your team made a difference for students, the school, or the community so that the work you've done today that sets the foundation for a better future.

  • Building educator capacity to improve student outcomes through instructional leadership and coaching.

  • Advocating for and implementing systems and structures to support transient, migrant, and emergent multilingual/ELL students and families.

  • Implementing social and emotional learning opportunities and programs throughout schools and districts.

  • Ensuring inclusive and equitable learning environments for all students and staff.

  • Recognizing and addressing compassion fatigue and burnout in educators to improve staff retention and health and reduce anxiety and stress.

  • Adopting trauma-informed practices that foster resiliency among staff and students.

  • Developing cultural competency among staff and students and helping them to understand implicit bias.

  • Strengthening connections among students and with families and community.

  • Recognizing compassion fatigue and burnout in themselves, and the importance of self-care.

  • Allowing students autonomy to develop voice and take charge of their learning.

  • Leading and managing through crises.

  • Providing effective and equitable distance learning opportunities.

Sessions at this conference will be a mixture of 60-minute and 90-minute sessions.

To create and submit your proposal, you will need to complete the following steps.  Proposal Submission Information
  • Presenter(s) contact information (Including mailing address).
  • Proposed session title Make it descriptive, but concise. (150 character maximum).
  • Proposed description (Please limit your description to 200 words.)
  • Learning outcomes (Include 2-3 measurable objectives and what you hope attendees will take away from the session.)
  • Attendee role
  • Topics
  • Whole Child Tenet

  • No more than two proposals may be submitted by one person.
  • Sessions will be scheduled Saturday, March 27, Sunday, March 28,  or  Monday, March 29. 
  • Sales pitches for products or services disguised as proposals will not be evaluated. Content perceived as commercial is not acceptable.
  • ASCD requests permission to rebroadcast speaker image and printed materials in connection with the 2021 conference. Presenters maintain presentation content copyrights and will be asked to complete the mandatory “Participation Agreement” in the submission portal.
  • All accepted presentations must adhere to the established deadlines.
  • Presenters in concurrent sessions will receive a discounted registration rate for the Empower21 conference. 
  • Travel expenses and any additional fees are the responsibility of the presenter(s).
Call for Proposals Portal Closes: May 30, 2020
Speaker Accepted Invitations: July 1, 2020
Speaker Agreements Due: July 31, 2020
Conference Dates: March 26 - 29, 2021

Please contact the ASCD Programming Team at with any questions.

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