Call for Session Proposals

Founded by state school boards associations in late 2021, the Consortium of State School Boards Associations (COSSBA) is a non-partisan, national alliance dedicated to sharing resources and information to support, promote and strengthen state school boards associations as they serve their local school districts and board members. We strive to maintain a high level of interwoven equity and inclusion in all we do while following these guiding principles:  

  • Focused and responsive
  • Transparent and efficient
  • Reflective and relevant
  • Representative and accountable
  • Unified

COSSBA is excited to for its Annual Conference to be held in Dallas, Texas at the Hilton Anatole – February 23-25, 2024. We expect it to be innovative with a focus on experiential and interactive learning.  We will also consider some high-quality traditional learning sessions.

Please use this form to submit a proposal for a breakout session at the 2024 Annual Conference in Dallas, TX. You will be able to save your submission and return to it to complete at a later time, if needed.

For any questions, please email Glenn Blind –

Deadline for submissions - September 29, 2023

Please enter your state association name or organization name in this field. For example - Illinois Association of School Boards or Delta Dental.
Please provide the name of your school district, if applicable.

COSSBA will offer sessions in blocks of 60 and 90 minutes in length.  You should allow for at least 10-15 minutes for Q&A at the end of the session presentation.

Proposal Session Criteria

Session proposals should take into consideration the below:

  • Targets board members or association leadership/staff as the primary audience
  • Weaves equity throughout the message/learning
  • Is engaging and interactive
  • Is politically neutral
  • Places an emphasis on improving student outcomes
  • Includes a school board member as a participant in the presentation whenever possible
  • Presents practical, real-world application of the concept or solution (proven practices, case studies, can be replicated in other schools)
  • Includes a clear take-away from the presentation (action plan, list of questions board members should ask, checklist of to do’s, etc.)
  • Will not be used as a sales pitch for any commercial entity
  • Is of high interest and relevant to today’s district governance leaders
Please select a proposal category that best fits your submission.

Session Proposal Categories

  • Governance & Leadership- This category includes facets of board leadership and governance principles including topics such as accountability, advocacy, leadership, governance, planning, evaluation, communication, and acting ethically.
  • Advocacy- This category focuses on how advocacy makes a difference in the local community, and at the state and federal levels. Attendees will learn skills to become more effective advocates for public education as well as how to organize at the grassroots, state, and federal levels.
  • Student Achievement – Presentations will center around the implementation of unique practices that have a positive impact on student achievement. This track offers an opportunity for districts to celebrate their successes with a “we did it and so can you” approach.
  • Finance- Sessions in this category will show how districts allocate resources to support their mission and goals. This track can include solutions for better budgeting, financial issues affecting school districts, practical advice on surviving difficult economic times, and accountability for financial goals.
  • Stakeholder & Community Involvement /Communication - Presentations will focus on processes, activities, and communication tools used to increase involvement and collaboration with parents, families, educators, agencies, organizations, and communities.  Presentations will focus on improving or augmenting the school's and its students' welfare and success through communications with internal and external audiences, including written, visual, and social media.
  • School Safety and Mental Health– Sessions in this category will show how school districts ensure safety and well-being of students and staff, including physical, emotional, and academic areas.